4 Workout Ideas Guaranteed to Make You Love Living Here


The law of inertia states that a body at rest remains at rest, and a body in motion remains in motion. But staying fit and healthy is more than just burning calories—it’s about having an active lifestyle. Residents of Parkmerced apartments in San Francisco are lucky to live in the epicenter of healthy living with places to bike, hike, kayak, canoe and surf nearby—and yoga and bootcamp classes right on the property.

1. Water Workouts at Lake Merced

You’ve got an entire lake at your disposal with Lake Merced outside your door. Launch your kayak, canoe, paddleboard or rowboat in the spring-fed lake, which is the heart of the 614-acre park. On those days when you’d prefer land over water, head out for a run, bike or stroll along Lake Merced Loop, a popular and generally flat 4.5-mile biking and jogging trail that surrounds the lake and provides awesome views.

2. Hiking at Fort Funston

Looking out from the 200-foot sandy cliffs at Fort Funston is a jaw-dropping experience, so hikers and dog walkers alike flock there for the ocean vistas. Whether you’re a newbie hiker or expert, you’ll find something for every fitness level. The main loop is a fairly easy 2.8-mile hike, but longer hikes, like this five-mile option, provide a bit more of a challenge. Make sure you bring dog treats because you’re sure to run across a few exuberant pups enjoying the outdoors.

3. Serious Surfing at Ocean Beach

For years, Ocean Beach was a low-key, largely underground surf haven frequented by locals. But the word eventually got out, and Ocean Beach has since cultivated a reputation for being one of the best surf destinations in the Bay Area. Keep in mind: Surfing here is not for amateurs. The swells can be massive, and the conditions are for seasoned wave-riders only. Less experienced surfers might want to practice elsewhere before braving Ocean Beach.

4. Onsite Options

When you want to stay hyperlocal, you don’t have to venture far. There are plenty of options right at Parkmerced. Choose from 12 different gyms, each equipped with the best in cardio and weight equipment. What’s more, Parkmerced has partnered with the nearby Stonestown YMCA to provide twice-weekly onsite bootcamp classes that promise to improve your endurance, cardio and strength training abilities—all without leaving home.