Looking to get back in shape? You don’t have to go the tried-and-tested one-gym route.
Living in the clean and green “Garden City”, there are hidden gems everywhere to explore in Singapore — so stop with the excuses and try some of these novel places and ways to exercise.
Opened in 1993, the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve earned its title as Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park in 2003. There is a myriad of wildlife to be spotted on your walk including monitor lizards, blue-spotted and giant mudskippers, horseshoe crabs, water snakes, spiders and kingfishers. But don’t be scared off by this as there is the safety of free guided tours, nature walks and, if you’re tired from all the trekking, you can relax with a spot of bird watching. Be sure to bring enough drinking water and wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty!
Try a walk from Suntec City to the Esplanade and you might see a spectacular show on weekends at the underpass. Breakdancing, bicycle stunts, roller blading, skateboarding are just some highlights. If you are up for it, you can sign up with a crew and they will mentor you for free! Lots of stunts to be learnt, lots of calories to be burnt. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, this is definitely for you.
If you aren’t quite into the outdoors just yet, but want to explore what Singapore has to offer from a gym point of view, then GuavaPass may be your answer. A monthly subscription gives you unlimited access to your favourite gym classes all over the Island including Boot Camps, Kickboxing, Vinyasa, MMA, Adult Dance fitness and many more. If you get bored with one activity, you can simply switch to another class.
Dancing in Orchard Road? Yes, it’s possible at *SCAPE, a well-known spot for Hip-Hop dancers to master their moves. Dancers practise at Level 4 and judgement is left behind as everyone is just there for a common aim — to dance their hearts out. Friendly contests happen once in a while, and they even organise exchange programmes where they get to learn different styles of Popping, Locking, and Hip-Hop dancing from each other. Recreational and sports related activities and competitions like street soccer are also held at the open space located just behind the main *SCAPE building so you can drop by just to see what’s happening even if you aren’t into hip-hop.
The Marina Barrage is built at the confluence of five rivers, and is Singapore’s fifteenth reservoir – who would have thought this would ever be possible in a city location? Here you can run, stroll or for even more fun, fly a kite. On Sunday, the grass area is full of people enjoying picnics and being active.
By Natalie Dau; Updated by Christopher Ong Ujine, 30 July 2018.
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