Your totally fun guide to exercising outdoors in Singapore this summer

Blisteringly hot, breathlessly humid and stormily wet, Singapore is nevertheless full of opportunities to work out outdoors. From running events that are more like parties to glamorous rooftop yoga sessions, there is plenty of hipness this summer to make up for the weather. Here’s what to do.

Sign up for a run, even if you’re a newbie

If you need some motivation to run this weekend, the MRC Singapore #1 on Jun 4 is the answer. Complete the run (or you can choose to walk) and you can enjoy a house beer at Mikkeller Bar Singapore afterwards. Simply drop by the bar and purchase an MRC Singapore shirt to enjoy lifetime membership. 6pm, Mikeller Bar Singapore, 120A Prinsep St.

DC Comics fans should take part in the Batman V Superman Run Singapore 2016 on Jun 26 and race your team to victory in a 5km timed run around Sentosa. 7am, Sentosa Island. $50 for pre-registered and DC Justice League Run past participants and $60 for first-timers. Registration ends Jun 10.

Enjoy a scenic 2.5km, 5km, or 10km run at Jurong Lake for the second race of The Performance Series on Jun 26. $35-55 (depending on race category). Registration ends Jun 12.

Instead of sticking to a fixed race route, the Singapore City Race 2016 lets you map your fastest route. Just make sure you pass all the checkpoints along the way. Choose from four categories of 8km, 16km, 25km, and 40km races. Jul 30, 7am, Marina Square. $45-$68 (depending on race category). Registration ends Jun 30.

If you’re feeling patriotic, sign up for the One Nation Run 2016Aug 9, 8am, Marina Barrage. $64.20 (early bird rate of $53.50 till Jun 5). Registration ends Jul 18.

The half party-half exercise Color Run is back from Aug 20-21, where you can sign up to do a 5km run bathed in colored powder, while island-themed music blares to keep you motivated. 4-10pm, Sentosa Beach Station, Palawan Green. $65 for Regular Color Runner (early bird rate at $55). Registration starts Jun 6.

Calling all SAF NS men, and hardcore marathoners: the SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon is back after a year’s hiatus, on Aug 28. Choose from one of two categories: the 21km Army Half Marathon and SAFRA 10km race, or take it easy in a non-competitive 5km Fun Run and the Families for Life 800m Challenge at the Esplanade Bridge. Early bird rates applicable till Jul 3. Registration ends Jul 28.

Need a place to train for your run? See 12 great running routes around Singapore.

Sign up for outdoor yoga sessions

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi, all are welcome at the Flow Yoga at Open Farm Community happening every Saturday starting Jun 4. 8-9am, Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Rd. $35 per session or $300 for 10 sessions. 

Kickstart your Sunday morning with some yoga and POP pilates at the Zespri SunGold Kiwifest happening on Jun 5.  8.30-11.30am, Empress Lawn. Free.

Loosen up those tense muscles at free yoga sessions every Tuesday evening at the Armour@TheBay 2016 Edition, organized by Under Armour, Virgin Active and wellness platform Urban Remedy. Slots are open to the public till June 28, 6.30-7.30pm or 7.30-8.30pm, Clifford Square, Fullerton Bay, 82 Collyer Quay. 

, Your totally fun guide to exercising outdoors in Singapore this summer
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Take your pick from free yoga, pilates, piloxing, and meditation workshops as you celebrate Global Wellness Day 2016Jun 11, 7.15am onwards, Equarius Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa. Limited registration slots.

In celebration of the International Day of Yoga 2016, join other yogis in the 108 Sun Salutation Challenge, organized by Singapore School of Meditation & Yoga on Jun 18, 4.30-8pm, The Outdoor Plaza, Capitol Piazza, 11 Stamford Rd. $29.95. Registration ends Jun 17.

Spread some positive vibes to fellow tourists and foreign workers by joining Free Yoga in Little India. The sessions are every alternate Sunday, and run from Jun 19-Aug 28.

To sign up for a yoga session on a “secret rooftop”, check out POP UP YOGA (Pool Party Edition @ Orchard). There’s a chance to chill by the pool and refuel at a bring-your-own-food potluck party afterwards. Jun 18, 8.30am-12.30pm, Orchard Road. $5. 

And in conjunction with International Yoga Day, POP UP YOGA x International Yoga Day is a free sunset session for fellow yogis to get together at Marina Bay Sands’ boardwalk. Jun 21, 6.30pm.

Want to sign up for more yoga classes? Check out the new retro-inspired yoga outlet at Tiong Bahru.

Walk for a cause

Spend your morning with friends and family at the Pledge Your Heart Walk 2016, a 3.5km non-competitive walk organized by the Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF) in conjunction with the Go Red for Women (GRFW) campaign. All proceeds will go towards future GRFW campaign initiatives in Singapore. Jun 25, 7-11am, Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade. $15. Registration ends Jun 4.

Take a stroll around Siloso Beach at the LLF Walkathon 2016 organized by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation (LLF). All proceeds will go towards the funding of expensive treatments for blood cancer patients. Jun 26, 8.30am-12pm, Sentosa Boardwalk. $28. Registration ends Jun 10.

Go Exploring

Explore one of Singapore’s largest rivers as you Kayak The Hidden Waterways of Sungei Khatib Bongsu under the hanging roots along the overgrown riverbank. Jun 19, 7.45am-1pm, Sungei Khatib Bongsu. $105 for Nature Society (Singapore) members, $130 for non-members. Registration closes on Jun 5. 

Take part in a 4.7km route bike-ride around the Padang, Fullerton Road, Robinson Road and Shenton Way which will be closed to traffic from 7am-9am for Car-Free Sunday SG on Jun 26. Bike rentals are available in limited quantity, but you can also walk or jog alongside cyclists.

Want to switch up your workout activities? See 5 newfangled workouts in SG you need to try now or sign up for these underrated sports in SG.