Being physically fit and healthy isn’t hard to achieve. Find the best workouts in Singapore and start moving today!
We all know the reasons for not exercising regularly. Too busy working! Too many family commitments! I don’t know how to get started!
Whatever it is, setting aside a little time – just an hour a day – to give yourself a workout, is the best thing you can do to improve every part of your life. Regular exercise improves our physical and mental health; you’ll be more productive at work, have more energy to socialise with friends and generally feel good about yourself.
Aerobics exercises make you breathe harder and get your heart beating faster. This strengthens your cardiovascular system. Aerobic exercises are also efficient ways to burn off calories.
Many health conditions are alleviated by aerobic exercises – obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, blood sugar, Type 2 diabetes and stroke – in addition to certain types of cancer. A bonus is that exercise aids weight loss, builds muscle tone, and improves your appearance in general.
The psychological effects of regular aerobics exercises are phenomenal. People who exercise regularly are often more energised – with a greater sense of self-control, reduced stress levels and an improved ability to concentrate.
With exercise, you are also likely to sleep better and feel less depressed. So no more waiting – get started!
Haven't been able to fit into that old pair of jeans? Aerobic exercises are the best way to get back in shape. Your waist size is an indicator of the amount of abdominal fat you have. There is a very strong correlation between abdominal fat and your risk of contracting diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.
This really depends on your age, health profile, how long you have been inactive and your preferences – i.e. what kind of physical activities do you enjoy?
One of the reasons that many who start an exercise programme don’t stick to it is that they don’t actually like it much. Find something that you really enjoy so you will keep doing it. Also, find something which you can fit into your schedule easily.
In Singapore, it’s very easy to keep fit if you have the will to do so. There is no shortage of facilities available, all within a stone’s throw away, anywhere in the country. Parks with fitness corners and jogging tracks are ample around the neighbourhood.
Swimming is often described as an all-round activity. Besides the workout it gives your heart and lungs, it helps to build muscle strength. Swimming is also something you can do at your own pace, whenever you have access to a pool.
Of late, cycling has become very popular in Singapore, due to the well-landscaped and connected network of parks that have sprouted up all across the island (with cycle-friendly tracks). If you are slightly more adventurous, you may want to head out to the mountain bike trails at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Kent Ridge Bike Trail, Coney Island or Pulau Ubin and enjoy the panoramic views.
Fitness clubs in Singapore also offer a range of interesting aerobic exercise classes such as pilates, boxing, piloxing (a combination of pilates and boxing), dance fitness exercises of varying sorts, as well as a range of combat fitness types.
If you need a routine to maintain discipline, class schedules might help you stick to an exercise regimen. In other words, whatever suits your style! Popular HPB programmes such as Sundays @ the Park (see below) offer aerobics sessions such as Zumba, piloxing, kickboxing, jazz classes, and many others. And they are all free!
One caution: if you are just starting again after a long layoff or if you have or have had any specific health ailments, you might want to consult your doctor about what is the best exercise for you.
HPB has a comprehensive range of fitness programmes to appeal to almost any fitness enthusiast. These programmes also range in terms of their intensity.
Start every day on an energised note! “Sunrise in the City” is a studio-gym based morning workout programme. There is an exciting combination of over 40 workout sessions such as aerobics-dance workouts, cardio, strength, and mind-body programmes, at over 20 different locations in the country.
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Mixing fun with fitness, HPB’s aerobic-infused dance fitness programmes offer an enjoyable way to get fit. You can choose between Zumba, modern dance, Boxercise, body combat routines and more. These weekly, hour-long workouts are specially choreographed and suit all fitness levels.
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This outdoor event provides an opportunity for you to bond with family and friends over fun activities and instructor-led group workouts. You can pick a host of new tips on getting fit while spending quality time with your close ones, close to nature.
HPB’s action-packed, hour-long workouts set in a mall, are sure to get your heart rate up and pumping. A great opportunity to connect with your community, bond with your family, or simply work off the stress after a hard day’s work.
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Getting fit and staying fit should be a lifelong process. There are several keys to staying the course:
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This article was last reviewed on
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
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