The last lap as you #RunWithMok

1 Dec 2018 – The final pacer run before the 2018 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (#SCSM2018) was on 8th and 9th December 2018 was held in partnership with several partners comprising of Ironman, Under Armour Pacers (from Running Department), and 100PLUS together with their Ambassador, 7-time SCMS Local Champion & ONEathlete, Mok Ying Ren

 

Before the run, Mok Ying Ren took the stage to answer questions raised by the participants. This was an enthusiastic crowd, asking questions ranging from his pre-race warm-up routine to pacing strategies, to his preferred pre-race breakfast. One of the key topics he shared about was hydration.

 

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Photo credits: ONEathlete / RunONE

Hydration is of paramount importance to a successful race. However, he noted that a substantial number of runners visit the medical tent due to overhydration. They have drunk excessive amounts of water, resulting in a condition known as hyponatremia – low sodium levels. This results in them feeling giddy and fatigued, symptoms not unlike dehydration.

Mok advised that it is important to drink to the point of thirst and allow our bodies’ natural regulating systems to decide how much we should drink on race day. He also suggested that runners should get used to the isotonic drink (that will be available during the race day) during their training itself. 

 

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Photo credits: ONEathlete / RunONE

Thankfully, the early morning rain had cleared out just before the morning event started and participants got to enjoy beautiful, cooling weather for most of the run.

 

In this final pacer run, the participants were divided into pacing groups based on their targeted Half marathon and Full marathon timings. Half marathon runners ran 12km while the Full marathon runners ran 15km around iconic Singapore sites such as Marina Bay Sands and Singapore Flyer. Mok Ying Ren started off with the first pacing group before striking it out on his own for the last part of the run. 

 

Post run, Mok Ying Ren continued to mingle with the participants as they streamed into the finishing area after their runs and had their complimentary breakfast sets. It was also a great opportunity for the runners to #askmok their questions on hydration, pacing, and even their running gait! 

 

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Photo credits: ONEathlete / RunONE

The official hydration sponsor of SCMS, 100PLUS Singapore provided the hydration for the morning. There was no lack of hydration both during and after the run. With B Vitamins (B3, B6 & B12), Non-Carbonated 100PLUS ACTIVE is specially designed to facilitate energy production, as well as to aid in after-sports recovery. An apt choice for the pacer run and preps for #SCSM2018.

 

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Participants, Under Armour Pacers (from Running Department), and 100PLUS together with their Ambassador, 7-time SCMS Local Champion & ONEathlete, Mok Ying Ren. Photo credits: ONEathlete / RunONE

Gears get oiled for BB Blaze 2019!

03 Nov 2018 – “During the training, there were times when I questioned why I had joined Blaze in the first place, when I could have been like my peers who were having less strenuous physical training and who did not need to face the pressure of keeping physically fit.” This is how the then-14 year old Samuel Song from Zhonghua Sec felt during the preparations for BB Blaze 2017!

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Photo credits: The Boys’ Brigade HQ Website

Preparations are key in an adventure race, or for that matter, any race. What more for teenage boys preparing for the adventure-based and mentally and physically challenging #BBblaze2019!

 

RunONE will be joining The Boys’ Brigade Singapore as their Official Training Partner, supporting the preparations for the 400 participants and their trainers during this pivotal stage. You can also expect for the 2019 edition to involve more pre-race and race digitalization, with an extended partnership with ONE.

 

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To kick off the preparations, the organizers arranged for a Train-the-Trainers session that was attended by officers and boys from various senior programme companies (CCA units in various secondary schools).

 

The Pierre de Coubertin IFPC Trophy Winner and National Marathoner Ashley Liew shared his experiences with the boys and officers. He started by stating his hope to inspire and went on to share how he has transcended different challenges in life, such as when transforming from fat to fit.

 

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Ashley had rushed down from his chiropractic clinic, amidst two weeks of reservist commitments. It is not surprising that the ONEathlete was very enthusiastic about speaking to the boys, as a former BB Boy of the 12I Singapore Company (ACS Independent). He has certainly not forgotten his roots, acknowledging the role of The Boys’ Brigade in shaping who he is today during his self-introduction.

 

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After throwing in some awareness of chiropractic and the nervous system, Ashley went on to share tips on running forms, injury prevention, and the importance of a training programme. He also shared how the youths could build up their endurance, strength and conditioning to be at their optimal capacity to blaze the trail, come April 2019!

 

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A good support goes a long way …

 

FUTURO SG – The 3M subsidiary rounds up their Futuro Ambassadors and three of our #ONEathlete(s), Mok Ying Ren, Shaheed Alam and Ren-ne Ong; and get them to share on their pathway as a successful competitive athlete! No flower blooms on its own, and they share who/what supported them thru their budding competitive sports endeavors.

 

“Surround yourself with people who support you. Find champions.”

– Sarah Gavron

 

Especially for athletes, you will notice that the common pattern is to share your goals and plans with your family and ask them to help encourage you to achieve the goals/plans. Consequentially, the ones closest to them are probably their biggest fans! They have seen the blood, the sweat, the tears, they have seen it all.

 

Now, with the next 6 videos, Futuro hopes to bring you a tad closer to our ONEathlete(s)!

  • We hope that each of their (Part 1) personal story video will be an inspiration to all aspiring athletes and a tribute to their fervent supporters.
  • We also hope that their (Part 2) quick exercise tips video will be a great information tool on techniques.
  • You also have some hampers for grabs (Part 3)! You can follow Futuro SG’s Facebook HERE.

 

Standby, your napkins, and click on the video links below:

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REN-NE ONG

Double SEA Games Bronze Medalist

National Shuttler

Managed by ONEathlete

 

“Whatever you do, do not regret!

– Ren-ne Ong

 

Part 1 : Get inspired with Ren-ne Ong

 

Part 2 : Preparation with Ren-ne Ong

 

Part 3 : Hamper Giveaway

What is your inspiration for keeping fit and playing sports?

Share with Ren-ne on the (below) Instagram post’s comments section and stand a chance to win 5 Futuro™ hampers, worth $100 each! … leggo guys! 

 


 

SHAHEED ALAM

ITF Junior Singles Title Winner

National Tennis Player

Managed by ONEathlete

 

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”  

– Shaheed Alam

 

Part 1 : Get inspired with Shaheed Alam

 

Part 2 : Preparation with Shaheed Alam

 

Part 3 : Hamper Giveaway

What is your inspiration for keeping fit and playing sports?

Share with Shaheed on the (below) Instagram post’s comments section and stand a chance to win 5 Futuro™ hampers, worth $100 each! … Hit it now! 

 


 

MOK YING REN

Double SEA Games Gold Medalist

National Marathoner & Records Holder

Managed by ONEathlete

 

“Be patient and consistent in what you do”. 

– Mok Ying Ren

 

Part 1 : Get inspired with Mok Ying Ren

 

Part 2 : Preparation with Mok Ying Ren

 

Part 3 : Hamper Giveaway!

Caption this? Go to Mok Ying Ren’s Instagram below and post in the comment section! And stand a chance to win 5 Futuro™ hampers, worth $200 each!

 


 

Media Response

21 Oct 2018 – We noted Soh’s allegations on a fellow national runner, Ashley Liew.

Soh is entitled to his opinions. We stand by our athlete, Ashley, and the decision by SNOC and the International Committee for Fairplay to nominate and confer Ashley the Fair Play Trophy award. Award recipients since it was introduced in 1965 include, amongst many established athletes, Olympians Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin.

It is public knowledge that this is not the first time Soh has adopted a controversial and provocative stance towards fellow athletes. His actions speak contrary to his purported claims of professional camaraderie, teamwork and integrity. We firmly believe these values underpin the high standards of conduct expected, and deserving, of national athletes.

We also note that there is no material basis in Soh’s allegations that warrants any further comments. While it is anyone’s guess as to what Soh’s motives are, we choose to focus on our mission to help athletes focus on their development on and off the field, support meaningful social causes and bring national sports to a higher level. Soh’s actions are unhelpful at best, and spurious at worst.

We wish Soh all the best in his athletic pursuit.

Regards,

ONEathlete Team

20-for-20 is back!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”

 

For active individuals, or athletes (recreational or professional), the importance of balance takes on a bigger and more significant role. For Ashley keeping this balance despite his hectic professional commitments and intense training schedule is key. Not to mention that he has remained free of training injuries since receiving chiropractic care in 2010, and knows only too well the importance of treading the fine line and keeping the balance as a professional athlete.

 

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Today marks 1 year (and 1 day) since practising as a Doctor of Chiropractic at Family Health Chiropractic Clinic! Extremely humbled to give, love, and serve all walks of patients while witnessing the fulfilment of their nervous system potential. Thank you mentor, colleague, and friend Dr. Kelvin Ng for this amazing journey of growth since your 2010 health talk in a bike shop (first time I heard the word "chiropractic"). Thank you @shermancollege as well for imparting us the philosophy, science, and art. Life is awesome when what you do resonates with your "why" 😊 Celebrated the occasion with @sandrafaustinalee by "shopping" at @asicssg and then having dinner. Now onto picking up Tiger the #RunnerDog from the @freemovementsg office! Photo credit: dad Andrew Liew. #FamilyHealthChiroSG #Chiropractic #ShermanPride #FindYourWhy #TeamASICS #IMoveMe #FreeMovementSG #Flexifitness #SingaporeAthletics

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Professionally, Ashley is a trained Doctor of Chiropractic at Family Health Chiropractic Clinic. He is also a deep believer in taking care of the body dutifully so as to reap the full benefits of training. This includes paying attention to details, such as the effects of spinal alignment on leg length and how this has a knock-on effect on training injuries and running performance? With his credentials on and off the race track, Ashley’s training and medical philosophy is sound advice for runners (professional or otherwise).

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In conjunction with Family Health Chiropractic Clinic, Ashley has introduced a limited-time-only “20-for-20” deal for the first 20 runners who sign up by 31 Dec 2018. The 20-minute evaluation session will cost S$20 (before GST) and as part of this special deal, Ashley will be personally conducting an evaluation session for you. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. The evaluation session may take up to 20 minutes and includes a targeted case history, posture exam, leg length evaluation and summary of findings.
  2. All runners (recreational or competitive) are invited to partake in this evaluation
  3. Chiropractic evaluations, imageries (such as X-ray or MRI) and adjustments are not included in this special deal, which will cost S$20 (before GST)
  4. Please note that during the postural exam, the doctor may be required to place his hands on your hip joints and feet. Please inform the doctor if you are not comfortable with this.
  5. As this special deal is a no-obligation session, there is an option to add on a standard chiropractic evaluation (which includes any chiropractic adjustment as necessary). The S$20 fee for the 20-minute special deal session will then be applied to the standard first consultation fee of S$120 (before GST) for the chiropractic evaluation.
  6. Call Family Health Chiropractic Clinic at 6336 7714 to schedule your appointment in advance and ask for the “20-for-20” deal during registration.
  7. Terms and Conditions apply.

 

Family Health Chiropractic Clinic is located at 111 Somerset Rd, #08-03 TripleOne Somerset. Tel: 6336 7714. You may also wish to refer to their Facebook page for more info.

ONEathlete finish strong at the final TPS race!

14 October 2018 – The Performance Series 2018, now in its 3rd year, crossed its finishing line this morning, with its 4th race of the year. It had earlier held its races at Punggol Waterway (Apr), Pasir Ris Park (Jun), and Bedok Reservoir (Aug) before this final installment of the year at East Coast Park.

 

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The race – tagged on social media as #TranscendYourself – went on as planned, despite the heavy downfall and chilly weather on the early mornings of the Sunday. About 2000 odd runners had gathered in anticipation at the beach area after they were notified of the 15mins postponement in view of the weather. The 10km was flagged off at 7.45am with 3 of the #ONEathlete gunning for their best in the drizzle.

 

Ben Moreau led the pack of open-category participants throughout the race. He completed the 10km race with a timing of 32:38. Eventually, he was also awarded the trophy for being the 10km Overall Winner! It was no surprise that the British-citizen was ready to go for more, given his stellar performance in the recent Straits Times Run 2018 too!

 

His fellow ONEathlete(s), Banjamin Quek (35:52) and Ashley Liew (37:48) finished 2nd and 3rd in the Local 10km category, close behind Prashanth Silva. Both talents are in the midst of gearing up their training for the upcoming Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018, in December.

 

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Opting for a slightly shorter race in view of his tight race schedule in October, was Evan Chee. He finished 4th with an unofficial timing of 18:38.

 

The local race that is organized by Just Run Lah, boasts of some key industry and community partnership, in addition to having Garmin as their title sponsor for the 2018 series! The race has also made significant efforts to raise the profile of local athletes by having a separate category for the local competitive runners.

 

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ONEathlete congratulates Just Run Lah on this feat, as well as, to thank them for this opportunity to see all its athletes on the podium this morning!

Mok Ying Ren at the launch of Start Your Impossible, Toyota's initiative launch. Photo credits: ONEathlete

Start Your Impossible

13 September 2018 – In typical Japanese innovative fashion, the unveiling of Toyota’s first global corporate initiative #StartYourImpossible (SYI) towards its transformation from a car company to a mobility company, was simply jaw-locking! The initiative celebrates the Olympic and Paralympic spirit.

 

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Mok Ying Ren (extreme left) and other Team Toyota key opinion leaders, made up of national athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Photo credits: ONEathlete

Toyota also announced its region-wide partnership with 12 Olympic and Paralympic aspirants from Asia, including Singapore swimmers and golden water boys, Joseph Schooling and Toh Wei Soong.  Both will support the initiative by championing their hero projects. Various other national athletes (from the likes of, Double SEA Games Gold Medalist & #ONEathlete, Mok Ying Ren, and Olympian-Sprinter, 叶劲维 Timothee Yap) and fitness enthusiasts (from the likes of Race Driver Claire Jedrek, Ironman Triathlete Cheryl Tay, Rhythm cycling instructor Jia En, actress Ase Wang, etc) were also part of the larger ensemble.

 

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Mr Susumu Matsuda announcing the 12 Team Toyota Hero Athletes. Photo credits: ONEathlete

Other Olympic and Paralympic Heroes from the region, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (Badminton, Indonesia), Ni Nengah Widiasih (Para Powerlifting, Indonesia), Anchaya Ketkeaw (Para Swimming, Thailand), Panipak Wongpattanakit (Taekwondo, Thailand) were also in attendance.

 

Inspired by Toyota’s worldwide partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), it also marks Toyota’s support of the creation of a more sustainable, inclusive and mobile society. Three different mobility devices were launched:

  • The Toyota Human Support Robot created to support the long-term for elderly care and health care, served the President of Toyota Motor Asia Pacific, Mr. Susumu Matuda, a bottle of water amidst his opening speech!
  • They displayed the Toyota Welcab (assistive vehicle) that has an electrically-powered ‘side lift-up tilt seat’ which rotates, tilts and comes down out of the vehicle.
  • Mok Ying Ren’s personal favorite was the Toyota i-Road. It is an exciting ultra-compact three-wheeled electric vehicle that combines the ease of motorcycle + the comfort/stability of a car. He also test-drove and commented on its excellent maneuverability.

 

The pompous launch event held in Infinite Studio Singapore was hosted by Toyota Motor Asia Pacific and its distributor Borneo Motors (Singapore). The event was emcee-ed by a very familiar and beautiful fair lady in the sporting scene, Kelly Latimer.

 


 

Catch up on Mok Ying Ren’s involvement in the #StartYourImpossible Campaign right here! Don’t forget to visit www.startyourimpossible.asia!

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Mok Ying Ren at the entrance of Start Your Impossible, Toyota’s initiative launch. Photo credits: ONEathlete

 

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I booked out of my medical officers’ course in army, and flew into Myanmar one day before the race. I was still trying to get over a dry cough and strain on my hip muscles. As a underdog, and given my conditions, it was near impossible for me to win the race. Even at the final stretch, i trailed behind in the 4th position. I ran into the stadium, as my family and Singaporeans roared to spur me on, closing the gaps to finish in 2:28:36. Later, It was my honor to hear the Singapore national anthem on the podium, for Singapore’s first SEA Games Marathon Male Gold Medal in 2013 #StartYourImpossible Read more via link in bio https://runone.co/startyourimpossible #RunWithMok #RunONE #ONEathlete www.startyourimpossible.asia 📸: SSC / ONE

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Was it an Asian American dream? or just a Goliath’s David? – Osaka vs Williams

SHAHEED ALAM – I feel that Osaka’s win is huge for everyone in Japan (and even Asia in general.) The win serves as a massive inspiration to many girls in Japan to see that it is possible to make it big! Beyond that, it inspires tennis players in Asia (including myself) to realize that it is possible to challenge the top ranking European and American players.
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One can comment much about Williams but we can’t deny that she is one of the best players ever to hold a racquet. I opine that she should’ve controlled her emotions better. After all, she is a top-class professional and she should be vast experienced enough to do that. However, I thoroughly understand where she’s coming from and the frustrations she must’ve felt.
The penalties controversy is a grey area. From the umpire’s point of view, he was just doing his job and saw that the coach is coaching her (now, the coach had also admitted to that, didn’t he?) However, the umpire should’ve have given Williams a verbal warning instead of a penalty. That would have served its purpose to stop the coach. No doubt it was a match on technicalities and not coaching, rules cannot be foregone.
On the other hand, ‘that escalated fast’ and I felt that Williams said things she should never say to an umpire, and in such a disrespectful way. She was also heard saying “I get this every year (that) I play here.” Indeed, she was ‘heavily involved’ and it was entirely her fault even in 2009 and 2011. She was also heard saying ‘Men do way worse and get away with it’. What a weak comparison, as I can assure you that many men have gotten a straight disqualification.
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The audience can’t really be blamed as they would not be able to hear the conversation between the umpire and Williams, and furthermore, the crowd was gathered to witness a historical moment. They wanted Serena Williams to win her 24th Grand Slam and tie Margaret Court as the All-time most number of singles titles.
In conclusion, I feel that Williams deserve all that she was severed (no puns intended) because it is a valuable lesson for the young ones around the world who are following the sport. If she had got away with such abusive comments to an umpire, that would have set some precedence to many other tennis players too. Also, in perspective, the $17,000 fine, however, is nothing compared to the $1.85million prize money she received.
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After much chaos, even with Williams arguing and all the controversies, nothing was taken away from Naomi Osaka – the newly minted champion who fully deserved the win. The champ outplayed Williams in all the categories. Realistically, Williams simply had no chance!
Even though it was a tad too late and the damage had been done; it was a moment to remember when Williams calmed the crowd down during the prize presentation to allow Osaka to enjoy her moment.

 

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[#TranscendYourself with Garmin The Performance Series 2018 Finale Race 4 @ East Coast]
Promo code is valid till 15 September 2018 and registration are while stock lasts!
Register at https://www.theperformanceseries.sg/register/ with promo code RUNONE5OFF to get 5% off normal rate.
Date: 14 October 2018
Time: Morning
Categories: 10km, 5km
See you at @The Performance Series – Singapore Finale Race 4!

Getting fit, bit more easy now!

7 New dope features you will find on Fitbit Versa™ 

Live your best life with Fitbit Versa™— an all-day health and fitness watch that lasts 4+ days and uses personalised insights, music & more to help you reach your goals


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1) Easy access dashboard & customisable interface (Image: Fitbit)

Versa features a redesigned dashboard for easy access to your most important health and fitness data, bringing what you could previously only find in our mobile app to your wrist. Swipe up from the clock face to see daily and weekly health and fitness stats, historical activity, current and resting heart rate, exercise summaries started on Versa, action-oriented motivational messages, tips and tricks, and daily guidance. Swipe right to left in each tile to see additional data and summaries.

Choose from a wide variety of apps and clock faces in the Fitbit App Gallery from Fitbit, Fitbit Labs and popular brands; with 550+ apps and clock faces available, those you know and love from Ionic are being added regularly for Versa users, with 100s expected by general availability.

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2) Customise your strap 

Match your own personal style or activity with Versa’s unique accessory bands. These sleek, swim-ready bands are available in peach, gray, black, periwinkle and white. You don’t have to worry about wearing something too similar to your co-worker.

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3)  Have a guided workout and track your heart rate 24/7 (Image: Fitbit)

Versa has a personal trainer right on your wrist called Fitbit Coach. Out of the box, the Coach app includes three on-device workouts with step-by-step instructions, including: 10 Minute Abs, 7 Minute Workout, and Warm It Up.

Versa’s PurePulse® heart rate tracking has the same enhancements during exercise as Fitbit Ionic, allowing you to see real-time heart rate zones, better measure calorie burn throughout the day, and view resting heart rate. With the new on-device dashboard on Versa and Ionic, view your 7-day resting heart rate trends directly on your wrist. PurePulse® heart rate also powers other key features like Sleep Stages, Cardio Fitness Level (VO2Max), and Relax guided breathing sessions.

These indicators will then give you an indication of your fitness and lifestyle! Need to validate with your boss when you are stressed? You have a pal now! (Just kidding, as you get fitter, you will be more productive than ever before!) 

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4) Wear it to count your swim laps (Image: Pexels)

Versa is water-resistant up to 50 meters so you can wear it in the bath, ocean or rain. Enable a swim workout and view real-time laps, duration and calories burned on your wrist. It’s okay if you wore it to your shower during the morning rush to work! Just remember to take it out periodically to prevent skin irritations and get it charged of course!

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5) Track your run and connect to the GPS on your phone (Image: Fitbit)

Utilizes your smartphone’s GPS to more precisely track your pace, distance, and speed; will automatically track your runs and connect to the GPS on your phone (if it is nearby) so you receive real-time heart rate, pace, distance, elevation climbed and split times; auto-pauses when you stop or need to take a break. Connected GPS is turned on by default for running and biking.

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6) Be in tune with your music (Image: Fitbit)

Store and play more than 300 songs from your personal music collection, download your favorite stations from Pandora, or your own curated playlists as well as Flow from Deezer6 right on your device. Simply connect a pair of wireless headphones, such as Fitbit Flyer™, and start listening to phone-free music. New subscribers will get a 1 month free trial from Pandora and a 3 month free trial from Deezer.

 

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7) Get challenged and connected (Image: Fitbit)

Challenge yourself to set and accomplish step, distance, active minutes, exercise, hydration, calorie and weight goals in the account section of the Fitbit app.

Join a Daily or Weekly Challenge for extra motivation and support; or race your friends on an Adventure Race through Macritchie Reservoir; or challenge yourself to a virtual Solo Adventure in Raffles Place. Cheer or taunt your friends with the Fitbit Leaderboard app on your wrist.

Connect with friends, family and groups of like-minded individuals so you can find added support and inspiration to reach your health and fitness goals. In the Fitbit App, click on the Community tab and then use the toggle bar at the top to switch between Feed, Friends and Groups.


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Whoever said accountants are plain characters?

IRONMAN World Championships Triathlete 
Managed by ONEathlete 
Singapore
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Whoever said accountants are plain characters? Not content in spending a day in and day out with his college textbooks, Ben joined set his mind on a new sporting challenge in triathlon and soon rose to captain his college Aquathlon team.
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2 years down the road, Ben qualified for the World Championship in his first 70.3 race at Hefei 2016 with a performance that bested other more experienced competitors. Perhaps coming from a background playing water polo similar to Ironman legend Dave Scott has had great benefits, or perhaps it’s his discipline for competition.
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Racing the Kona Ironman is doubly exciting for the young rising star of Singapore’s triathlon scene— an event of a lifetime, as it is—because is also to be his first full-Ironman race. Defying the odds is not new to the 25-year-old, born on a leap day.
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Since qualifying, Ben has pulled out all stops to excel atthe new substantial distance, including taking his training across the globe when he spent months living in São Paulo, Brasil as an exchange student. Racing has been a constantly evolving adventure he thoroughly revels in. No doubt his journey continues on after this World Championship.
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Look out for him in Kona, Hawaii and wave to say hi to this suave gentleman with a sunny disposition, or simply follow him on Instagram, @ironmanbooi for regular updates!