Its a new year, which means millions of people have made the resolution to get healthy. Of course, there are a number of ways to do it but we are going to recommend you do some cardio in the Oakland sunshine.

Lake Merritt

The 3.1-mile path around this urban gem is a perfect spot to practice for your 5k, take a stroll with the kids, or let your dog chase some birds! After you can hit up any number of spots for a bite or a drink including Lake Chalet, Barlago, Grand Tavern, Merritt Bakery or so many more.

The Estuary

If the fresh water running scene isn't for you then head to the estuary and breathe in the salty sea air. Not everyone realizes Oakland is right on the water, so if you're one of those people make sure you take in our miles of shoreline. You'll catch some great views of the classic cranes at the port and of downtown San Francisco.

The Hills

Also known as the I-can't-believe-this-is-Oakland area. The uphill battles will be well worth it when you see the views from up there, especially from the beautiful Mormon Temple. Joaquin Miller Park and Redwood Regional Park are great spots that get you deep into nature and away from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Looking for a little competition with your run? Then get ready for The Oakland Running Festival on March 24 and Oaktown Half Marathon on August 11. We'll see you on the trails!