If you’d asked me what my favourite spot in SF was a couple of weeks ago, I’d probably have said the embarcadero. (Now I’d probably have to lean towards Grandview Park which I stumbled upon a couple of days ago.) But anyway, back to the main point. The embarcadero is pretty much perfect for me: it’s by the bay, it has gorgeous views, good restaurants and bars, and is near shopping.
I ate at Coqueta the other day for dinner which serves delicious Spanish tapas and of course great paella:) And if you’re not a spanish food fan, there are tons of other options. The Ferry Building is right there of course, with a great Farmers’ Market on some days, and great food places inside including ice cream and healthy pretzels. The atmosphere there is great; strolling by the water and walking down the public promenades makes for a perfect relaxing day. You also have gorgeous views of the Bay Bridge from there. You can walk all the way down to Pier 39 and do the full tourist thing like I did, and even stop at Coit Tower along the way. It’s a pretty lengthy walk though so be prepared with some comfy walking shoes. If you’re in a workout mood, wear some running shoes and go for a jog (sunny + windy = perfect for running) and even stop by the Bay Club (my favorite workout place) along the way if you’re a member.
The Embarcadero Centre is just a stone’s throw away, where you can do some light shopping or stop for more food; shopping would be my choice. There is however a great ice cream and cookies place called ‘Over the Moon’ and you can get delicious and healthy juices at Thrive Juicery at Embarcadero Centre 1 (also Pressed Juicery at the Ferry Building), which I love every once in a while, though I’m not a full-on juice cleanse person.
Bring a light jacket because it can get chilly when the wind blows in from the bay in typical SF fashion. So grab some friends or take some alone time, and pop on down to the embarcadero.
I’m not one of those super healthy girls who always watches her diet and knows the best and latest way to work out. And I definitely do not need a ‘bikini bridge’ or ‘thigh gap’. I do indulge in the hopefully occasional ice cream and burger; but overall I like to think that I’m pretty active. Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things for me. I can really feel the difference when I stop working out or eat a bunch of burgers and pizza; it doesn’t feel good.
I’ll just tell you which workouts I do, though whether or not they’re any good is totally debatable. My main form of cardio is running. Nowadays I try and run three times a week, usually about 4-5km, though sometimes I do 11 instead. The best places for me to run are at Crissy Field (near the Golden Gate Bridge) and the Embarcadero in San Francisco; just around my house or at Tiergarten in Berlin; and in Botanic Gardens in Singapore. I use Map My Run to track my distance and speed. I also jump rope quite a bit (it’s more tiring than it seems!) which is a really great and quick workout. When I’m pressed for time I usually play a couple of songs on the radio and vary my speed according to the beat. Tennis is another favourite of mine.
For core exercises I especially like v-ups, and a friend just introduced me to the Nike training app which I think I’m going to love. It has tons of really good and varied workouts that I’m looking forward to trying.
Honestly what really gets me going is focussing on my goals and of course cute workout gear always helps! I usually go for brighter colours to motivate me. My shoes are all from Nike and I mostly wear sports bras from Victoria’s Secret Sport, Nike and Puma, but I have a couple from the Bershka sports line as well. I usually wear shorts to run. I found the perfect pair of yoga shorts from Jenni the other day, and I wear Nike sports shorts and Hollister lounge shorts to work out. When the temperatures drop, I like VS and VS Pink long yoga pants.
So get out and move! Once you start, it’s easy:) Just remember to stretch properly before and after!