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SAF Launches Virtual NS FIT Sessions To Help NSmen Maintain Active Lifestyles At Home

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced on Monday, 5 July that it is launching a virtual NS Fitness Improvement Training (FIT) programme to help Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen) stay fit and active while at home.

FIT@HOME Participant

Credit: MINDEF

Appropriately called FIT@Home, the programme is an alternative to physical NS FIT sessions, giving NSmen another option in how they can fulfil their annual fitness requirements, as reported by Channel News Asia.


“FIT@Home will complement the list of current NS FIT activities for NSmen to maintain active and healthy lifestyles and remain operationally ready,” said Colonel Lim Han Yong, head of the NS affairs department at MINDEF.


“This virtual option aims to provide more flexibility and make it more convenient for NSmen to participate in, while maintaining comparable standards of training and safety to other NS FIT activities,” he said.

FIT@HOME Inforgraphic

Credit: MINDEF

The launch of the programme proved to be “very encouraging”, according to MINDEF, adding that most of the training sessions have now been fully booked. There will be two sessions each day except on Fridays, starting next Monday, 12 July. Each session will host a maximum of 45 NSmen participants at a time and will count as one NS FIT session.


During these sessions, the participants will be asked to perform a number of physical activities, including a series of metabolic circuits and aerobic exercises. They will be somewhere between 60 minutes to 75 minutes long and will be conducted over a “commercial video conferencing platform”, according to MINDEF.


MINDEF also noted that there will be at least two fitness trainers from SAF’s fitness conditioning centres present in each session to monitor the performance and safety of the participants.


NSmen can start registering for the sessions through the NS Portal starting today.


Meanwhile, those who wish to still participate in physical sessions can still do so. These sessions are still being held at 42 different locations across Singapore, including conditioning centres in SAF camps and several public parks.

Physical NS FIT Sessions Infographic

Credit: MINDEF

The NS FIT programme was introduced in April, requiring NSmen to either pass the individual physical proficiency test (IPPT) or complete 10 sessions of the NS FIT programme, inclusive of one IPPT attempt.

 

Written by Kyle Chua

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