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Shape Singapore December 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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2 min.
say yes to new adventures

One of my most memorable trips was a week-long yoga retreat in Goa. Petri Raisanen, one of Europe’s most experienced ashtanga yoga teachers, conducted the sessions. The resort itself was stunning. It was located amid landscaped gardens of palm and banana trees, and an in-house chef cooked the most delicious vegetarian meals I’d ever tasted. Of course it was a luxury to wake up every morning with only yoga classes on my to-do list. Needless to say, I returned to Singapore feeling very relaxed – and limber too. I’d gained strength and flexibility from the daily yoga lessons (and the massages by the beach probably helped!). That trip also ignited in me a love of travelling alone. It was liberating and empowering, and I felt it gave me a chance to…

1 min.
shape buzz

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2 min.
how to maximise the health benefits of garlic

Garlic isn’t just delicious, it’s loaded with health benefits – it’s good for your heart and blood pressure, it’s a great antioxidant, and it keeps up your immunity. However, if you want to get the most out of the pungent allium, there are a few tricks you can do. 1 Crush the Garlic First, and Wait a Little In a report published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists shared that some of garlic’s heart-healthy compounds diminished after just a few minutes of cooking. Somewhat surprisingly, the drop was most pronounced in whole bulbs of garlic. Those that were crushed or chopped released an enzyme that triggers production of health-giving compounds, a process that stops once the enzyme comes in contact with heat. So to maximise the output of those…

1 min.
say cheese!

Don’t judge: Taking many selfies is a good thing after all. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine conducted a study involving 41 students who were tasked to take three sets of photos daily for four weeks – smiling selfies, an image of something that brings them joy, and a picture of something that they believed would make a loved one happy. Their moods were then recorded, and the results prove that being trigger-happy produced nothing but good vibes. “Our research showed that practising exercises that can promote happiness via smartphone picture taking and sharing can lead to increased positive feelings for those who engage in it,” said lead author Yu Chen. Furthermore, taking those selfies also had a mood-boosting effect, and led to the volunteers feeling more confident and…

1 min.
sleep happy

We’ve found the secret to a happy marriage: sleeping early! Researchers from the Florida State University found that couples are more contented with their marriages when they get more shuteye at night. Sleep helps us to replenish the energy we need for self-control, which is beneficial to relationships. “Up to one-third of married or cohabiting adults report that sleep problems burden their relationship,” psychology professor Jim McNulty wrote in the paper. It’s time to stop the late nights and head to bed earlier.…

4 min.
jessica’s secrets

JESSICA ALBA IS NOT SHY ABOUT ADMITTING WHAT SHE DOESN’T DO. She does not: work out every day; eat a vegan, alkaline or fill-in- the-blank trendy Hollywood diet; or walk around without makeup when she’s off the red carpet. “I’m a makeup girl! Heck, yeah!” says the 35-year-old actress, mum of two daughters, and co-founder and chief creative officer of the US$1.7 billion Honest Company. “I’ve been wearing it every day since I was 12.” She can whip through her daily makeup routine in about 10 minutes (“My husband was annoyed because it took 12 minutes today. I was like: ‘Are you kidding me?’” she says), but fitting workouts in is much more of a struggle. “I’m not good at it,” Jessica acknowledges with a sigh. “I have a hard time…