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Shape Singapore March 2018

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.
the body achieves what the mind believes

I work out four to five times a week, doing a range of exercises, including running and yoga. Sweating it out almost daily helps me sleep better, boosts my energy levels, and generally just makes me feel good (hello, endorphins!). But I’ve not always had a regular fitness routine. In the past, I didn’t make an effort to work out if I was having a particularly busy period at work. I’d blame it on being too tired and would often choose a relaxing dinner with friends over exercising. Back then, there’d be some weeks when I’d clock in three sessions at the gym, followed by weeks of barely one workout per week. In recent years, after making some adjustments to my lifestyle, I finally got a regular fitness routine down pat. I…

1 min.
team shape in action...

Pursuing a fitness passion might seem impossible with a full-time job and other commitments. These career-minded Singaporean women show you how you can make it happen. See pg 37. Want to shake up your workout routine? Read associate editor Estelle’s review of a class at the recently opened rhythm cycling studio Absolute Cycle Singapore on pg 64. Wearing foundation in Singapore’s heat and humidity can be a pain. Thankfully, we’ve found formulations that won’t melt off even if you perspire. Turn to pg 84.…

1 min.
shape buzz

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1 min.
let fear fire you up

Here’s a bit of reverse psychology to help you tackle scary endeavours: Instead of trying to shut down your fear, let that heightened energy fuel you the way athletes, like former American extreme skier Kristen Ulmer, do. When you feel anxiety hit, recognise that tension as your body’s way of expressing excitement rather than angst, Kristen suggests in her new book, The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What to Do Instead. “That discomfort is here to help you come alive rather than being the thing that holds you back,” she says. The technique can work for just about anything – whether it’s a daunting physical feat or a mental one. Practise it, and the method will soon become habit.…

4 min.
stay inspired!

WWW.HERWORLD.COM Singaporeans are known for being emotionless workers weighed down by stress. Even though it seems true and it is probably impossible to be happy all day every day, you can still keep your drive burning by focusing on ways to stay motivated at work. It all boils down to the little things, like how your desk looks or how well you slept the night before. These simple tips will guarantee an amazing work week. GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP Sleep is essential to a productive day ahead with as few hiccups as possible. Introducing a before-bedtime routine that helps you unwind works wonders in ensuring a restful night ahead. Try sitting by your dresser and going through your night-time skincare routine while listening to calming sounds or music. Or if reading is…

6 min.
pure confidence

One perfect cupcake. That was the reward Emma Roberts gave herself before her Shapecover shoot. “I was working out every day and eating really clean to get ready,” the 26-year-old says. “Then, a couple of days before the shoot, I started craving a cupcake from Sprinkles. So I went there by myself and sat down, read my book and ate my cupcake. It was great. Later, everyone asked me, ‘Why didn’t you wait until after the shoot to eat it?’ Well, because I wanted a cupcake that day.” Going for what she wants is classic Emma. “With my diet, I do what feels good for me at the time,” she says. “I try not to say that I won’t eat something. Instead, I stay in tune with my body and my…