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Shape Singapore March 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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in this issue

1 min.
choose happy

The benefits of joyous living are numerous. In our Think Positive Special, we share how enjoying your meal could help to improve your health and weight (pg 38). Then, if you’ve been feeling on edge for no apparent reason, it could be due to underlying tension you haven’t addressed. Discover how to identify the causes and melt the stress for a more carefree outlook (pg 42). We’ve also included a great calorie-torching workout that will firm up your bod and keep your mind off everything else (pg 48). This month, too, TV star Carla Dunareanu dishes her secrets for a shapely and strong bod (pg 22). You might also be interested to learn about an unexpected fitness trend women are getting into – lifting weights. Fans share why it’s the best thing…

2 min.
shape buzz

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2 min.
local food myths busted!

“Avoid seafood if you have a wound.” This might have some basis in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to Wong Wen Jun, a registered physician at Eu Yan Sang TCM Wellness Clinics, some seafood can hamper healing. Those described as stimulating or “fa wu”, like cured fish and shellfish, may cause inflammation, says Wen Jun. In fact, shellfish like clams, scallops and oysters are filter feeders that tend to harbour more bacteria than other seafood, adds Jaclyn Reutens, a clinical dietitian at Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants. On the other hand, protein-rich seafood is well documented in Western medicine to help prevent scars, so it’s unlikely that your surgeon will limit your seafood intake post-op. To play it safe, consider eating those approved by our experts. Wen Jun suggests fresh fish and sea cucumber…

1 min.

Mind your attitude, say researchers at the University of Florida in the US. Rude behaviour can rub off on those around you. “People tend to automatically mimic both the positive and negative facial expressions, speech inflections, and postures of those they’re speaking to,” says social psychologist Elaine Hatfield, co-author of Emotional Contagion (Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction). Don’t snap at your family and friends when you’re stressed, Elaine says. Instead, take a few minutes to go for a walk or to do some deep breathing. Come back with a smile and you’ll lift the mood of everyone in the room – yourself included.…

1 min.
best songs for sex

Music does more than just set the mood. It can also make sex feel extra amazing. Certain tunes trigger a physical rush called a skin orgasm, according to a recent review in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. When Adele or Beyonce hits a high note, it stimulates your automatic nervous system, which controls your heart rate, skin temperature, and sexual arousal. As a result, your heart races and shivers shoot down your spine. Listening to powerful tunes also causes the pleasure and reward centres of your brain to release the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine, which adds to the thrill. These sexy tracks should heat things up. Set Fire To The Rain Adele Fallin Alicia Keys I’ll Make Love To You Boyz II Men She Will Be Loved Maroon 5 Waiting For A Girl Like You Foreigner Meet Me In The Middle Jessie Ware Poison…

1 min.
more friends = better health

The number of friends you have is just as important as exercise and eating well. A recent study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the US has found that those who have many social relationships tend to be healthier. According to the study, social isolation was found to be more detrimental to health than diabetes in old age. Additionally, adolescents who felt ostracised also had an increased risk of inflammation. “It should be as important to encourage adolescents and young adults to build broad social relationships and social skills for interacting with others as it is to eat healthy and be physically active,” said Kathleen Mullan Harris, a James Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the university.…