Where to work out for free

From hik­ing and cy­cling to run­ning groups, there are ex­er­cises that do not burn a hole in your wal­let,

New Straits Times - - Heal - Kas­miah Mustapha

DE­TER­MI­NA­TION — not money — is key to fit­ness. You don’t have to join a gym or ex­er­cise classes to start liv­ing healthy. Here’s a list of free spots to ex­er­cise in the Klang Val­ley (and we’re sure there are many more in other places too) where you can work out for free or, in the case of some hik­ing spots, at a min­i­mal fee.

SEE NA­TURE

Hik­ing is pop­u­lar for those who en­joy na­ture. There are many hik­ing spots in the Klang Val­ley which you can test your en­durance.

BUKIT BROGA, SE­MENYIH

At 400m high and 40 min­utes away from Kuala Lumpur, Broga Hill is pop­u­lar with hik­ing en­thu­si­asts due to its easy ac­ces­si­bil­ity and panoramic views es­pe­cially at dawn.

Ac­cord­ing to na­ture­malaysia.com, it takes any­where be­tween 20 and 45 min­utes to reach the high­est peak, de­pend­ing on one’s fit­ness level.

There are three peaks, each one as­cends above the other through a clear path fringed by tall grass on each side.

From the sum­mit, a proper jun­gle trail leads through a pri­mary rain­for­est to Gu­nung Tok Wan (675m), a roughly 1½ hour hike on me­an­der­ing slopes.

BUKIT SAGA, CHERAS

Bukit Saga is part of a se­ries of in­ter­con­nected forests that form Sun­gai Puteh For­est Re­serve and en­com­passes Apek Hill and Ke­tum­bar Hill.

You can ei­ther use the Am­pang or Cheras en­trance, which has dif­fer­ent chal­lenges. The Cheras en­trance from Cheras Awana is less chal­leng­ing as the slopes are easy to ma­noeu­vre.

From Am­pang via the Ta­man Saga en­trance is a route which is more chal­leng­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to poskod.my, the hike starts with a steep climb of steps (a com­bi­na­tion of both man-made and nat­u­ral steps). The trail gets steeper and nar­rower as you go.

Ei­ther of these en­trances will lead you to the wa­ter­fall if you are head­ing to the top.

The best part is there are var­i­ous fa­cil­i­ties that you can en­joy once you reach the top such as a play­ground, ex­er­cise cor­ner, ham­mocks and a shel­ter to rest and re­lax.

BUKIT GASING, PETALING JAYA

Cov­er­ing 100ha, this used to be an aban­doned rubber plan­ta­tion that has turned into a for­est. There are a num­ber of hik­ing trails within the park thatare suit­able for peo­ple with dif­fer­ent lev­els of en­ergy and fit­ness.

You can choose an easy 20-minute hike to­wards a watch tower that con­tin­ues on to a sus­pen­sion bridge.

A slightly longer hike will take you to the look­out point at the Telekom Tow­ers that could take two hours. If you want to chal­lenge your­self, you can also stray off the ba­sic track onto many tiny lit­tle trails cov­er­ing the for­est re­serve.

KL FOR­EST ECO PARK, JALAN RAJA CHULAN

For­merly known as Bukit Nanas For­est

Re­serve, the nat­u­ral rain­for­est is per­fect for those who are not am­bi­tious enough to climb hills but want a hik­ing ad­ven­ture.

It was gazetted as a for­est re­serve in 1906 with a land area of 17.5ha, but due to de­vel­op­ment, it is now left with 9.3ha.

Pre­pare to spend at least one to two hours to walk sev­eral na­ture trails, in­clud­ing the Mer­bau Trail (361m) and Je­lu­tong Trail (300m).

If you are lucky, you may get to see the sil­ver lac­quer and the long tailed macaques along your hike. The high­light is the 200m canopy walk sus­pended 21m above the ground sur­rounded by some of the city’s fa­mil­iar sky­line.

WALK IN THE CITY

Lace up your walk­ing shoes and join a free

guided tour around the city.

In ad­di­tion to phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity — the tours take up to 2½ hours — you will en­rich your knowl­edge on KL’s his­tory.

The tours are or­gan­ised by the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau. Check its web­site at www.vis­itkl.gov.my for de­tails.

DATARAN MERDEKA HER­ITAGE GUIDED TOUR

The her­itage walk cov­ers ar­eas around the Square in­clud­ing Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, Na­tional Tex­tile Mu­seum, Mu­sic Mu­seum, Sul­tan Ab­dul Sa­mad Build­ing, Pang­gung Ban­daraya, for­mer High Court Build­ing, The Cathe­dral of St Mary and Royal Se­lan­gor Club.

You get the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover his­tory from the found­ing of the city and

Bukit Broga is a pop­u­lar hik­ing area.

PIC­TURE FROM UP­LOAD.WIKIMEDIA.ORG

KL For­est Eco Park of­fers sev­eral na­ture trails.

PIC FROM COM­MONS. WIKIMEDIA.ORG

The Dataran Merdeka Her­itage Guided Tour cov­ers the his­tory of the city.

Bukit Gasing cov­ers a 100ha area.

PIC­TURE FROM STATIC.PANORAMIO.COM

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