One of the most beneficial things for the human body is physical activity. After all, along with our giant brains, evolution has endowed us with unique stamina for endurance. Without physical exertion and getting our heart rates up, the capabilities of our bodies diminish in almost every way. Luckily, it’s not hard to find a good place to get outside, enjoy this beautiful island, and get the blood pumping.
Run along the sand | Credit: www.santosaphuket.com
Let’s get the most obvious out of the way first – after all, it’s one of the best features of life in Phuket. The most accessible form of activity is, of course, a run along the sand. It doesn’t require any equipment as you can go barefoot on the firm, saturated sand near the waterline. Swimming also requires little equipment and is very low impact for those with bad knees or hips. A pair of goggles helps and even a leisurely 30-minute swim is quite beneficial. Plus, the tropical Andaman waters are always warm.
These are found in various areas around Phuket with new ones added every once in a while. They usually consist of a collection of stainless steel machines used for a variety of exercises. Instead of using weights like workout machines found at gyms, they usually use your own body weight against gravity to provide resistance. Some of them are quite easy and simply intended for light movement to get the blood moving, while others require greater effort.
King Rama 9 Park | Credit: KCP CH in Google map
Some locations of these workout zones can be found beside Nai Harn lake, in Phuket Town across from Limelight and at King Rama 9 Park, in Karon along the beach road, at the beachfront park near Had Patong Road in Patong, and along the lake in front of the Cassia Phuket.
Of course, these activities can be done just about anywhere, but you might get some funny looks jogging through the mall. Fortunately, there are several locations that are better suited for these activities.
Bang Wad dam | Credit: thailandtourismdirectory.go.th
Bang Wad dam and reservoir is a popular spot in Kathu. It’s barely outside of the city, but feels more remote. A road rings the reservoir and has little traffic so is ideal for a stroll or jog. Lush forest surrounds it and the majority of people go in the morning or evening for their daily routine.
Nai Harn Lake | Credit: Rawai VIP Villas
Nai Harn Lake is another popular spot which can get a bit busy in the evenings. The road has more traffic than Bang Wad, but there’s the added bonus of public bathroom facilities and other amenities for a post-exercise coconut or fruit shake.
Saphan Hin | Credit: Hotels.com
In Phuket Town, both King Rama 9 Park and Saphan Hin are local favorites for calisthenics enthusiasts. King Rama 9 Park has plenty of trails as well as basketball courts and football pitches. Saphan Hin also has basketball courts as well as bicycle lanes.
Maruan Lake near Bang Jo | Credit: Thitirat
Maruan Lake near Bang Jo is a lovely local hotspot for getting active with calisthenics classes and other local events hosted here.