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Singapore - Sport and Fitness
Gym memberships are becoming increasingly popular and there are several choices available, from the luxurious to the more economically minded ones. A lot of the fitness clubs not only offer exercise equipment, but also provide members with organized recreational and fitness activities such as pilates.
Gym membership fees vary by the type of gym you’re joining, the location, and the amenities it offers. An average cost is around S$140 per year. Some gyms have chains all over the world and a membership at one in Singapore will grant you access to the other locations no matter where you travel to. There are also gyms that are women-only. Most will require a contract to be signed although some will do a month by month basis. If you sign a 12 month contract and are unable to fulfill it, you might be responsible for paying the remainder of the months even though you won’t be using the facilities.
Some of the most popular fitness clubs in Singapore include:
Evolve Mixed Martial Arts
Far East Square #01-01 and Pomo Mall #03-11
Paragon, Millenia Walk, The Cathay and other locations both in Singapore and worldwide
The Singapore Sports Council was implemented to help encourage locals to participate in sports and fitness activities. They offer many sports facilities including 25 swimming complexes, 15 stadiums with track and field, 2 stadiums with field only, 17 sports halls for badminton, basketball & netball, 10 tennis centres, 4 squash centres, 2 netball centres, 3 hockey fields, 5 fields for soccer & other team sports, 85 school fields and 16 gyms. You can find out more information at: http://www.ssc.gov.sg/publish/Corporate/en.html
Cycling isn’t as popular in Singapore as it is in some countries but it is gaining in popularity. Recently, the government has been implementing some new bike trails and lanes in order to make cycling safer. If you don’t already have a bicycle then it’s possible to rent one. Rentals can be done on an hourly, daily, and even weekly basis. Helmets are not always available to rent, though, so you might have to provide your own.
If you want to join likeminded expats in fitness then networking on expat forums can be a good way of meeting others. Meetup.com has a Singapore page that often has excursions and sporing events listed that other expats want to attend.
There are also a few sports organizations in Singapore, too. These include the Singapore Dragon Boat Association, Singapore Cricket Club, Singapore Bike Hash, Ice Dragons Hockey, and the Australian and New Zealand Association.
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