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How do you keep fit in Singapore?

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There are so many ways to keep fit in Singapore and staying healthy, and they aren’t necessarily spending hours on a treadmill in your local gym. But, unfortunately, we all start to lose our motivation for regular exercise, and it becomes a chore rather than a fun way to keep healthy. 

So whether you want to maintain your fitness or decide that it is time to step up and begin a more active lifestyle, this article will give you some healthy ways to keep fit in Singapore. 

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Places to Exercise in Singapore Without Going to a Gym

Whether you are a runner or a walker, Singapore has some fantastic tracks that allow you to explore this wonderful island country and never get bored. If your local park or hiking track won’t cut it anymore, so how can I stay fit without a gym membership?

  • East Coast Park is the largest park in Singapore as it is spread over 460 acres. There is plenty of watersports to enjoy, along with great bike and walking paths to get the heart pumping. 
  • Pulau Ubin is one of the best islands in Singapore to explore; with bikes to rent and lots to see, it is a great way to see a little bit of untouched Singapore. 
  • Bukit Timah Reserve is one of those places that you can go back again and again and never get bored whether you choose the same route each time or switch it up a little. It is a little piece of heaven in the middle of Singapore, which makes it the perfect location to keep fit in Singapore.
  • Marina Bay Sands SkyPark usually is where you would take visitors for a fantastic view of Singapore; what if I said you could do early morning yoga before the city rises? Now that would be a reason to wake up early.

Bukit Timah Reserve

Fun things to try that don’t involve a gym

Whether your motivation is weight loss or you want to build a more muscular body, why not try activities such as:

  • Rock climbing is a fun way to keep fit without feeling like you are working out. The best thing about rock climbing regularly is it improves endurance, strengthens muscles and improves stamina as it is an excellent way to look after your mental health. 
  • Bungee workout is excellent for an all-over workout, emphasising engaging your core without you even realising it. It is unique because it combines cardio and resistance training in a fun way while the low impact exercise is gentler to your joints. 
  • Aerial Yoga is very different to any other yoga I have ever tried; it is fun, challenging and you leave feeling proud that you could achieve things you thought were never possible. If you love a good stretch or are after a workout that releases tension, increases balance strengthens your core and has you aware of your breathing; then this is the activity for you.
  • Dance classes can be fun, and you can learn a new skill and meet new people simultaneously. There are so many different styles out there, from Burlesque to Bellydancing and everything in between.
  • Rebounding is exercising on a mini-trampoline. It is an all-body exercise that builds muscle, strengthens your core and burns calories while being gentler on the bones; who doesn’t want an activity that ticks all the boxes? 

Belly dancing classes

Exciting Ways To Work Out In Singapore for free

We all know you can try pretty much anything in Singapore, but most come with a price tag, and sometimes those price tags can seriously break the budget. So if you want to keep fit but don’t want to break the bank, then try a few of these; 

  • Join a Facebook group with like-minded people; HERS (Hiking, exercising and running Singapore). It is a great way to keep motivated; either check-in and see if there is anyone around your area interested in working out or post something yourself. There are always people looking for companions to that would like to train too. 
  • Go for a swim; most condos or apartment blocks have swimming pools but if you don’t have access, try heading over to places like Sentosa Island, where you can swim in the ocean for free and keep fit in Singapore
  • Outdoor Yoga is a great way to get your mind and body ready for the day. You can plan your own program or download something onto your phone, grab your yoga mat and headphones, and that is all you need. 
  • Rollerblades and rollerskates seem to be making a comeback around the world, so why not grab a pair and start rolling around the city. The best part about rollerskating in Singapore is that most of the pathways are flat, so it is a perfect way to keep fit in Singapore.
  • Lawn bowls are a fun way to get back into a fitness routine, and the best part is it is free! Book your session online with sports hub, grab a friend and spend an hour learning a new skill. Lawn bowl not only improves fitness but also improves coordination and skill development. Singapore sports hub also has other free activities, so if lawn bowls are not your thing, maybe beach volleyball is?

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Ways To Keep Fit And Healthy Indoors

Let’s be serious for a moment; whatever your reasoning for searching for ways to stay healthy, we all have one common goal, and that’s having a decreasing the chance of heart disease, no matter what age you are. For most, getting outside in the humidity and heat is half the reason you struggle to work out in the first place, so why not try some activities in Singapore that you will find inside.

  • Yoga is an excellent way to keep fit in Singapore for so many reasons; it strengthens the body, improves balance and flexibility, can help with injuries and improve your health. In addition, it can relieve stress, change your mood, help you relax, help you sleep better and the list keeps going. You can use programmes like Yoga with Adriene or create your own. 
  • Ice skating is not just for cold climates; ice skating indoors is for everyone. Ice skating improves balance, builds muscle, improves flexibility and increases endurance while learning a new skill and having fun.
  • Indoor classes, and yes, there are endless choices at many different types of gyms in Singapore. You can do spin classes, HIIT classes, pilates classes and more. If you love having an instructor and loads of people around you, then this is probably a good option. Any one of these workout sessions can be fun, and if you mix and match a little to suit your needs, then it starts to feel less of a chore and more of a fun activity.
  • Pilates Reformer is a total body exercise and utilises every muscle in the body. It is a fantastic way to improve joint stability while improving balance and tightening and strengthening glutes, hamstrings and abs. It also improves your posture and flexibility. You might already have a gym membership that incorporates reformer classes, so it is worth checking out.
  • Martial Arts is a great way to learn discipline while doing a full-body workout. There are so many to choose from, so it is best to choose one that suits your needs. Whether you like the structure and control of karate or the problem-solving skills that come with jiu-jitsu, martial arts is a great way to be involved in a community of like-minded people. 

yoga at home

Some Easy Ways to keep the mind healthy

Okay, so now that you know how you are going to keep your body fit and healthy, what are your plans for your mental health? We often forget how important it is to look after the most powerful muscle in the body, the brain. A healthy mind can be the difference in even starting your newfound journey of a healthy lifestyle. 

  • Have you ever heard of grounding? Not the type you may have experienced as a child when you were naughty. But the type that has you getting closer to nature? Earthing can be explained more in the documentary. 
  • Mediation is important for everyone: whether you prefer to mediating in the morning to start the day right, or whether you meditate at night to get a good nights sleep, it doesn’t really matter. Just spending time in solitude is key to a healthy mind. 
  • Having some relaxation time, this could be running a bath, reading a book, resting by the pool. It doesn’t really matter, as long as it is something that keeps you calm and relaxed. 
  • Stop stressing! I know, I. know it is easier said than done. Stressful job, busy family life, troubles at home. Everyday life can be stressful, but how will it change things if you are worrying – ALL THE TIME- about them? If you answered “nothing” then you are right. 
  • Keeping a gratitude journal keeps you feeling positive and reminds you why you are happy. Even in tough times, a gratitude journal can help. There is something about putting it down on paper that makes it feel a little more real. I can’t quite explain it, so perhaps it is time to give it a try and see for yourself.

gratitude journal in isolation

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I hope this post has given you the information you need. If you have any recommendations, tips or advice, I would love for you to share them in the comment section below!

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