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Shape Singapore January 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.
happy new you!

It’s 2017! It’s a chance to start afresh when it comes to your hopes, goals and dreams. Many of us pen down resolutions that we want to strive towards. If you have resolutions related to fitness, beauty and wellness, this issue will come in handy. Keen to shake things up workout-wise? Check out the results of the Shape Sports Awards 2017 on pg 45, where we reveal the best gym, yoga, pilates and bootcamp classes in our little red dot. The classes were tested by a group of sports enthusiasts, including the Shape team, so rest assured that only top-notch ones have been recommended. Don’t forget to make full use of the Shape Sports Awards 2017 coupons, which get you exclusive deals at the winning fitness establishments. It’s also the perfect time to…

1 min.
team shape’s wishes for 2017…

“To spice up my 2017, I wish for more challenges in life and at work, and the strength to overcome them. As the popular saying goes: ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’” – RAY TICSAY, 35, ART DIRECTOR “I believe that small acts of goodness can have a ripple effect in the grand scheme of things, so in the words of Cinderella, I wish to always ‘have courage and be kind’. You never know just who you might touch or inspire.” – DAWN CHEN, 25, WRITER “I want to step out of my comfort zone and try out more outdoor activities such as snorkelling and camping.” – CLAIRE ANG, 19, INTERN “My wish for 2017 is to be able to devote more time to my dearest family and friends whom I love…

1 min.
shape buzz

www.facebook.com/shapesingapore www.instagram.com/shape_sg…

3 min.
the superfood every woman needs

Forget acai bowls and green smoothies – the new food that’s got the attention of health-conscious people everywhere is kefir. Originating in Russia, kefir is a cultured milk drink with a consistency between milk and yogurt. It is made by adding a live culture of yeast and bacteria to milk, and leaving it to ferment for 24 hours. BETTER THAN YOGURT Kefir tastes like a tangy yogurt, but you’d be wrong to assume that they are the same. For starters, kefir has over 35 strains of live probiotics – significantly higher than the strains available in store-bought yogurt. This means that kefir does a better job at enhancing gut health, from promoting smoother bowel movement to preventing bloating. Its benefits don’t end there. Those who want to drop kilos will like that kefir…

2 min.
proven! your mobile phone is harmful to your health!

1 It could cause depression and anxiety In a recent US study, scientists who surveyed over 300 university students found that those who said they were addicted to their phones also tended to score high on the depression and anxiety scales. Those who were most affected tended to be participants who used their phones to escape stressful or unpleasant situations. Curiously, there seemed to be no adverse effects on mood if participants intentionally used their mobiles to kill time. 2 It makes you less fit Boredom used to be a prompt to go out or do something active. These days, most people just whip out their phones to check social media, download e-mails or browse the web. A US study, where 49 subjects underwent a fitness level and body composition examination, found that…

1 min.
a new spin on success

Do something completely new every week: Try a hula hoop workout instead of your usual barre class. Ask someone you met once at a party out for a drink. Or make plans to visit a city you’re never been to before. According to Robert Leahy, director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy and author of The Worry Cure, switching up your routine regularly makes you more creative, and it also helps you prepare for the unexpected. Over time, you’ll be able to pivot mentally without becoming rattled by demands, so you can perform better under pressure.…