Work Up a Sweat for Better Health

So lately, it seems like many TV shows, magazines, newspapers, and websites all send you the same message: "be physically active in order to grow strong and healthy".

It's not that they are nagging you to exercise; it's that they're trying to give you a head-start into a healthy mindset and lifestyle!

But between classes, lunches, studies, friends, parties, and naps, who has time to work out?

Even if you play a sport with your school team, what happens during the holidays? Do you just stop completely and then have a hard time catching up when school resumes?

How about if you just feel like working up a sweat, not for winning? Shouldn't you be able to take part in an individual and non-competitive physical activity whenever you feel like it?

Or what if you just feel like being alone with your thoughts and exercising with your music blasting loudly? Sometimes we all need some alone time, right?

Here are 4 simple ideas to try out without needing to join a gym!

1. Use Free Fitness Corners at Parks, Nature Reserves, or HDB Common Areas in Singapore

Some of us are looking for a gym experience that focuses on exercise and the use of equipment, not on the hassle of memberships, locker rooms, or loud music.

There are currently more than 300​ parks, trails, and nature reserves in Singapore. Thankfully, most town councils, parks and nature reserves around Singapore offer fully-equipped fitness corners or fitness stations that are completely free of charge!

Most of them will include everything you need to exercise alone or with friends: balance beam, chest press, leg press, pull-up bars, sit-up bench, and stretch bars are just some of the outdoor fitness equipment you can find!

Also, Walking, hiking and trekking are some great social activities that don't cost a thing and are easily accessible to all.

These activities also help you to maintain a healthy weight and stay fit. And yes, we know you’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating! Regular exercise can help lower your risks of illnesses such as heart disease and high blood pressure.

The exercise is also good for your mental health, as it reduces stress and anxiety and also gives you more energy.

The Southern Ridges, for instance, is a trail spanning Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, and Kent Ridge Park. The route comprises a 36-metre high bridge known as the Henderson Waves and a brilliant view from the peak of Mount Faber.

So gather your buddies and organise a nice refreshing walk or work out in the open! Just make sure you know what you're doing so that you don't injure yourself when handling the equipment!

2. Walk, Jog, Run, Cycle Around the Island to Improve Physical Fitness

Whether alone or with a friend, walking and jogging are great ways to exercise!

Your heart rate is increased, all your muscles are active, and you get to enjoy the peace and quiet that go with your concentration on physical effort.

Get your favourite music playlist playing through your earpiece or grab a friend you need to catch up with and choose a hiking/jogging trail!

If you're more of a city person and you want to explore and discover new urban spots while getting fit, run at unique Singapore sightseeing spots. Heritage trails are also a good way of walking around while discovering new spots.

Another outdoor activity you and your friends can consider is cycling in Pulau Ubin.

In an age of pollution, Pulau Ubin is a breath of fresh air – literally! Your heart and lungs will thank you for all that exercise and fresh air.

Something not to be missed is Chek Jawa Wetlands, opened to the public since 2007. Chek Jawa has a rich biodiversity, but most of it can only be seen at low tide so be sure to check the tide schedule!

The construction of a boardwalk and viewing tower allows visitors to appreciate Chek Jawa in close proximity without any harm to the natural environment.

Chek Jawa is a 40-minute ride from the entrance of Pulau Ubin, where bicycles can be rented.

3. Rollerblade Along at the Nearby Parks

If jogging or walking is not your thing, then maybe you'll be more at ease with a pair of wheels under your feet!

Whether you've been dying to learn or whether you're already pretty smooth, roller-blading is the perfect group activity and it can be done in many places.

A simple and affordable way of learning is to round up your friends and get the expert of the bunch to teach the beginners!

If all of your friends are pretty much experts, then set yourselves some challenges such as obstacle courses or friendly races!

4. The Coolest Singapore Park Workout? Skateboard at the Skate Park

Skateboarding used to be seen as a sport reserved for daredevils. These days the artistic and athletic qualities have made it ever-so-popular.

Of course, this is still a difficult and potentially painful activity, but the rewards are truly AMAZING!

Kick flips, Shove its, grabs, slides, 360s... all of these tricks are within your reach if you arm yourself with both patience and prowess.

Singapore has many skateboarding communities online that can give you tips on where to start​, point you to the best places to practise, and provide the basic safety instructions.

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