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Shape Singapore July 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.
exercise? i thought you said extra fries!

I’ll be the first to admit that I have my “off days”. These are days when working out feels like an absolute chore, and I find myself coming up with excuses to swop exercise for, well, just about anything else! One thing that motivates me to stick to my fitness regimen is checking out the Instagram accounts of my favourite influencers. These include celebrity yoga teacher Kino MacGregor (@kinoyoga) and Hong Kong-based yoga enthusiast Lindsay Jang (@lindsayjang). More than just good lookers, Kino shares heartfelt quotes on life as well as advice on doing yoga poses correctly, while Lindsay’s Instagram posts are relatable as she also opens up about her life as a mother-of-two and entrepreneur. Because we all need a nudge to exercise sometimes, we’ve got not one but two…

1 min.
shape buzz

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2 min.
5 tips for better sleep

1 USE A ROOM SPRAY Scents have the power to affect our mood, so using a room spray containing essential oils before bedtime can help you feel more relaxed. That, in turn, can help you fall asleep more easily. Lavender is one essential oil to consider. It fights headaches and is known to be an anti-depressant. Other suitable essential oils include bergamot, which aids in balancing emotions, and lemongrass, which is perfect for relieving stress and anxiety. 2 FIND THE RIGHT PILLOW Osteopaths say a correctly fitting pillow can assist with a more restful sleep. One that’s too high, or too flat, can cause you to hold your neck in a position where your head is bent to one side, resulting in a sore neck, back pain and headaches. Ideally, a…

1 min.
happy couples’ bliss trick

Workaholics, listen up! Some of the most content duos are those who are super-busy and rack up insane hours, according to a survey of 285 couples in the journal Human Relations. In fact, researchers say, crazed couples may be better off, because they really know how to maximise their limited together time. One way to get more out of date night: “Instead of making reservations, cook a nice dinner at home,” suggests US-based relationship expert Wendy Walsh. “Working on something together reminds you of the value of your relationship, which helps strengthen your bond.” BLUFF LOVE It looks like honesty isn’t always the best policy, according to a study at Aalto University in Finland. Scientists there developed a computer model that showed strategic white lies are key to forming new relationships and…

1 min.
16 seconds

Meditating for this amount of time each day is all it takes to change your brain in ways that make you happier, more present and less frazzled. Go ahead and give it a try: Take a deep breath for four counts and hold it for four, then slowly exhale for four and pause for a final four. SOURCE DAVIDJI, MEDITATION EXPERT FOR GROKKER.COM Adventure of a lifetime Step out of your comfort zone and embark on a fitness and wellness escapade with luxury lifestyle company Chosen. Each Chosen experience lasts for a week, and is designed to challenge individuals to reach their full potential. Expect itineraries packed with daily workouts, adrenalin-pumping activities, enriching mindfulness and culinary workshops, and yummy, dietitian-designed organic meals. The programme currently runs in four breathtaking locations – Bali, New…

4 min.
the new rules of motivation

To tap the true power of motivation, you need to ditch the strategies you’ve used in the past. “Many of the things people think will help them achieve a goal can backfire and make them less driven,” says David Gard, a professor of psychology at San Francisco State University, who has spent years researching what spurs us on. Fortunately, David and other experts have discovered what does work. The six surprising tactics that follow may seem counter-intuitive, but they’re scientifically proven to get you across the finish line. Lose Plan B Having a contingency plan can set you up for failure because it prevents you from fully committing to your goal, researchers from the University of Zurich reported. Here’s how: Say you really want to attend your gym’s Monday, Wednesday and Friday…