Staying healthy is important no matter where you live in Southern California, and that’s especially true for those of us living in the South Bay community of Torrance. Whether it’s finding a good gym or getting out into nature, there are plenty of ways to stay fit and have fun while doing it. Let’s take a look at some of the best local opportunities for a healthy lifestyle.

Find Your Perfect Gym

Torrance is home to numerous gyms and fitness centers. A lot more if you include yoga and dance studios among the various indoor ways to workout. Choosing a perfect gym can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know what kind of gym environment you’re looking for. To make your search easier, let’s look at some key factors to consider when choosing a gym.

Location and Cost

The cost and location of any gym are two key factors that will play an important role in your decision-making process. Costs can be considerable in the South Bay. And location can be important depending on the traffic. Gyms located close to home are more convenient than those located farther away, but they may also come with higher membership fees. Consider your budget carefully before signing up for any particular gym. It can get expensive very quickly.

Facilities and Equipment

It’s important to check out the facilities of each gym before making a decision. Make sure the equipment is top-notch and well-maintained; if not, it could affect your workout experience. We have pretty high standards here in the South Bay. Take time to browse through the gym’s website or social media page—this will give you an idea of what kind of equipment they have available as well as other amenities such as saunas, pools, etc. All those extras are important. Also, find out if the gym offers classes or personalized training sessions so that you can maximize your time there.

Atmosphere and Culture

The atmosphere and culture at any given facility can have an impact on how comfortable you feel working out there. Is the gym experience different in West Torrance compared to South Torrance? Check out reviews online or ask around to get a better idea of how people feel about the place—are they friendly? Motivating? Or do they lack energy? Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide whether you would be comfortable spending time there are not.

No matter where you live in the South Bay, there is sure to be a perfect fit for everyone when it comes to finding the right gym. Whether it’s close by or farther away, expensive or affordable—it’s all about finding the right balance between location, cost, facilities and equipment offered, plus atmosphere and culture when selecting your ideal fitness destination for yourself.

Some popular choices include the LA Fitness located near Del Amo Fashion Center, which offers state-of-the-art equipment, group classes, and personal training services.
For a more mellow experience, check out CrossFit South Bay on Hawthorne Boulevard. They offer a variety of different WODs (Workouts of the Day) that will push you physically and mentally while still allowing you to progress at your own pace. 

Stay Healthy with Outdoor Activities

Staying healthy is always a challenge, especially with the abundance of unhealthy food options and sedentary lifestyles that are so easy to fall into. Even though sitting in traffic is exhausting, it does not count as a work out.  You need to get outside and out of the car and be active. Torrance has a number of outdoor activities that are perfect for getting fresh air and exercise while having fun,
Here’s a look at some of the best outdoor activities that you can use to stay healthy. Hopefully you won’t have to drive to begin the activity.


The Pacific Coast Bikeway runs through Torrance and offers more than 20 miles of bike trails for everyone from beginners to experienced cyclists. The path also features skateboard parks, picnic areas, and rest stops along the way so you can take a break when needed. You can even rent bikes from local shops if you don’t have your own. And if you ride a bike in the South Bay, then you know it’s a wise decision to be wearing a helmet while tooling around on a peddle machine.


There are several hiking trails located within Torrance that offer beautiful views of the city as well as plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities. The Madrona Marsh Preserve is one popular spot for hikers as it offers 3 miles of trails as well as an observation deck for bird watching or simply enjoying the view. A bike ride to Torrance Beach and then a hike up to RAT would make a great weekend workout.


If you’re looking for something more aquatic-focused, then head to Wilson Park Pool, which offers swimming lessons and two heated pools open year-round (with varying hours). There’s even a shallow pool specifically designed for young children who are just learning how to swim. Plus, there are plenty of lounge chairs nearby if you just want to sunbathe or relax after your swim session. 
Staying active doesn’t have to be boring or tedious – there are plenty of ways to get outdoors in Torrance and enjoy yourself while staying healthy at the same time. From biking along the Pacific Coast Bikeway or taking a hike through Madrona Marsh Preserve to swimming in Wilson Park Pool, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant Southern California city.

Good Food for a Healthier Lifestyle

Eating healthy can be challenging, especially if you live in an area with limited options. But that is not the case in Torrance or the South Bay. There are lots and lots of options. Here is a simple overview of the best places to find healthy meals so that you can start living a healthier lifestyle today.

Farmers Markets

One of the best places to find fresh and nutritious food is at local farmers markets. Farmers markets offer a variety of fruits and vegetables that are usually locally sourced, providing you with access to fresher and more sustainable produce than what is available at grocery stores or supermarkets. There is also an abundance of international and specialty markets that have a wide range of food options. Some popular farmers markets in the area include the Redondo Beach Farmers Market and the Torrance Certified Farmers Market at Wilson Park.

Healthy Restaurants

If you prefer to eat out rather than cook your own meals at home, there are plenty of restaurants offering delicious yet healthy dishes. For example, The Spot Natural Food restaurant serves organic vegan dishes such as salads and soups as well as smoothies and juices made with fresh ingredients. Another great option for healthy eating is Pura Vita Organic Café & Juice Bar, which serves organic dishes such as salads, pastas and sandwiches made from locally sourced ingredients. `

Organic Grocery Stores

You can visit one of several organic grocery stores located throughout Torrance/South Bay such as Whole Foods Market or Sprouts Farmers Market which both carry a wide selection of organic produce and other natural foods. These stores also offer prepared meals if you don’t have time to cook but still want something nutritious. You can also start your own backyard garden and begin harvesting your own fruits and vegetables.

Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated—and it certainly isn’t boring if you live in Torrance.

There are many options to make it easy. With so many wonderful gyms, outdoor activities, and farmers markets available right here in our community—it’s never been easier or tastier to stay fit and enjoy life. And enjoying life is what it’s all about.