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Healthy outdoor fun at BGC by Jillian CariolaPublished: December 5, 2013Updated: February 16, 2015

Ready to kick-start your active lifestyle? You can start right at home, especially when you live in BGC.

BGC prides itself in encouraging active lifestyles in its residents. Aside from promoting walking and holding all kinds of fitness events like fun runs and cycling, the community developers have also incorporated various open venues designed to get people going, no matter how old, or busy, they are.

A favorite among running enthusiasts, Track 30th occupies an entire block with its neatly manicured lawns and the well-paved jogging trail that seems to go on forever (at least for those who are athletically challenged). The Raised Running Disc, a lined circular track made of recycled rubber, lets you cover as much ground as you can without actually taking to the jogging trail. Of course, if this isn’t your style, the aforementioned patches of green also serve as venues for workouts like circuit training or yoga.

Also within Track 30th is a group of poles that seem only decorative but actually serve a purpose. Looking closely, these recycled poles can be used for stretching, sit-ups, pull-ups, and other forms of exercise. A less functional, albeit attractive, piece in the park is a tree sculpture standing next to the Running Disc.

Terra 28th is where you can set your little ones loose for hours of fun. The playground is straight out of a Dr. Seuss book, with its brightly colorful and strangely twisted swing sets, seesaws, and monkey bars. Terra 28th also has picnic areas where you can spend a lazy afternoon, as well as a dog park so your furry companion can burn some calories, too.

Before the age of Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies, kids actually went outside to have fun playing Filipino games, a nostalgic experience Terra aims to bring back with the Larong Pinoy area. With activities ranging from piko to patintero, this part of the park’s sure to have you swooning for your childhood years as you teach your kids how to properly toss a pamato.

If you’ve got the urge to kick around a soccer ball (or a football, if you prefer to be technical), there’s no better area than the professional-sized field Turf BGC, which occupies an entire block along 9th Avenue and right next to Mercato Centrale. Complete with a perimeter fence and net, strong lighting for night games, and bleachers, it’s the perfect place to bend it like Beckham. And if that isn’t enough to pique your interest, the Philippine Azkals do train here occasionally if you need some inspiration.

Turf BGC also isn’t just for aspiring soccer stars: People use the field for other athletic games like futsal, flag football and ultimate. Plus, the whole field is covered with artificial grass made of ternate yarn, making it as eco-friendly as it is fun.

Still sitting at home promising yourself to start getting fit tomorrow? Hit any of these BGC sites and get moving!


Track 30th and Terra 28th are free of charge and open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can reserve Turf BGC on a per-hour fee by calling 816-2372.




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