Do you give that sidelong glance when someone says he or she loves the outdoors? We’re saying to turn that reaction into action!
We’re here to make things simpler by taking you on a journey to explore what being Iskandar Puteri ACTIVE means—without the torture sessions with all that barbell and kettlebell stuff.
For action to happen, first there is the need for motivation. Our mission is to lift you up from your sitting compulsions by sharing our favourite ways of getting sunlight and fresh air with loads of fun and movement. Here’s how to get activated!
Cycling: Two-Wheel Wonder
Riding a bicycle is a rite of passage for the majority of our childhood days. Come on, you didn’t spend those fearful hours learning to ride a bicycle with support wheels and finally graduating with two wheels and exclaiming, “Look ma, no hands!” to not pedalling today.
Cycling is an excellent cardiovascular exercise and a great way to explore your neighbour by the many connecting roads.
If not owning a bicycle is the reason why you stopped cycling, your solution is everywhere today. Seen around corners and in the most unlikely of places are the clone army of bicycles. These include the stationless bicycle-sharing system known as oBike -- available now in Iskandar Puteri and the Klang Valley -- and it’s just one app away from renting a bicycle for a ride!
Where to cycle: Medini City’s 22 km-long bicycle lane (Map)
Running: Not From Your Problems
But for that adrenaline exhilaration! Rid that image of the breathless and sweat-covered runner. Running gives you the feeling of empowerment as it’s really a matter of mind over body when it comes to running a certain distance or duration. 3km or 10km, 15 minutes or 30 minutes, everyone can run. Yes, everyone. Whatever your age, size or background.
The trick is to not to go all Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner on yourself. Hold back and start out slowly. Progress gradually. One round around the park today and two rounds next week. Soon you’ll be ready to sign up for that big race.
Running is a classic outdoor activity and remains as one of the best sports for building endurance, stamina, and muscular fitness while burning calories. Plus, running is really practical in many life situations. Just be creative.
Where to run: For solo, perhaps around Emerald Lake or Sireh Park. For a group, look for GBS Running Gang at Medini 6 every Wednesday, 6:00PM.
Hiking: Conquer That Hill
There’s an art to hiking—it’s to wake up early and get to the trail. Then you have no choice but to complete the hike because you’ve already put in the effort to get there. Hiking is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the outdoors.
It provides a relaxing atmosphere for a workout that doesn't seem like a workout at all. You can stop and start whenever, slow down or speed up according to your energy level, climb that devil of a hill and we assure you that the view will take your breath away but not as much as the uphill climb, and you will still finish the hike in your own pace.
Hiking uses a lot of up-and-down movement, so you get a tremendous leg workout along with the cardiovascular benefits.
Remember to pack enough food and water, follow someone who knows the trail (or just ask one of the aunties and uncles who are always there before sunrise), listen to nature, breathe in the smell of earth, and enjoy the cool breeze of the forest. What a romantic image but we’re not lying.
Where to hike: Sireh Park, which has three separate hills with four peaks
Swimming: As Free As The Fishes
Swimming is a wonderful alternative to running, cycling or hiking when the weather turns hot or when life seems too heavy and the feeling of weightlessness of floating in a large body of water calms you.
It’s low-impact, sweat-free, and a total cardiovascular conditioner that also helps tones your arms and legs while improving endurance, strength and coordination. You even forget that you’re exercising because it’s so liberating to move in water!
Swim in a public pool, call a friend who has an apartment with a pool, or combine it with hiking to a waterfall for a double workout. If you don’t already know how to swim, well, it’s time to start learning or put that in your new year’s resolution.
Where to swim: EduCity Sports Complex swimming pool is open daily from 8:00AM to 9:30PM. RM 10 per swim.
Extracted from Kool, the official journal to Iskarnival Kool, distributed exclusively at Puteri Harbour from 25 – 26 November 2017. For more information on Iskarnival Kool and Iskarnival Aktif, make sure to check out www.iskarnival.com plus visit us on Facebook and Instagram!