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Shape Singapore January 2018

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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in this issue

1 min.
make 2018 count

I’ve thought long and hard about what I’d like to accomplish this year. I’m not referring to resolutions per se, but more of achievements. In terms of fitness goals, I’m still working on nailing my first pull-up. To make this a reality, I’ll need to go for more calisthenics classes and be more diligent in strengthening my upper body. I’d also like to do a handstand, but I might just reserve that for 2019. This year, I’d also like to continue living my life to the fullest. I am thankful that I have a job I love, and that I work with an amazing team. Colleagues make all the difference, and for that I’m grateful. I want to continue to give my all and to continue to find satisfaction in my…

1 min.
team shape in action...

1 min.
shape buzz

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1 min.
the happy workout

Science says to loosen up your definition of exercise. When women pursued activities that made them happy – biking in the park, playing volleyball, chasing their kids – without focusing on intensity or duration, they were more active than those with stricter views on exercise (for example, it only counts if it lasts at least 30 minutes or makes you sweat profusely). This is according to a new study in the journal BMC Public Health. Researchers believe that’s likely because these women made exercise fit in with their daily lives, and didn’t think of it as a separate, scheduled time commitment. “There are an infinite number of ways to move, and all of them are valid,” says Michelle Segar, a co-author of the study. She recommends finding feel-good options like…

3 min.
less is more

When people think of minimalism, the need to sacrifice things comes to mind. That’s not true. For the record, minimalism is not just about getting rid of things. It’s more of a lifestyle that encourages decluttering in your life to focus on things that truly matter. In this day and age, we have more than we need. For instance, simply googling for ways to cure a migraine is already an information overload. That’s why it’s important to filter out the unnecessary. Here’s how minimalism can improve your life. MAKES YOU MORE ORGANISED With less clutter, cleaning your house will be a breeze. Divide belongings into storage boxes: shirts, shorts, belts, et cetera. This way, when things in those boxes start piling up, you’ll know you’re buying more than you need. With items neatly…

6 min.
body proud

“I’M THE STRONGEST I’VE EVER BEEN,” says Gina, 33. “Doing Muay Thai taught me so much about my body. Now I view it as an engine that keeps me active and healthy.” This way of thinking has been a revelation for Gina, who was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease – an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid and causes symptoms such as fatigue and muscle pain – right after she filmed the pilot for Jane. Once she started practising Muay Thai regularly, however, Gina says: “I felt very stealthy and quick. It was an amazing transformation.” The extra energy she gets from pushing her body is powering up the rest of her life too. In addition to working on Jane, Gina is the voice of Una in the…