Borneo360 ALIVE’s Guide To Maximising Your Free Time To Its Fullest
When we think of the phrase “free time”, it usually means to have (get) coffee at our favourite coffee shops, to go drinking at pubs and bars, laze on our couches at home and watch television, or simply just to rest; but instead of doing all that, have you ever wondered about the possibilities of accomplishing more for yourself as well as the society? From time to time, the 9 to 5 routine overwhelms us that we rarely consider the possibility of doing what we have always desired to do. Be it to increase our fitness, to pursue our hobbies and passions, to try new things, or to help contribute to the society; all these wishes are forced to be put in the back seat.
There nothing wrong with that, in fact, prioritising your career is very rewarding. Being productive and achieving your goals in work will give you a sense of fulfillment that is healthy to both mind and body. But what if we tell you that you can accomplish the same satisfaction in your free time? Kota Kinabalu has a lot to offer; there are many wonderful and invigorating activities that you can do in this tropical city. So to assist you in balancing work and leisure, here’s a guide to maximising your free time.
JOGGING – Jogging has survived the test of time and maintained as the best cardiovascular exercise there is. Not only does it help in weight loss, it’s also proven to relieve stress. One place that
you can jog is at Perdana Park. It features two types of track, a flat track as well as an uphill and downhill track. So put on your running shoes, gear up, and head on over to Tanjung Aru. You can also watch its wonderful musical water fountain, the only one in Kota Kinabalu, after you’ve finished your laps! If you are a distance jogger, then Likas Park is the place for you. The flat track is from Likas leading all the way to the City Centre; test your endurance and stamina here and pump up your heart rate while jogging alongside the beautiful sea.
GYM / FITNESS CENTRE – Some of us may not have a regular working schedule and have shifts till the afterhours; and some work on weekends too. That makes it hard to plan on going to gyms or fitness centres. But, Stark Fitness in Damai Plaza (Tel:088-288366) now says there is “No Excuse” for that, because its doors are opened 24 hours! With extensive equipment covering cardio, strength, free weights/machines, this freshly opened gym is aimed to provide the opportunity to work out anytime of the day while also encouraging you to push your limits. You can now brave up to the squat rack or challenge yourself at the leg extension here at Stark Fitness at any time you can!
YOGA – Everyone should add Yoga into their health regime, and give full commitment to it. The list of advantages when practising it is a long one. It improves your flexibility and posture, helps you focus, relaxes your system, makes you sleep better and gives you peace of mind, which is what you should achieve in your free time. Being able to do the poses gives you the satisfaction and sense of achievement too! Gokul Yoga (Taman Seri Gaya, Kota Kinabalu Tel:016-2180830) promotes practising Yoga in a serene environment and prioritises the internal development of its students. Led by Jani Jaatinen, the daily classes range from Beginner to Advance and private one-on-one sessions is available as well.
CYCLING – Cycling is another form of exercise that aids your body in many ways – it strengthens your bones, improves your joint mobility, increases your cardiovascular fitness and decreases body fat levels. Not only that, you get to do a bit of sightseeing as well and enjoy your surroundings while you’re at it. During the weekends, you can go for a healthy ride in the morning at Bukit Padang or Likas Park and take pleasure in the beautiful sceneries along with the fresh air. As we mentioned, Likas Park has a flat track, whereas Bukit Padang is a more challenging track. It has slopes that requires you to climb and get the gist of mountain climbing. But for a more adventurous ride, bring your bike to Giant Bicycle Kota Kinabalu at Kolombong on Wednesdays at 7.30pm for a night ride with a group of cycling enthusiasts. Alternatively, you can also meet at 88 Marketplace on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8.00pm for night rides as well.
SURFING – Surfing is still relatively new in Sabah, but it is catching up among a very small fraction of the local population. And you should too! It’s a challenging adventure sport where you will be paddling against the water to catch the waves and stand on the board long enough to ride the wave. These particular actions will strengthen your back, arms, legs and most importantly your core that is unique to surfing. You may contact Deep Borneo Kota Kinabalu to rent surfboards, as well as to ask about surfing classes. The Southwest Monsoon season is in July till November; so what are you waiting for? Tanjung Aru Beach is the place to go!
WAKEBOARD – Wakeboarding is essentially a type of water skiing that involves riding on a sizeable wakeboard on top of water. The obvious wakeboarding advantage is that it provides a fun exercise. The entire process of preparing for wakeboarding and using your hands to hold the rope to perform air tricks requires lots of strength. You are essentially in a highly efficient full body exercise when wakeboarding. Moreover, riders also get to delight in the beautiful view of the ocean while they burn calories and work out. At Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa (Recreation Centre: 088-325-971), they offer wakeboarding to the public at the rate of RM270 per person for a duration of 1 hour and RM150 for 30 minutes. They even offer an instructor at an extra charge of RM50 only.