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Shape Singapore February 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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in this issue

2 min.
the post-holiday struggle is real

First came Christmas, then the New Year. And if you celebrate Chinese New Year, then that’s another holiday that involves feasting. The recent festivities may have affected your fitness regime and diet, and we don’t blame you. No one wants to be at a party and just munch on carrot sticks. The thing is, getting back into a regular routine takes a while, and we’re here to help. Turn to this issue’s Start It Up special (pg 45) to make the transition easier. A must-read is the Flat Abs, Carved Core, Tight Legs workout on pg 48. It’s perfect if you need to tone up flabby bits from top to toe. It entails eight ultra-effective moves. What’s great is that no equipment is required, so you can do the workout in the…

1 min.
team shape in action...

After cable skiing at the new Singapore Wake Park, writer Estelle (left) takes a picture with the instructors and Shape’s intern, Claire. Turn to pg 24 to read about her experience! Art director Ray (third clockwise from top left) makes stripes fresh and fun in this month’s fashion spread (pg 96). Here, he is working his magic with the crew at the photo shoot. Looking to update your beauty arsenal? Check out the face masks that writer Dawn tested on pg 90. You’ll have glowing skin in no time!…

1 min.
shape buzz

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2 min.
antioxidant hit

“Astavita has helped us run our family business efficiently while maintaining our exercise routines. We believe in taking care of our health to ensure we don’t become a burden to our children. Strongly recommended to anyone who wants to have a healthier lifestyle.”-KEN AND BRENDA, BUSINESS OWNERS, PARENTS OF THREE, SINGAPORE“Once I turned 25, I noticed that I got fatigued more quickly. I then started taking astaxanthin every day and have been told that my skin condition has improved.”-DANZA TAKARA, FLAMENCO DANCER, JAPAN Antioxidants help to combat the harmful effects of free-radical damage, keeping you healthy and beautiful for longer. Now, it’s time to add one more antioxidant into your regime: astaxanthin. This is a carotenoid pigment that gives certain seafood like salmon, crabs, prawns and lobsters their naturally red colour. It…

2 min.
6 ways to be healthier without really trying

1 Choose good running tunes Keep up your pace and motivation with an energetic, pumping tune. Most runners clock in about 150 strides per minute, so you want your music to match that. Try songs like Pump It by the Black Eyed Peas (153 beats per minute) or Everybody Talks by Neon Trees (155 bpm). Or look up other options on www.runhundred.com. 2 Pick up your knees while running Try a technique athletes call “high knees”, where you lift your knees as you run so that your thighs are parallel to the ground. Doing this for a few minutes at the start of your workouts reportedly improves your running stride and gives each step more energy. Your natural instinct will be to lean back to get your knees higher, but keep your posture…

1 min.
brush off stress

Paint is mightier than cortisol, according to new research in the journal Art Therapy. In the study, 75 per cent of people who spent a 45-minute session working with art materials significantly lowered their levels of the notorious stress hormone. “Having a creative outlet, whether it’s art, music, dance, crafting or writing, helps us externalise our emotions. And the act of working with our hands instils a sense of accomplishment,” study author Girija Kaimal says. So break out some watercolours or scribble in your notebook – anything that starts your creative juices flowing!…