Leading a hectic urban lifestyle, it’s easy to neglect healthy habits, including the simple, free, but energizing running routine. Fortunately Jakarta has many spots where you can rekindle your love of running. Or if you have gotten sick of running in place inside indoor gyms and want a change of scenery, here are the best running routes for fitness enthusiasts in Jakarta.
Like an oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle, Suropati Park is a breath of fresh air with leafy big trees and airy open spaces. The track that circles the park is wide and level, excellent either for relaxed jogging or intense sprints. Runners can pick any time of the day to workout in this park, as the shades from the lush vegetation will protect you from the scorching sun.
National Monument Complex
The National Monument (Monumen Nasional or Monas) claims 80 hectares of ground, making its yard one of the biggest city parks in Asia. That said, there will always be plenty of space for runners to roam about the well-maintained garden, tracks, and workout complex with simple gym equipment. You can also circle around the National Monument (although it gets very hot during the day) and enjoy the majestic view of the gigantic monument during your workout.
Pluit Lake Park
Formerly a slum neighborhood, the area around Pluit Lake in North Jakarta now has a new image. The local government built a neat park with ample of space to do any kind of workout – running, cycling, even soccer and basketball. The calming lakeside ambiance also makes this park a perfect spot to relax after a long run.
Going out for a run while enjoying beautiful wildlife is a refreshing combination not to be missed. The track at Ragunan Zoo is lined with big leafy trees, with a fresh breeze that is rare in such a dense city. There are plenty of tracks in different areas to choose from, so you won’t get bored with the scenery and atmosphere no matter how frequently you run there. The zoo is especially popular among runners during weekend mornings.
Yes, you read that right. The vibrant business district is a great place to run on Sunday mornings during car-free hours. The broad pavements that are usually jammed with traffic transform into ample tracks to run with a stunning view of the city’s most developed area. There are also fun events and activities to take part in for post-workout fun.
Gelora Bung Karno
The city’s most prominent sports center is obviously a great spot to run. It has a wide, flat track designed for running and there is always room for you to join in. The crowd starts to gather as early as 5 in the morning to run around the large stadium and throughout the morning resonates an energetic vibe that will keep your feet moving. There are several running spots in the sports complex. If you want to get away from the crowds, head to Krida Loka Park and enjoy a calm jogging track to yourself.
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Many people tend to forget that Jakarta has a charming seaside area that is not only perfect for a relaxed afternoon stroll, but also for lively workout sessions with a stunning view of the coast. Ancol Loop is a safe track to run while enjoying the crisp ocean breeze and picturesque sea view, making your running session not only energizing to the body but also relaxing for the mind. You can also opt to go barefoot and run on the smooth sand for a unique tropical experience.