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Shape Singapore October/November 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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in this issue

1 min.
advisory board

CARDIOLOGY Dr Goh Ping Ping, cardiologist and echocardiologist, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE Sebastian Liew, medical herbalist and naturopath, Sebastian Liew Centre Dora Ng, principal acupuncturist, Complementary Integrative Medicine Clinic, Tan Tock Seng Hospital DENTAL Dr Christina Sim, consultant, restorative dentistry, National Dental Centre DERMATOLOGY Dr Cheong Wai Kwong, consultant dermatologist, Specialist Skin Clinic Dr Eileen Tan, consultant dermatologist, Eileen Tan Skin, Laser & Hair Transplant Clinic EAR, NOSE & THROAT Dr Kenny Pang, consultant, Asia Sleep Centre EXERCISE SPECIALIST Joan Liew, director and personal trainer, Fitness Factory GASTROENTEROLOGY Dr Gwee Kok Ann, medical director and consultant gastroenterologist, Stomach Liver and Bowel Clinic GYNAECOLOGY Dr Tan Thiam Chye, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital Dr Christopher Chong, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, Chris Chong Clinic NUTRITION Jaclyn Reutens, clinical dietitian, Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants Vanessa McNamara, dietitian, www.thetravellingdietitian.com ONCOLOGY Dr See Hui Ti, senior consultant, Medical Oncology,…

2 min.
we have big plans.

And that means constantly evolving to cater to your needs, whether it’s trying to motivate you with the latest fitness gadget, or giving you the juicy lowdown on a trendy diet. This issue - our last print issue - is all about the movers and shakers in the fitness world. Read about the top Shape Fit Girl 2019 finalists and Shape Fit Girl 2019 winner, Ng Hui Ru. In person, Hui Ru (who works as a wellness coach) is so positive, genuine and easygoing, that it’d be almost impossible for you to walk away without considering making a healthy change in your lifestyle - no matter how small. A strong believer of fitness as a sustainable lifelong journey, she promises: “Once you’re with me, I’ll never stop coaching you.” To the loyal…

2 min.
you are my sunshine

Living in Singapore means that we get to enjoy summer all year round. While that certainly has its benefits - think #beachlife and cute sundresses - the truth is that we’re also exposed to high levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation daily. Stay protected by investing in a good sunscreen to fend off harmful sun damage. Active girls will love these bestselling picks from Japan that all come with broadspectrum SPF50+/PA++++ coverage and pocket-friendly prices. • WORK OUT, DON’T BURN OUT The last thing you want to worry about when exercising outdoors is getting sunburnt. Prevent that from happening with these waterproof sunscreens from the Suncut Perfect Series . These are resistant to sweat, water, and rubbing so that they won’t come off even when you’re going hard at your workout. The broadspectrum…

11 min.
shape fit girl 2019

Shape Fit Girl is our annual search for the most inspiring, fresh-faced fitness personality who embodies the values of Shape: strength, balance, sustainability and beauty from the inside out. As part of the competition, 19 shortlisted finalists put their strength, endurance and grit to test in a surprise fitness challenge at TFX Funan. They went through seven stations, pushing their limits doing: 500m rowing, eight-stage plank, chin-ups, 1min push-ups, 1min plyometric lunges, barbell squats and deadlifts. Scores were tallied based on their performance at each station. After sweating it out, the finalists received another surprise challenge: to come up with an active beauty look within three minutes, using products sponsored by Guardian. Judged by their creativity, confidence, eloquence, style, persuasiveness and presence, these women, along with Shape Fit Girl 2019 winner Ng Hui…

8 min.
power to the people

Ng Hui Ru is exclaiming about my breakfast habits (i.e. non-existent). Sitting me down, she urges me to eat the all-important first meal of the day, telling me that it will help to stabilise my blood sugar and give my body the energy it needs (“otherwise it’s running on empty”). It’s the reason why I’m reaching for a 4pm snack, says the 27-year-old. Skipping breakfast can cause spikes and drops in the blood sugar level, where you crash after a meal and wind up craving carbs again. It’s something of a revelation. We’re in Hui Ru’s happy place, Wellness@Studio, where she works as a personal trainer and wellness coach. Beaming, she introduces us to both staff and clients in the studio, where a Beach Body workout is underway. She makes us…

1 min.
5 quick-fire questions

What’s your morning routine? A cup of aloe vera tea, and a nutritious breakfast shake. I also have me-time with a podcast or morning exercise. What are your favourite mobile apps? Instagram, Facebook, Stitcher (a podcast app), and YouTube for exercise and cooking tutorial videos. What do you eat in a day? I’m vegetarian, partly because of animal compassion and saving the planet, and also because a plant-based diet reduces the risk of high cholesterol and high blood pressure. For breakfast, I have a protein shake or aloe vera tea. Lunch is either salad or vegetarian cai fan. Snack would be either a shake, beancurd or eggs, and dinner is a sandwich, or homecooked food. I also take supplements and vitamins. Who inspires you the most? American entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn!…