Work Up a Sweat for Better Health

So lately, it seems like many social media platforms, 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 work, lunches, studies, family and friends, parties, and naps, who has time to work out?

Physical activity can help you to maintain a healthy weight and stay fit. And yes, we know you’ve heard it before, but it's worth 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 can also boost your mood.

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

1. Use Free Fitness Corners at Parks or HDB Housing Estates 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.

Thankfully, most town councils and parks around Singapore offer well-equipped fitness corners or fitness stations that are completely free of charge!

Most of them will include everything you need for a hollistic workout alone or with friends: leg swing, chest press, leg press, shoulder press, sit-up bench and cycling bike are just some of the common outdoor fitness equipment you can find!

If you need ideas for exercises to do at the fitness corner, check this handy guide out .

Just make sure you do proper warm-up and cool-down, and pace yourself so you don't get injured when handling the equipment!

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

Walking, jogging, hiking and trekking are some great social activities that are free and easily accessible to all.

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!

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.

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.

3. Rollerblade Or Cycle 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 and cycling are perfect group activities 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!

You can also consider 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.

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. If you are not into tricks, you can try cruising long distances on your skateboard for an effective aerobic workout.

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

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