Need a reason to unchain yourself from the treadmill and head outdoors? Here are six.
There’s something magical (or at least liberating) about jogging outdoors – even in hot, humid and cosmopolitan Singapore. Ask any avid runner and she will likely gush about the many sights to be enjoyed on a downtown loop or suburban trail. From stately city skylines to lush greenery and tranquil waterscapes, you’ll be rewarded with different picturesque views around the island. Here are six rave outdoor routes shared by our Shape readers.
Where to run North Eastern Riverine Loop Park Connector
Raved by Shape reader Arlyn Ahmad, 38, operations assistant
Running route [START] Punggol Park > Sungei Serangoon Park Connector > Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk > Lorong Halus Wetland > Punggol Waterway Park > Waterway Point > [END] Sengkang Riverside Park
Distance About 10km
Toilet points Punggol Park (near the playground), Punggol Waterway (near the exercise area) and Sengkang Riverside Park (next to McDonald’s).
Best time to run 7-9am
Why Arlyn loved it “In my opinion, Punggol Park is the Singaporean version of Central Park in New York. There’s a certain charm to it. Watching cyclists speed by inspires me to join a duathlon some day, and on days when I feel unmotivated, looking at the trees helps me push on. I love running past the Jewel Bridge at Punggol Waterway Park – it reminds me of Cinderella’s coach – and along the shady stretch of Punggol Park Connector where I enjoy hearing the birds chirp. Sometimes, chameleons scamper across the path too! The park is well lit and there are always runners around, so I feel safe no matter when I’m there.”
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