Exercise routines make you want to throw in the towel.
And just because you’re eyeing a new sofa, doesn’t mean you should become a couch potato – especially not with these 8 ways to keep fit in SG.
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 spot as you trek through its more than 200 hectares of wetlands and mangrove forests, such as monitor lizards, mudskippers, horseshoe crabs, water snakes, spiders and kingfishers. Join the free guided tours and enjoy nature walks. Just be sure to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty! (Too far to travel? Search for closer-by green spaces on the National Parks site.)
From the two-hour Eastern Coastal Loop – one of Singapore’s most popular belts of seafront parks – to the lush green trail of The Green Corridor that leads out of the historic Tanjong Pagar Railway, SG has seemingly endless bike paths and trails (thanks, in large part, to its fab Park Connector Network). And, there’s something for everyone! Try cycling along the serene, 4.2-kilometre man-made canal at Punggol Waterway Park, or get a taste of mountain biking on the 2-kilometre Kent Ridge Bike Trail.
Love the outdoors? Look no further than Sundays @ The Park! Organised by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) every Sunday, you can find free group workouts held in parks all across Singapore. The variety of classes is impressive and includes Zumba Fitness, Piloxing, Mind Body & Blend, Men’s Boot Camp and Circuit Training and more. Search the HPB What’s On page regularly for timings, locations and activities as they change over the course of the year.
If nature isn’t your jam, or Singapore’s heat is too much for you, head indoors and hit one of the many no-cost Mall Workouts. Bedok Mall, Velocity@Novena Square and Plaza Singapura are just a few of the participating Health Promoting Malls that will have you doing KpopX Fitness, kickboxing and piloxing. Find out the latest schedule of activities and registration details online.
One of the best kept secrets around (for expats, at least), the Singapore Sports Hub hosts activities and is fitted with facilities that are totally free. Let your tykes run wild at the Kids’ Playground at Level 3 (above the Sports Hub Library) while you pick up a new sport with a certified coach on hand or join a group activity class. Options vary by month, but expect to see basketball, beach volley, fencing and even lacrosse, with group classes ranging from bootcamps to yoga. Consult the latest schedule on the Sports Hub’s site.
Need a little help in shaping up? You might want to try some of the less invasive options offered by aesthetic clinics. The Coolsculpting treatments at Cutis Medical Laser Clinics target and freeze fat cells to help reduce stubborn fat while the Exilis system offered by Mendis Aesthetics utilises radio frequency, thermal energy and ultrasound to assist in skin-tightening. Amaris B. Clinic offers a whole suite of body treatments to tone, sculpt and enhance.
Some text adapted from www.shape.com.sg / Additional reporting: Sara Lyle Bow + Christopher Ong Ujine, August 2018
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