Well, here’s the good news. Thanksgiving break is two short weeks away, and winter break is a quick, studying-filled three weeks later. All of that adds up getting to spend time with old friends, going from missing your family to being sick of them again, and of course some tear-worthy home cooked meals. Since you have been so dearly missed, your favorite things can often be cooked for you on command, and as often as you want. When you only have a week or two to experience the beauty of your family’s food versus cafeteria food, you should do all you can to take full advantage of it. However, to prepare for all of that food entering your body, and to continue avoiding that so-called freshman fifteen, now is the perfect time to take advantage of all of the local incredible workout spots and opportunities.
Let’s start with some walking/running trails. The Bay Area has some of the best trails any serious fast walker or jogger could dream about. A classic and convenient call would be to head back into the Berkeley hills to the fire trails. While it would be a steep climb to get to the top, the views that are provided and the easy descent back down make it all worth it. An easier, flatter trail could be a nice stroll down College Avenue toward Oakland. If you go one block up or down from College, you get to see the ins and outs of local suburban life, which includes some really cool houses and some really cute children! Since you’re on your way to Oakland, might as well go check out the amazing trail that loops around the entire body of water that is Lake Merritt.
Pictured above, Lake Merritt is absolutely beautiful and would be nothing but a pleasure to walk or run around. An option that’s even a little bit further from our beautiful campus, but a commute that is worth every second is Billy Goat Hill Park in San Francisco. This is one of the more challenging trails, as it consists of switchbacks, but the view at the top that consist of the entire downtown and what feels like all of the Bay Area is absolutely unreal. Check it out below.
There also are a lot of different workout studios throughout Berkeley, and many of them offer free classes or a free week of classes if you’re brand new. Some of these include Orange Theory Fitness and CorePower Yoga on Shattuck Avenue, as well as CycleBar on University. While these might not always be financially sustainable in the long run, it’s fun to change up your routine, even if it’s just for a singular free day. Most importantly of all, the RSF offers fantastic classes that all of us need to take more advantage of. And those are free all year round. If working out isn’t your thing, the good part about these recommendations is that they’re fun places to visit regardless. Happy almost Holidays everyone! Hope these suggestions encourage your holiday eating as much as you want them to!