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Shape Singapore December 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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to travel is to live

I make it a point to do something active whenever I’m on holiday. If I’m in a big city like New York, I’ll check out a boutique fitness studio or two. And if I’m at a beach destination like Phuket, I’ll sign myself up for water-based activities like kayaking, diving and snorkelling. On my last long vacation in July, I spent a week in Switzerland. That gave me the opportunity to go hiking. I did a two-hour brisk walk up Harder Kulm, a local mountain in the town of Interlaken. Needless to say, the view at the top – 1,322m above sea level, to be exact – was simply breathtaking. Plus, I got to work off all the rich foods I’d been feasting on. Speaking of hiking, I love how it’s almost…

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power up

Hitting the 3pm slump? Take a few flights of stairs instead of a shot of java, new research in the journal Physiology & Behavior suggests. In the study, sleep-deprived women who walked up and down stairs for 10 minutes felt significantly more energised and motivated to work than those who had 50mg of caffeine – roughly the amount in half a cup of coffee. Researchers aren’t exactly sure why stairs are so much more potent, but study author Patrick O’Conner says, “It’s plausible that stair walking promotes the release of brain neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine and dopamine, that promote feelings of energy.” Caffeine, meanwhile, staves off the sleepies by blocking the actions of adenosine, a neurotransmitter that contributes to fatigue.…

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add meaning to your life

Volunteer work is something close to my heart. Personally speaking, I’ve found that carving out time to help others has made life more meaningful. I’ve volunteered at various places over the years, and presently teach at micro-business school Aidha. The nonprofit organisation empowers domestic helpers by providing the skills they need to start small businesses when they return home. The education they receive spans from money management skills to communication abilities. When volunteering, it is important to find a cause that you feel strongly about. Ask friends and family for ideas, or visit the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre’s website at www.nvpc.org.sg for inspiration. Volunteering your time to help others also has positive effects on your health. Here are just three ways it is good for you. IT HELPS YOU LIVE LONGER British researchers…

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queen of serene

“When I eat in a balanced way, I think less about food and more about everything else.” Despite living with a bevy of boys (twins Bowie and Cy are three, and little Zen was welcomed to the family in February), Zoe Saldana is a girl’s girl. She coos adorably when talking about her twins’ affection for th ir baby brother (“They’re perfect– gentle, considering, caring, and nurturing”), and on her Youtube show Rose Roundtable, she takes girl bonding to new heights. Sample conversation topic: “If it wasn’t for love, where would Shakespeare be?” But make no mistake. She’s got grit, and she’s not afraid to use it – especially if it’s for the good of her health, family, or community. A diagnosis of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in 2012, along with rising rates of…