Even before founding Second Wind Nation, sports were powerful vehicles for my intentions.

When I set a goal, maintaining fitness for example, at the end of the workout, I was one step closer to achieving it. Sometimes, when I had a key race, my entire lifestyle revolved around that single intention.

But what if the intention is to be more eco-friendly?

The connection between sports and the environment can be quite distant. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In 2016, as part of National Geographic Channel’s Earth Day run effort to raise awareness on climate change, more than 300 people took part in a cyclothon at the F1 Pit building to generate watts for events such as movie screening.

Yearly, there’s the NTUC Income Eco Run where several causes are promoted. This year, they introduced a Zero Waste 5km run where participants receive a reusable cup to make hydration stations paper-cup-free.

It took me a while to get Second Wind Nation going, but this month onward, we’ll be doing our small part for the environment through new initiatives and partnerships:

  1. Donate-as-you-wish skills clinics, open water swim and bike handling, for a charity campaigning for environmental sustainability, EarthFest.
  2. Partnership with BikeMartSG, which sells second-hand bikes, to promote conscious consumerism.

We have more initiatives in the pipeline, which will be revealed in due time. On the whole, I believe that it’s less about Second Wind Nation as a company and more about us as a swim bike run community.

Together, we can do much more.

Run or ride to commute more often. Pass on your old jerseys to new cyclists. Opt for plant-based food options. That chilled bottled drink you just bought from 7-11? Recycle the plastic bottle. See litter on the trails or beaches? Recycle those as well.

There are plenty of ways you can help, and the health of our Earth is something we can advance every single day. Every effort has a rippling effect, one of which might just end up making a huge difference.

Hence, in parting, I’ll leave you with the question, “What’s a change you can make today?”