Engaging Singapore Seniors In Proper Fitness Programs.

August 17, 2010

Photo of senior citizens exercising.Like many developed countries in the world, Singapore has a rapidly aging population, where seniors and older adults above the age of 55 are fast becoming the statistical norm in this small asian country.

Thankfully, via governmental health education programs, more and more senior citizens are now paying attention to their health and fitness as compared to a decade ago, and many are still able to play active and important roles in the various communities they serve today. 

However, more could definitely be done to help increase the number of our older adults engaged in physical activities, especially in structured and age-specific Senior Fitness Programs.

Over the years, physicians have constantly affirmed the fact that seniors and older adults SHOULD and COULD engage in regular, progressive exercise.

And scientific research has also consistently validated the far-reaching health and psychological benefits of a physically active lifestyle. 

From combating numerous age-related medical conditions like: arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, a Structured Exercise Program for Seniors can also help reverse the loss of one’s muscle and bone mass, and even help to alleviate clinical depression – a silent and often under-rated condition that afflicts many senior citizens.

More importantly, engagement in an exercise/wellness program can also give our seniors a sense of control over their lives and destinies, and help to perpetuate an overall sense of well-being and self-sufficiency .

However, before embarking on any fitness program, seniors are well-advised to check-in with their health-care providers for a Full-Body Check-Up; and are also best advised to exercise in a structured and supervised environment to pre-empt any risks of age-related complications from arising from a “Do-It-Yourself ” scenario.

With sound, proper guidance such as those from specially certified fitness experts like the Senior Fitness/Older Adults Specialists, there’s no reason why our Singapore seniors cannot enjoy satisfying and fulfilling lives in their golden years like their counterparts in the developed West.

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Singapore Matching America In Obesity Rates Soon?

August 6, 2010

Photo of overweight asiansThe role of the Singapore Fitness/Wellness Professional has grown in importance with recent developments abroad as well as at home.

A case in point: a recent New York Times report states that Americans have become fatter over the past few years, with obesity rates reaching 30% or more in numerous states. ( Read : “Obesity Rates Keep Rising, Troubling Health Officials” – NYTimes.com )

This immediately brings to mind the situation in Singapore itself – where obesity rates are not much better than its American counterpart, albeit nowhere close to the same drastic levels as in the US – at least not yet –  but still cause for concern for a nation who often prides itself for being on top of things and situations.  

A stroll along any busy street on the weekends in Singapore, or a quick glance at the masses packed into any peak-hour MRT carriage, would reveal the sheer number of overweight, and often obese, individuals residing in Singapore alone.

Short of making it compulsory for all overweight Singapore residents sign-up for fitness, nutrition and weight management classes, what can we do to help fight this obesity phenomenon in Singapore?

For a start, weight loss guidance and fitness/wellness programs should be made easily available and affordable to the masses so that more people can benefit from these initiatives.

Also, as most people are fond of using their hectic work schedules and lack of time as excuses for not being physically active, fitness providers would do well to bring their fitness programs INTO the homes of these individuals, rather than trying to persuade them to GO OUT of their way to enrol in programs conducted at external facilities.

By removing these ‘traditional’ excuses and roadblocks to one’s fitness and well-being, we – the Singapore Fitness Industry – could play a major role in helping Singapore become a healthier and leaner society.


Exercise Helps Kids Do Better In School!

August 2, 2010

Image of overweight childA recent study conducted by the American College Of Sports Medicine confirm what many of us here at Singapore Fitness Professionals Network suspects all along : that being FIT does help one perform BETTER in academics!

<< Study Links Physical Fitness, Academic Performance For Middle-Schoolers >>  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/191043.php

According to the media report, the study which  involved over 300 sixth-grade students at a middle school in USA, revealed that  students with higher levels of physical fitness tend to fare better on standardized tests than those who were less fit.

The report even goes so far to suggest that there is a significant association between cardiovascular fitness and reading scores; and that FIT students “were six times more likely to meet or exceed … reading standards and over two-and-a-half times more likely to meet or exceed the math standards”. What a revelation! 

The implications of this study is HUGE – especially in a nation-state like Singapore – where academics are traditionally revered way and above physical fitness and sporting success.

Singaporean parents should seriously heed the above findings, sit-up and take note: that if you really want your child to succeed in school, make sure that he/she first-of-all GET PHYSICALLY FIT  !!!

And, of course getting children fit nowadays is NO easy task.  It takes more than just throwing a ball to them and asking them to kick it around for hours.

A scientific approach, coupled with specific age-related protocols have to be adopted to ensure maximal benefit and minimal damage to your children’s growing bodies.

The BEST approach is to engage a Kids/Youth Fitness Specialist to design a customized fitness program for your child, taking into consideration his/her age, current fitness levels  and personal interests.

When you have a systematic approach in place to build your child’s physical fitness, success would be ensured in the long run.