Want to get fit and have fun? Give the treadmill a miss and do some of these outdoor activities in Singapore that’ll get the heart pumping. From HIT, cycling, aqua fitness, tennis lessons and other fitness classes in Singapore, here are some great ways to get fit outdoors.
#1 Outdoor personal training
Enlisting the guidance of a personal trainer can be an excellent way to achieve your health and fitness goals. Having a fitness programme that’s tailored to your individual lifestyle, needs and abilities can go a long way in helping you achieve just the results you’re after, and working with a professional can help you to improve your form, avoid injuries and establish healthy habits.
If you’re looking for the added benefits of exercising in the fresh air, or don’t have access to a condo gym but want to get in shape, you’ll want to know about Athleaders, a fitness provider that delivers personalised workouts and nutrition coaching with the convenience of coming to the client.
So, whether you want to train right outside your office building during your lunch break or at the park near your kids’ school after morning drop-off, they’ll bring their expertise to wherever you are – they’ll even bring the equipment! This winning “customisation, convenience and results” approach is what drives measurable, visible and goal-based results for their clients, who range from working professionals to stay-at-home mums. In fact, the Athleaders team has trained hundreds of clients outdoors – from open areas at their condominiums to nearby green spaces and even in car parks!
Quote “ELOutdoorPT” for 50 percent off your personal training trial, plus a free consultation call. WhatsApp 9890 7224 or email support@athleaders to get started!
Learn more at athleaders.co
#2 Aqua fitness
Water workouts are a great alternative to land-based cardio workouts, with an added advantage of being easy on the joints. Plus, aqua fitness a great way to keep cool!
If you’re looking for a water-based workout that doesn’t involve swimming laps, you’ll want to check out The Ripple Club, which offers efficient, interactive and low-impact aqua fitness classes for anyone, regardless of fitness level. Think of it as aqua cycling!
In addition to personal training, there are three different aqua fitness classes to choose from, all using water resistance to deliver some serious results. Ripple Box is a cardio- and strength-focused aqua boxing class that’ll get your heart pumping, Ripple Ride is an energetic aqua cycling workout, and Ripple Circuit combines strength training and cardio using stationary aqua bikes and other water-resistance equipment.
Learn more at therippleclub.fit
#3 Outdoor fitness classes
Training in a group with like-minded people is great for motivation and can make exercising more fun. Luckily, there are loads of group fitness options across the island.
UFIT, for instance, is one of the largest fitness communities in Singapore, known for its great variety of high-energy outdoor fitness classes. From fast-paced HIIT and cardio-focused Burn classes to strengthtraining Build classes and low-impact Pilates workouts, there’s something to get everyone’s heart pumping across locations such as Fort Canning Park, the Botanic Gardens, Katong Park and Oasia Hotel Downtown.
Youʼll definitely want to take advantage of UFIT’s 10-day Intro Pass ($49), which gives you access to all outdoor and indoor classes across multiple locations. It’s a great way to try out the classes before you commit! You can also get access to free unlimited group classes when you sign up for UFIT’s four- or six-week personal training programmes.
Visit ufit.com.sg/fitness/outdoor-classes to find out more.
Tennis lessons in Singapore
Tennis is a total-body workout with loads of benefits. In addition to strengthening your heart with aerobic activity, you’ll reap the rewards of toned arms, improved coordination and agility, and quality time spent with your partner or friends in the fresh air. It’s also an excellent stress buster, as the sport requires focus and strategy, taking your mind off of life and onto the court for some friendly competition.
There are programmes and places galore for practicing tennis here in Singapore, from condo courts and recreation centres to country clubs, schools and hotels. For example, UFIT’s Savitar Tennis Centre located inside Fairmont Hotel offers clinics and tennis lessons in Singapore for adults, and programmes and camps for kids. They even offer a popular adult Tennis Burn class, which combines the skills and movements of tennis with elements of functional fitness to create an on-court conditioning sweat sesh.
Hiking is good for both your body and your brain! Not only does it offer a full-body cardio workout, but it’s also a great opportunity to get outside and soak up some sunshine. Research shows that getting outdoors more often can boost our energy and mood, relieve stress, fight depression and anxiety, stimulate creativity and concentration, reduce inflammation and lower risks of heart attack.
Luckily for us, there are loads of locales across Singapore for a nice extended walk with the fam or friends – from MacRitchie Reservoir Park and the Southern Ridges to any one of Singapore’s many other trails. You’ll engage different muscle groups all at once, including your core, thighs, calves and ankles, while building cardiovascular strength and burning calories. And, it’s free – a win for everybody!
#5 Cycling in Singapore
Another low-impact activity for all ages and fitness levels, cycling is great for burning fat and building muscle, thanks to the resistance involved. And, while you might think of it as a workout exclusively for your calves, quads and glutes, cycling is actually a full-body workout that forces you to use your core and back muscles to keep balanced, especially when biking outdoors.
This article first appeared in the May 2023 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!