These days, you can get unlimited access to a gym for a little more than $100 a month. While that’s pretty affordable (especially if you clock in at least four times a week), why pay to work out when you can do it for free?
But hold that thought — we’re not telling you to stay home and follow a YouTube video. After all, it’s hard to have the discipline to work up a sweat when the temptation to vegetate in front of the TV is strong. What you can do is sign up for the free fitness programmes offered by the Health Promotion Board.
Get Fit (for Free)!
These workouts take place at various shopping malls and neighbourhood parks across the island, so you’ll be able to find one that’s happening near your home or workplace and cut down on travel time. The best part? Just like working out at the gym, you’ll be exercising alongside like-minded individuals, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to stay motivated.
These workouts come particularly handy for people with desk-bound jobs who spend most of their days moving their fingers across the keyboard, without actually moving around. And through them, you can pretty much clock up 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) every week — as recommended by the National Physical Activity Guidelines — into your lifestyle to stay in shape. Working out this much a week not only helps you burn calories and lower stress levels, but also reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. And considering how these workouts don’t cost a thing, you pretty much have no excuse not to keep fit.
Get Started With These 5 Workouts
Scroll though the gallery to check out some of the free workouts under the Mall Workouts and Sundays @ The Park programmes. For more information, refer to the full list of physical activity programmes.
A cardio workout that combines Pilates, boxing and dance moves, Piloxing not only tones the entire body, but also increases stamina and agility. This high-energy exercise is fast becoming the go-to workout of Hollywood celebs, so you know it’s worth finding out just what the fuss is all about.
Tired of traditional dance routines? Then it’s about time you get started on Zumba, an aerobic workout that weaves in dance moves along to Latin music. It helps you strengthen your core muscles and condition your lower body for a leaner, fitter you.
A portmanteau of “salsa” and “sensation”, Salsation is dance fitness programme that serves to improve your range of motion, body awareness and musicality. The music used is usually Latin, Dancehall, African and Pop, and during each class, you’ll learn how to move your body in the most natural way.
Want to dance like a K-Pop star? Get the basics right with K-Kardio, which comprises simplified K-Pop music video moves and incorporates aerobics, kickboxing, and Hip Hop elements. The workout is as fun as it is intense, and the best part is you get to dance along to the hottest K-Pop hits of the moment.
5. Bolly Dazz
Bolly Dazz combines cardio and resistance training, alternating between between slow and fast speeds to burn fat and build lean muscle quickly. The total body workout has you dancing to 13 to 14 Bollywood tunes each time, and it not only promises a good time, but also helps to improve your coordination and balance.