Eating well and keeping fit are one of the most common new year resolutions, but too many put off their fitness goals. No time, no money, no motivation are excuses we are unfortunately too familiar with.
However, if you have the right motivation, there are actually plenty of fitness programmes that can fast track your active lifestyle. The best part? They’re completely free!
While exercising alone at home or at your neighbourhood fitness corner is also free, joining a fitness class with others allow you to make new friends and keep your motivation on the long journey towards a fitter and healthier you.
So here are 6 fun fitness programmes that you should consider joining to keep on track of your fitness resolutions without spending a single cent.
# 1 Sunrise In The City (SITC)
Started by the Health Promotion Board (HPB), Sunrise In the City (SITC) is a programme to get working professionals to work out at commercial gyms or studios near their workplaces. There are many workout choices, ranging from aerobics-dance workouts, mind-body programmes to strength and conditioning workouts, which are suitable for all fitness levels.
Furthermore, participants can also utilize the facilities provided by the gyms/ studios for a certain duration during the sessions. You get to enjoy great savings from gym memberships simply just by waking up early.
With a price tag of $0, coupled with convenience and quality classes, it is no wonder that SITC is a great hit among the office workers. In fact, it is so popular that HPB introduced lunchtime and weekend classes.
Do sign up early as registration is based on a first-come-first-serve basis.
# 2 Sundays@The Park
Want to work out during the weekends but lacking a push? Sundays@The Park is a good option for those who are looking for a quick and fun workout near them.
Conducted at 84 parks island-wide, you can look forward to weekly hour-long workout sessions led by qualified instructors and trainers. There are 19 types of exercises to choose from, ranging from Piloxing and Kpop X to Boxercise and Bollyrobics. They even offer Men’s Boot Camp and Circuit Training for the guys who are looking for strength and resistance training.
Other than getting your workout fix, take this time to enjoy quality bonding with your family and friends (or even neighbours) as well!
# 3 Sports Hub FIT-Sessions
Be it Yoga, Zumba, Cardio Blast or community runs, these free daily workout sessions are offered by Singapore Sports Hub for everyone at no cost.
These FIT-Sessions are conducted by certified trainers and are suitable for all fitness levels. What better way to experience new workout routines with a community of sports and fitness enthusiasts at our very own state-of-the-art sports hub?
Spaces for each session are limited so do register early to avoid disappointment. Keep a lookout for other Sports Hub initiatives such as Sports Hub Learn-To-Play that your children can get to enjoy too.
# 4 Meetup.com
As an online platform that connects like-minded individuals with similar interests, Meetup.com is where you can find sports and fitness groups that suits your interests and fitness levels.
With a wide array of groups to choose from, go forth and forge some new friendships. You can even step out of your comfort zone and try out those sports you have always been wanting to try.
Whether for recreation, leisure or just simply for the love of sports, finding a passionate group of friends can spice up your weekly workout routines!
# 5 Mall Workouts
A group of workout enthusiasts dancing to the beat of pump-up music at a mall atrium – mall workouts are no longer an uncommon sight in Singapore.
Ever wanted to have a try at kickboxing, Kpop Fitness, or Zumba? There are several malls which offer fun and action-packed workout that are easy to follow for all individuals of different fitness levels.
With the zealous trainer on stage guiding you, get moving along with your fellow enthusiasts to the beat of the music and you will get to complete a full workout just within an hour!
# 6 Virgin Active
To encourage active living among office-based employees, Virgin Active offers complimentary classes for the public to enjoy free mass workout sessions.
There are weekly sessions offered at 3 locations – Outdoors at The Heart at Marina One, B1 Star Plaza at Star Vista and Urban Park at Tanjong Pagar Centre. There are also outdoor classes every Wednesday and Saturday at the Open Plaza in Duo Galleria.
In addition, from 2 July, Virgin Active will be organising a weekly outdoor run around the CBD every Monday. The starting point for the run is at Virgin Active Raffles Place.
From POP Pilates to Body Combat, Yoga and group runs – these sessions will certainly get your heart pumping after a long work day stuck at your desk. Time to rope in your colleagues to join in the fun!
When There’s A Will, There’s A Way
With Singaporeans leading a mostly sedentary lifestyle, it is heartening that the government and private organisations is pushing out initiatives to encourage Singaporeans to get sufficient physical activity regularly.
There is no lack of options to lead an active lifestyle and it is likely that you’ll be able to find something that suits your schedule and convenience. In fact, keeping fit does not have to be restricted to mundane workouts. Why not try something new for free?
Regardless of where you are in your fitness journey, here’s a chance to renew your commitment to improve your health and keep your resolutions on track. When there’s a will, there’s a way.