Whenever someone thinks of Jakarta, they automatically think of the outrageous traffic jams and unhealthy pollution.
Expats often dream of an area to take a walk safe from vehicles honking and potentially running them over. If taking a walk or even a jog is your preferred cardio, check out some of these jogging-friendly places surrounded by lush greenery the next time you wish to get your heart rate up. Though the rainy season has landed upon us, you can always check the weather forecast before you plan on going for an outdoor jog amidst the crisp air after the rain. Here are the top 5 jogging spots worth a try in Jakarta:
1. Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex (GBK)
Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex played host to the 2018 Asian Games. It’s the largest and one of the oldest sports complexes in Jakarta. You can jog around GBK’s main stadium and on the specially designed, flat running tracks. It gets crowded on Fridays and weekend evenings, but seeing other people’s enthusiasm will absolutely motivate you. After a long jog, you can stop by Kuliner GBK to grab your favourite Indonesian delicacy.
Address: Jl. Pintu Satu Senayan, Gelora, Central Jakarta.
2. National Monument Complex
The National Monument, or Monas, is an icon of Jakarta. People can normally be seen having a picnic or heading up towards the golden flames to catch an overview of the capital when they visit this area. But did you know for every loop you do you will clock up 4.2km? This is, indeed, one of Asia’s largest city parks. Give jogging at this 80-hectare park a try the next time you wish to go for an outdoor sweat session.
Address: Gambir, Central Jakarta.
3. Epicentrum Kuningan Complex
Located in Kuningan, Epicentrum has tracks suitable for jogging in the midst of the business complexes and apartments. Don’t worry; it doesn’t get too crowded at this integrated area covering 53.6 hectares. Step out in the morning or after work; this area is excellent to take those aimless walks and refreshing jogs we desire.
Address: Kompleks Epicentrum Jalan HR. Rasuna Said, Kuningan, South Jakarta.
4. Car Free Day
Car Free Day every Sunday morning along the roads of Sudirman to M.H. Thamrin is normally filled with many street food stalls and apparel vendors. However, the Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, has recently ordered the street vendors to only sell their goods in designated zones – mainly away from Bundaran HI – in order for joggers, runners, and cyclists who wish to spend their Sunday mornings to have a pleasant morning workout between 6-11am.
Address: Jl. Sudirman – Jl. M.H. Thamrin, Central Jakarta.
5. Langsat Park
This recently renovated, 3.5-hectare park is a new city favourite to go for quick jogs. You can go for a loop around Langsat Park’s functioning jogging track to cover only 1km. Take off your shoes and socks after an exhilarating cardio session and stroll on the park’s reflexology rock path, or take a breather at any of the park benches available. Hating the scorching Indonesian sun is no excuse to avoid a quick workout because this park has enough shades for everyone.
Address: Jl. Barito, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta.
Whether you love or despise cardio, it is important to keep our heart rates at a healthy level for a sustainable life. Take a random walk or jog with your friends at one of these spots, you’re guaranteed to have fun while taking care of yourself.