Fun outdoor hobbies you can pick up for a healthier lifestyle

·Lifestyle Editor
·4 min read

With the easing of measures against Covid-19, online conversations are buzzing with a specific new guideline: optional mask-off when outdoors.

Yes, this means long romantic walks on the beach, hiking at Bukit Timah, alfresco dining and more are now as enjoyable as pre-covid times.

Also, if the packed nature and coastal parks in Singapore is any indication, people seems more conscious about leading an active outdoor lifestyle nowadays anyway.

For those who want to be a part of the wild outdoors (as wild as Singapore can get, at least), you don't even need to be super fit in the first place to enjoy your day out. The most important thing is to find something that you enjoy, which will allow you to have fun while keeping active. It's a win-win, really.

Consider this list of outdoor activities for your next outing!

Cycling

People bicycle on a road surrounded by tropical rainforest in Singapore. Seen a sunny day.
People bicycle on a road surrounded by tropical rainforest in Singapore. (Photo: Gettyimages)

Looking for a cost-effective and scenery-filled way to stay fit and bond with family and friends? Cycling ticks all the boxes. It also allows you to cover more ground in Singapore without herculean efforts. You can easily rent the bicycle and gear from parks or if you choose to, get your own!

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Starter kit needed:

Bicycle

Helmet

Related: What you should know before buying foldable bicycles online

Hiking

Hiking is now not as painful! (PHOTO: Gettyimages)
Hiking is now not as painful! (PHOTO: Gettyimages)

Not into running? Take a long pleasant walk through any of Singapore's 164 trails, most of which will bring you through forests or reservoirs. Walking is not taxing on the knees and you can easily achieve the 10,000 steps recommended by Health Promotion Board.

Starter kit needed:

Activewear

Mosquito repellant

Water bottle

A small bag to hold everything in

Sturdy hiking shoes

Horse Riding

Trot along in horse stables in the outskirts of Singapore. (PHOTO: Gettyimages)
Trot along in horse stables in the outskirts of Singapore. (PHOTO: Gettyimages)

If you have a little bit more extra cash to spare, horse riding is a more unusual experience you can get in Singapore. Even if we cannot afford both the price and upkeep of a horse, there are guided rides and lessons available at Gallop Stable, Bukit Timah Saddle Club, Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre, National Equestrian Centre and Singapore Polo Club.

Kayaking

Kayaking is a new way to see Singapore. PHOTO: Gettyimages
Kayaking is a new way to see Singapore. PHOTO: Gettyimages

Since we're surrounded by water and waterways, it makes sense to use kayaking to see Singapore from an angle we haven't done before! All you need is plenty of sunscreen and a sense of adventure. Or, you can simply book a session here and let the experts handle the preparations for you.

Starter kit needed:

Kayaks

Sunscreen

Water bottle

Sunglasses

Dry bag

Longboarding

Longboarding has seen a resurgence these past couple of years, and it's not hard to spot groups of enthusiasts weaving in and out of human traffic in the areas near the Esplanade, Kallang Stadium, Marina Bay Sands and Gardens By The Bay.

Starter kit needed:

Longboards

Knee Pads

Camera to record your tricks

Skateboarding

Compared to longboarding, skateboarders are more prominent in the local scene. In recent years, the public has become more accepting of skateboarders, with more skateboard-friendly parks erected in neighbourhoods. Even actress Zoe Tay, host Vivian Lai and more local celebrities are joining in the fun with their children.

Starter kit needed:

Skateboard

Knee Pads

Camera to record your tricks

Related: You're never too young or old to skateboard. Get on board with your kids today!

Scuba Diving

Globefish pufferfish port Phillip bay
Hello there cute underwater creature (Photo: Gettyimages)

Dig deep into Singapore and discover our tiny red dot from the sea. If you're lucky, you may even spot pink dolphins, dugongs, sea turtles and more!

Before even investing in any gears, make sure you got your Basic Open Waters certification. Beginners can also check out the dives available in Singapore here.

Outdoor Yoga

Stay in the moment with a practice that's entirely your own
Outdoor yoga can change up perspectives. (Photo: Virgin Active)

You might be no stranger to yoga, but simply moving it out into nature or somewhere without a roof over your head, and the experience could feel different

Starter kit needed:

Yoga Mat

Yoga Blocks

Activewear

Related: Yoga comes with a view at Marina Bay Sands Skypark

Quad Skating/Roller Derby

Much like cycling, longboarding and rollerblading, quad skating, also known as derby rollers or roller skates, has seen a revival in recent times. Especially colourful skates and dance-like tricks you can do make it a joyful experience to indulge in indeed!

Starter kit needed:

Quad Skates

Knee Pads

Camera to record your tricks

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