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Fall in Love with L.A.'s Outdoors

The weather is perfect to work up a sweat - from skating and surfing, skiing and mountain biking to yoga and running, we’ve got the best alternative workouts in the country. Stay tuned to discoverLA.com every Thursday in September and October as we spotlight great activities, locations and people who make Los Angeles move.

What level hiker are you?

Getting acquainted with the numerous hiking trails in Los Angeles is the perfect way to discover why L.A. is the ideal place to get outside. However, it’s always wise to keep a few things in mind when you’re planning an excursion. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, carry plenty of drinking water, use sunscreen and wear sunglasses. Take along a camera, make sure you stay on the trails and have fun.

Discover L.A.'s Hidden Stairs

Most people associate stairs with function. For example, many staircases in Echo Park were built to assist Angelenos from Red Car stops to uphill homes. Now staircases bring people to city views and give people a no-cost exercise alternative to gyms and fitness studios. Read on and learn about 14 great staircases across L.A. County.

7 Rides You Need to Take

Though the City of Angels is home to nearly four million people, it’s also central to plenty of green space–even the iconic Hollywood Sign sits in a public park. With all those parks and trails, it’s no surprise that there’s a ton of phenomenal mountain biking near Downtown L.A. See Tinseltown in a whole new light with one of these seven incredible rides.

Hungry Yet?

Los Angeles has been synonymous with the healthy Southern California lifestyle for generations. L.A. chefs have been at the forefront of the farm-to-table and plant-based culinary movements, featuring menus with locally sourced and organic ingredients. From fast casual vegan to California cuisine in a fine dining setting, here are some of L.A.’s best restaurants for healthy dining.

Have You Been to these 8 Beaches?

Los Angeles is the best city to experience the quintessential endless summer in Southern California. We rounded up eight of the best beaches in L.A., from Malibu to the South Bay.

Stay Fit at these L.A. Hotels

True to Southern California’s emphasis on health, beauty and fitness, Los Angeles hotels continue to be on the forefront of well-being services in the hospitality industry. Many L.A. hotels make the most of the region’s spectacular scenery, excellent weather and local expertise in the wellness field by offering world-class spas and gym facilities as well as fitness excursions and classes. Read on for our guide to fitness and wellness programs at Los Angeles hotels.

Only have $20?

Spend a day in the California sunshine with one of these outdoor activities for less than $20.

Sweat with the Stars

Planning on hitting the gym or a hiking trail to fulfill your New Year’s resolution? You may run into a famous face if you get in your workout at one of L.A.’s many celebrity-loved fitness spots. If you're hoping to glimpse a star while working on dropping a few pounds or gaining some muscle, check out these Los Angeles locations.

Had Enough? Not so Fast.

Even the best exercise classes can get stale after a while. But in L.A., it’s swimsuit season nearly year-round, so we have to stick with it. Shake up your workout routine with our guide to alternative workouts. If a kayak trip down the Los Angeles River or a trampoline class isn’t your thing, perhaps you’d like to exercise in a huge sandbox or kick a soccer ball in a giant bubble suit.