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ONEathlete & Doctor, Mok Ying Ren on precautions he undertakes as he serves patients with COVID-19

ONEathleteMok Ying Ren is also a 2-time SEA games gold medallist and 7-time Singapore Marathon Local Champion who holds the national record in the 5000m event. He is married to Belinda with whom he has a two-month-old daughter, Emma.

For about a week, he will be involved in seeing all suspected and confirmed patients of the novel coronavirus with concomitant orthopaedic conditions.

Mok described his thought process, and the precautions he would take when seeing patients, with Thir.st and Mothership.sg.

Let’s continue to keep the patients, healthcare workers and our nation in prayer.

Besides Mok, other athletes are doing their part too!

Earlier this week, Team Singapore bowlers Muhd Danial, Cherie Tan and Daphne Tan were also involved in community efforts, such as giving out masks and hand sanitisers to residents.

Click to read more on TNP.sg

Let’s continue to do our part as athletes and stakeholders in the sports community, for Sports to be a force for good, in a time like this!

Keepin up the momentum at Straits Times Run 2019

29 SEP 2019 – More than 13,000 runners took part in the seventh installment of The Straits Times Run this morning, with over 4,000 opting for the longest distance – 18.45km, created to commemorate the year the paper was founded. A 3.5km schools category was introduced in conjunction with SPH’s 35th anniversary.

As in previous years, one of the key highlight for participants was finishing their run inside the National Stadium, one of only two local races to offer such an opportunity. With the haze on everyone’s mind just a week ago, there was a collective sense of relief thanks to the rain over the past few days, and the cooling morning weather.

Last year, ONEathlete & Commonwealth Games Athlete, Ben Moreau won the 18.45km Men’s race at 1:02:57, but was away for a business trip this weekend. Taking the champion spot, was yet another non-Singaporean, but homegrown – Singapore Shufflers – runner Nick Impey, who won in a time of 1hr 2min 22sec, while Japan’s Maki Inami won the women’s race in 1hr 11min 55sec and successfully defended her title from a year!

ONE at the start line before 10km race flag-off

After finishing the recent Gold Coast Marathon in July with a time of 2 hours 44 mins, ONEathlete Giebert Foo, 3rd Singaporean Men’s finisher at SCSM 2018, took part in the 10km while in the midst of training with his sights set on SCSM 2019.

Besides being a well-organised and iconic race on the local circuit, Giebert also felt that the race had provided a timely opportunity for him to put in a hard training block and gain some speed in his legs. With just over 8 weeks to go to the biggest race in Singapore, Giebert feels that preparations have been on track and his main focus now is to continue to be consistent with his training and recovery.

ONEathlete Banjamin Quek receiving his 2nd prize on stage

Joining Giebert in the Men’s 10km category was UA Ambassador & ONEathlete Banjamin Quek who finished as the fastest Singaporean and 2nd overall with a time of 36 mins 24 secs, 30 seconds behind race winner and Singapore Shufflers runner Jerome Besanud. 

ONEathlete(s) who completed their 10km Men’s race this morning.

Banja, who just finished a 3-month long training stint in Kenya, is satisfied with his showing today and feels that it will be a good confidence builder as his training picks up heading into SCSM 2019.

ONEathlete Ashley Liew after finishing his 10km race in 37:15

Also racing in the same 10km category is Ashley Liew, who finished with a time of 37 mins 15 secs and 4th overall. He was also the 2nd Singaporean. After a slow start to the year, Ashley is pleased with the progress he has made over the last 6 months and he will be looking to build on this momentum for the remaining race season in 2019.

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Majulah together as ONE united people!

Running for social causes and using sports as a vehicle for social good, is both meaningful and efficient in the world we live in today! Here is one such opportunity!

Relay Majulah

Relay Majulah is a ground-up initiative by a group of like-minded and passionate friends to form a 200-runners team to conquer 2,000km over 8 days (2-10 Nov 2019) to raise funds for President’s Challenge and to unite the community, for the community. It is held specially in conjunction with the Bicentennial Celebrations and SG Cares.

The movement seeks to also create awareness of the social causes in our society and how that we stand in solidarity with our friends as they overcome and conquer all odds.

The ONEathlete and RunONE Team will also be participating with the rest of the 200 runners. Join us in championing change in the lives of many and in our society; and to build a nation that truly cares.

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Ashley Liew Running To Give, Love And Serve The Community.
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Banjamin Quek Running To Help The Less Privileged.
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Giebert Foo Running To Make Every Step Count For The Community
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Jed Senthil Running For The Youths Of Today.
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Gideon Ren Running To Support Physical & Mental Wellness For Children/Youth.
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Others in the running community

Prof Ansgar Cheng Running To Build A Better Singapore For Generations To Come
Gerrard Lin aka Ah Siao Running For A Brighter Future For Our Community
Neo Jie Shi Running To Inspire Others to Stay Positive In The Face Of Adversity
Neyton Tan Running To Step Up For Our Community
Poon Zi Li Running To Ignite The Fire In The Human Spirit
Muhammad Shah Feroz Running To Raise Awareness Of Diabetes
Liu Zhiyong Running To Spread Positivity And Open-Mindedness

On 10 November finale, Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament, will run the final leg from Havelock Road and finish off into the MES Theater at MediaCorp’s Star Ave Campus for the President’s Star Charity 2019 live televised show!

Excerpts and images from Justrunlah.com, giving.sg and relaymajulah.sg with thanks.

About the President’s Challenge

The President’s Challenge is an annual community outreach and fundraising campaign for charities selected every year by the President’s Challenge. It is a call to all Singaporeans in doing their part in building a more caring and inclusive society. Initiated in 2000 by former President S R Nathan, the Challenge represents the coming together of people from all walks of life, to help the less fortunate.

In 2012, under the leadership of former President Tony Tan Keng Yam, the Challenge was expanded to go beyond fundraising by including volunteerism and social entrepreneurship. In 2018, President Halimah Yacob announced a $10 million fund (Empowering For Life Fund) which will empower vulnerable groups through skills upgrading, capacity-building and employment.

Visit http://www.pc.org.sg/WhoWeSupport to find out about the benefiting organisations supported by President’s Challenge this year. 100% of the donations received go towards the charities we support.

Tales of a Triathlete #6 – Harmonising Work, Life and Sport

Work Ready

Benjamin Ooi – “I just don’t have time!”, is the common refrain of a working adult in Singapore. It’s a fair statement, as I’m learning since I started work and paying bills. Attaining serious fitness and skill requires dedicated effort and extended commitment. This is true for endurance sports, but just as applicable if you were to be learning dance or a new language.

The following tips are drawn from my experiences as a competitive amateur athlete:

Goals and Planning

Whether you are an experienced athlete or not, I cannot overstate the value of setting a target and laying out the plan to get there. Our demanding lives and matrix of priorities often present significant obstacles to achieving consistent, effective training.

Overcome ambiguity by setting out your training plan and sticking to it can be as simple as a commitment to exercise 60 minutes every other day, or to achieve a weekly target mileage. It can also come from a coach, from online, or from Ben Moreau’s weekly #STRun Column. Any simple plan works much much better than no plan at all!

Managing Routine with Agility

Post-Work Views: Take in the big picture of your training plans and adapt the individual workouts from there.

Building a routine helps but even I hate to schedule my life around training! That’s fine, life is better harmonised with flexibility. When juggling multiple workouts and life, it’s important to grasp whatever chunk of available time and be productive with it.

While building up for my Ironman while on exchange in Sao Paulo: I had numerous planned and easy runs, a couple gym sessions, bike rides, swim / water polo sessions each week. Concurrent with that, I had classes, cooking and the admin of living independently in a foreign land. To this, pile on other activities such as social drinks and BBQs, 2 AM parties, travel and the Carnaval do Brasil (i.e. month-long street parties) — activities that don’t seem to mesh well with athlete requirements.

A deliberate mix of flexibility and routine was required to utilise my time fully, meet my training goals while enjoying my time on exchange. How does one achieve this? Take in the big picture of your training plans and adapt the individual workouts from there. Spend less time thinking about logistics, and get right into the work! Despite my competing priorities, I was able to achieve a 3:03:34 PB in São Paulo running my first marathon with this philosophy.

Focused Efforts

Run and Run Some More

Finally, however you plan, there are only 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week and so on. We all want to, need to, find the harmonisation of effort, achievements, and sacrifices that is appropriate for us individually, and that is difficult.

Focus your efforts on the most productive areas — for me, as a triathlete, that has been running with its minimal logistical barriers and relatively time-efficient workouts. Swimming and cycling have to take a backseat during phases of my training cycle. I make my reduced workouts count (and not as junk miles), compensating with relevant functional strength exercises that I can do conveniently.

Hope that my tips are useful to you. Best of luck and enjoy!

Ben Ooi is an Ironman Triathlete and younger sibling to two national water polo sisters. He qualified to compete in the World Ironman – World Championships 2017 in Kona, Hawaii. The SMU alumnus is currently working in the private sector and would love a South American holiday, anytime.

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Having a great night sleep!

This article was published on Young Living EDM.

What does quality sleep mean to you? Are you getting enough of a good night’s rest? One of the invited guest speaker, Ashley Liew, will be providing tips on improving sleep quality and ways to keep your energy levels up at the 25 Years Young Essential Oil Summit!

Sleep is an essential part of our lives, and quality sleep is the foundation for good health and a productive day. But, what does quality sleep mean? Sleep quality refers to how well you sleep. However, due to our fast-paced lifestyles and busy work schedules, we might not be getting enough sleep for our body to rest and recuperate.

Rest usually ends up as the lowest priority in our daily routine owing to overwhelming responsibilities, multi-tasking and information overload, not forgetting increasing usage of electronic devices. Getting the right amount of sleep and rest is vital to recover, recharge and restore the mind and body. It is one of the most effective ways to improve your energy levels and fight fatigue.

Sink into facts about sleep during Ashley’s session – “Recover, Recharge and Restore Your Mind & Body”, as he deep dives into the benefits of B vitamins and how they help us to maintain healthy energy levels, cognitive functions and much more! 

About Ashley Liew

A Doctor of Chiropractic at Family Health Chiropractic Clinic, as well as a Team Singapore national marathoner with a personal best of 2h32m12s. An ONEathlete, his “why” in life is to help fulfill the optimum health and athletic potential of others through a functioning nervous system. He also serves the community by actively educating about achieving a lifestyle of vitality.

Fitfam Goals at Demsey!

Core Collective set the tone for making collaboration cool when it opened its ambitiously large maiden branch on Anson Road in 2018. It brought together a plethora of instructors – specialising in Muay Thai, Aerial Yoga and HIIT workouts, to name a few – for the benefit of officer workers in the CBD.

With the opening of its Dempsey branch, Core Collective looks set to conquer another – dare we say it? – core group. Located in the midst of lush greenery, Core Collective at Dempsey seems almost perfect for families seeking retreat and renewal.

Michelle Yong, Founder of Core Collective, giving her opening address.
Baker & Cook’s beautiful new branch, on the premises of Core Collective Dempsey.

Guests at the launch party were first plied with fresh sandwiches and tarts by Baker & Cook, which were a treat for their eyes and on their palate. Dean Brettschneider, Baker & Cook’s founder, has expanded with their new branch in collaboration with Core Collective Dempsey. He was one of several key partners who were present at the launch, along with SWISH! Swim School founder Kristen Romain, Jasmine Chong and Betty Kong from Yoga Lab. All were quick to share how the choice to work with Core Collective was a natural one, as they all saw the potential in coming together to create a multi-faceted experience in the neighborhood.

The subsequent parts of the programme included a tour and free “Treat & Train” sessions. Three sessions could be selected, with “Treat” sessions featuring wellness sessions with Core Collective’s in-house professionals, and “Train” sessions featuring various fitness activities.

Boot Camp
Aerial Yoga
Pilates (Photo by Core Collective)

During the tour, we had a chance to tour the pool on the sunny deck, where SWISH! will hold lessons for children. Brightly-coloured visuals on posters around the pool depicted games tailored to make physical exercise not just targeted but also fun.

Indoors and up the stairs, you can find a studio with a barre and floor-to-ceiling window that overlooks the entire first floor. The latter features a weights area, aerial hoops and silks, and Pilates equipment.

Photo by Core Collective

One can just imagine mum swinging in for a good stretch at a Barre Lab class, and dad hitting Boot Camp, while the kids head to the pool for a lesson with SWISH! Swimming. Everyone then gathers backs at Baker and Cook for a bite and drink and to wind down. I can hardly think of any better way to spend the weekend.

District Race Singapore 2019 @ The Meadow

Experience the world’s greatest urban exploration race and see Singapore come to life. Start and finish at the District Base and navigate through a series of virtual checkpoints and challenges with the District Race app in your hand. Play to your strengths and strategise to plan your journey. Join as an individual or round up a team of four. Promo code DRSGxR1 for RunONE followers to get an 15% off any of your tickets.

Promo code DRSGxR1 for RunONE followers to get an 15% off any of your tickets

The city is your playground and you choose how you want to explore. Whether you’re a beginner or a hardcore athlete, there’s a grid for you.

Run your city now.

For more information: https://exploredistrict.com/en/events/singapore19

SPH35 – Panasonic Schools Challenge

The Straits Times like to invite your school to join us in the ALL NEW category of The Straits Times Run – SPH 35 – Panasonic Schools Challenge happening on September 29. 2019. The Schools Challenge which is open to both local and international schools from all over Singapore is set to bring on some friendly competition in the 3.5km competitive run. 

Each school must register at least 10 students, who will compete individually while attempting to win the team titles – fastest school (based on top 10 fastest student runners from each school) and longest distance (total distance run by all registered students and staff from each school) in their division. 

Bring glory to the school and win attractive prizes such as Panasonic 43” Ultra HD 4K HDR TV and New Balance sponsorship. Rally your school and race on. Registration fee for the Schools Challenge is $20 per participant. 

E-mail your completed registration form (as attached) to info@straitstimesrun.com. Please feel free to call 6246 5777 for more information. 

How Do You Run?

Banjamin Quek – Running is a simple sport – all you need is a pair of shoes and off you go! Yet, it is not an easy sport to master especially if you are not aware of the different types of training that a runner can use to achieve his/her goals and improve their performance. Besides, learning various skills of running can make you a better all-rounded runner, allowing you to benefit the most from your training while avoiding potential injuries at the same time.

Being a seasoned runner, I’ve come across, and used personally, a number of different training approaches. This include several types of training runs, such as Fartlek, Intervals, Tempo runs, Long runs, Recovery runs, and last but not least, Cross training. Yet, keeping in mind the busy lives of Singaporeans’, my personal take is that greater focus should be placed on the intervals and long runs

Let’s start with intervals. Intervals are essentially speed work done on a track to allow runners to experience and get used to the exertion and effort of running at a certain (fast) pace. During my training with the ActiveSG team, my Monday Interval workouts on Monday would be based on my 10,000m pace, with a dynamic changing interval workout depending on how rested I am and my condition on that day. A typical workout could be 15 sets of 1km repeats at 3:20 min/km pace, with a minute of rest in between.

Moving on to long runs, which were the bread and butter of my training program in Kenya when I was clocking an average weekly mileage of close to 140km. Despite its importance, many runners tend to have the misconception that long runs need to be fast. Yet, I’ve learned that long runs are more beneficial when they are done at a pace that feels relaxed and comfortable, yet challenging enough without pushing the body too hard.

Last but not least, runners should also invest time into strengthening their body through conditioning workouts to prevent injuries. If you are tired of pounding the roads and pavements, try doing alternative exercises such as cross training or hopping onto the elliptical in the gym.

As a parting note, one should always aim to enjoy running in spirit of the sport! As much as it is important to explore a multitude of training methods, it is also equally important to keep the flame and passion for running alive by switching up your running routine every now and then! !

Banjamin Quek is a ONEathlete and Under Armour Ambassador. The mid-distance runner majored in business, and is passionate about the environment.

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Match Day – Game On!

SHAHEED ALAM – People have compared a tennis match to a game of chess while running a marathon. An intense match-up could take around 2 hours to complete, with strategy and tactics vital in getting that win over your opponent. Therefore, it is very important to ensure that you head into every match with a good game plan in mind. Most importantly, decide on a game plan that has previously worked for you – one that you’re confident and comfortable with. In today’s article, I will be sharing 3 ways on how to have a good game plan. Take note that this is just a base for you to build on because the entire game plan can only be decided by you, and only you, because no one knows your game better than yourself

Playing To Your Strengths

Rafael Nadal using his Forehand to dictate the point

It is very important to understand your strengths. Understanding your strengths means having the ability to know what gives you the best chance of winning the point.  For example, if playing a hard and fast forehand is your strength, you would want to hit the first ball after your serve (assuming you’re serving). Rafael Nadal averages about 85% of the time he hits a forehand after his serve. Hence, if this is how you want to approach your game, you would want to plan beforehand on how you are going to use the forehand, especially on the first shot after your serve, to start dictating the points.

Defending Your Weakness

Just like how everyone has a weakest subject in school, everyone has a weakness in tennis too. Even the very best, like Roger Federer or Nadal. However, it is how efficiently they defend their weakness that makes them so good. For example, Roger Federer has been known for having a weak backhand against Nadal’s heavy forehand spins but over the years, he has changed his game plan to better defend his weakness. From playing slices to taking a step back, or even stepping into the court and taking it early (the best tactic in my opinion), Federer has changed up his style of playing to have the best chances against Nadal. Therefore, as important as it is to level up your weaker areas, it is almost impossible to escape from it during a match when you go head-to-head with an opponent of matching standards. Therefore, it is much more important to try and defend your weakness to the best of your abilities.

Roger Federer putting the slice to good use

Studying Your Opponent

This may be the toughest to do but if done well, you will (almost definitely) gain an edge over your opponent. For amateur matches, it may be difficult to study your opponent as most of the time you will be playing against someone you’ve never met before. But wherever possible, try to search him/her up. You can also ask your peers if they have seen how your opponent play. I can’t emphasise enough the importance of studying your opponent prior to the match so when you go into the match, you will be fully prepared on what to do. Dig out his/her strengths and weakness and use it to your advantage.

Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail so always go in every match with a game plan that will give you the best chance of winning the match. Don’t be shy to DM me on Instagram @shaheedalam_ if you have any question, I’ll be more than happy to answer! Till next time, continue to #hititlikeshaheed!

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – JUNE 29: Shaheed Alam of Singapore celebrates winning his mens singles play-off match against Hesam Esmail Yazdi of Iran during day four of the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group III at OCBC Arena on June 29, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Lionel Ng/Getty Images for Singapore Sports Hub)

Shaheed Alam is a ONEathlete and Ambassador for Asics (Tennis) and Babalot. He is also supported by Grip String Sports and Pro’s Pro. The tennis prodigy had his first match at the age of 5, and progressed to the Singapore Sports School, before becoming the first male Singaporean to win the ITF Junior Singles Title.

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