The Covid-19 situation in Singapore continues to cause uncertainty across the country, as heightening measures are instilled by the government in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.
On top of bringing out all the stops to ensure that our facilities and public spaces are constantly sanitised and clean, the implementation of stricter social distancing has seen a number of fitness studios and concepts closing their doors for the entire month of April. In such circumstances, it is vital to continue to keep fit, to build a strong immune system to fight any virus while continuing to be socially responsible adhering to social distancing rules here in Singapore.
This month, we will focus on ways to keep fit & tips for safely exercising while maintaining a social distance during this global pandemic. Group fitness sessions at the gym, swimming and team sports are a no go. Instead, we’ll take a look at how you can take the fitness outdoors to minimise direct contact with others and surfaces, as well as how our featured partners have come out with innovative ways that allows their customers to continue their routine in a safe environment.
We at 8M Collective hope that the situation will ease soon, and that everyone remains safe and healthy.
Workouts Going Digital
1. CRU (CruCycle & CruBox)
One of our fitness partners to embrace the digital wave is CRU, which has both the popular CruCycle and CruBox names under their management. They had just announced their studio closures for the month of April and in its place, are the just launched ‘CRU at Home’ series, bringing online HIIT workouts from their pack leaders(instructors), CRU challenges, cooking, nutritional inspiration and more to keep their community on their toes!
CRU was the brainchild of our homegrown Ding Siblings (#supportlocaltalent) & created on the belief that through togetherness, the group can accomplish much more than what one is able to achieve alone. The strong bond with their community or ‘wolf pack’ extends to this period as they find alternative ways to help their loyal customers through this.
In the CruCycle programme, participants undergo a 50 minutes whole body exercise of indoor cycling, in a dark room with many different levels curated for every individual. Through their approach symbolising that of a wolf pack, the exercise thrives and exist for the pursuit of organic growth, not as an individual, but alongside each other, shoulder to shoulder. On the other hand, CruBox offers a unique full-body workout that choreographs authentic boxing moves to a killer playlist. CruBox provides an intense yet addictive workout experience that is coupled with a strong community element, to women and men of all ages, fitness levels, and boxing abilities.
2. Boom Singapore
Being one of the first brands to voluntarily close and practice being socially responsible, Boom has decided to bring their community Boom-style classes to participants from the comfort of their own home. With the launch of their at-home BoomBox and BoomCamp inspired workouts via their IG handle @boomsingapore, these videos allow you to have a taste of what Boom is like, at the safety of your own home, all in the idea of helping you along your fitness journey at home.
Co-founded by two ivy league graduates who left their corporate jobs to start their own start their own gym - Victoria Martin and her former husband former national swimmer and Olympian Bryan Tay. Boom is boutique fitness studio that provides a holistic and engaging workout through combining the fun art of boxing and the benefit of functional training, circuits and bootcamps.
Check out their sessions on IGLIVE or IGTV here for more information!
3. Yoga Movement
With all the news about rising Covid-19 cases worldwide and here in Singapore, we understand that you might be feeling down and stressed about the entire situation. However, we can all do our part to minimise social interactions for the time being to help improve the situation here in Singapore. One of the ways to relieve stress and calm oneself down is to participate in Yoga classes. Despite the virus forcing many popular yoga classes to close their physical classes, many have came up with ingenious ideas to bring their yoga classes to you directly at home! One such is Yoga Movement, who have continued to provide tips on how to achieve Zen online. You can find out more on their website for some tips on how to do yoga in the comfort of your own home!
Furthermore, they have also teamed up with BeyondTheVines, an apparel brand, to carry out 30-40 minutes of Yoga sessions on their Instagram page, @yogamovement for their followers. Through this, their followers just need to grab a few household items and be able to participate together with them online to enjoy Yoga safe in your own home.
The Great Outdoors - Outside is Free!
Outdoor activities are one of the safest ways you can keep active, as long as you can keep a 6-foot distance from each other. Walking, cycling, hiking, and jogging let you get fresh air without coming into contact with others. In addition, we also heard that the virus hates hot weather as well! If you do need company, you can always just phone a friend for a chat while exercising. Best of all, visiting these places are not only free, but Instagram worthy as well! Here are some of our picks for you to get in touch with nature.
1. Southern Ridges Walk, Henderson Road, Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore 099203
The Southern Ridges is a ten-kilometre stretch of green open spaces spanning the hills of some of Singapore’s most popular parks and gardens, Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. These connected picturesque ridges and pathways allow one to view panoramic views of the city, harbour and the Southern Islands.
One of the famous man-made structures in Singapore is the Henderson Waves, which stands 36 meters above Henderson Road. This is one of the most iconic section of the Southern Ridges. It is also the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Henderson Waves’ artistic, distinctive wave-like structure, which consists of a series of rolling wooden curved ‘ribs’ makes it a very popular Instagrammable destination in Singapore. Not only that, there are many places where one could relax with a book or enjoy some meditation. It is also featured in the Singapore Airlines Safety Information video which many of you might have seen when flying Singapore Airlines!
Our country’s only cable car linking the mainland to the sunny Island of Sentosa can also be found on Mount Faber. In addition, at Faber Point, the highest point in the park, one can also delve into our nation’s unique natural heritage, as well as understanding more about our historical events, with a mural wall being one of the unique points of the area. Take this time to learn more about our history as well as taking in some fresh air.
2. Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Located by the Marina Bay Waterfront in the heart of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay is a sanctuary for nature lovers and budding horticulturalists alike. Comprising three distinct spaces over 101 hectares–Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden–this oasis of lush greenery has won multiple accolades since it first opened in 2012.
Although some of the indoor attractions may require ticketed entry, our focus is on the outdoors, and the beautiful Golden and Silver Gardens that encircle the central Supertree Grove allows one to see unique plants specially brought in from overseas. In addition, one must also drop by the Supertree Grove, one of the ‘Must See’ in Singapore! This place was made even more popular given it was the location for the wedding event shown in the award-winning movie, Crazy Rich Asians! The Supertree Grove consists of 12 high tree-liked structures, spanning from 25 to 50 metres in height. The other 6 Supertrees can be found in the earlier mentioned Golden and Silver Gardens.
Although we are restricted now to staying in Singapore, perhaps it is time to further explore what our lovely Little Red Dot has in store for us, such as the many underrated corners of the gardens. Take advantage of the dwindling tourist numbers to enjoy the Gardens as much as possible.
Bust a Groove – Dance to stay fit
Who says working out has to be boring? Hop on to the Tik Tok trend, which is a social media app that has gone viral. The app is becoming an extremely popular place for users to bust a groove to short excerpts of famous tunes. These include many apartment-friendly routines to keep you fit, healthy and entertained. Some examples of cardio workouts include dancing to famous Tik Tok dances and routines like ‘The Renegade’ and ‘Hit the Beat’. If you need a quick introduction, why not drop by these websites here and here to start learning? So why not rope in your family and enjoy these fun and unique dances even when social distancing at home! Grab your phone and start moving on Tik Tok now!
Images obtained from Getty Images, VisitSingapore, Gardens By the Bay, Yoga Movement