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Shape Singapore March 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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stress less, sleep more

Hands up if you think you could do with more shuteye. Trust me, I feel you. We all know that eight is the magic number, but that doesn’t always happen due to work, personal commitments or stress. The problem with being sleep deprived is that it’s bad for you in more ways than one. Feeling irritable and having trouble concentrating are some of the immediate effects of a less-than-restful night, not to mention you’ll have dark circles under your eyes (hello, concealer!). Over time, chronic sleep deprivation may contribute to the risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes and heart failure. Basically, serious stuff. Like many things, prevention is better than cure. For one, de-stressing before bedtime helps a lot in ensuring you get the rest you need. And since World Sleep…

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your all-natural confidence booster

Nature has an amazing way of convincing you that you’re cool. According to a recent study by Viren Swami, a professor of social psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, just getting outside more often has a huge, positive impact on your body pride. One reason: Spending an afternoon in a wild landscape helps you focus on what your body can do for you, rather than what it looks like, which allows you to appreciate it more. For the biggest benefit, make a point of immersing yourself in the beautiful outdoors for a few hours at least once a week, no matter the weather, with activities like nature walks or runs, biking or kayaking. You’ll feel stronger, happier and healthier.…

2 min.
productivity boost

CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH TOUGH PROJECTS It may sound counter-intuitive, but you could impress your boss and turn in better work by picking up more challenging assignments. A recent study by the University of Illinois revealed that easy duties could make you complacent and more prone to distraction, whereas tricky tasks hone your attention since you feel additional mental effort is required. TURN OFF MOBILE NOTIFICATIONS Silencing your phone is not enough. Apparently, a ringtone, alarm, brief flicker on the screen or the discreet buzzing on vibration mode could be enough to break your attention, reports a study by Florida State University. The experts claim that these interruptions could be as distracting as actively making a phone call or even typing a message, so a better bet would possibly be to keep your handphone…

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sluggish no more

Put Away Your Phone A recent report in Plos One shared that smartphone use could reduce your quality of sleep, especially when used around bedtime. In the study, 653 participants self-reported how well they slept, while a downloaded app tabulated their mobile usage duration. It seems the longer participants spent on their phones, the shorter and poorer their snooze sessions tended to be. Perhaps it’s time to seriously consider banning mobile devices in the bedroom. Avoid Energy Drinks Research by the University of Loughborough found that those who consumed low-caffeine, high-sugar drinks actually became drowsier and less focused after an hour. Don’t Overeat You skipped the turkey sub at lunch because it contains tryptophan, which you heard can make you sleepy. Actually, this well-known amino acid is also present in other foods like fish, eggs,…

2 min.
the hidden power of facebook

Many love to debate the effects of social media, including mediums like Facebook, grappling with the good and bad effects of these technology platforms. The good usually involves making new connections with people, social awareness and information exchange, while the bad includes disengagement from the real world, anti-social behaviour, anxiety, and cyber bullying. But now science has found a game-changing benefit of Facebook – it can, in fact, extend one’s life expectancy. (We thank Mark Zuckerberg in advance!) According to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it was found that the average Facebook user is around 12 per cent less likely to die than someone who doesn’t use the social media platform. This study was based on 12 million social media profiles made available by…