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Exercise Motivation & Character-Building: Support System as a Team

With the new year of 2018 here, the resolutions to improve health by embracing healthy lifestyle is on the high.

The tracks and parks are busy with joggers and exercisers and gyms filled with new members. But come March onwards, the "crowdedness" of these places might change. 

One of the biggest challenges in exercise adherence is waning motivation. It is a challenge to stay motivated especially if you are exercising alone. 

So how do you ensure that you have strength in motivation? Exercise as a Team.

When you have fun in a group, you will motivate each other and likely that you will stay motivated too.

Playing team sports can aid in strengthening exercise commitment. Team sports are not only socially fun, it builds friendship.

Playing Team Sports Builds Character

1. Trust and Respect through Cooperation

When everyone is working towards a common goal (scoring to win), they need to trust and respect their teammates' abilities to work hand in hand to create that winning goal.

No one player wins a team match. It is all a group effort.
A striker cannot score a goal, if his or her mid fielder does not pass the ball to them. And you have to trust your teamate to do their part so that you can do yours. It is about complementing each other.  a striker cannot run all over the field to get that ball. 

2. Discipline

Playing team sports teaches discipline. Discipline is needed to help inculcate the spirit for keeping to training and control which are both essential for a successful team.

Discipline is fundamental for living in a cohesive society. It  helps everyone appreciate and understand the benefits of co-existing and encourage them to work with others as they try to aim for a set of similar objectives. The playing field is a training ground for the board room or office place.

3. All for One, One for All

Do you know that social marginalisation leads to loneliness and depression and in some cases, suicide? The engagement and social belonging to a sports team offers participants the platform to learn how to be a better person of a community following ethics of good character.

4. Good Sportsmanship

 Staying competitive yet with grace. 

Winning with humility. 

Positivity in defeat. 

Those constitute  good sportsmanship. Playing team sports builds character as it teaches people how to function at best in a group setting. Unselfishness towards a common goal  and care for each other. 

5. Managing anxiety and stress

Playing team sports helps with regards to managing anxiety and stressful situations. It teaches you adaptation skills and a "never say die" attitude. You learn to think of every obstacles as challenges to be solved.

There you have it, positivity at work and it certainly does bring exercise-happy-endorphins your way!

6. Leadership

Playing team sports  helps to cultivate leadership skills,
through  personal, duo or team's  actions to advance your team’s success and even in captainship responsibilities. 
A team of “passionate champions” encouraging forward thinking creates powerful positive energy which lifts every individual in a team. 

7. Caring & Compassion

A team consists of different individuals with different personalities. Team sports teaches us how to care for each other. At times, it is about the individual putting others before him or her in compassion and care. Being humane. 

 Eunos Cc Walking Football for Health Exhibition Team
Standing (left to right): Noredayou Siwi, Salamah Karim, Dee Dee Mahmood, Azizah Buang, Sapiah Rosdi, Siti Jamilah
Seated (left to right): Paridah Said, Norhidayah Hamdi,Sueelly Samsi, Fazidah Manap, Nurhuda Hamdi (missing in photo Nisah and Rayhana Wahid)

Standing (left to right): Paridah Said, Sapiah Rosdi, Sueelly Samsi, Dee Dee  Mahmood, Rasidah Yahya, Ruminah Sidek
Seated (left to right): Zubaidah Ibrahim, Fazidah Manap, Siti Jamilah, Nurhuda Hamdi, Norhidayah Hamdi (missing in photo Nisah and Rayhana Wahid)

Our Mascot

Sun 11 Feb 2018 @9am - 1pm EUNOS CC
Be at the Move for Health Fitness Fiesta
Launch of Walking Footbsll for Health -
 Angels Singapore Season 3

Lion Angels Singapore Season 3 with Adviser of Aljunied GRC, Mr Chua Eng Leong & Mr Jamal, CSC Vice Chairman

With Our Health Partners: International Sports Academy, MHI Training Master, Githarmonic Nutrition, People's Association-Kg Ubi 

Background:  Walking Football for Health Asia - dynamism and support system  in a team 

A research initiative driven by Celebrity Dee Dee Mahmood,  multi-award winning Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist & Academic Adjunct Senior Lecturer (International Collaborations) of Edith Cowan University Australia, studying the impact of modified sports on community health, in collaborations with American College of Sports Medicine North-West's Professor Dr Dan Heil of Montana State University, with strong support from our partners in health - International Sports Academy, MHI Training Master, Peacehealth Ambulance, Fitharmonik Online, Norwegian Seafood Council, Mak Ai Nasi Padang, University if Malaya,  People's Association and Tampines Changkat CC & RC Zone 4 and and WAKO, Active Red and XLab

Walking Football for Health Asia, Singapore Launch 

was held on 25 Nov 2017
@Angsana Primary School/Tampines Changkat RC Zone 4, Singapore
Guest of Honour: Minister of Parliament- Tampines GRC & Mayor North East District Mr Desmond Choo

Dee Dee welcoming our Guest of Honour - Member of Parliament, Tampines GRC 
& Mayor  of North East CDC,  Mr Desmond Choo

Inaugural Walking Football for Health Asia Launch Kick 

Coverage Write Up on:

Walking Football for Health Asia, Malaysia Launch 

 held on 15 Apr 2017
@PJ Sports Garage, Petaling Jaya Malaysia
Guest of Honour: Paul Parker, ex Manchester/England Player
& Roshan Narayan, Football Analyst Astro and Fox Sports 

Dee Dee Mahmood, multi award winning Celebrity Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist, is the Academic Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University Australia. Her PhD research on obesity was chosen for its impact on obesity in Asia and was accepted and presented at the President's Cup Award, American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Annual Meeting in Tacoma, Washington. Ambassadors to brands like Reebok and Norwegian Seafood Council, this TEDX  Speaker has several signature community programs to her name, Fat2Fit Asia and Walking Football for Health Asia. She conducts  synergy on community and corporate health and research collaborations internationally.

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  1. Embracing my health journey with Lion Angels team mates have been a very good experience and enjoyable one. We have fun exercising together, playing walking football with good team spirit, caring, support & motivate each other in many ways. In any kind of sports, focus & discipline are important.  It's the same with Walking Football, you need to focus on your GOAL, be disciplined with good ATTITUDE, think POSITIVE, be a TEAM PLAYER and determine to CHANGE to be a healthier and happier person. You will definitely feel good about yourself. This health journey has helped me to LOVE myself, felt much HAPPIER and become more CONFIDENT as I'm surrounded by friends and team mates who are so inspiring and I would also hope to INSPIRE others too. Take a step forward, come and join Dee Dee Mahmood and  Lion Angels embracing this journey together to improve our health. ❤

  2. When u are in a team doing sport, Team support, bonding n communication is important so in walking football we learn alot in building a good team and a positive mindset in order we can work a better in our health n the matches. And we always hv one another to motivate n inspired each other.. From a friends we become a family.. So anyone can become part of our families and come join us to be better in our health..

    Love ayu

  3. Proud to be in this team because we trusted and believes in each other. We have become one warm big happy family. We are so bonded that we manage to survive any obstacles that we've encountered throughtout our journey with WF. We console, motivate, encourage & compliment our team mates if they did or did not do well during training/after game to lift up their spirit and be positive so not to be in despair. That will display a part of being a great sportmanship when in defeat. With WF not only you will be healthier and more fit but also you will be more alert mentally and physically. I forget about dieting as with this program I just need to eat a proper balance meals and exercise regularly example like WF. It's a great, fun and stress free sports that can be enjoy thru out any age or gender. I am thankful for the team, coaches, assistant and last but not least kak Dee Dee for creating this fabulous team and also thank you Eunos CC for supporting & helping us to continue our journey to be more healthier and active in sports.

    Do join our warm & loveable Walking Football team which we will together lead a brand new life by becoming healthier, more fit, stay focus, mentally & physically alert.

  4. I have never felt better ever since I join this walking football. This sports really open up my mind and spirits to a whole new level.
    Being someone who doesn't like football, walking football is totally a new game that I really put my heart and soul and always looking forward for every training.
    For a person with anxiety and trying to cope with stress, this game really helps me a lot to boost up my morale, being having limitation in mobility, I'm totally proud that my health improved a lot due to this sports. This really motivates me to be healthier and happier each day!
    I trust and respect my coaches and team for all the good sportsmanship they have in them putting efforts in everyone and with the disciplines that we commit to, caring & compassion towards one another, work as a team together, all for one and one for all we stand and endure all the challenges we face would never be possible without the great leadership from the person who bring us this far.
    I really appreciate Dee Dee Mahmood for the passion she had in making this a great opportunity for someone like me to be in this marvelous team. I really love my team, my coaches and my leader for all the time they spent to make us One fantastic Lion Angels!
    With one vision of committing awareness to health!
    I am a better person not because of me, but because of everyone involved in this great health journey!
    If I can do it, so can anyone of you. If you need an activity to improve your life, make a change to it! Be one of us, cause we care.


  5. Walking Football is totally a new ball game (pun intended. Hehe) for me in my mission commit to health.
    Playing a game requires agility to manoeuvre around the field and dodge opponents, strong legs to walk speedily and control the ball, mental alertness to implement your play strategies and a whole lot of other things.

    And since I have been exercising the same way all this time, Walking Football is a fantastic alternative platform for me to sweat it out and have fun at the same time. The adrenaline during the game and endorphins I get after the game is unbelievable!

    Thank you Kak Deedee (and the coaches) for bringing us together in this good effort.


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