I always believe being able to share my knowledge with others is a blessing. And being able to multiply that many times and share with 320 students is a huge blessing. This was what awaited me at Edgefield Secondary School this morning.

I was invited to the school to talk to the Secondary 1 students on health and fitness.

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Walking into the school hall and being introduced on stage in front of a big group felt like a far-fetched dream years ago. After all, wasn’t I the shy, introverted, pock-marked face hermit?

Fast forward to today and I have shed all inhibitions and have turned my life around. Today, I stand among others in my own rights as a trainer who continues to inspire and break new grounds.

Being one of the newest kids on the block, Edgefield Secondary School recently welcomed its first batch of Secondary 1 students in 2011. In the same vein, I’m truly privileged to be a role model for the students who have chosen this school and my programme.

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I recall the words of Lao Tzu, the ancient philosopher. He once famously remarked that ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ This is so, so true.

Just like how we often hesitate to do some things because they are often low on our priority list, the same measure goes for some of us when it comes to health and fitness. Unfortunately, health and fitness is not something that we can relegate to the bottom of the list. Numerous studies have shown that the earlier we start working on our health and fitness, the more long-term benefits we will reap. Our body is the temple of our soul, where it all begins.

Twelve year old kids, being kids are so full of energy. And it’s such a waste to see them waste the energy away on worthless pursuits. That was precisely why the school teachers decided to organize a health and fitness talk for them today. Indeed, the aim was to start them early on this lifelong journey so that they would appreciate their bodies better.

And children, being children, will promptly volunteer when asked to. That was what I experience first-hand when I asked them to share what they ate for breakfast this morning, dinner last night and lunch yesterday. And little did I expect that they would be so enthusiastic to want to run to the stage to share.

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From her sharing and what I observed the students wrote down in their handouts, it dawned upon me that a large number of them do not have breakfast at all in the morning. This is most unfortunate as breakfast is the most important meal in the entire day. Going without breakfast is like a car running without fuel. You can still move a few steps forward but your response will be slowed down and worse, it might even stall. In the same way, as children are still growing, they definitely need all the nutrients to grow healthy and wise.

Not one to only harp on theoretical stuff, I always make it a point to further engage the participants by incorporating useful, practical exercises that they can use immediately.

First up was my demo before the students got into doing their act.


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Here's a bird's eye view of the students doing their leg lifts to help tone their tummy :)

And for students who want to revise what they learnt today, simply login to Edgefield Secondary School's online portal and answer the health and fitness quiz there. The questions and answers are all based on my teachings today. Happy quizzing, everybody!


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I’m back at Raffles Place today, walking among the hustle and bustle of the lunch crowd. And I’m headed for First Gulf Bank, located at UOB Plaza to give a talk on ‘Eliminating Back Pain’.

One of my health and fitness talk topics, companies wanting to help their staff better handle back pain issues have been on the rise lately. This is not surprising as most of our waking hours are spent in the office – think typing away furiously at our desktops or laptops; carrying heavy meeting files or that briefcase; or our tendency to slouch in our chairs when we sit. Whatever the reason is, I was glad to witness the enthusiasm of the small but energetic crowd today.

In life, there will always be people who choose to go for their lunch or shop around town. But there will always also be people who will be more than willing to better invest their time to learn new skills and acquire new knowledge. I truly applaud the second group of people. That’s because when we continue to learn, we continue to grow.

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Standing in the boardroom dressed in comfy gym wear and seeing the rest in executive wear (some of the men were in ties as well) brought back memories of the past. I was once like them working in a similar environment.  I can relate to back pain very well as long hours of sitting in front of the computer and rushing tight deadlines were the twin evils that gave me stiff shoulders, aches and pains.

But if you think back pain cannot be cured by yourself, think again. Unless it is a chronic back pain which lasts for more than 12 weeks, normal back pain can be and should be healed naturally.

It is the worst kept secret that our lower backs and necks are often the victims.

I would recommend the right stretching exercises to loosen up the muscles and further prescribe gym exercises to strengthen the weakened back. With a combination of the right methods, one can definitely kiss neck pain goodbye.

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To show how easy it was, I got the group to massage their colleagues. Initially, all were hesitant and shy. But once someone got into massage mode and started squeezing the shoulder blades (which are one of the most strained areas of our back), others followed suit. When it came to round two of massage, all I could see were smiling faces and compliments of how comfortable it felt.

Just by giving each other a massage or simply rotating your shoulder blades, one is already on the way to eliminating neck pain.

Have fun practising your new skills, everybody :)

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