Staying active in Manila is easy, as there are many sports and wellness centres around the metro area. Sports fans will have no trouble finding a gym or health centre to indulge their passion while there are clubs and associations for all manner of different pursuits.
Boxing in Manila
Those who want to lose weight or simply tone up should consider boxing lessons in Manila. Boxing has become an extremely popular sport in the country because of the consecutive victories of Philippines’ boxing champ Manny Pacquiao. If you want a few lessons on how to throw a punch, try the Boxing Fitness Gym.
Yoga in Manila
If you’re looking for something low-impact, try doing yoga in Manila. There are several good yoga centers in the city, including Bikram Yoga Manila and Iyengar Yoga Center Manila.
Bikram Yoga has studios in Makati and Quezon City and holds classes from Monday to Sunday. It specializes in teaching Bikram – the type of yoga that focuses on stretching, balancing and creating pressure in the blood. Monthly memberships cost around Php5,000 (US$100+), but discounts are sometimes available for groups.
Golf in Manila
It is great fun to play golf in Manila since there are many contrasting courses around the city, including Intramuros Golf Course, Fort Bonifacio Golf Club in Taguig, Manila Golf and Country Club, Wack Wack Golf & Country Club and Alabang Country Club. These are all 18-hole golf courses. The private and more expensive ones are in Alabang, Wack-Wack and Manila Golf Club while Fort Bonifacio Golf Club is perhaps the cheapest. If you want lessons, try the Joe Cantada Golf Learning Center.
Running in Manila
There are road races and marathons in Manila almost monthly. Most of the participants are locals, but almost all events are open to foreigners.
Tennis in Manila
Some Manila tennis clubs require membership while others are happy to accommodate guests who fancy a game. One of the good walk-in tennis courts in the Metro is Ascott Makati, where you pay a small amount for a day pass.
Football in Manila
Football is not big in the Philippines, but there are a few institutions offering fields you can rent for games and also soccer lessons. Most participants are expats, but there are also a few Filipinos.
Gyms in Manila
Filipinos are quickly becoming more health conscious, and this is evident from the fact that gyms seem to have mushroomed everywhere especially in the cities. One of the biggest chains is Fitness First, which has several locations in the country. Some are even incorporated into malls.