If paying for a gym membership, plunking down cash for renting a court, or buying expensive sports equipment is keeping you from engaging in healthy physical activity, you’re in luck. We’ve scouted around for a few great places around the city to hang out with friends and family for some healthy physical activity.
La Mesa Ecopark has a large pool, a physical activity center, bike rentals, wall climbing, zip lining, and other activity centers. Find it at East Fairview Subdivision, Quezon City. It’s ppen everyday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. P40 for Quezon City residents, P50 for other residents. Tel. No. 430 4051.
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center along Quezon Avenue is a great place to jog, walk, or play under the trees. Open everyday 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mini zoo is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Minimal entrance fee (less than 20).
Pasig Rainforest Park. Open daily at 5am. Has a pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, a gym and fitness club, a park with several playgrounds and a zoo. Entrance is free. It’s located along
CCP Complex, Luneta, and Baywalk along Roxas Boulevard, Manila is a good venue to get some physical activity. There are bike rentals, open spaces for people playing badminton or frisbee, and several different walkways where people can simply walk around or jog.
Quezon Memorial Circle, Elliptical Road, Quezon City. Open everyday 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Free morning exercise classes on weekends, jogging and biking trails, lots of open spaces for physical activity, scattered dance, martial arts, and general aerobics classes make this venue a good place for some weekend physical activity.
Makati Park and Garden, J.P. Rizal Extension in front of Pamantasan ng Makati. Open everyday 4 a.m.-9 p.m. This easily accessible venue hosts a well maintained lap and kiddie pool, a walkway good for strolling or biking, and a number of scattered fitness/wellness classes from time to time. (Makati Aqua Sports Arena, J.P. Rizal Extension beside Makati Park and Garden. Open everyday except Monday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-8 p.m. P50 Makati residents, P150 other residents)
Ultra, Meralco Avenue, Pasig. Open everyday except Monday, 8 a.m.-1:30 a.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. P35 entrance fee for the track. The ultra is a good place to find all sorts of sporting activities. The rubberized track is open to the public daily, on any given weekend one can find activities such as ultimate frisbee, touch football/rugby, or soccer games going on in the field. There are several martial arts areas scattered about the compound along with dance studios, basketball courts, a fencing area, and a newly renovated lap pool.
Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Vito Cruz, Malate, Manila. Open everyday except Mondays, P40 weekdays, P55 weekends. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m.
The University of the Philippines is growing in popularity as a great place for joggers and bikers. Aside from these activities, the fields and open spaces are often filled with people playing all sorts of games such as football, badminton, frisbee, and other similar activities. There are also several tennis courts open to the public during certain hours of the day on weekends.