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Shape Singapore January - February 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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1 min.
get up and get moving

According to a 2016 Nielsen study, nearly one in two people in Asia think they’re overweight and more than half are trying to lose weight. The findings are not surprising. With most of us caught in office jobs and the endless temptations in our food paradise, weight loss is an uphill battle. But just because it’s hard doesn’t mean we should give up on getting lean and healthy – this just means we need to get smarter with our efforts. This is why the Shape team got out this month to try the best fat-blasting classes in Singapore – check out pg 50 for our recommendations ranging from HIIT classes for the time-crunched to a fast-paced pilates workout that tones your muscles and works the heart. For those who prefer to fly…

1 min.
shape buzz

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1 min.
take a timeout

Workaholics may regard long task lists and chronic stress as inevitable, or even a badge of honour. But scientists are now warning everyone of the dangers of overstretching and burnout. A US study published in the journal Neurology found that people with higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol have small reductions in brain volume and also perform slightly worse at memory tests. While the study doesn’t confirm this, some experts believe these folks are also at higher risk of dementia as they age. So remember to give your mind frequent breaks; your future health depends on it.…

5 min.
romance in the city

The Academy Hotel, London, United Kingdom 21 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London, tel: +44 (0) 20 7631 4115 Bookworms will love this latest opening by Malaysia-based YTL Hotels. Set in a neighbourhood in Central London known for playing host to the Bloomsbury set (famous literary figures like Virginia Woolf and E.M Forster who lived in the early 20th century), much of its design story is inspired by the surrounding history. And you can find these famous authors’ books lining the shelves at The Library. Our favourite part of the accommodation is the plant-filled conservatory which looks pretty and quintessentially English on a light-filled day. From $424. Rosewood Phnom Penh, Cambodia Vattanac Capital Tower, 66 Monivong Boulevard, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, tel: +855 23 936 888 Rosewood’s newest Asian outpost pays tribute to…

6 min.
more than just a hashtag than just a hashtag

It’s Saturday morning, and Liv Lo’s Fitsphere Force workout has us panting on our yoga mats and dripping with sweat. “Do what feels good, and do more of it!” she chirps as she takes us through some pretty brutal reps of lunges, warrior poses and squats – all while holding deceptively small 2-pound spherical weights. If you weren’t yet convinced that she’s worked hard for that body of hers, you will be after taking a class. It’s sweaty and satisfying, and guarantees that post-workout endorphins buzz. Outside of the physical classroom, Liv has also found her place in cyber space, where you’ll find she is just as encouraging, clear in her instruction, and knowledgeable (trust us, we got clicking). Fitsphere, a website started by the model turned host turned fitness guru,…

4 min.
from head to toe

There are yoga sessions, and there are yoga sessions with weights. “I didn’t just want to do traditional yoga,” Liv says. “Yoga is a mental game, but once you add weights, it becomes more physical. They’re efficient, are great for lean muscle building and resistance training.” This is a full body workout in the literal sense of the word. “Each movement is designed to work out your entire body instead of being focused on one body part at a time,” she explains. So instead of doing a set of crunches (that only work the core) and moving to a different part of the body, you’re powering through a holistic workout. “You could be working on the strength in your upper body, your flexibility, and opening up the hips and rotating the…