Two schools roll out a mind-body workout

Two schools roll out a mind-body workout

SINGAPORE - Two secondary schools will be rolling out a new exercise programme next month that is aimed at improving students' mental and physical health at the same time.

All 1,100 students in Yuying Secondary School will be doing five minutes of a unique exercise programme called Brainy Moves before the start of their twice-weekly Physical Education (PE) lessons.

Meanwhile, Ang Mo Kio Secondary School will be incorporating Brainy Moves into its weight-management programme for about 30 students across the lower-secondary levels.

Brainy Moves involves participants doing a complex series of exercise moves without using one of the five senses, such as doing squats and bicep curls at the same time, with eyes closed.

This "forces the brain to be more engaged", said 39-year-old James Tang, who adapted the programme from a similar one in the United States and brought it to Singapore. It is also touted to improve one's memory and learning abilities.

A former teacher in PE and sports science at the National Institute of Education Singapore, Mr Tang personally trained the teachers at both schools to carry out the programme.

Mr Lawrence Lim, the head of department for PE and co-curricular activities at Yuying Secondary, believes the programme will be an "energiser for the kids, so that they might be able to absorb the rest of the PE lessons better".

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