Oakland, located only 8 miles east of San Francisco, is a perfect place for great fitness finds. There are 53 athletic fields and 59 outdoor tennis courts within the city. Oakland's favorite park is Lakeside Park along Lake Merritt. Outdoor fitness opportunities in Lakeside Park include running along the lake's perimeter, joggin up and down the Cleveland Cascades, boating or kayaking and playing lawn bowling (an active sport similar to bocce). For those who like alternative types of fitness, Oakland has a program called Citywide Dance which provides formal dance classes at different recreation centers throughout the city. Finding fitness locations in Oakland is not hard. Look for popular national chain gyms like Ballys Total Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and Gold's Gym.