Gym memberships are too expensive for a frugal gal like me. Fortunately, Health Promotion Board (HPB) offers a wide array of workouts and fitness programmes, which are all absolutely free and available to the general public. They have partnered with gyms, fitness centres, and malls to bring you just about every type of trendy workout, from Zumba to Bokwa, Boxercise, hot yoga, Sh’Bam, kickboxing, Body Balance, and KpopX fitness. Whatever your fitness level is, here’s your chance to renew your commitment to improve your health and see for yourself why these fitness workouts are so popular and effective. Please note that registration is required, and if you have been sedentary for a long period of time, you might need to check with your doctor to see if you are able to participate in these workouts.
Sunrise in the City (SITC) Programme
This programme offers instructor-led morning and lunchtime workouts at gyms all over the city. Many of the gyms will give you at least an hour after your class to leave their premises. So if you’re not in a rush and don’t have to leave immediately for work, why not take some time to make use of their equipment and facilities? To register for a class, click here.
100PLUS i-Run: Running With Ease Programme
This programme is a series of ongoing weekly evening running sessions at 3 central locations – the Singapore Sports Hub, the UOB Plaza, and the Mappletree Business Park. The sessions are led by professional trainers who help you to improve your technique and to prevent injury.
A similar programme is also offered by U Sports (part of NTUC). Though not affiliated with HPB, I wanted to include this programme because it also free and offers two additional locations. U Sports Run @ OMB and U Sports Run @ Velocity are group evening running sessions that meet on alternating Fridays (1st & 3rd Friday at Velocity Mall at Novena, and 2nd & 4th Friday at One Marina Bay).
The same three locations for the 100PLUS i-Run programme (the Singapore Sports Hub, the UOB Plaza, and the Mappletree Business Park) are also where the [email protected] programme takes place. These hour-long workouts are instructor-led with different aerobic routines each week.
In addition to gyms and business parks, HPB also offers workouts at malls. These include United Square, The Star Vista, Lot One, JCube, Junction 8, Bedok Point, Jurong Point, Changi City Point, City Square, and Gek Poh Shopping Centre. Similar to [email protected], these weekday evening and Saturday workouts are an hour-long and instructor-led. For a schedule of workouts, please click here.
Sundays in the Park
So far, we’ve covered mornings, lunchtime, evenings, and Saturdays. But let’s not leave Sunday out! Sundays in the Park is the newest HPB Programme. There are free play games (handball, tchoukball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, archery tag, trikkes and step scooters for you to try) , group workouts and even a fitness bootcamp! This programme takes place Sunday mornings at Chua Chu Kang Park, Sembawang Park, Sengkang Riverside Park, Sun Plaza Park (Tampines), and Taman Jurong Greens. For a schedule of workouts and park locations, please visit here.
If you don’t see anything you would be interested in or would like to try, then you could even create your own activity or form your own interest group and apply for an HPB grant. For enquiries on the fitness interest group grant, please email [email protected]
With all these free programmes, there’s just no excuse (monetary-wise) to not workout!