Mr Teo Choon Chye Raymond
Senior Exercise PhysiologistRehabilitative ServicesChangi General Hospital
Raymond has more than 15 years of experience working with athletes, healthy individuals and clinical populations locally and overseas. His work scope in Singapore Sport and exercise medicine Centre at Changi General Hospital involves working closely with weight management patient to promote physical and mental well-being through exercises.
He also works with injured athletes for strengthening and conditioning and to returning them to recreation or competitive sports. His vast experience working with different populations and with his knowledge of physiology and biomechanics enables him to address the root cause of limitations before returning to sports and well-structured programme to promote physical activities.
Some of his significant accomplishments include creating prototype fitness testing for aviation fire-fighters and appointment as strength and conditioning coach for Sophia Pang during her 900km trek across Antarctica in 2009, making her the first Singapore woman to achieve this feat.
Exercise Programming for Weight Management
National Health Surveillance Survey 2016/2017 report indicated a continued increase in prevalence of overweight and obesity Singapore. This weight gain trend is consistent with the observation globally among industrialized countries. Inactivity and obesity are closely linked conditions accounting for a substantial burden of chronic disease and impaired function. Over the past several decades, ever-decreasing levels of daily energy expenditure, along with a constant calorie-dense food supply, have resulted in a marked disruption to energy regulatory systems.
ACSM recommended 300-minutes weekly of moderate-intensity for long-term weight loss, and the consequently reduced prevalence of important conditions such as dyslipidaemia, hypertension and insulin resistance. However, more recent consensus suggests the treatment of these conditions likely requires a higher dose of exercise volume. One of the major difficulties with the reliance on exercise alone for weight loss is that adherence to prescribed exercise dose is quite low. This is particularly so in obesity individual compared with normal-weight people, as exercise is often perceived as being more challenging to accomplish and thus, self-selected intensities/volume are lower.
Therefore, a systematic way to prescribe an optimize exercise volume with realistic goals for long-term weight loss and health benefits is essential for weight loss individuals.
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