Explore the great outdoors🌳: How and where you can work up a sweat

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Can’t travel? No matter. It’s about time we explore our own backyard. Many of us lament that there’s not much we can do back home in terms of outdoor activities. No doubt we can’t compare to the likes of the Australian outback and the National Parks in countries like the US. But there’s actually a wide diversity of flora and fauna in our garden city if we would just give it a chance.

Did you know that Singapore has 350 parks and 4 nature reserves? And that our entire island is well-connected by an interlinked network called the Park Connector Network (PCN)? There’s plenty of designated green spaces where we can indulge in our favourite outdoor activities. Be it water sports, running, hiking, cycling or simply walking, find out where you can go to reap the therapeutic benefits of nature on the National Parks website. But before you head out, check out the safe distancing site for traffic at these locations.

Get far from the madding crowds in the malls. With no sign of the COVID-19 situation abating, there’s no better time to get out there and explore Singapore’s great outdoors. Here’s a list of our favourite outdoor activities you can engage in, as well as accompanying gear and accessories to work out safely and head out in style. And don't forget the sunscreen!

Outdoor Adventures Stand-Up Paddling Ubin Expedition, S$100

PHOTO: Klook. Outdoor Adventures Stand-Up Paddling Ubin Expedition
PHOTO: Klook. Outdoor Adventures Stand-Up Paddling Ubin Expedition

Outdoor Adventures Kayaking with Certification, from S$60

PHOTO: Klook. Outdoor Adventures Kayaking with Certification
PHOTO: Klook. Outdoor Adventures Kayaking with Certification

Mega Adventure, from S$20

PHOTO: Klook. Mega Adventure
PHOTO: Klook. Mega Adventure

Scuba Diving At Pulau Hantu in Singapore, from S$130

PHOTO: Klook. Scuba Diving At Pulau Hantu in Singapore
PHOTO: Klook. Scuba Diving At Pulau Hantu in Singapore

Wear a long-sleeve UV top to counteract the long hours under the sun

Run like the wind

Since the start of the circuit breaker in April last year, more have embraced running and discovered the joys of pounding the streets. Not only is running a good form of cardio exercise, the weight-bearing workout also builds bone density. Are your sports shoes worse for wear now? Check out our Yahoo TV video above to find out how you can prolong the shelf life of your favourite kicks. 

Men's Running Shoe, Nike Free RN 5.0, S$110 (was S$159)

Men's Running Shoe, Nike Free RN 5.0, S$110 (was S$159). PHOTO: Nike
Men's Running Shoe, Nike Free RN 5.0, S$110 (was S$159). PHOTO: Nike

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7, Women's, S$219

PHOTO: Nike. Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7, Women's
PHOTO: Nike. Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7, Women's

Ladies, never run without a good sports bra!

Alo Yoga Airlift Crescent bra, S$82

PHOTO: Alo Yoga. Airlift Crescent bra
PHOTO: Alo Yoga. Airlift Crescent bra

Let’s hike and do some forest-bathing

It took a pandemic and travel restrictions for locals to explore our own backyards. In fact, many have been pleasantly surprised at the diversity of nature that Singapore has to offer, in terms of flora and fauna, PCNs and even off-the-beaten-track trails that are so worth exploring. Who knows, you may be the next to discover wild boars and monkeys commonly seen during hikes in Singapore. All you need to get started is a pair of sturdy and hardworking hiking boots and some rainproof equipment. 

CAT colorado hiker boots in nubuck sundance, S$148.99 (was S$222.99)

Get 20% off EVERYTHING with code "ASOSNEWYES"

PHOTO: ASOS. CAT colorado hiker boots in nubuck sundance
PHOTO: ASOS. CAT colorado hiker boots in nubuck sundance

Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Hiking Boot, S$120.03

PHOTO: Amazon. Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Hiking Boot
PHOTO: Amazon. Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Hiking Boot

Buckle waterproof mini backpack, S$146.99 (20% off with code "ASOSNEWYES")

PHOTO: ASOS. Buckle waterproof mini backpack
PHOTO: ASOS. Buckle waterproof mini backpack

If you love cycling

There's nothing like having the wind blow in your face and vitamin D shining on you to rejuvenate and recharge. But sore butts are a real pain in the ass, literally. Here's a pro-tip: Many cycling pros swear by the chamois cream. Apply to butt before your rides. Try it for yourself!  

Get a bicycle

Is the glaring sun preventing you from having a safe ride? Get a polarized sports sunglasses you can wear everywhere.

Polarized Sports Sunglasses for Women & Men, S$29.40

PHOTO: Amazon. Polarized Sports Sunglasses for Women & Men
PHOTO: Amazon. Polarized Sports Sunglasses for Women & Men

Men's Bicycle Pants, Coolmax, padded, S$39.12

PHOTO: Amazon. Men's Bicycle Pants, Coolmax, padded
PHOTO: Amazon. Men's Bicycle Pants, Coolmax, padded

More bicycle shorts from Amazon

Gloss Bike Short, S$72 (was S$89.99)

Save up to S$50 with the purchase of a sports bra + bike shorts at Lorna Jane

PHOTO: Amazon. Bike Short
PHOTO: Amazon. Bike Short

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