4 Ways You Can Stay Fit in the IE

05.03.12

 

 

Hi neighbor –

You know how I love my sweet treats but the only way I can justify stuffing my face is by making sure I work out and stay fit.  That’s where our first guest blogger comes in.

Stephanie Gomez is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor, right here in the Inland Empire.  She is passionate about health, wellness and fitness.  As a mother of two, she began her fitness journey while trying to lose the baby weight after giving birth.  She now helps clients across the Inland Empire achieve their fitness goals.  You can find out more about Stephanie at True10Fitness.com.

This is the beginning of a new blog series we’re going to start where we focus on fitness, and hopefully this is the first of many guest blog posts from Stephanie.  Leave us a message in the comments below and let us know what you thought of her suggestions on how to stay fit.

1. Hiking: Icehouse Canyon Trail, Cucamonga Wilderness

This is an amazing trail for bird watching. You might see everything from hawks, kestrels and owls to songbirds.

Directions: Exit 210 Fwy at Mountain Ave in Upland. Head north, towards the mountains, following signs indicating Mountain Resorts/Mount Baldy. Mountain Ave first winds left arriving at a stop sign. Continue straight ahead. The road then winds right and eventually back around to the left just before reaching an intersection with Mt Baldy Rd. Turn right and continue to Mount Baldy Village. Approximately 1.5 miles beyond Mount Baldy Village you reach the intersection of Mt Baldy Rd and Icehouse Canyon. Turn right and you will reach the parking lot in less than ¼ of a mile. An Adventure Pass is required for parking. The trail begins just beyond the bathrooms on the uphill end of the parking lot.

2. Bicycling: Pacific Electric Bike Trail

The Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail is a great commuter and recreation trail in western San Bernadino valley, with expansive views and connections to community centers and parks. The trail follows the old Pacific Electric Railway, which was known for its red cars. One of its last remaining railway depots along the San Bernardino line is found in Rancho Cucamonga on Etiwanda Avenue, where the avenue intersects the trail. When complete, the Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail will run 21 miles east-west between Rialto and Claremont.
Trail End Points: Claremont Blvd. (Claremont) to Cherry Ave. (Fontana) to Almeria Ave. to Maple Ave. (Fontana)
Counties: Los Angeles, San Bernardino
Trail Length: 18.1 miles
Trail Category: Rail-Trail
Trail Surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Concrete
Trail Activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Walking

 

3. Skating: Fontana II Skate Park

And for the adventurous types, the Fontana II skatepark is located in the new Fontana Park and features a street course, Peanut Pool, Roman Pool and a flow run. What is nice about the skatepark is that each feature is separate which reduces the collision factor. However, there are ledges through out the skatepark so keep an eye out for stray boards flying into the pools and flow run.

Also Check Out www.socalskateparks.com for a list of dozens of skate parks here in our backyard!

4. Hiking: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is California’s native plant garden. This is a peaceful yet dynamic place that you can visit several times a year.

Directions: Take I-10 and exit at Indian Hill Boulevard North. Travel approximately two miles to Foothill Boulevard. Turn right onto Foothill Boulevard. Turn left on College Avenue and proceed north to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden parking lot. From 210 Freeway, exit Towne Avenue south (approximately one mile). Turn left (approximately 1.2 miles) onto Foothill Boulevard. Turn left on College Avenue and proceed north to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden parking lot. Parking is free.

Also check out www.localhikes.com for a list of hundreds of trails right in our backyard!Thanks again to Stephanie for sharing these fun ways to stay fit in the IE!  What did you think?  Let us know or if you have questions you want to ask Stephanie please let us know by leaving us a comment below.Till next time…

 

 

 

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