Is your carpel tunnel syndrome due to excessive TV remote use? Has the Two and a Half Men hiatus left an irreparable void in your life? Do you have more cable channels than Facebook friends?
If you answered yes to any of the above, step away from the boob tube and into the sunshine. Here, the city’s best alfresco workouts to kick-start your transition from couch potato to outdoor fitness fiend.
While tourists park themselves around Catalina’s harbors, hard-core hikers take a short ferry ride to the island for a four-day trek on the 37.5-mile Trans-Catalina Trail. On an untouched nature preserve with pristine canyon views and lush flora and fauna, the trail is home to wildlife ranging from bats to bison (descendants of those abandoned on the island after a 1920s film shoot). For camping reservations, go to visitcatalinaisland.com.
Get a surf-and-turf tune-up at the weekly Sunday-morning Yoga Surf Camp in Ocean Park. Exhale yoginis will loosen you up with some outdoor vinyasa before Aqua Surf School instructors lead you into the swells for tubular tubes and deadly drops. Boards and wet suits are provided. Begins June 19 and runs through Labor Day. Call 310-450-7676 to reserve a spot.
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Beef up your social circle and your throwing arm with DogDaze’s beach bocce and corn hole leagues. The seven-week leagues meet every Wednesday on the Marina Del Rey shore for sunset matches before heading to a bar for Corona-fueled team bonding. Sign up solo or as a group online at thedayofgames.com.
For a sophisticated sweat, book a lesson with the Centaur Polo Club. Owner and former pro Ernest Darquea will teach you the basics of the so-called sport of kings. Don’t know your way around a saddle? He’ll show you the ropes there, too. Your mallet awaits.
Photos: Bob Rhein / Courtesy of Catalina Island Conservancy; Courtesy of The Day of Games
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