Shape Singapore

Shape Singapore

October/November 2019

Shape Singapore is the country's leading active lifestyle guide for women. Packed with useful health, fitness, nutrition and beauty tips, Shape Singapore addresses every concern of the busy modern woman. Every feature is based on extensive research and expert opinions to give our readers information and advice they can trust.

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2 min.
activate your space

PAD STRATEGICALLY “I keep a superthick exercise mat in the middle of the living room. It doubles as a play mat for my 1-year-old and an ongoing reminder to do a floor workout: plank, bridge, hollow hold, single-leg squats, and push-ups. I also have an exercise ball – it was once a daily baby-bouncing device – that doubles as a tool for stretching and some quick exercises.” – LAUREN WILLIAMS, TRAINER AND FOUNDER OF CHISEL CLUB ONLINE WORKOUTS ROCK SOME SOCKED FEET “I always have socks on when I’m home, so anytime I’m in the kitchen cooking or in the living room, I can do gliding moves like mountain climbers, speed skaters, and curtsy lunges on our hardwood floors. I include my kids whenever they want to move with me – and they do…

4 min.
hot hot hot

LIQUID GOLD Pack a water bottle with two-thirds shaved ice and one-third water, and sip every 10 minutes or so during your workout. According to a recent study from the University of Montana, people who did this when exercising in a hot room maintained a lower body temperature and heart rate than those who drank room-temperature water, even when they sipped only half as much liquid overall. YOUR WORKOUTS WORK HARDER There are big benefits to exercising in the heat. You’ll sweat a ton, but that improves your body’s ability to regulate its temperature, says José González-Alonso, Ph.D., a professor of exercise and cardiovascular physiology at Brunel University London. Hot workouts may increase the volume of plasma – a solution that transports nutrients throughout the body – in your blood. The more plasma…

3 min.
get your glow on!

The road to getting flawless skin can often seem long, lonely, and let’s face it - expensive. But here’s some good news: it doesn’t have to be! You don’t need to splurge on facials or pricey products just to improve your skin. Score complexion perfection by living a healthy lifestyle and building good skincare habits instead. No matter what your concerns are, these simple tips will help to improve your skin so that you can look radiant and flawless in no time. • STAY HYDRATED In Singapore, we’re constantly moving from one air-conditioned venue to the next, in a bid to escape the sweltering heat. And while the cool air feels super refreshing, air conditioning can seriously dry out your skin due to the lowered humidity levels. You’ve probably realised that your…

2 min.
healthy down under

It’s time we paid our vaginas a little more attention. This amazing part of the body is incredibly strong, feels intense pleasure, and can even push out a baby! Treat yours right by following these tips for a healthy, happy vagina. HIT THE SHOWER Gym bunnies, listen up! Kudos to you if you’ve been exercising regularly, but make sure that you’re equally disciplined when it comes to showering soon after a workout. Bacteria thrives in warm and moist environments, so the longer you spend in sweat-soaked tights or undies, the greater your risk of developing an infection down below. If you don’t have access to bathing facilities, at least change into fresh clothes. On a related note, invest in cotton underwear. The soft, breathable material is ideal for wicking away excess moisture…

6 min.
upgrade your moves

Remember these movements: squat, lunge, push, pull, hinge, twist and walk/plank. You may not consciously realise it, but we use these functional movements daily as we go throughout the day, whether it’s kneeling to tie a shoelace, or pulling something off a shelf. They may seem basic, but they’re now the movement patterns that trainers want you to master. “Since the early 2000s, sports scientists discovered that a lot of sports injuries are caused by poor movements. They identified these seven movement patterns, and believe that in the long run, if you don’t master these movements, serious injury could result,” says Yusuf Kay, fitness training manager at TFX, Funan. Yusuf started learning about the movement patterns in 2009, and has been incorporating them into his regimes ever since. “Generally, everyone wants to…

2 min.
you are my sunshine

Living in Singapore means that we get to enjoy summer all year round. While that certainly has its benefits - think #beachlife and cute sundresses - the truth is that we’re also exposed to high levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation daily. Stay protected by investing in a good sunscreen to fend off harmful sun damage. Active girls will love these bestselling picks from Japan that all come with broadspectrum SPF50+/PA++++ coverage and pocket-friendly prices. • WORK OUT, DON’T BURN OUT The last thing you want to worry about when exercising outdoors is getting sunburnt. Prevent that from happening with these waterproof sunscreens from the Suncut Perfect Series . These are resistant to sweat, water, and rubbing so that they won’t come off even when you’re going hard at your workout. The broadspectrum…