Monday, January 9, 2023

Not Meeting Physical Activity Targets

Despite physical education classes being our children's favourite lessons in schools, more than half of our children and adolescents do not meet the global recommendation of at least 60 minutes moderate to vigourous exercise per day. Our country scored C- (40-46 percent) for overall physical activity.

Our country has provided more than enough spaces and sports facilities for physical activities and movement. In fact Singapore was given an A+ for community and environment support for physical activities. 

We have a supportive environment as well as a government that promotes and implement programs for physical activities and sports. It's up to us as parents to ensure our children spend more time outdoors at parks or playgrounds. 

The article is on page A13 in today's Straits Times.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

We Went Batik Painting For Our Team Building Session

Our fourth and last team building session for the year. We have had one every quarter this year.

We decided to go and learn batik painting at Kamal Arts center. It was definitely a very interesting session!

Definitely not as easy as it looks. Please look here for more pictures.

Monday, November 7, 2022

Let The Children Play

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As the author of the article (who is also a principal of a local school) said, physical education classes are most popular amongst our school children. 

Physical activity is definitely good for both the mind and the body. Let them play and definitely don't turn their childhood into a race.

Have alook at the article on page C4 under the Life Section.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Pottery Class For Team Building

Yes, that's what we did for our team building event this quarter. We had lots of fun learning how to coil.And it's definitely not as easy as it looks. 

A big thank you to Jeanettte Wee from Ves Studio for teaching us. You can also look at their pictures here.

Our masterpieces
After that we had lunch together as well.

Looking forward to the next team building session.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Is It Ok To Train Through Your Pain?

I spent the last few days preparing for the talk I was going to give at UBX Training Singapore about healing after injury and whether it is ok to train through your pain. I had not done an in-person talk in forever and was feeling nervous before it!

With Rebecca, the owner
The owner of UBX Singapore had asked if I could give a talk for their members a few weeks ago and of course I agreed. I have known her for many years and am happy to share what I know.

In order to truly understand the concept of UBX Training, I signed up to attend sessions there. I wanted to ensure that I could tailor the talk to their members. It really worked for me in that I do not have to book my sessions. I can rock up at UBX anytime they are open. Another plus point is that the sessions are fun!

I hope that the UBX members and coaches who attended the talk this afternoon found it useful. I had a great time.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Knee Brace After Surgery?


Have a look at the above article on page 22 in today's Straits Times. Gino has written at length about knee braces previously back in 2016. It was one of our more popular posts  that year and continues to get lots of views now.

Do patients who have knee osteoarthritis surgery (usually a knee replacement) still need a knee brace after the knee replacement since they have a brand 'new' joint? They definitely need better rehabiliation then.

A 2012 published study of people with knee osteoarthritis found no significant improvements in balance with the use of a neoprene knee sleeve. Different from these fancy 3D printed plastic ones.

On a side note, it's really good that these knee braces targeted at the elderly were developed in a collaboration between a local oethopaedic surgeon, engineering firm and 3D printing specialists from National Technological University. More business, jobs and opportunites locally. Support our local businesses.


Reference

Collins AT, Blackburn JT et al (2012). The Assessment Of Postural Control With Stochastic Resonance Electrical Stimulation And A Neoprene Knee Sleeve In The Osteoarthritic Knee. Arch Phys Med Rehab. 93(7): 1123.1128. DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2011.12.006.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

HIIT Or Miss?


Gino and I were talking about this newspaper article this morning that was on the front page of the Life section. On HIIT or high intensity interval training.

If you look up scientific journals, an actual HIIT workout is actually running or cycling a set distance a number of times. For example, running 1 kilometer 10 times, or cycling 3 kilometers 5 times. Also popularly know as 'interval training' amongst runners. 

While he was still competing in triathlons Gino says he used to run 10 x 1 kilometer going every 5 minutes. If he finished the kilometer in 3:30 min, he will have 1:30 min rest before attempting the next. If he finishes the kilometer in 3:45 min, it means he will have a shorter period of rest. That HIIT is what research papers usually investigate and publish it's results.

What the author and the interviewed health professionals describe is commonly known as 'circuit training'. Of course there are some similarities where you do certain exercises intensively for a fixed amount of time. But I guess HIIT sounds a lot better than circuit training. That's a good way for gyms and personal trainers to get people to exercise and train.

Gino has written quite a few posts on HIIT, have a read here if you are keen. Remember you read it in our blogs first, before the Straits Times.