If gyms aren’t your style and neither are bootcamps, seek out these 6 tucked-away fitness trails, pools, and more.
You can make exercising more exciting for you and your fam by heading to these sports and recreation places to sweat it out.
The National Parks Park Connector network is designed as easy-to-navigate routes for walking, running or cycling between green spaces. Take the 26-kilometre North Eastern Riverine Loop, for instance – it runs through Buangkok, Sengkang and Punggol, with views of the Johor Straits! Find online park guides on the NParks website or download the free SGBioAtlas app on your mobile phone via the App Store or Google Play store.
Within public parks and HDB complexes, fitness corners are outdoor playgrounds for kids or adults – and range from a couple of chin-up bars to USB ports on cross trainers and recumbent bikes, allowing you to charge your phone using the energy you generate during your work out. While it is usually easy to find one within walking distance of where you live, you can also hit some parks to look for your own favourite place to sweat it out.
Keen runner? Singapore has a number of stadium running tracks that are free for public use (except during sporting events). Go to the 900-metre sheltered one at the Singapore Sports Hub at the National Stadium and the eight-lane track at Bedok Stadium (which is perfect for early birds, as it opens at 4:30 a.m.). Both have free-to-use outdoor fitness areas, too.
Swimming is a popular sport — 2016’s 7-million-plus attendance numbers at SG’s 25 public pools attest to this. Where to go to join in the fun: Right the OCBC Aquatic Centre’s world-class swimming pool at the Singapore Sports Hub. Or, book a private lap lane or pay a few extra bucks to swim laps at the Bedok Swimming Complex.
For beach volleyball fans, avoid the weekend Tanjong Beach Club frenzy, and head instead to Bishan Active Park along Bishan St 22, the Singapore Sports Hub OCBC Arena at the Kallang Wave Mall or the Beach Volleyball Arena at the Yio Chu Kang Swimming Complex. You simply need to book a court to play at any of the above.
The stadium at Jurong West Sports and Recreation Centre is among the largest integrated sports centres (they are usually located in a major housing estate) in the country, and is free for joggers. It has a swimming complex with a splash park and slides, too. Bring along the kids on your regular workout workout, and then have more quality family fun afterward!
By Natalie Dau, The Finder, July 2016; Updated by Chris Ong, 30 July 2018
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