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Sharing vital signs – and saving lives – in real-time

Captain (Dr) (NS) Lee You Jun from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) draws on his interest in science and tech to help in cases of serious medical emergencies.

TEXT: KEENAN PEREIRA

PHOTOS: CPT (DR) (NS) LEE YOU JUN

A patient has just had a heart attack and is being rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. Paramedics monitor her situation in the ambulance, while the Emergency Room (ER) team at the hospital concurrently prepares the equipment and medication needed to save her life. Such real-time coordination is possible, thanks to advances in technology that have ushered in platforms like the Operational Medical Networks Informatics Integrator (OMNII).

OMNII was developed through a multi-agency partnership that included SCDF, Ministry of Health, and Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA). One of the SCDF personnel involved in the initiative was CPT (Dr) (NS) Lee You Jun, who completed his National Service in February 2022. 

The chance to work on the project suited CPT (Dr) (NS) Lee, because he has been deeply interested in tech from an early age. “I remember playing games on a Gameboy or a Nokia phone,” the 27-year-old shared. “It was fascinating how much information could be stored on a small device. And look how far technology has come since.” 

As a radiology resident with the National University Health System, CPT (Dr) (NS) Lee has a front-row view of the applications of these advances in the medical sector. “It’s an area where machine learning and artificial intelligence are increasingly coming into play, but because it’s medicine, there’s still a very human aspect to the work,” he explained. 

He appreciated the broad nature of radiology, which means that he could be seeing a patient suffering from a brain haemorrhage, and right after that, a child with stomach pain. “It keeps the work fresh,” he said, adding that when he finishes his residency next year, he hopes to mentor future generations of radiologists.

A CHAMPION FOR DIGITAL HEALTH

CPT (Dr) (NS) Lee also plans to continue advocating the use of technology to improve health outcomes. “It allows medical professionals to better care for patients under their charge,” he elaborated, adding that OMNII is just one way of doing this. Launched in August 2021, the platform digitalises ambulance case records and integrates them with that of hospitals’ emergency departments.

Enabling such integration was a moment of pride for CPT (Dr) (NS) Lee. But he added that it was very much a team effort, with successive full-time National Servicemen (NSFs) taking on different roles. They supported SCDF regulars, as well as personnel from different agencies, to ensure the project’s successful launch.

CPT (Dr) (NS) Lee’s role was to oversee the implementation of OMNII and collect feedback from various stakeholders to improve its processes and features. “Being trained in medicine and having a bit of technological knowledge from my personal research allowed me to bridge the two worlds and move things along,” he says.

Now that he has completed his National Service, CPT (Dr) (NS) Lee has passed the baton of improving OMNII to his successor. As a medical professional, he continues to appreciate the value it brings to our healthcare system. “I’ve seen so many cases where every second counts,” he shares. “I’m proud to know that I had a part to play in making that improvement.”

SENSIBLE ADOPTION

Technology projects should be adopted with an eyes-wide-open approach, cautioned CPT (Dr) (NS) Lee. “One misconception is that technology only brings about positive changes to organisations. Ill-advised or poorly rationalised applications of technology can in fact create more problems than solutions, serve little purpose in helping our work, and waste resources,” he said.

“It’s important to always consider the potential issues that come with technology, and other alternatives when implementing any technology-related project. We need to address these, and make sure that we are taking a step forward with technology on our side. Only then can we bring about positive change to our organisations and society with technology.”

MOVING WITH TECH

Technology continues to be a part of CPT (Dr) (Ns) Lee’s life, both at work and in his personal life. He shared why science matters:

  • Solid outcomes: “While the inertia and barrier to technology adoption may be high, the returns in the long run are also high.”
  • Relevancy: “Integrating technology into our work and lives would help us to stay relevant in the future in this fast-evolving technological climate.”

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Getting fit with your phone

Screen time on your phone isn’t all about Netflix and social media – your phone can also help you become better, stronger and fitter. Here’s how.

TEXT: NICHOLAS TAN

PHOTOS: SHUTTERSTOCK

Our smartphones allow us to do just about anything and everything – from keeping in touch with loved ones to accessing any manner of content or information our minds can imagine.

For those in the know, our smartphones not only help us stay connected and catch up with the news; they’re also a great means to kickstart your fitness journey. Whether you’re an exercise newbie or fitspo veteran, mobile technology can give your workout plan a serious boost.  

BUILDING YOUR FITNESS PLAN

If you’ve been telling your family and friends about how you’re “thinking about hiring a personal trainer”, you may consider starting off with your smartphone.

With access to a limitless database of fitness information online, understanding how to get started on (or enhance) your fitness regime has never been easier.

For one, your phone is a great way to research different exercises and workout programmes that suit your fitness profile – particularly useful to make the most of your time during lull periods in one’s day, like your daily commute. Apps can also be used to set fitness targets and construct plans to achieve them, while providing workout recommendations and health tips along the way.

Mr Afiq Syahmi, our Fitness Trainer at Fitness Workz, is partial to the Nike Training Club app as his fitness companion of choice.

“If you’re into fitness, then the Nike Training Club app is for you! The app has a user-friendly interface, and personalised workouts that make it suitable for anyone new to fitness or looking for something fun and new,” he explained.

The app grants access to more than 200 free workouts ranging from strength, endurance, yoga and mobility exercises that target your upper body, lower body and core muscles. Afiq notes that each workout can vary from five to 50 minutes, depending on your needs and lifestyle.

KEEPING YOU ON TRACK

While wearable fitness trackers like Fitbit or Garmin watches are all the rage, you don’t necessarily need to buy one, especially if you’re just starting out. Modern smartphones can easily act as a fitness tracker, given the right combination of apps.

These range from apps like Apple’s Health app which tracks general activity level, including metrics like steps and calories burnt, to specialised apps tailored to cyclists (Cyclemeter) and ones incorporating social networking elements (Nike Running).

Afiq adds that some apps can incentivise your workouts to give you that little extra push.

“Fitness apps like LumiHealth reward users with app credits and vouchers by participating in their in-app fitness challenges. These game-like challenges encourage the users to form healthy habits and stay motivated on their fitness journey,” he elaborated.

Such apps not only add a little more fun into your fitness experience, but also promote bonding through exercising with friends and family – all in order to push one another to greater heights.

BALANCING YOUR OVERALL WELLNESS

One important rule to live by: Exercise isn’t the be-all, end-all for those who are on a path towards living a balanced lifestyle.

Nutrition and sleep are two essential components to living an overall healthier life – both of which can be enhanced if you use your phone to track your progress.

There are a wide variety of phone apps that can be used to research, build and stick to diets, as well as track sleep quality and deliver recommendations to improve sleep for health benefits.

For instance, MyFitnessPal boasts comprehensive nutrition logging with an easy-to-use database offering nutritional information for millions of different foods. SleepCycle tracks your quality of sleep and sleep patterns, and wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase every morning – ensuring you always start your days well-rested and ready to get moving!

USING TECH THE RIGHT WAY

While there may be a lot your phone can do for you when it comes to levelling up your health, technology will only get you so far.

“While many fitness apps grant a quick fix for the public, few can curate workout programmes that cater to their individual fitness levels and needs. It’s also possible for users to overly rely on fitness apps’ default fitness programmes, neglecting their capabilities and safety in the gym,” advised Afiq.

He goes on to suggest that personal trainers are a great way to bridge these gaps, since they can provide real-time feedback and make quick adjustments to ensure that safety is not compromised.

Of course, he believes that it shouldn’t be a choice between one or the other – personal trainers and technology can go hand-in-hand to keep you on track with your fitness journey.

“Managing multiple members at once can be challenging because the sessions are back-to-back most of the time. Personal trainers must review members’ progress within a limited timeframe before a new session begins. As a personal trainer, I can efficiently track a member’s progress and plan the upcoming personal training session with the fitness app,” he explained.

“Our members can review their progress through the fitness app and inquire via the in-app messager. Fitness apps help streamline the process, and I can focus on curating more personalised programmes,” he added.

At the end of the day, whichever method you adopt, the most important principle in fitness is to stay focused and be consistent. Drawing up a plan, establishing clear goals, and maintaining diligence are the key ingredients to achieving better fitness overtime. Apps and personal trainers will guide you along the path to success, but you must ultimately walk that path with your own two feet.

New to the scene? Try kickstarting your fitness journey with a trusty partner or a friend to push each other to greater fitness heights.

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How to protect your privacy online – and why that matters

Ever wondered how much personal information you’ve revealed online? Here’s why it’s best to keep your digital life private.

TEXT: MELODY TAN

PHOTOS: SHUTTERSTOCK

In the age where every Google search inevitably results in customised ads showing up on your screen, and social media platforms suggest friends of friends to follow, it’s understandable why many people give up on digital privacy. After all, why bother when the Internet already knows so much about you (and all the cat videos you watch)?

In reality, we should all be doing our best to maintain our digital privacy. More than just having your embarrassing social media photos shared in public, a lack of digital privacy can have far-reaching consequences.

For example, password leaks and hacks can lead to your accounts being hijacked. Even if your passwords are safe, your identity may not be: If your full name and IC number are retrieved by a malicious actor, they can be used to apply for credit cards or loans, or even commit fraud at medical institutions. In some cases, the victim might not even be aware that their accounts or information have been compromised until they attempt to log in or are notified by the authorities.

Here are six ways to keep your personal information safe from potential breach.

1. CHECK YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS

It’s good practice to check on the privacy settings of your social media accounts on platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If your profiles are set to public, it’s easy for people to scrape data from them and learn far more about you than you want them to – for example, the times and days you’re most often at work or the gym (so they can break into your home).

You should also turn off any location tagging functions. If you frequently tag your neighbourhood as your location, it’s not difficult for someone to ascertain which block or house you might live in. This could be based on landmarks or other recognisable features in the background. Besides making it easier for stalkers, this information might assist impersonators pretending to be you online in order to scam your friends.

2. YOUR PASSWORD STATUS: IT’S COMPLICATED

More complex and unique passwords make it more difficult for hackers to break into your online accounts or hijack your identity.

The more complex and unique your password, the better. These days, many websites and platforms will ask for a password that contains a combination of capital and small letters, numbers, and sometimes even special symbols.

Don’t be tempted to use your favourite go-to password or your child’s name, just because they’re easy to remember. Old passwords – especially if used repeatedly across multiple accounts – are more likely to have been leaked or hacked at some point. And you don’t want your leaked email password to also helpfully unlock your Facebook, Instagram, Shopee and SingPass accounts for the hackers. Remember, names of family members and pets are often shared on social media which makes them easy to guess as passwords.

3. DON’T REMEMBER PASSWORDS, MANAGE THEM

Instead of putting your memory skills to the test, you can use password manager software – such as Apple’s strong password generator – to create and remember long, complex passwords that are unlocked with one master password.

A password manager also allows you to disable the save password feature in your Internet browser. When you allow your browser to save passwords, you also enable anyone who has access to your device – whether physically or remotely – to view the saved passwords. In comparison, even the companies running the password manager software won’t know what your stored passwords are.

4. STAY UNDER THE RADAR

Similarly, you should clear your browser’s cache regularly, in case any sensitive information is stored there – making it easy pickings for a hacker.

If you aren’t a fan of targeted ads, or you simply feel uncomfortable with the fact that many websites sell your collected data to third parties, you can consider anonymous search engines. Your search topics and results won’t be recorded or tracked, helping you to minimise your digital footprint.

Use different email addresses for signing up to different accounts, so that if one gets hacked or compromised, your other accounts won’t be affected. Don’t worry about having to check multiple email inboxes: You can implement automatic forwarding to the inbox you use most.

5. ENABLE TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION

Two-factor authentication generates a unique, time-sensitive one-time password and send it to your phone, helping to increase the security of your online accounts.

Two-factor authentication – known as 2FA – offers an additional layer of security when you’re logging in to an account. You might have seen it on your Internet banking app, or on your Gmail account.

If you haven’t enabled it yet, make sure to do so. By asking you to confirm your identity after you input your password – usually through the generation of a unique, time-sensitive one-time password sent to your phone – the 2FA process safeguards your account and the personal information within.

6. DON’T FORGET ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE

Finally, a piece of advice that’s been around since the ’90s, but is still deeply relevant today: Make sure you have up-to-date anti-virus software installed on your desktop or laptop. No matter how careful you are in your digital activities, you won’t be able to evade all malware or malicious online actors.

Anti-virus software protects your computer from viruses, spyware, malware and more. It can block spam, prevent loss of your personal information, scan dubious devices and files and most importantly, offer you greater peace of mind when it comes to your digital privacy.

In this digital age, it’s important to be aware of the types of online crime that may surface, be they on social media or websites. Here’s how you can prevent yourself from falling victim to cybercrimes and phishing scams.

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Ordinary People, Extraordinary Mission: The Home Team Volunteer Network

Want to volunteer with the Home Team but don’t know which scheme suits you? Here’s how you can find out the best way you can give back.

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If you feel that it’s time to pay it forward, volunteering with the Home Team is one way to make a difference. Each Home Team Agency plays a unique role and several volunteer schemes are available.

From fighting crime and fires to educating the public and befriending offenders and ex-offenders, there are many ways you can help. The Home Team Volunteer Network (HTVN) welcomes passionate, dedicated individuals who want to do their part.

HELPING YOU TO HELP US

If you are unsure which volunteer scheme to sign up for, head to the HTVN website and enter your details on the page. We will analyse your responses and recommend suitable schemes based on your stated demographics, skills and interests, as well as the Home Team Agency you wish to contribute to.

There are five Home Team Agencies to choose from:

  • Singapore Police Force
  • Singapore Civil Defence Force
  • Singapore Prison Service
  • Central Narcotics Bureau
  • Yellow Ribbon Singapore

and skills and interests which include (but are not limited to):

  • Befriending
  • Firefighting
  • Lifesaving, and many more!

Visit HTVN’s website now to find out which volunteer scheme suits you best and be part of the HTVN family!

Visit mha.gov.sg/volunteers and volunteer.gov.sg/mha for more information about their volunteer schemes or connect with the Home Team Volunteer Network on InstagramFacebook or TikTok.

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An unforgettable Sea-nic getaway

HomeTeamNS members and their loved ones celebrated Valentine’s Day on the high seas.

TEXT: ADLINA ADAM

PHOTOS: CLAIRE GAN, SIM JOO JIN, & CHENG CHEE WEE

From 14 to 17 February 2022, HomeTeamNS members and their families boarded a Royal Caribbean cruise to nowhere for a long-awaited and well-deserved vacation. The members had a fun and relaxing time as they enjoyed a variety of activities, from rock-climbing and bumper cars rides to live performances. Another 4D3N cruise set sail on 14 March 2022.

HomeTeamNS members — Mr Sim Joo Jin, Ms Claire Gan and Mr Cheng Chee Wee — share their getaway memories with Frontline.

GOING BACK TO THE HIGH SEAS

As the COVID-19 restrictions on travel eased up, members were ready to pack their bags and soak in some Vitamin-sea.

HomeTeamNS member Ms Claire Gan and her family usually went on annual overseas trips before the pandemic struck. Although this cruise sailed within Singapore waters, she felt that it was the next best thing. “It felt really liberating to pack for a trip, carry our luggage and go through Immigration,” she said.

A VACATION TO REMEMBER

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The Sea-nic Getaway was more than just a cruise to nowhere. Many HomeTeamNS members celebrated significant milestones and anniversaries during the trip. Mr Cheng Chee Wee and his wife commemorated the 20th anniversary of their first Valentine Day’s date. On that first outing, he had taken her on a two-hour cruise around Singapore. This time, he extended the date to a three-day cruise.

For Mr Sim Joo Jin, besides celebrating their love, the cruise was an opportunity to announce his wife’s pregnancy with their second baby to his friends.

ACTIVITIES FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART

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The Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas offers exciting activities and facilities from stem to stern. From live performances to all-weather entertainment, there was something for every age group.

While Mr Sim buckled up and took the bumper cars for a spin, Mr Cheng enjoyed a dip in the Solarium pool with his wife. Ms Gan went head-to-head with her family in a game of Pickleball at Seaplex, the largest indoor active space at sea.

After a fruitful day, the holidaymakers unwound with dazzling performances and shows such as Sequins & Feathers, and other original Royal Caribbean productions featuring contemporary dances, headline musical acts, high diving, aerial acrobatics and more.

ONWARD WITH MORE HOMETEAMNS EVENTS

For the members, the cruise sparked memories of previous HomeTeamNS events that they have attended. Among these was the Family Day at Universal Studios Singapore (USS) in 2019 where the entire theme park was booked for HomeTeamNS members and their families.

One of Ms Gan’s fondest memories occurred when all the members gathered at the Water World theatre and did a Kallang Wave together.

“What I enjoy is the kampung spirit where you can engage in family activities and bump into our Home Team friends in an exclusive members-only event,” says Mr Cheng.

HomeTeamNS members can keep their eyes peeled for the latest updates on the next exclusive event with Royal Caribbean International’s Spectrum of the Seas Cruise on HomeTeamNS’ Facebook Page or website.

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New thrills and great deals for the whole family

From craft and music sessions with your child, to delectable dining treats and new adventures at sea, plenty of exciting new opportunities await HomeTeamNS members.

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Here at HomeTeamNS, we aim to foster camaraderie and a sense of community among members and the Home Team NSmen community.

Beyond that, it’s also host to great deals that offer opportunities for you and your loved ones to bond and enjoy new experiences. Don’t miss these great deals at HomeTeamNS clubhouses and with our merchant partners.

HOMETEAMNS-JOM BALESTIER CLUBHOUSE

If you’re looking to bond with your little ones, the clubhouse has some interesting options for family fun. To redeem these promotions, simply just flash your HomeTeamNS Digital Membership Card found in the HomeTeamNS Mobile App.

Parent-accompanied junior group class for toddlers at Nozumi Musictopia

Introduce your toddler to the joys of music and freedom of movement at this parent-accompanied Junior Group Class for toddlers (aged 12-14 months).

The first 10 signups get a free goody bag worth S$50 (terms and conditions apply). All signups enjoy a 15-per-cent discount during the promotion period (May and June 2022). Thereafter, HomeTeamNS members get a 15-per-cent discount and SAFRA members enjoy a 10-per-cent discount.

Parent-child Craft Out at SmartArtz Studio

If you’re looking to up your craft game, SmartArtz Studio has an introductory offer for first-timers. HomeTeamNS members pay S$32 per child or S$42 per parent and child pair for a Craft Out session. Non-members pay S$35 per child or S$42 per parent and child pair.

To redeem, flash this promo and present your HomeTeamNS Digital Membership Card when you sign up via WhatsApp to SmartArtz Studio. Children must be between the ages of three and 12 and the promotion is valid till the end of April.

Parent-child Bake Out at Genius R Us

What better way to bond than by baking a delectable treat with your loved ones? Genius R Us has an introductory offer for first-timers. HomeTeamNS members pay S$35 per child or S$50 per parent and child pair. Non-members pay S$38 per child or S$53 per parent and child pair. 

To redeem, flash this promo and present your HomeTeamNS Digital Membership Card when you sign up via WhatsApp to Genius R Us. Children must be between the ages of three and 12 and the promotion is valid till the end of April.

HOMETEAMNS KHATIB CLUBHOUSE

Looking for some great dining deals or an enriching learning space for your child at HomeTeamNS Khatib? Simply flash your HomeTeamNS Digital Membership Card available in the HomeTeamNS Mobile App to redeem these offers.

Orchid Live Seafood

This eatery serves fresh seafood delights including garlic steamed bamboo clams, southern Australian lobsters and braised live South African abalone. HomeTeamNS members enjoy 10-per-cent off their total bill.

Fuji Izakaya Bar

Tuck into a variety of mouth-watering Japanese treats from this eatery’s extensive menu. Options include seafood, grills, ramen and rice bowls. HomeTeamNS members enjoy 10-per-cent off their total bill.

Safari House Pre-school

This pre-school offers progressive learning programmes that help and encourage your child to explore the world around them, while their sense of curiosity is nurtured. HomeTeamNS members enjoy 20% discount off enrichment classes for enrolled childcare students. 

ISLANDWIDE MEMBERS’ DEALS

Still craving for more deals and treats? There’s more in store for you, from sporty apparels to a sailing adventure! Check out the following exclusive membership deals and promo codes on our new and improved HomeTeamNS Mobile App.

Foodpanda

Known for delivering the food and groceries you love across Singapore, Foodpanda is offering new customers an S$8 discount off S$15 from their first order. This promotion is valid till 30 June 2022.

New and existing customers also get to enjoy S$2 off a S$30 purchase in April and get an additional discount if you opt to pick up your own order. This offer is valid till 30 April 2022.

Getgo

Looking to rent a set of wheels? Carsharing service, Getgo, has over 1,100 locations across Singapore. HomeTeamNS members can enjoy 50-per-cent off their first drive. This offer is capped at S$10 and limited to the first 5,000 redemptions. This promotion is valid till August 2022. 

Discover Sailing Asia

Get a taste for nautical adventures by paying just S$45 for a two-hour sailing teaser session. Book your slots by 31 May to enjoy sailing until 11 September 2022. 

Kydra

Need a new set of workout fits for your sporty needs? This activewear brand sells a wide variety of women’s and men’s clothing, and is offering members a 15-per-cent discount off all items listed here. The promotion is valid till 30 April 2022.

Download the new and improved HomeTeamNS Mobile App for the latest promotions and membership perks! 

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Couple workouts for every level of fitness

Couples who train together stay together! In Part 2 of our couple workouts series, we explore four exercises that can get you moving with your partner whether you are both beginners or workout veterans.

TEXT: NICHOLAS JACOB

PHOTOS: MEDIACORP STUDIO 3

Last month, Fitness Workz trainers Azmirah Azman and Aidid Haidil shared how couple workouts can help keep you aligned towards a common goal and facilitate your common fitness goals over the long term, regardless of your level of fitness.

Whether it’s in the gym or at the fitness corner, exercising as a couple carries a multitude of benefits, from improving the consistency of your overall fitness journey to reinforcing the bonds and confidence levels shared by both individuals.

As you each become fitter and more knowledgeable, these couple workouts get increasingly productive as you discover ways to play to each other’s strengths and improve on weaknesses.

In this story, we explore how you and your companion can add greater depth to conventional exercises, activating key muscle groups in novel ways, and keeping your training plan fresh and exciting through a series of four partner exercises.

PLACING A TWIST ON THE HUMBLE SIT-UP

Muscle groups targeted and benefits: Rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, obliques.

Sit-ups are a staple in any athlete’s repertoire of exercises. Done correctly, it helps stimulate your core abdominal muscles to build strength and develop that highly sought-after muscle tone (don’t forget to pair with a fat burning diet so that 6-pack can really shine!).

In addition to building core strength, sit-ups are a great way to build athletic performance, improve posture, and enhance balance and stability.

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  1. Basic: Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet anchored. Tuck your chin into your chest to lengthen the back of your neck. Cup your ears or cross your arms with your hands on opposite shoulders.
  2. Exhale as you lift your upper body up toward your thighs. Inhale as you slowly lower yourself back down to the floor.
  3. Intermediate: Try back-to-back sit-ups, introducing a twist as you lift your upper body, clapping your partner’s hand on alternating sides with every rep.
  4. Advanced: To crank up the intensity, pass a medicine ball between yourselves. This can add some serious additional resistance so you really feel the burn!

MIXING IT UP WITH CRUNCHES

Muscle groups targeted and benefits:  Forearm muscles, wrist flexors, lats, upper back (Monkey bar Crunches), and Abdominal muscles, obliques, hip flexors (Crunches).

Monkey bar crunches are a core muscle exercise with a greater range of movement than sit-ups. They help build forearm and upper body strength for that quintessential athlete’s V-shaped physique. This exercise helps to build greater core strength while improving balance and flexibility.

Working with a partner is key to gradually ramping up the intensity. A partner can assist you by gently holding your legs to support the movements as your arms and abdominal muscles acclimatise to your body weight and the range of movement.

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  1. Start monkey bar crunches by hanging on a pull-up bar. As you inhale, engage your core muscles.
  2. Lift knees across your body to your left until thighs are perpendicular to chest. Lower your legs, then repeat the movement on the right.
  3. You and your partner can also perform crunches in tandem. Sit on the floor facing to one side and lean back at 45 degrees. Raise and hold both feet slightly above the ground.
  4. Raise your knees towards your chest and lower on the opposite side. Level up by slowing your crunches or trying to gradually weave your legs higher and higher over your partner’s. Or, have a friendly competition to see who can perform more reps.

SIDESTEPPING FOR AGILITY USING LATERAL SHUFFLE THROWS

Muscle groups targeted and benefits: Glutes, quads, inner and outer thigh, shoulder muscles, triceps and latissimus dorsi.

Lateral movements are key to building agility. They improve your ability to make swift movements in a controlled manner, maintaining balance in every movement.

The lateral shuffle throw activates smaller muscle groups outside the usual dominant muscle groups. It helps engage muscles holistically, evening out muscular imbalances and stabilising your hips. This is also a really fun way of keeping workouts fresh and stimulating.

Remember to engage your core throughout the exercise and keep your chest lifted. This will help you maintain proper form. Focus on making the full range of movement while ensuring the correct muscle groups are engaged at every stage of the exercise.

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  1. Basic: Stand with your feet a hip’s width apart. Sink into a deep knee bend. Bring both hands in front of the chest in a guard position holding the ball.
  2. Move your right foot to the right and follow through with your left foot. Shuffle four times to the right. Throw the ball to your partner then move left. Repeat the same moves, moving to the left this time.
  3. Intermediate: Turn this into a game by speeding up or adding unpredictability into the exercise. This helps you to train both mind and body while having heaps of fun.
  4. Advanced: Try performing the entire exercise with squats ranging from mid-to-low height. Challenge your partner to see just how low you both can go!

BUILD THOSE PECS WITH PARTNER PLANKS

Muscle group target and benefits: Pectoral muscles (chest), deltoids (shoulders), triceps, abdominals, serratus anterior (wings).

Planks are a mainstay in many home workouts. The plank pose is an exercise in mindfulness – engaging many of the major muscle groups of the body in a single pose and challenging your mind to endure the burn of the fixed position for as long as you can possibly go. Be sure to keep your body in a straight line, keeping your abdominal muscles tight throughout the exercise.

Planking with a partner encourages you to push harder. You can also check that each is maintaining proper form to get the most out of the exercise. Who better to push you to greater heights than a highly-competitive workout buddy?

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  1. Basic: Begin in a kneeling position. Bend your elbows 90 degrees and pitch forward so your hands, forearms and elbows are on the floor. Extend your legs behind you with toes tucked under to press into the plank.
  2. Intermediate: Start in a standard plank position. Fully extend one arm at a time so you are in a push-up plank position.
  3. Tap your partner’s hand while in a push up position. Revert to a standard plank position and repeat.
  4. Advanced: For a true challenge, try performing an overlap plank with your partner –one person planks directly on top of their partner who’s already in a plank position. Then, perform a push up at the same time.

Get your engines moving with your workout partner! Try out these workouts together over at our Fitness Workz gyms and spice it up with the equipment available. Book your preferred gym outlet and timing all in one place with our new and improved HomeTeamNS Mobile App now!

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A man in blue with a green agenda

SC2 Sean Sy Yeo encourages everyone to do their part for sustainability and environmental causes.

TEXT: SPF / PHOTO: SPF

Sustainability is a global concern that impacts our collective future. As PUB World Water Day and Earth Hour took place in March, the Singapore Police Force’s SC2 Sean Sy Yeo did his part to contribute to the environmental cause.

Sean currently serves as a Community Engagement officer with the Toa Payoh Neighbourhood Police Centre. While his work is demanding, he still finds the time to take care of his vegetable garden and collect rainwater to reuse it for watering plants and washing clothes.  

A MINDSET CULTIVATED FROM AN EARLY AGE

As a child, Sean preferred visiting museums and the zoo – over playing games – so he could learn more about animals. These institutions often feature exhibits about the threats many creatures face, such as poaching and environmental changes that have led to the extinction of several species.

He also learnt that human actions — both direct and indirect — impact other aspects of the ecosystem. For example, deforestation destroys animal habitats (directly) and global warming caused by the release of greenhouse gases leads to environmental changes such as rising sea levels (indirectly). This inspired him to try to prevent the extinction of more species by doing his part to care of the environment.

Sean believes that it takes many generations to reverse the damage inflicted on our planet. His solution to the growing problem? That we educate our young about environmental protection so that they can grow up to become responsible global citizens.

CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR A GOOD CAUSE

He fondly recalls learning about environmental issues during regular school assembly talks and various learning journeys when he was in primary school. Besides visiting the zoo, he also went to Bishan Park to pick up litter and learn more about the environment through activities hosted by the park (Bishan Park has been adopted by his school, Rosyth School).

When he was a student at St Joseph’s Institution during his secondary school years, Sean was elected by his class to be a Green Ambassador due to his keen interest in sustainability.
He used this position effectively and responsibly to encourage his schoolmates to adopt sustainable practices, such as recycling and reducing wastage of resources like electricity, paper and water.

Sean believes that everyone can and should do their part to help the environment, regardless of how small the act seems. Something as basic as sorting our rubbish and properly disposing in recycling bins can lead to the right step towards sustainability.

Find out how DAC (NS) Mulyadi Ahmad is doing his part for the environment and how organisations like HomeTeamNS are adopting green practices.

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The greening of HomeTeamNS clubhouses

From reducing paper usage to relying on solar power to offset energy consumption, HomeTeamNS clubhouses are showing their support for the environment by going green.

TEXT: MELODY TAN

IMAGES: HOMETEAMNS

Sustainability is more than a buzzword – it’s a way of life, one that’s designed to help combat climate change and preserve the planet for future generations.

Just as more Singaporeans are incorporating green habits into their daily lives, HomeTeamNS clubhouses are also stepping up sustainability efforts.

HomeTeamNS Clubhouses and various facilities including Adventure HQT-PlayTactSim and Laser Quest have implemented numerous green practices. These include relying on technology – like digitising all documents to reduce paper use.

Guests are also encouraged to bring their own water bottles as paper and plastic cups are not provided for water, while the air-conditioning, lights and electrical appliances are set on timers and switched on during operating hours.

The new HomeTeamNS Khatib and Bedok Clubhouses take things several steps further. As Khatib Clubhouse was completed in 2020 and Bedok Clubhouse is set to be ready this year, both buildings were designed with sustainability in mind from the start.

THE FIRST OF ITS KIND: KHATIB CLUBHOUSE

The Khatib Clubhouse, which has been awarded the Green Mark Platinum certification by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA), is ground-breaking in several ways.

Besides being purpose-built to fulfil the needs of Home Team National Servicemen, the 21,000 sqm clubhouse is also the first of its kind in Singapore to have an ECO-filtration system for its swimming pools. The system uses a bio-film to sanitise the pool water through the process of photocatalytic oxidisation – so there’s no need for chemicals like chlorine. The system itself has a lifetime usage that is double that of conventional decontamination methods, and can reduce up to 50 per cent of the water used for pool maintenance, in addition to reducing energy use.

SMART WAYS TO STAY COOL

To reduce reliance on air-conditioning, Adventure HQ's facade was opened up fully to the surrounding greenery, helping to keep it breezy and airy.

Khatib Clubhouse was also designed by DP Architects in collaboration with architectural engineering firm WSP to feature ample natural ventilation, via high ceilings and open-sided corridors. To avoid the building heating up under the glare of the morning and evening sun, it was orientated in a north-south direction and has a large rooftop garden – ideal for social events, while providing shade to the open spaces below.

Air-conditioning was kept to a minimum in the four-storey Adventure HQ, which is also Singapore’s largest multi-installation indoor hub. Instead, the façade is opened up fully to the surrounding greenery, keeping it breezy and airy.

Elsewhere indoors, lights are linked to timers and motion sensors so that they can remain off when there is less traffic. A smart air-conditioning system enables less energy to be used when cooling an empty room. When the room begins to heat up with more people, the system is able to recalibrate and cool things down again.

SEEING GREEN EVERYWHERE

An automated irrigation system, augmented with rainwater harvesting, helps to maintain the diverse plantlife at Khatib Clubhouse, which includes a large rooftop garden. It is controlled via a usage and rainfall monitoring system which reduces the maount of water used.

Even the location of Khatib Clubhouse emphasises greenery, with a 10 metre-wide central thoroughfare leading from the surrounding Yishun Park @ N8 into the main lobby. Lower Seletar Reservoir Park is just across the road, but plant-lovers won’t have to go far to find landscaping designed around the creation of different habitats and biodiversity – such as the Fern Forest, the sensory garden at the landscaped corridor and the arid garden with drought-tolerant species on the rooftop.

Maintenance for all these plants is not an issue. The automated irrigation, augmented with rainwater harvesting, is controlled via a usage and rainfall monitoring system. This helps ensure that keeping Khatib Clubhouse green doesn’t require a compromise on resource consumption.

TECHNOLOGY POWERING A GREENER FUTURE

Set to be completed in 2022, the Bedok clubhouse will also feature eco-friendly systems for greater efficiency and reduced maintenance, similar to Khatib Clubhouse, while expanding upon the latter’s green credentials through the use of technology and sustainable design. More details on Bedok Clubhouse’s sustainability features will be shared in due course.

By making sustainability a priority from the start, these HomeTeamNS clubhouses not only provide comfortable spaces for members to connect, relax and celebrate – they also do their part for the future by contributing towards a greener Singapore.

You and your family members can take small steps that make a big difference to the environment, here’s how.

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