24 April 2020

For Muslims worldwide, Ramadan starts today.

Here's how you can celebrate the fasting month in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in a more active and healthier way.

Dr Fadzil Hamzah, EIMS Director of Community Programmes, shares with you how you can safely do so.


21 April 2020

Influence of restrictions on public life during the coronavirus pandemic on physical activity and subjective well-being: A Multinational survey

Dear Sir or Madam,

The Covid-19 pandemic has abruptly impacted our lives. Singapore has imposed restrictions (e.g. Circuit Breaker among other measures) in order to reduce social contact and, with this, contain the pandemic. Regular access to gyms, sports clubs or sports facilities is no longer possible.

Together with scientists from Frankfurt University (Germany), Harvard Medical School (USA) and the University Medical Centers Amsterdam (Netherlands), the Singapore Sports Medicine Centre hopes to better understand the impact of these restrictions on exercise behavior.

If you are 21 years old and above, and living in Singapore, we hope that you will help by completing this brief online survey assessing your physical activity levels and well-being during this pandemic. Our survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete.

Please click on this link to participate in our study:

If you have any queries, you can reach me at 6936 5681.

Thank you in advance.

Yours sincerely,
Adj A/Prof Benedict Tan
Department of Sport & Exercise Medicine
Changi General Hospital

17 April 2020

Are you avoiding exercise because you don’t enjoy it? A study has shown that putting on your favorite tune might be one way to turn this around.

10 April 2020

Do you experience intermittent claudication when you exercise? Read on to find out on the gold-standard advice for patients with this condition.

9 April 2020

Dear Fellow Exercise Enthusiasts,

By now, we all know why it is important for all of us to practice safe distancing. Just as water droplets and aerosols disperse differently in an open area compared to an enclosed room, the dynamics would be different when people are standing still versus moving. The link below is a great reminder that we need to adapt our social distancing measures when we walk, run, or bike. 

On top of that, do note that when we exercise, our minute ventilation (the volume of air that we inhale or exhale every minute) can increase to 180 L/min and 130 L/min for men and women respectively (25-30 times higher than at rest)! At maximal exercise, each exhalation can be rather forceful, potentially expelling lots of viral particles into the air if the exercising person were infected. Likewise, the exercising individual is also sucking in an extraordinary amount of air, sucking in whatever is in the air, and delivering it deep into the lungs. 

The bottom-line is, when exercising, do take safe distancing up a notch at least.

Stay safe and exercise safely!


Adj A/Prof Benedict Tan


Exercise is Medicine Singapore 

6 April 2020

Schools and community centers are closed. Sports activities are suspended. Children are home all day. How can parents keep their children active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic — and maintain their sanity?

Check out this advisory targeted to the little ones on staying physically active during this time:

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy.

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3 Apr 2020 (With Revision on 6 April)

Many are asking how do they continue with their exercise regime when they are not encouraged to visit gyms.. do you face the same question too?

Fret not! Here's an advisory from EIM Singapore to stay active during the COVID-19 Pandemic!

Stay Active, but be safe. Stay hopeful but be helpful!

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27 Mar 2020

Want to move more during the day, but you're stuck behind a desk? Invite a co-worker to take a 10-15 minute walk at lunch time a few days a week. It will increase your energy and give you time to get to know them better!

More tips:

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20 Mar 2020

You are what you eat

You are what you eat, good nutrition is essential for good health. In this article, the author discussed 5 nutrients (Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Zinc) that are involved in building our body’s immune system and protect us from illnesses.

Obtaining your nutrients through healthy whole foods can be delicious and as quick and easy as health supplements.

Check out the dietary sources of these 5 important nutrients through this link:…/protect-your-health-with-immune-…

Eat right to Stay healthy!!

19 Mar 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can make it challenging to maintain a physically active lifestyle. For all of us, young and old, regular physical activity is important for staying healthy!

Compared to just sitting around most of the time, moderate-intensity physical activity is associated with better immune function. Regular physical activity can help reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety (which many of us may be feeling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic).

Check out this free handout with advice on staying physically active during this time:

Credit: Exercise is Medicine

13 Mar 2020

Many are asking "Does walking 10,000 steps a day really help in your weight loss efforts?" Do you think so?

Deputy Training and Education Director of EIM Singapore gave her advice in this article.. read on......

27 Feb 2020

Do you think you can still proceed with our exercise plans during this COVID-19 season? Let's hear from the professional - Dr Benedict Tan, Chairman of EIM Singapore on his advice that he shared during an interview on CNA 938.…/health-matters…/2734752753281418/

14 Feb 2020

Exercising is not merely doing a sport or running in a gym, it builds bonds too!

Read on with some love from us!

31 Jan 2020

Small choices can add up to significantly increase the number of steps you take each day. Try parking further away from your destination, getting off the bus or subway a stop early and taking the stairs whenever possible!

More tips on increasing your daily physical activity levels:

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22 Jan 2020

Chinese New Year is just around the corner.. Here are some stay fit tips to survive through CNY season healthily.. read on..…/stay-fit-tips-for-chinese-new-ye…

10 Jan 2020

In this age where information is so readily accessible, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the many conflicting messages of what healthy eating truly entails.

In the video, Dr Mike Israetel succinctly summarises key findings on diet and health, and through an easy-to-understand pyramid he lays out the rules of diet design.

Dr Israetel was formerly a professor of Exercise and Sports Science in the School of Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia, and has worked as a consultatant on sports nutrition to the U.S Olympic Training Site in Johnson City, TN.

3 Jan 2020

Exercise does more than just weight loss. So don’t be fazed when you haven’t lost a pound despite exercising regularly ..…/if-you-exercise-lose-weight-y…

27 Dec 2019

An extra 15-minute daily walk could boost global economy: Study…/who-study-extra-daily-walk…

20 Dec 2019

Even a little exercise may help people avoid and survive many types of cancer, according to new exercise guidelines released today that focus on how exercise affects cancer outcomes.

Gretchen Reynolds of the The New York Times covers the newly released ACSM roundtable papers on exercise and cancer:

Credit: Exercise is Medicine

13 Dec 2019

How Exercise Can Help Depression in Kids

 6 Dec 2019

Muscling Up on Mental Illness: How Exercise Can Help Both Body and Mind

29 Nov 2019

Having problems with your aching hands? Read on to find out how you can relieve the pain with the exercises recommended in the article!

22 Nov 2019

Are you thinking of travelling overseas and to a far away destination for the year-end holiday?

Crossing time zones can throw off your body's internal clock (also known as your circadian rhythm) and interfere with your ability to sleep well. Read on to learn how exercise may improve your jet lag symptoms for your next vacation!

15 Nov 2019

When is the best time of the day for you to exercise? And the answer is....

8 Nov 2019

Dancing not only offers a great cardiovascular workout but it has also been shown to improve psychological health by boosting one’s overall happiness... so how about a dance party, anyone?

1 Nov 2019

Are you having difficulties falling asleep and therefore reading Facebook feeds now?

Then you are definitely lucky to be reading this post as we share with you how exercise can be a natural remedy to insomnia and poor sleep!

25 Oct 2019

Children should not stop playing sport in run up to exams as it has no impact on results, study suggests

18 Oct 2019

Exercise can work wonders for your health, including strengthening muscles and bones, and boosting metabolism, mood, and memory skills. Now comes word that staying active may also help to lower your odds of developing cancer." - Dr. Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health

Panel Finds Exercise May Lower Cancer Risk, Improve Outcomes, from the NIH Director's Blog:

17 Oct 2019

New from Exercise is Medicine: Moving Through Cancer

The mission of Moving Through Cancer is to assure that all people living with and beyond cancer are assessed, advised, referred to and engaged in appropriate exercise and rehabilitation programming as a standard of care.

Moving Through Cancer has developed a searchable registry to help health care providers, exercise professionals and patients find appropriately trained professionals and programs in their communities.

Access the registry, resources and more:

16 Oct 2019


Our EIM On Campus partner - Republic Polytechnic (RP) had created a video and submitted it for a Mascot Challenge that was initiated by American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently.

We are proud to announce that RP is the only Asia school that had participated in this contest!

So let's give them our support by giving them a Like in their video on YouTube and make our nation proud!

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