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Shape Singapore August 2016

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

2 min.
strong is the new sexy

These days, being a body-positive role model doesn’t mean looking like a model. Case in point: This issue’s cover personality, Khloe Kardashian of reality TV series Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Khloe was once labelled “the fat one” because of her curvaceous figure. Today, she’s healthier than ever, thanks to a kickass fitness regimen. People have applauded her for losing excess weight, but truth is she was always comfortable in her own skin. In her interview with Shape (pg 28), she says: “I love my shape because I’ve earned every curve… But I also loved my shape before, when I was even curvier.” Khloe’s exercise routine focuses on building strength. Inspired by that, we’ve put together a Pump It Up special (pg 45), which has all you need to take your training…

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3 min.
7 rules for faster weight loss

1 KEEP YOUR PLANS A SECRET Quit announcing your diet plan – it may not be such a good idea after all. It turns out that keeping it a secret is the key to success, according to a New York University study. Receiving positive reactions from others could make you think you’ve accomplished your goal and cause you to slack off. So pipe it down, and only share your scheme, if you must, with the trusted few who can help you stay the course. 2 GO FOR EVENING WALKS Exercising at any time is good for you, but evening activity may be particularly beneficial because your metabolic rate slows down towards the end of the day. Thirty minutes of aerobic activity before dinner increases your metabolism and may keep it up…

1 min.
blue therapy

Go ahead and plan that beach vacay. Science has confirmed that looking at the ocean lowers stress levels and makes you calmer. In a study recently published in the journal Health & Place, researchers analysed data from the national New Zealand Health Survey and found that residents who lived with a view of the water were less stressed overall, and had improved mental health than those who didn’t. The same wasn’t true of green spaces. Study co-author Amber Pearson suggests: “That could be because the blue space was all natural, while the green space included human-made areas, such as sports fields and playgrounds, as well as natural areas such as native forests.”…

1 min.
find a fresh perspective

According to Henrik Hagtvedt, associate professor of marketing at Boston College and author of a study on how word choice influences behaviour, the phrases you choose help determine how successful you’ll be. Say that you’re going to ace your next challenge, not that you’re going to try. Rather than thinking, “I have to do my workout”, tell yourself that you get to push your limits. Say “I don’t quit”, not “I can’t quit”. These little language swops turn motivation-sapping struggles into empowering opportunities for you to flex your talents, psyching you up to conquer your goals. A sound trick to sharpen your mind Check out this bit of focus pocus: Workers who listened to the sounds of a babbling brook performed better on a tough mental task than those who tackled it…

4 min.
find your motivation power hour

Most people’s mental energy is a roller coaster, says Chris Bailey, the author of The Productivity Project. “There are certain hours when you naturally have much more drive than at other times,” he says. Which means it’s completely normal if one minute you’re cranking out work like nobody’s business, and the next you hit a wall and even answering e-mail is a struggle. The tricky thing is that the time of day when mental energy peaks is different for everyone. The unique rhythms of your body clock play a large role, coupled with factors like what you eat and how much you sleep. Fortunately, your highs tend to occur at about the same times every day, Chris says, so you can learn to plan your schedule around them and maximise…