The University Health Service (UHS) started a Walking Club in collaboration with Office of Environment Sustainability (OES) and the Department of Biological Sciences, to encourage highly immobile NUS staff (desk jockeys!) to get up and start walking for exercise.
This immobility is an urban curse and like many national medical bodies, our Health Promotion Board recommends 150 minutes of exercise a week. This is something I only achieved in seven of twelve months last year! People like me need a nudge and NUS is right up against the southern ridges which provides some undulating terrain. So with Chan Chee Mun from UHS, we plotted a series of walks and roped in Amy Ho and Goh Ter Yang from OES who have an interest in promoting walkability.
During our first walk around the slopes of campus, I enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow staff members from various departments and school. I found out that some staff walk daily while for others, this was the first time in a very long time that they had taken a walk!
When it could not escape us, I did chip in with nuggets about biodiversity and heritage but focused on maintaining comfortable pace.
Photo by Chan Chee Mun, UHS
The second walk will be conducted on Friday 01 Apr 2016: 5.30pm [route map]. This walk is longer (~5km) and we hope that over the weeks, participants will progress at a comfortable pace to be able to eventually reach Harbour Front comfortably. I just hope the haze stays away:
- UHC – Central Libary – Prince George’s Park – Kent Ridge Rd – UHC
- UHC to Reflections at Bukit Chandu (near Pasir Panjang MRT Station)
- UHC to Alexandra Arch (near Labrador Park MRT Station)
- UHC to Henderson Waves (near Labrador Park MRT Station)
- UHC to HarbourFront (near MRT Station)
NUS staff are invited to register, but must read the Safety Checkilst and Indemnity document and take the short Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire, before registering through the NUS Calendar of Events. For details, see the Walking Club webpage.
Abandon your desks on Friday evening and join us!