Healthy Activities in Jakarta
Looking for new ways to look fit and fab? We’ve got the inside scoop of sports and activity ideas around town. Some are hard work, some are just plain fun!
Yoga is catching on fast in the Big Durian. Get your yoga fix at Yoga studios around town as you stretch, tone and perfect your downward dog.
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Head to one of the golf courses for a swing or two. Popular inner-city locations for a round include Bandar Kemayoran Golf, Jakarta Golf Club, Senayan National Golf Club and Pondok Indah Golf Course.
Fans of Bruce Lee you’re in for a treat! Impact practices a variety of martial arts including kickboxing, kendo, muay thai, jujitsu and regular boxing.
Impact, Rukan Elang Laut, Jln. Boulevard PIK, block C. No.1 & 2, Jakarta Utara, p. +62 878 8629 7799, p. + 62 21 99110888, e.[email protected].
If you like to go it alone then swimming might be more up your alley (or lane). You can’t look past the aquatic center at the Cilandak Sports Centre (in Cilandak Town Square Complex), which boasts a 50-metre swimming pool for doing laps. It is clean and chlorinated, and also includes a smaller shallow pool for the littlies. Open to the public 6am-10pm.
Cilandak Sprots Centre, Jl. Letjen TB Simatupang (behind Cilandak Town Square) Cilandak Barat, p. +62 21 750 1960, +62 21 750 3075.
Head to Gelora Bung Karno sports arena for jogging, cycling, aerobics, and calisthenics. The indoor and outdoor tennis stadiums, small gymnasiums, softball field, archery field and football training field provide a place for keen Jakartans to practice just about anything.
Komplek Gelora Bung Karno, Jalan Pintu Satu Senayan, Jakarta 10270, p. +62 21 5734070.
The International Sport Club of Indonesia (ISCI) is a great go-to point for a range of indoor and outdoor sports and activities including sailing, badminton, cricket, fitness & aerobics, golf, rugby & soccer (both junior and senior), squash, swimming, and tennis, Tae Kwon Do, netball, and basketball, which all take place within the 5 hectare complex that the centre occupies. Membership is required to use the facilities.
International Sport Club of Indonesia (ISCI), Jl. Ciputat Raya No. 2 Tangerang 15419, Indonesia, p. +62 21 749 0540, f. +62 21 749 0754.
Another one-stop-spot for tennis, golf or swimming is the Kemang Sports Centre, which includes tennis courts, a driving range and a swimming pool.
Kemang Sports Centre, Komplek Loka Indah, Jl. Warung Buncit Raya No 44, Tel: 021 799 5839
If you ever thought cycling was near impossible in the Big Durian then think again! Ikatan Penggemar Olahra Sepeda Jakarta (IPSJ) / Jakarta Cycling Club organise weekend rides. Saturday rides focus on stretching while the Sunday ride is more organised, taking a route within inner Jakarta’s roads starting from Jl. Jenderal Sudirman.
Ikatan Penggemar Olahra Sepeda Jakarta (IPSJ) / Jakarta Cycling Club, Jl. Kaji Raya No. 1 F Jakarta 10130, p. +62 21 633 2727, f. +62 21 630 2727, p[email protected]
Ultimate Frisbee? Jakartans do that too! DiscIndo is the local utlimate frisbee group that plays friendly and competition matches on Sundays from 4-6 pm and Thursdays from 8-10pm in the Senayan outdoor complex in central Jakarta.
DiscIndo or join the Discindo email group, e. [email protected] yahoogroups.com.
Get your boots on for futsal. There are indoor soccer venues all around the city, with Planet Futsal being the largest chain for enthusiasts of the game.
Planet Futsal, p. +62 21 5864840, +62 21 5870446, +62 21 5867882, +62 21 58905618, +62 21 58905619, Twitter @planetfutsal.
By Simone Samuels
Simone Samuels is a certified holistic health and lifestyle coach, raw food chef, and founder of The Wellness Warung.
Top image: Ikatan Penggemar Olahra Sepeda Jakarta (IPSJ) / Jakarta Cycling Club