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Shape Singapore July 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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2 min.
strong is the new beautiful

I’ve had a weak upper body for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up, I remember being amazed at my schoolmates who could swing effortlessly on the monkey bars at the playground. I was not one of them. It didn’t bother me then. Honestly, I wasn’t really a sporty kid. But as I got older and started to develop a love of fitness, I became more aware of how a strong back, arms and shoulders could be beneficial. When I picked up yoga, basic inversions like the headstand were easy for me. However, I couldn’t master more advanced poses like forearm balance. I’ve finally made a commitment to work on my upper body by going for calisthenics classes regularly. When I go for a run, I make it…

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flip your happy switch

Even if you’re the dark and stormy type, you can learn to be more sunny, says new science. What it takes is imagining yourself many years from now, after everything has gone as well as it possibly could and you’ve accomplished all your life goals. “Optimism is a way of thinking about the future, and we can change our thinking,” says John Malouff. After analysing 29 different studies in which participants went through optimism training, John and his colleagues found this visualisation exercise produced a significantly greater perk-up than any other. “Picturing ourselves happy focuses our thinking on positive outcomes, and leads us to plan how to achieve them,” he says. Things are looking up already, right?…

2 min.
unlock more energy

There’s a secret source of power within you: Tap it and you’ll feel stronger, go farther, even live longer. That wonder fuel is called nitric oxide, and though your body makes it naturally, chances are you need more. Here’s how to stay fired up. Nope, it’s not the stuff you inhale at the dentist’s offi ce (that’s nitrous oxide). Nitric oxide (NO) is produced in your body, and it has far-reaching perks. Your immune cells release it to kill infectious bacteria. It also keeps your mitochondria, which supply you with energy, running smoothly and dilates your blood vessels, reducing blood pressure and improving circulation. But NO’s biggest benefits are reserved for your muscles. “Several recent studies have revealed that the gas makes your muscles more efficient, and as a result, they require less oxygen to…

2 min.
everyday habits that could be secretly ageing you

It is safe to say that delaying the age of time on our body and skin is probably one of the most important life goals that every woman has in mind. While ruling out the obvious contributing factors like excessive alcohol abuse and smoking, here are six seemingly harmless habits that could be speeding up the ageing process. Checking your social media feeds incessantly There’s nothing wrong with scrolling through your Facebook and Instagram accounts via your phone. But when you do so, you normally look down, thus resulting in a condition referred to as “tech neck”. From here on out, it could lead to dropping jowls, saggy skin and creases around your neck. Make a conscious effort to keep your phone slightly closer to your eye level, or perhaps give yourself…

6 min.
up close with cassey

It started as a one-woman show in 2009. Then, Cassey Ho (@blogilates) was just a passionate certified pilates instructor who shot and edited videos of her routines for her students to follow on Youtube. Now, the Blogilates team has grown to become 12-people strong and Cassey reaches an audience of over 6.5 million subscribers and followers across various social media channels. Her Pop Pilates workouts alone are taught in over 3,000 classes worldwide each month. Los Angeles-based Cassey was in Singapore recently as part of the inaugural Fitnessfest 2017. Despite the sweltering heat, the crowd turned up in full force to get a first-hand taste of her workouts. With a following as impressive as hers, you’d think it’d be easy for her to get swept up in the fame and popularity of social…