Whether you’re training for race day, or just want to get fit and active, check out our top five training spots in Singapore, from parks and reservoirs to beaches and tracks.
Whether you’re a newbie to running, or a seasoned professional, Singapore is home to tonnes of tracks and trails that cater to all fitness levels. And don’t be put off by Singapore’s heat and humidity either; there are plenty of shady spots ideal for alfresco jogging to boot! We say ditch the treadmill and start pounding the pavements; here’re our top five alfresco training spots that cater for everything from a leisurely jog, to hardcore hill sprints.
But before you don those trainers, be sure to get those motivational tunes pumping (’cause there’s nothing quite like nailing that Rocky moment!). We’re fans of Sony’s NW-WS410 Sports Walkman®, built to withstand the elements, it’s the perfect training partner. Not only is it waterproof (to a depth of 2m, even in salt water), it also has 12 hours of battery juice, a 4GB memory and is totally wireless, so you can focus on your workout rather than a tangle of wires. The comfortable wrap-around design fits snugly to your head and stays in place, so you can run, jump, and train harder. What’s more, the ambient sound mode allows you to hear sound around you, even as you listen to music; chat to your running buddies or listen to your fitness trainer without missing a beat. Score! Happy Running.
For beginners: East Coast Park
This 15km path is perfect for newbies to running. A flat route, water and toilet stops at regular intervals, and pretty views of the ocean to distract you from the inevitable pain of running! Plus, it’s shady during the day and well-lit at night, making it an ideal route irrespective of whether you’re an early bird or night owl.
For barefoot: Sentosa beaches
For those who swear by running sans trainers, the 3.5km stretch of sun-kissed Sentosa beaches – from Siloso to Tanjong beach – is the perfect spot. Be prepared for serious muscle burn; running in the sand is no walk in the park!
For hill sprints: Southern Ridges Trail
Hardcore hill sprinters, rejoice! This 10km circuit that connects three parks is an uphill battle from start to finish. The spectacular views as you cross Henderson Waves Bridge is a well-deserved reward, as are the verdant green panoramic vistas when you hit the top of Mount Faber Peak and Kent Ridge Park.
For triathletes: Singapore Sports Hub
Perfect your race technique on the 888m fully-sheltered running track (it’s free to use and open 24-hours a day), before heading into the OCBC Aquatic Centre to prep for the watery leg of this event. Why not cycle home to complete a full triathlon training sesh? A Sony NW-WS410 Sports Walkman® will ensure the tunes are pumping every step of the way (even in the pool!) to keep you motivated during this ultimate endurance challenge.
For marathon runners: MacRitchie Nature Trail & Reservoir Park
The range of various terrains – from uneven dirt tracks and grassy banks, to boardwalks and smooth pavements – combined with hills make this a popular spot for seasoned runners and marathon trainers. We also never tire of seeing wild monkeys cheering us on from the treetops!
This article is sponsored by Sony Electronics Singapore