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Shape Singapore April 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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1 min.
balance is the key to a healthy life

Maintaining a healthy weight over a long-term period can be a challenge. We might put on extra kilos when the festive season comes around or overindulge in good food when we travel. And, depending on your body type, you’ll carry fat in some areas more than others. For many women, fat goes right to their bellies, which can become a real problem, especially as they get on in age. This is likely due to a decreasing level of oestrogen, which appears to affect where fat is stored in the body. It also doesn’t help that women generally have six to 11 per cent more body fat than men, no thanks to our physiological makeup (the increase in fat is said to help during pregnancy). If you’re struggling to get rid of stomach…

1 min.
team shape in action...

Cover girl Stephanie Bovis was such a joy to photograph and interview. Writer Dawn loved how down-to-earth and friendly she was. Stephanie shares her tips for a healthy lifestyle on pg 22. Need something fun to do at the weekends? The revamped Forest Adventure treetop obstacle course might be up your alley. Intern Claudia had a blast when she was there. More on pg 30. Associate editor Estelle Low did an infared yoga class at Jal Yoga. This new yoga style claims to reduce muscle aches enhance your complexion and help you sleep better. Did it live up its promises? Find out on pg 72.…

1 min.
shape buzz

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2 min.
tired of being tired?

We’ve all been there. Regardless of how enticing a flash sale is or how intriguing that new movie is, you just don’t have the energy for it. If you are tired of feeling sluggish all the time, it’s time for a change. Skip the extra cups of coffee and try these five methods to boost your energy levels. CUT THE SMOKES Besides increasing your risk of conditions like lung cancer, heart disease and stroke, the toxins and tar in the smoke from cigarettes can also reduce the efficiency of your lungs. What this means is over time, there will be less oxygen transported around your body, which can make you feel lethargic. YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE While hitting the snooze button might be a tempting option when your alarm goes off in the morning,…

2 min.
happily ever after

• Parents, in-laws and family Conversations regarding parents are never going to be easy but they’re absolutely necessary. Before deciding to get married, make it a point to speak to your partner about everything related to external family matters. For example, while birthday celebrations for your in-laws are mandatory to attend, would birthday celebrations and other special events for cousins, aunties and everyone else be mandatory, too? While it might seem silly at first, everyone’s family is different and may have a different dynamic from yours. Plus, for some in-laws, not showing up at family events could be a point of contention and a sign of disrespect. It’s best to check and listen to what your partner has to say. • Finances For couples who have an income disparity with one another,…

6 min.
staying balanced

In a time when it seems as though everyone is busy keeping up appearances, Stephanie Bovis is refreshingly candid. There are no airs about her; what you see is what you get. Arriving early at our office without a scrap of makeup, there’s just something instantly likeable about this 29-year-old fitness enthusiast, yogi, model and host. Maybe it’s her warm smile and two perfect dimples. Or perhaps it’s how easy it is to talk to her. It’s as though we’re catching up with an old friend and soon, we’re chatting about everything from workouts to… having her colon cleansed! Yes, we went there. The Malaysian Chinese-British beauty lived in multiple countries, including Hong Kong, India and England before settling in Singapore. Growing up, she was already athletic but her time was…