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Shape Singapore August 2017

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.
keep calm and stretch on

When it comes to exercise, yoga has always been my first love; ashtanga yoga to be exact. This type of yoga is highly structured, fast-paced and physically demanding. The same sequence is done in every class (I’m not kidding!). So, it’s no surprise that it appeals mainly to Type A personalities like myself. I did ashtanga for several years, but gradually stopped as I gravitated towards slower-paced styles of this age-old practice. Regardless of the type of yoga, stretching the body is always part of the workout. That’s something I’ve always enjoyed. A good stretch helps to relieve tightness in the muscles, and that feeling, for me at least, is simply shiok. Whether you love or hate stretching, it should be an essential part of your exercise routine as there are many benefits…

2 min.
shape buzz

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Here’s an alternative, and pretty novel, way to vent your anger. The Fragment Room is Singapore’s first-ever rage room in which you can break and smash things to your heart’s desire. Use a baseball bat to pound a wine glass to smithereens, or throw plates against the wall – the call is yours during what the brand considers anger therapy. Think of this as a judgment-free space for you to express your frustration after a really bad day. Founder Royce Tan decided to open The Fragment Room after reading about rage rooms online and experiencing one for himself when he was overseas. To make the business more sustainable, most of the supplies used are factory rejects up for scrapping. Prices start from $38 for 30 minutes, and the room can accommodate up to two…

6 min.
catching the wave

“Go as quickly as you can with good form, knowing that every round gets a little easier.” Being healthy and happy is all about balance – that’s the mantra Michelle Monaghan lives by. So while she loves to exercise, she doesn’t sweat it if her hectic schedule means she can’t swing a workout. She eats healthfully but also indulges her cravings for burgers and keeps at least six kinds of cheese in her fridge. She doesn’t own a scale and is more excited about what exercise does for her mentally than how it makes her look. “I’m a firm believer in everything in moderation and not beating myself up,” says the 41-year-old actress. That philosophy came in handy last year when she was crazed filming two movies. Michelle recently starred with Mark…

2 min.
fun for all

The Singapore Coffee Festival is back for the second time – at a bigger venue and with more exciting activities. This year, it’ll run from Aug 3 to 6 at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Establishments with booths include Jewel Coffee, Brawn & Brains, Common Man Coffee Roasters, and Dapper Coffee. If you aren’t a fan of coffee, there will still be activities that’ll appeal to you. Here are five cool things to do. LEARN SOMETHING NEW There will be coffee workshops galore. For instance, the guys from Common Man Coffee Roasters will be giving an introduction to speciality coffee and teaching participants how to make the perfect flat white. There will also be a demonstration on roasting coffee beans, as well as non-coffee related workshops. The General Co, for instance,…

1 min.
wakeup happier

It’s surprisingly easy – just don’t watch the news or scary shows before you hit the sack. Disturbing images are tougher to push out of your mind once you sleep on them, research in the journal Nature Communications suggests . Study participants who viewed upsetting photos were better able to suppress the memory of the shots 30 minutes later than when they waited until the next day to mentally hit delete. Sleep helps your brain form memories, the study authors explain. So switch to lighter night-time fare to wake up on the right side of the bed.…