Lumpini park: A cheap and healthy path to fitness

Lumpini park: A cheap and healthy path to fitness

An aerial view of Lumpini Park. THITI WANNAMONTHA
An aerial view of Lumpini Park. THITI WANNAMONTHA

Lumpini Park is still among the favourite choices for workout enthusiasts looking for cost-effective modes to sweat it out.

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Cheap and healthy: A walk in the park and more

Pontakorn Urapeepatanapong

Despite a non-stop fitness evolution, be it T25, flying yoga, aqua cycling and so forth, Lumpini Park is still among the favourite choices for workout enthusiasts looking for cost-effective modes to sweat it out.

The third largest public park in Bangkok — after Suan Luang Rama IX Park and Vachirabenjatas Park (or Suan Rot Fai) — the picture of 92-year-old Lumpini Park today has significantly changed from that seen many years ago, thanks to an urban exercise craze, especially running and cycling.

Guides help a visually-impaired runner in Lumpini Park. JIRAPORN KUKHAKAN

While it has remained relatively consistent in appearance, Lumpini Park has certainly witnessed one significant change: the number of fitness and health conscious visitors to the park. To some, a walk in the park is a less costly alternative to gym membership. Many people believe a walk or a jog in the park is not all that different from using fitness machines at a gym.

Photo by PATTARACHAI PREECHAPANICH

Suthasinee Srisa-ard, head of security at Lumpini, says the increase in visitors to the park has been relatively noticeable. The number of people visiting has increased by approximately 25% from last year.

"Last year, on weekdays, the park used to get about 3-4,000. Now, 5,000 people visit daily," said Suthasinee. The weekends are even busier. The weekend visitors to Lumpini range from 8,000 to 10,000. Most come for jogging or walking, while others come to bike."

In addition to walking and biking, those visiting Lumpini Park also make use of the park's several fitness facilities.

These facilities serve as a budget-friendly alternative to fitness centres. Chief among these gyms is the Lumpini Youth Centre. First opened in 2011, membership is only 40 baht per year. Also offered is access to activities like football, basketball and swimming. Maintaining 15,000 members annually, the centre hopes to increase membership by 10% this year.

Whether it's a T-shirt or a tank top, a teenager or a pensioner, the people who set foot in Lumpini Park all have one common objective in mind — to get some exercise. Lumpini and commercial gyms are not all that different in terms of enabling the health conscious to achieve their goals. And perhaps the only difference between the two is that Lumpini will certainly save people more money.

Starting the day with an ancient Chinese boxing dance. THANARAK KHUNTON

Moreover, the park is open to people of all ages and backgrounds. As Lumpini sees increased visitors, a lot more people are beginning to appreciate what the park has to offer.

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Vocabulary

  • access: having the opportunity to have or use something - มีโอกาสในการใช้
  • alternative: another choice - ทางเลือก, ตัวเลือก
  • ancient: very old - ที่เก่าแก่ ที่โบราณ
  • and so forth (idiom): used at the end of a list to show that it continues in the same way; etc. - เป็นต้น
  • annually: happening every year - ทุกๆปีด
  • appearance: the way that somebody/something looks on the outside - ลักษณะภายนอก, การปรากฏตัว
  • appreciate (verb): to recognise for having good or special qualities - ประทับใจ, ซาบซึ้ง
  • approximately: used to show that something is almost, but not completely, accurate or correct - โดยประมาณ
  • aqua (noun): water (used especially on the labels on packages of food, drinks, medicines, etc. in order to show how much water they contain) -
  • background: the type of career, training, or education that someone has had - ประวัติ
  • budget-friendly (adj): not expensive; something that people will a small budget can afford - ย่อมเยา, ถูก,ไม่แพง
  • cheap: costing little money or less money than you expected - ถูก
  • commercial: for business purposes - เกี่ยวกับการค้า
  • common: done or shared by two or more people - ที่เป็นของส่วนรวม, ที่ร่วมกัน
  • conscious: aware - ที่ตระหนักได้
  • consistent (adj): happening in the same way and continuing for a period of time - คงเส้นคงวา,ไม่เปลี่ยนแปลง
  • cost-effective: having good value for the amount of money paid - ใช้จ่ายอย่างมีประสิทธิผล
  • craze: an enthusiastic interest in something that is shared by many people but that usually does not last very long; a thing that people have a craze for - ความนิยม (ในช่วงระยะสั้นๆ)
  • enable: to make someone able to do something, or to make something possible - ทำให้เป็นไปได้
  • enthusiast: a person who is very interested in something and spends a lot of time doing it - คนที่กระตือรือร้น
  • facility (noun): a building, equipment, etc., used for a particular purpose - โรงงาน, สถานบริการ, สิ่งก่อสร้าง, สิ่งอำนวยความสะดวก
  • favourite (adj): something/someone you like the best of all similar things - ที่ชอบมากที่สุด, ที่โปรดปราน, ของโปรด
  • goals (noun): aims; purposes - เป้าหมาย จุดมุ่งหมาย
  • in terms of (idiom): regarding; used to show what aspect of a subject you are talking about or how you are thinking about it - เกี่ยวกับ, เกี่ยวข้องกับ
  • maintain: to keep - รักษา
  • membership (noun): being part of an organization or club - การเป็นสมาชิก, สมาชิกสภาพ, การเป็นส่วนหนึ่งของกลุ่ม, การเข้าร่วม,
  • mode: a particular way of doing something; a particular type of something - แบบ, วิธีการ
  • moreover (adv): in addition; furthermore - ยิ่งกว่านั้น, จากนั้น
  • noticeable (adj): easy to see or notice; clear or definite - ซี่งเห็นได้ชัด
  • objective (noun): what you plan to achieve; goal; aim; purpose - เป้าหมาย
  • offer (verb): to make something available or to provide the opportunity for something - ให้, เสนอ
  • pensioner: a person who is receiving a pension (money received regularly after retirement), especially from the government - ผู้รับเงินบำนาญ
  • public: open to people in general - สาธารณะ
  • range from: to include a variety of different things in addition to those mentioned - ขยายออก, แบ่งประเภท
  • relatively: somewhat; in comparison with someone or something similar - ค่อนข้าง
  • security: protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage - ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
  • set foot (verb): to enter or visit a place - เดินทางเข้าไป, เข้าไปอยู่
  • significantly: in an important way - อย่างมีความหมาย, อย่างสำคัญ
  • sweat: to produce liquid on the surface of your skin when you are hot, nervous, or ill - ทำให้เหงื่อออก
  • tank top (noun): a piece of clothing like a T-shirt without sleeves - เสื้อที่ไม่มีปก
  • urban: connected with towns and cities - เขตเมือง
  • visually-impaired (adj): (often used instead of the word "blind") having very poor or no eyesight that cannot be repaired to a normal level by using eyeglasses - พิการทางสายตา, ตาบอด;
  • witness (verb): to see something happen - มองเห็น, เป็นพยาน
  • workout (noun): a period of physical exercise that you do to keep fit - การฝึกฝนร่างกาย
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