Take a Mall Hike!
By ALEXANDRIA WONG – Ever heard of mall walkers? No, I don’t mean shopaholics prowling for bargains. Mall walking is a form of exercise where people walk or jog the length of the shopping centers’ corridors. You’re basically taking the brisk walking you do in the park or by the canal, into a mall!
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Mall walking can improve your stamina and fitness, and you never have to worry about the weather and traffic too. Now that Singapore weather seems to be switched permanently to ‘raging inferno’, it’s a relief to seriously walk indoors.
- No showering facilities, so arm yourself with a pack of wet wipes.
- Temptations along the way. Resist the urge to loiter after your workout as that’s a sure way to burn more than calories.
You are permitted to mall walk in every shopping center in Singapore.
Do note that you should mall walk only before the shops open, as Singapore shopping centers do not have a designated walking lane.
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Singapore’s biggest shopping center is a personal favourite of mine when it comes to shopping. Even on its most crowded days, the spacious corridors ensure that there is always room for you to walk. VivoCity’s ingenious architecture means that the entire length of the corridor is a loop (think of it as a lap around the track) and you’ll get to see every shop on the floor you are walking on. And if you ever want a change of scenery, you can walk along the boardwalk to Sentosa- it’s completely free of charge!
Directions: take the MRT to Harbourfront on the circle line.
For more information on directions: http://www.vivocity.com.sg/getting-here.php
Opening hours: 10am daily
Suntec City Mall
Suntec City Mall was Singapore’s largest shopping center until VivoCity took the crown. Comprising a convention center and stretching 1km across 5 iconic office towers, it surrounds the world’s largest fountain, the Fountain of Wealth. If you work around the area, I highly recommend mall walking in Suntec City Mall. Apart from the ample space, you’ll get to see one of Singapore’s busiest districts come alive.