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4 Reasons to Try Yoga

February 20th, 2018

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There’s a good reason the practice of yoga has been around for centuries. Those who practice yoga on a regular basis reap both physical and emotional benefits. If you live in the San Mateo, California area, you’ll find plenty of options to get started on your yoga journey. Here are the top four reasons to give yoga a shot.

Improve Flexibility

As you move your body into different positions to get into each yoga pose, you are stretching muscle fibers. By stretching these fibers, you’re allowing a wider range of movement within your muscles. As you continue to improve your body’s flexibility, you’ll reduce your risk of injury. Improving flexibility helps alleviate back and shoulder tightness to improve posture as well.

Promote Cardiovascular Health

Aerobic activity is not the only form of exercise used to improve heart health. Research from John Hopkins Medicine has shown that yoga can lower cholesterol, reduce blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure. Furthermore, studies have shown fewer episodes of atrial fibrillation in patients who practice yoga.

Increase Strength

Surprisingly, yoga is a great exercise for building strength and improving stamina. By simply using your own body weight, in lieu of barbells and dumbbells, you build muscle. Plus, you’re building muscle throughout your whole body since yoga includes all muscle groups. When you weight train, you’re isolating one muscle group at a time. Stamina improves because you’re required to hold a pose for a certain length of time throughout the workout. Each pose may be repeated over the course of the yoga session.

Stress Relief

One of the components of yoga is to nurture the mind and body connection. You need to have a calm mind to benefit from the physical aspects. Meditation is typically part of each yoga session. Stress is meant to melt away as you lie still and take deep, cleansing breaths. According to the American Council of Exercise, a study conducted on female yoga participants over a three-month period found that at the end of the three months, the women felt less anxiety, improved energy, less depression and a better sense of overall well-being. With stress levels reduced, you’ll have better sleep each night as well.

888 San Mateo is an idyllic residence for yoga beginners and fitness enthusiasts. Our San Mateo, California apartments are nearby several yoga studios and fitness centers. Call (855) 805-6160 to learn more about our modern and beautiful one- and two-bedroom residences.

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5 Scenic Hikes in the Bay Area

April 18th, 2017

Girl Standing on RockSunny days are ahead of us! And the Bay Area holds everything you need to make the most of this beautiful time of year. Whether you enjoy a casual walk in the woods, a challenging hike up a hill or an intense climb, San Mateo, California and the Bay Area have several options to choose from.

The Casual Walk

For the casual stroller looking for beautiful scenery without the demand of an intense hike, there are many excellent opportunities:

  • Tomales Point Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore: This is a 10-mile hike with an amazing view of the rocky coastline and wildlife.
  • Bay Area Ridge Trail at The Presidio: Simply put, this is 24-miles of breathtaking natural beauty.

The Challenging Hike

For the moderate hiker, the availability of well-managed trails is endless:

  • Matt-Davis-Steep Ravine Loop of Marin County: Experience the allure of mighty waterfalls and canyons on these amazing trails.
  • East Ridge Trail Loop in the East Bay: 6 miles of expansive grassy banks, scenic hills, and impressive redwood trees.
  • The Bay Trail along the Redwood Shores: You’ll have paved, gravel, or dirt paths to choose from and coastal splendor galore.

The Intense Climb

San Mateo and the San Francisco Bay area hold several options for the ambitious hiker, with an added bonus when exploring these spots during sunset:

  • Mount Davidson in San Francisco:  The perfect combination of moderate and strenuous hikes with an incredible view of the city and a 103-foot high cross that was placed there in 1934.
  • The Dipsea Trail in Marin County: A 7.4 hike for experts, as this is a precarious route covered in tree roots, and very steep, with a reward of wildlife all around you. Caution: it is not recommended for children, pets, or those new to hiking.
  • Land’s End in San Francisco: Exquisite views of the natural coastline and the Golden Gate Bridge; for an additional challenge, take the route to Mile Rock Beach.

The Outdoors is Calling You Home

Nature is a place where you can come as you are, recharge, and rest in knowing that the wildlife accepts you with open arms. We at 888 San Mateo Apartments offer a place where you can return to and savor your spectacular day in the great outdoors. With our state-of-the-art community facilities, pet-loving bark park, and pilates studio, we would like the chance to show you what sets us apart from the rest. Don’t delay, give us a call today!

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3 Podcasts to Listen to on Your Run Near Your San Mateo Apartments

February 11th, 2017

MP3 PlayerWhen you are pounding the pavement to complete your run for the day, you may benefit from using podcasts to distract your mind from the burn. Completing your run near your apartments in San Mateo relies on your ability to quiet the voice that can sap motivation and strength as you continue through your routine, after all. Thankfully, you have a ton of podcasts to choose from, including the three following programs you absolutely must add to your playlist.

The Fat Burning Man Show

The four-time award-winning Fat Burning Man Show covers fitness and health topics in great detail. While listening to this podcast, you can learn all you need to know about alternative diets and the top techniques for building muscle. The host presents scientific sources to back up the information while taking strides to ensure it remains accessible to all.  Guests on the show share their industry expertise to help you reach new heights on your health and fitness journey.

Balanced Bites at Your Apartments in Foster City

Since losing weight, and remaining trim, relies on your ability to follow a healthy diet, it is important to stay informed about this topic by listening to Balanced Bites. This podcast explores the paleo lifestyle with a modern take. The hosts talk about meal prep, healthcare, medical conditions, fitness and much more on this program. In addition to the helpful nutrition and fitness talks, you can also learn about delicious recipes and beauty regimens to add to your daily routine at your San Mateo apartments.

The Tim Ferriss Show

The Tim Ferriss Show gives you a clear glimpse into the lives of professionals in every industry. You will hear from industry experts across the globe as they dive into the details of their work life. With each recording, you will learn all there is to know about social work, psychology, business, construction, design, dance and many other fields worldwide. The program helps reveal the fine inner workings of each position to lift the veil of mystery on the most and least interesting jobs out there today.

As you kick up your feet and relax after your run, consider if it is time to upgrade your dwelling. You can make a meaningful improvement to your life by ensuring your apartment home always meets your expectations. If you are ready to make this change, contact the team at 888 San Mateo to inquire about the apartment floor plans available right now.

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Sweat It Out: 5 Trendy Fitness Classes

September 2nd, 2016

When it comes to getting your fitness needs met, 888 San Mateo Apartments has everything you need. However, many of those living in our San Mateo apartments want to get involved in fun, even over-the-top fitness classes in the region. The good news is a variety of options exist throughout this area of California.

If you want to look your best and have some fun doing it, check out these fitness options.

Where You Need to Work Out

Check out some of the best trendy fitness classes right now in the San Mateo area. Are you enrolled in any of these yet?

#1: Alpha Project

It’s fun, but it is a hard workout for someone that’s brand new to fitness. Located on S. Railroad Ave. Alpha Project is an intense CrossFit experience in a challenging, but very motivational setting. Coupled with nutritionists and trainers, this location gives you a wide range of opportunity to improve.

#2: Revelry Indoor Cycling & Fitness

Over on E. 3rd Street is Revelry Indoor Cycling & Fitness, the perfect place for a trendy, but intense cycling workout. It’s an affordable way to get a workout in. This community has a lot of energy. You can get in your cycling and then head over for some yoga as well.

#3: Xercise Lab

If you have a bit more time on your hands and you don’t mind going a bit further, check out Xercise Lab in Palo Alto. What’s unique about it is that it really is a lab. Choose the Burn Lab for an intense cardio workout or the Build Lab to build some weight training. It’s all scientific based and very successful.

#4: RockSalt

On E. 5th Ave. you’ll find a high-energy, modern location called RockSalt. This studio offers a unique twist on your workouts combining aerobic and classic Pilates with fast music. You’ll love the plyometric style here, too. The sweat class is perhaps the most sought after of all options.

#5: Barre3 San Mateo

It’s a pretty hard workout but the intensity is worth the work. Barre3 offers a comprehensive program designed to provide you with success. It’s positive, motivational and caters to a wide range of needs. You’ll love the fact that you can get in here, enjoy a high energy workout and get back home in a matter of minutes.

Choosing Your ideal Home

These fitness classes are all close to 888 San Mateo Apartments. If you are thinking about moving in, contact our offices to learn more about our currently available floor plans.

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3 Reasons You Should Do Yoga

May 19th, 2016

Daily life in today’s world is hectic, busy and often just a bit too much to handle. But striking a good balance against your fast-paced, stressful life can be hard to achieve. Many practitioners find yoga, a Hindu discipline, to be a great way to achieve this balance. Scientific studies have found many wonderful benefits to this exercise practice. We’ve outlined three of the best for you below.

3 Reasons You Should Do Yoga Regularly

  1. Better flexibility. Yoga focuses on honoring your body’s limitations while still pushing your own personal limits. This makes it a great way to improve flexibility in both your muscles and your mind. The images we’re bombarded with on a daily basis often lead to poor self image. Yoga’s focus on accepting your body as is provides the opportunity to reframe those mental messages into a version that better honors your current place on life’s long journey.
  2. Lean strength. As you practice yoga, you build your core muscle strength, making you stronger and helping create lean muscle mass. By building this muscle, your metabolism speeds up, helping you lose excess weight at the same time. If you have concerns about bulking up using traditional weightlifting techniques, yoga’s use of the body as weight and counterbalance help avoid that issue. It also provides mental strength for other areas of your life. If you can develop the discipline required for yoga, you can transfer that discipline to your daily mental struggles.
  3. Improved balance. You don’t have to have great balance to begin practicing yoga, but as you practice, your balance improves. That’s because many yoga poses require very small muscle shifts to maintain balance. As those muscles are strengthened through practice, you’re able to maintain the positions for longer periods of time and with better balance than when you began practicing yoga. Yoga’s meditative forms and practice also help bring balance to your busy life, providing moments of stillness and living within the moment.

Practicing yoga provides you with many benefits, especially when you’re trying to find meaning in an otherwise chaotic world. When you need to find apartments in San Mateo, California that go above and beyond to create a dynamic community, 888 San Mateo is here for you. We even have a yoga studio for you to practice in. Contact us today to learn more about the community we’re growing on the peninsula and how to become a part of it.

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Have Fun in the Sun at Coyote Point

May 19th, 2016

888 Apartments in San Mateo, CA offers a plethora of on-site amenities for those who want to stay healthy and fit, including a fitness center, Cardio Theater, a yoga and Pilates studio and a luxurious pool. Additionally, we are located less than two miles from Coyote Point Recreational Park, which is open 365 days a year and offers a wide range of fun activities for young and old alike.

Here are some essential facts to know about Coyote Point.

Getting to Know Coyote Point

Coyote Point opens every day at 8 am. Closing times change seasonally; during the summer, the park closes at 8 pm.

Coyote Point has a large playground area for children. The Magic Mountain Playground is located right next to a picnic area and offers plenty of fun things for kids to do as parents sit back, relax and enjoy a bit to eat or something to drink. There is a windsurfing area, a swimming area and five separate walking trails for those who enjoy walking, jogging or running.

Other great amenities the park offers include a beach center, rifle range, youth area, wildlife center and museum. Popular Creek Golf Course is found on the south side of the park.

Make the Most of Your Time at the Park

If you are visiting the park for the first time, try out a few of the walking trails to get a clear view of the park and all that it has to offer. The park’s vast size, coupled with its many features, ensures that just about anyone will find something to see, do and enjoy there.

If you intend to camp, visit the marina or use a picnic area, be sure to make your reservations in advance. This is especially important if you intend to use an area over the weekend or during a holiday.

Be aware that some clubs and facilities close earlier than others. If you want to practice shooting, go windsurfing or pay a visit to the museum, check the hours in advance. Those engaging in water sports are advised to also check tides and weather conditions to ensure that it is safe to get in the water.

This park has everything you need for a memorable summer.

888 San Mateo Apartments makes it easy to get to Coyote Point and back. If you are new to the area or are looking for a new apartment to call home, consider paying us a visit at your convenience.

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It’s Easy to Get Motivated for Fitness with These 5 Tips

April 15th, 2016

For some people, fitness is easy and enjoyable. For others, it is hard work and a chore. No matter which type of person you are, staying motivated and on track to achieve your fitness goals is much easier with a few helpful tips. When choosing an apartment in San Mateo, California, choose one like 888 San Mateo that offers the amenities you need onsite to stay fit. Then, employ these helpful strategies.

Define Your Motivation

No matter what your reason is for getting fit, label it. Write it down on a piece of paper, tell a friend, and even create a photo if possible. By first finding and then stating your personal motivation to exercise, you have a clear picture in your head to work towards every single day.

Set Small, Achievable Goals

If you need to lose 30 pounds, don’t make that your first goal. Instead, aim for just 10 or even five. The goal here is to achieve your first goal quickly. If you achieve your small goals quickly and on a regular basis, you are more likely to stay on track towards the ultimate goal. It is easier to achieve a small goal, than a large one that can overwhelm you and instantly put the brakes on your success.

Make It Enjoyable

Stop thinking about fitness as exercise. If the thought of spending 30 minutes on a treadmill just does not do it for you, focus on other ways to get in your exercise. For example, choose activities you find are enjoyable. This may include dancing, playing a game of basketball or going for a swim. Choose activities you like that are physical.

Partner Up

There’s no better way to stay motivated than to have someone pushing you towards your goal. Find a workout buddy that you feel comfortable with and can work with on a regular basis. Keep each other aligned with your goals.

Keep Pushing Forward

You may stumble and fall off the exercise regimen a few times, but you can get up and start again. Give yourself a break from time to time. Reward yourself. However, your goal is to remain on your path.

When getting fit matters, check out 888 San Mateo, your San Mateo, California apartments has the floor plans and amenities you need to get fit right onsite.

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