Singapore is a clean and green city state. After many years of pruning and trimming, it is heralded as “The Garden City”. We can roam freely, and find greenery almost everywhere. The air is fresh, and the sky is always blue (well, except for the haze sometimes). Nevertheless, we have such a conducive environment for exercise, that almost every single excuse we can think of sounds invalid here. But if jogging around parks is too mainstream for you, here are five unique places to exercise at.
Really? Isn’t this the place to indulge in Beethoven’s 7th Symphony? Sure it is, and you’ll never know of this area unless you personally strolled from Suntec City to Esplanade. In the underpass towards Esplanade, you’ll see a spectacular show on every weekend. Breakdancing, bicycle stunts, roller blading, skateboarding are just some highlights. The semi-extreme sports culture in the Esplanade is taking off. Breakdancing crews bring their speakers, wheelie stuntmen bring their cones to wheel around, and once you are there, you can really feel the heat. Best of all, you could 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.
Yet another surprise! Orchard Road’s Scape, is a well-known spot for Hip-Hop dancers to master their moves. Dancers practise at Level 4 and use the glass windows of the mall as mirrors. They choose this place because the culture is accepting. People don’t judge them as they practise, and everyone is just there for a common aim – to dance their hearts out. Friendly competitions happen once in a while, and they even organise exchange programs where they get to learn different styles of Popping, Locking, and Hip Hop dancing from each other. What a cool way to start exercising! Grab a towel, a funky cap, some oversized clothes, and boom, you’re on your way to a healthier and happier life.
If going to the gym sounds like a repetitive, mind-draining and boring activity, I have good news for you! There’s a wave of startups that is disrupting that. Just like how Netflix allows you to subscribe and get unlimited access to videos, startups like GuavaPass allow you to subscribe to them and get unlimited access to your favourite gym classes! Just by hopping on their website, there’s 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 or registered studio with your GuavaPass. No additional costs, but plenty of additional excitement.
4. Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve
Calling all nature lovers out there, this one’s for you. Opened in 1993, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve earned its title as Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park in 2003. Suit up in your trekking attire and get ready to discover local nature. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by monitor lizards and the occasional heron. Mangrove swamps are plenty and you’ll be able to spot native inhabitants like the blue-spotted and giant mudskippers, shellfish, horseshoe crabs, water snakes, spiders, kingfishers and many more. There are free guided tours, nature walks and, if you’re tired from all the trekking, you can relax with a spot of bird watching. If you are able to dedicate an entire day from 7am to 7pm, you’ll definitely be torching away those calories. Just be sure not to bring home any new “pets” from there!
5. Marina Barrage
If jogging is too mainstream for you, how about kite-flying? The Marina Barrage is built at the confluence of five rivers, and is Singapore’s fifteenth reservoir. On the top level of Marina Barrage, along with the serious joggers and strolling couples, there is a group of people, both young and old, trying their best to fly their kites. One will be jumping and trying to release the kite as high as possible, while the other is dashing against the wind to get the kite flying. Everyone looks elated and, besides being a great exercise through all that running, it is also a great social activity that you can do with your friends and family. One holds the kite, the other runs, and the rest cheers them on – perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon.
There are endless possibilities to shake up your exercise routines and stay healthy. If you have been complaining about the lack of variety of exercise locations in Singapore, we hope that these recommendations over here add colour to your regime. Now, get going!