What is fitness?
Fitness encompasses a broad spectrum of activities: from attempting pilates on the rooftop of People’s Park Complex to kayaking in Kallang, there is no limit to what you can do with your body.
Amidst the fitness craze, many exercise-enthusiasts often have trouble picking from the wide array of gym memberships, yoga classes, and adventure-sport hubs that scatter amongst Singapore’s coastline. And yet, most tend to overlook the most basic yet beneficial form of exercise: walking.
Health Benefits of Walking
Walking has incredible and transformative health benefits, especially if you are leading a sedentary lifestyle and haven’t found your “niche” exercise! On a health standpoint, walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk factors for heart disease and high blood pressure. It also helps to manage blood glucose levels and reduce risk of developing type II diabetes.
If you have diabetes, there are a few precautions to consider before your walk.
- Monitor your glucose levels before and after your walk. You may even need to check your blood-sugar during long, extended walks.
- Carry hypo treatment. This is important for those who take diabetes medications and insulin. You don’t want to get caught short with no treatment for a low glucose level while you are walking. A sugary drink or glucose tablets would be an ideal hypo treatment to carry.
- Wear comfortable and well- fitted footwear to avoid damage or injuries to your feet.
Most importantly, walking isn’t solely related to fitness, and you can incorporate it into other interests and hobbies.
Through this activity guide, you can walk, get active, and enjoy the beautiful scenery and landmarks in Singapore!
1. Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
This historical gem has been archived for some time, and has been opened to the public again in 2016.
The dome-like interior is walled with paintings that depict the trade relationships between Malaysia and Singapore during the times of colonisation.
The railway station will be open until 25th Dec of 2016, and will be shut down for renovation until 2025. Hurry over to check it out if you haven’t!
2. Botanic Gardens
This UNESCO World Heritage site is a 156-year-old tropical garden home to over 10,000 species of flora, and holds the world’s largest orchid collection of 3,200 species and hybrids.
Although this is a current hot-spot for tourists and runners, the land formerly accommodated the boom of the 1920’s rubber trade industry!
Take a walk around Botanic Gardens to learn more about the history of it and how it shaped the regional economy, and uncover the library of plant species that inhabit the garden today.
3. Fort Canning
Fort Canning traces back to the 14th century, when the land held a tombstone for Malaysian kings and also World War II, when the British established a defence base on the hill to stall the Japanese invasion.
Now, the fort is not only a nature attraction but also a venue for Singapore’s prominent arts, culture, and entertainment activities. In addition, the park is famous for the ASEAN Sculpture Garden!
Take a leisure stroll at Fort Canning park, and delve into the history behind Singapore’s most ancient landmark.
4. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Crowned as Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park, this wild and untamed nature enclave bears a stark contrast to the symmetrical greenery that pervades most of the island. The park is home to both flora and fauna; comprising of an extensive mangrove forest and wildlife such as crabs, shellfish, lizards, water snakes, otters, and coastal birds.
Trek through the park to discover these friendly creatures in their most natural habitat.
5. Civic District
Designed by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1822, the Civic District is an area in Central Singapore that comprises of a myriad of historical landmarks adjacent to the Singapore River.
Some famous landmarks include, Cavenagh Bridge, the Asian Civilizations Museum, the Old Parliament House, and the Empress Place.
At each stopping point, you can find out the significance of each landmark with regards to Singapore’s colonial background and international trade center!
Originally a part of an extensive nutmeg plantation, the Istana is the official residence and working office of the Prime Minister of Singapore.
Before independence, the Istana was built for Singapore’s first colonial and British governor and was formally known as the “Government House”.
The Istana is only open on certain days of the year, and it’s free for all Singaporeans and PRs. Other visitors can pay $2 for admission fee to explore the beautiful place.
Hope you enjoyed our guide for fun activities in Singapore!
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