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Under Armour celebrates Global Running Day with second All Out Mile

Challenge accepted! All over the world, runners and non-runners alike seem to have uttered these words to Under Armour (UA) when it launched its second All Out Mile to challenge them to run their fastest mile or 1.6km anytime between 1 and 5 June. And this will not worry Singaporeans doing the course because they…
7 May 2022 2 mins read

Health in every size: Balancing the weight of the body positivity movement

Growing up, Ms Shiying Seow struggled with body dysmorphia. She attributes it mainly to her background in ballet.  “I always felt like I had to look skinny [to be a good dancer], and that eventually manifested itself into eating disorders,” she says. “So for the most part of my formative years, I had a very…
11 Apr 2022 4 mins read

Action star Bruce Willis draws attention to a little known condition called Aphasia

Aphasia affects an estimated 3,000 adults in Singapore every year. Yet, it is an invisible disability that can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, gender, and profession. It is also a disorder difficult for most people to understand as it affects language, not intellect.  The condition was brought to light when the family of…
1 Apr 2022 3 mins read

Systemic inequalities: The missing link in mental health

With the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic, increasing global tension, environmental destruction, everyone seems to either be battling with their own mental health issues, or knows of someone who is. But so much of the conversation currently revolves around the individual.  When people face mental health issues, it seems like it is their fault for…
15 Mar 2022 4 mins read

Dare to Dream: Nicholas Leong, founder of Kenyan Riders

It all started with a spiteful splinter in his foot.  The year was 2006 and the former commercial photographer Nicholas Leong’s mind wandered as he was holed up in his room. That was when he pondered whether long distance runners make good cyclists.  On the evening after the Singapore Marathon, he walked up to a…
10 Mar 2022 5 mins read

Has Covid-19 changed the way we behave in public forever?

Before 2020, we would not hesitate to enter a busy pub and go for a dance party at Zouk. Fast forward three years and people become wary of crowds and will not hesitate to label the new year gathering at Clarke Quay as “illegal” and “irresponsible”. Hugs were also common among family and friends. But…
7 Mar 2022 4 mins read

HIIT training: Should be conducted by professionals and in cooler environments

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a form of exercise that is currently in the grips of the fitness industry — so much so that even the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) adopts it as a key part of its National Service Fitness Improvement Training (NS FIT) programme.  It is a cardio exercise done in short, intense…
4 Mar 2022 2 mins read

Compassion fatigue: A different kind of “burnout”

Theirs is a calling to help others. They are frequently drawn towards giving care 24/7, helping to alleviate the pain and suffering of their charges, sometimes even shouldering grief and depression — to the point where they set aside their own mental and physical health. So, what happens when you have to give so much,…
2 Mar 2022 5 mins read

From kids to plants: Giving up $6,000 monthly salary to run a nursery

According to the old adage: Finding a job you love means you will never work a day in your life. Perhaps that is what Ms Avie Mercado discovered when she resigned to chase her dream. Ms Mercado was part of a team of fresh, young and driven people who had been tasked with a nebulous…
1 Mar 2022 3 mins read

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