More than 500 working professionals stepped out of their usual office space, into their favourite fitness apparels and worked up a sweat at Be the ImPAct - Project Social Wellbeing on the 23rd of July 2018, Monday. The event is the first-of-its-kind mass workout session that was organised by imPAct@Hong Lim Green, People's Association (PA) with the support of 11 fitness industry partners which was held simultaneously across 10 locations.
The event aims to promote more positive social interactions and communal living in daily lifestyles with like-minded individuals. Be the ImPAct will be graced by the Senior Minister of State for Health and Transport, Dr Lam Pin Min, who also joined the participants in a partner-based high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout that is aimed to strengthen relationships between strangers and friends.
The mass workout was streamed 'live' on Facebook and Instagram across 11 social media accounts, reaching more than 10,000 fitness enthusiast in a highly tech-savvy community.
“In today’s fast-paced society, working professionals often find themselves occupied with many tasks at hand and juggling different roles at the same time. It is important to also take some time to forge new friendships and interact with others in the community. This will create positive social well-being amongst the community in the long run. Group-fitness sessions like this are a great platform for PMETs working in this area to come together in pursuing a healthier lifestyle together, in helping each other achieve better well-being collectively,” said Dr Lam
What is Be the imPAct?
Be the imPAct is the first activation in a series of public engagement programmes organised by imPAct@Hong Lim Green to drive a culture of inclusiveness, approachability and strong friendships within the different community of PMETs.
Mr Ervin Yeo, Vice-Chairman, ImPAct Advisory Committee said,
There are many different activities where people can participate and take the first steps towards forging new friendships, and community fitness is one of the best platforms available. We hope that through this event, participants will be inspired to give a positive influence on one another’s lifestyle, and with the strong support from one another, persevere in their collective journey towards a fitter and happier self. We are glad to see PMETs set aside sometime on a weekday evening to join us in this purposeful event to enjoy better social well-being,
Kind of workouts
The event, which kicked off at 6.50 p.m., where the working professionals from all around Singapore came together to take part in specially curated workouts by 11 fitness-industry partners such as CrossFit, Track-training, and Functional Fitness HIITs. The workout emphasises on teamwork and partnerships to encourage a larger movement of social well-being.
Through positive social interactions, Be the ImPAct ended with strangers becoming friends and friends becoming family members of the PMET community.
Yang Yee, an accountant who spends an average of 4 days a week on group-fitness programmes said,
I always look forward to the sessions that I spend at my favourite gym and studio after a busy day at work. These group fitness workouts offer me the opportunity to share positive experiences with like-minded individuals. While most workouts only last an hour, our social exchanges go way beyond the workouts and work hours,
PMETs can look forward to more of such public engagement programmes organised by PA in the upcoming months before the launch of imPAct@Hong Lim Green in 2019 – a wholly repurposed specialised Community Club, first of the imPAct clubs, with a tri-focal programming of community fitness, professional development, and social responsibility.