Best Way to Get a quick full-Body Workout
If you’re busy but still want to squeeze in some gym time that targets every muscle group, Simply Cardio offers a 30-minute complete workout using cardio and strength-training equipment overseen by a certified personal trainer. Sign in, do a 6-minute warmup and then hit the 12-station circuit for 24 minutes and you’re done. 4207 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-945-2282, simplycardio.com
Best Trail Run
Trail 100 in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve
This trail has everything a runner wants: access to bathrooms and water, challenging uphills, fast downhills and a panorama of the Downtown skyline. Park at the lot on Tatum Boulevard, just south of Shea Boulevard. Jump on Trail 100 heading west toward Cave Creek Road. You’ll hit three stations along the way: 40th Street Trailhead, Dreamy Draw Recreation Area and North Mountain Park. phoenix.gov/parks/trails
Best New Urban Trail
Stadium Connector Shared-Use Pathway in Mesa
Get to those spring training games easier next year by taking this new shared-use pathway. It’s 1.5 miles east of the Rio Salado Pathway at Tempe Town Lake, beginning behind the Chicago Cubs’ Sloan Park. From there, the pathway follows a 3.5-mile route (follow the signs) to the Oakland A’s spring training grounds at Hohokam Stadium. mesaaz.gov/business/engineering/stadium-connector
Best Use of a Paddleboard
SUP yoga at The Saguaro
Perfecting your warrior II on a paddleboard isn’t as hard as you’d think. Especially when the board sits gently in a wave-free swimming pool. That’s why we’re fans of the yoga class offered every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at The Saguaro. For $45, you can find your center at the hotel’s Picante Pool on a paddleboard from Riverbound Sports Paddle Company. Namaste. 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-308-1100, thesaguaro.com
Best Way to Get Outdoors in the Summer
For those of us who spent our childhood summers living outside, burrowing inside our AC units during the hot months in Phoenix can be a big ol’ bummer. Luckily, you don’t have to go full-hermit thanks to guided moonlight hikes by the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department. Join rangers on popular trails around the Valley after the sun has set and keep your eyes peeled for four-legged brethren like foxes, javelinas and owls, also taking advantage of the balmy night. maricopacountyparks.net/events
Best Adult Rec-League Sport
You don’t have to be a Winklevoss or live in Boston to get into rowing, thanks to the Arizona Dragon Boat Association, which offers 10 co-ed teams of varying levels and practice times on Tempe Town Lake every weeknight (except Friday) and weekend morning. Your first two times in the boat are free to test the waters. azdba.org
The Lost Dutchman Marathon
Set in the Superstition Wilderness, this race’s views don’t get more striking, especially in the early morning. The marathon isn’t crowded (shorter wait for the bathroom, no pushing and shoving at the start line), and the volunteers who give you snacks and medals couldn’t be nicer. The event takes place every President’s Day weekend. lostdutchmanmarathon.org
Best Trail Site for Newbies to Learn Mountain Biking
Granite Mountain Loop, McDowell Sonoran Preserve
This mostly smooth, crushed granite trail eases into rolling hills, a few rocky climbs, a lot of corners and an easy descent back to the trailhead. At fewer than 6 miles, it’s enough fun to give the beginning rider a thrill without too much of a scare. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, which manages the preserve, sometimes offers guided rides. 31402 N. 136th St., Scottsdale, 480-998-7971, mcdowellsonoran.org
2018 Best of the Valley Best Road Race
Paradise Valley Mall 4568 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix runnersdenpancakerun.com
• A 10K with pancakes at the end. What’s not to love? (Even if it is carbo-loading after the fact.)
• Ambitious racers can sign up for the Double Stack, where you run a 5K and 10K back to back.
• The Diaper Derby (a 50-yard dash for runners 36 months and younger) and “costumes encouraged” rule make this a family-friendly event.
Mesa Riverview North Dobson Road and Loop 202, Mesa thephoenixmarathon.com
• With nearly 1,000 feet of elevation loss, this is one of the fastest Boston Marathon- qualifying runs in the region.
• The show-stopping city views are downright distracting.
• Spectators win awards, too! The Cheer Challenge gives non-runners the chance to win prize money for encouraging racers.
Localize your lotus position with our Valleywide roundup of yoga gear.
1. Best Free Yoga
Free yoga nights are a dime a dozen, but only Mountain Shadows resort’s freebie class offers a drishti of Camelback Mountain. 6:30 p.m., Thursdays. 5445 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, 855-485-1417, mountainshadows.com
2. Best Class for the “Yoga is Boring” Yogi
AcroBody blends yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage. Just $13 to drop in and train for Cirque du Soleil. 1730 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, 480-744-1114, acrobody.com
3. Best Local Tote
Exclusively designed for Bunky Boutique by Insta-famous watercolor artist Paige Poppe, the Phoenix Tote Bag is the perfect size – big enough to hold yoga essentials, not so big it’ll be confused as a diaper caddy. Two locations, bunkyboutique.com
4. Best Yoga Apparel for Women
You can literally shop by vibe at this e-retailer (available in some local shops): Good Vibes, Grateful, Love, Namaste and Warrior are all lines of active wear for the modern yogini. spiritualgangster.com
5. Best Brick-and-Mortar Costume Shop going online-only
Easley’s Fun Shop
Closing its Midtown store after 72 years, the Easley family says it plans to continue renting costumes – from Jennifer Beals to Cleopatra – online. easleys.com
6. Best Yoga Apparel for Men
If State Forty Eight and Gandhi had an apparel lovechild, the result would be the cheeky apparel of Rustic Buddha, with its “Namaste AF” trucker hats and “Hanging with my Omies” T-shirts (and don’t forget the burrito yoga mat bag!). rusticbuddha.com