By: Sabrina Basilio
From ninja obstacle courses to archery arenas, you won’t even notice how much you’re sweating in these fun spots!

Looking to get more exercise in your routine? Well, you’re definitely not the only one! Plenty of us just can’t keep up with having a regular workout in our schedules and we can think of one reason why. We don’t need experts to tell us that any kind of exercise we don’t particularly enjoy will be hard to maintain in the long run. Even athletes who have gotten used to their workout routines will need some alternative exercise options to develop flexibility and avoid overuse of muscles.

There are many dance and yoga classes in the metro that provide exercise alternatives, but we’ve listed down here mostly outdoor destinations you can also try out with friends–or drag them to do with you if you’ve been struggling to get them out of the house.

1. Power Up Climbing

For the thrill of conquering heights and upper body engagement, make your way to a wall climbing gym like Power Up. Their Tandang Sora branch is one of the first ever wall-climbing facilities built in the country, with two younger ones following shortly after in Cubao and BGC. Across all branches, a 300 peso walk-in fee plus small additional rental fees will get you well-maintained equipment and guided instruction from friendly staffers, some of which are the best climbers in the country.

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2. Jump Yard Trampoline Park

There’s little wonder about the excitement over Jump Yard in Ortigas, where fitness meets fun. If you’re up for the adrenaline of launching yourself into the air without the dangers of a wrong landing, sign up for their Olympic-sized trampolines and 1.5 meter-deep foam pits. Parkour enthusiasts and beginners can also try their hand at their Free Jump Area, which is sandwiched by the Slam Dunk area, the mini-Obstacle Course, and the Dodgeball Pit. You won’t run out of cardio activities here.

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3. Kodanda Archery

Take a shot–or several at “Kodanda,” which is Hindu Sanskrit for “he who has a bow.” Whether in BF Homes or MOA, Kodanda’s archery ranges are built for both professionals and beginners who are trying to explore new things. Instructors will equip you with a standard bow and arrow for your size and length, teach you the proper stance and shooting etiquette, and then let you fire away for a good hour!

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4. Rave Adventure Park

In Maybunga, Pasig lies one of the biggest adventure parks in the city. RAVE or Rainforest Adventure Experience Park is an 8-hectare getaway managed by City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), so you’re sure to be surrounded by flora and fauna as you move from one recreational activity to the next. You can try almost everything here: skating, playing tennis, wall climbing, rappelling, zip-lining, or taking the challenge of their obstacle course.

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5. La Mesa Eco Park

We cannot stress enough the wonders going outdoors can do for your workout routine and overall health. Finding a good park like La Mesa in Novaliches, Quezon City, saves you the time to find parking and money for gym equipment. Whether you’re out for a light jog or intense trail biking, you will reap the benefits of communing with nature at La Mesa’s mountainous terrains of trees, butterflies, and orchids. A minimal admission fee will also grant you access to their paintball field, boating lagoon, and rappelling stations.

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Whether you are looking to improve your stamina and coordination, cross off a bucket list, or develop a bond with your friends and workout buddies, trying out different activities in the metro is definitely an adventure worth taking. Because you deserve a beautiful life of fun, fitness, and friendship, take a chance at these places and create yours today.


The COHO Living Team.