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Shape Singapore May 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.
try something new!

Bounce your way to good health with ultra-fun trampolining workouts (pg 59), or learn how to pull off the Athleisure aesthetic that makes sportswear chic and even appropriate outside the gym. All this and more in our #nowtrending special, which covers everything that’s climbing the charts. In this issue, too, actress Jaimie Alexander spills about getting in shape (pg 28), and we share easy eating tips that could shave 88 calories off a meal (pg 44). Add these fresh ideas to your routine to shake things up and make keeping fit more fun than ever. Shape recommends DEEPER, SWEETER PASTELS A modern way to wear those pale, powdery shades. pg 72 MEALS YOU’LL MAKE AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN! Six nutritious recipes that belong in your repertoire. pg 100 THE HOT NEW YOGA A martial arts and yoga…

1 min.
shape buzz

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3 min.
what exercises are safe to do during pregnancy?

One of the biggest controversies about pregnancy? To work out or not to work out. Some say it’s best to avoid exercising altogether, while others say exercise is essential for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. During my recent pregnancy, I had a taste of this conundrum when well-meaning relatives warned me against exercising – “Rest as much as you can!” – for fear that increased physical activity would cause harm to my foetus. On the other hand, my doctor was nonchalant: “So long as you feel well, you can continue doing yoga and swimming, but try not to run.” Given that I had no pre-existing health issues or pregnancy complications, I carried on with my weekly workouts of yoga, swimming and jogging. I was determined to stay fit for my sake and…

1 min.
a funny way to boost chemistry

Sharing a laugh on a first date can make a second one more likely, so say researchers at the University of Kansas in the US. In their study, they placed 51 pairs of strangers in a blind-date scenario, and found that those who cracked up together were more apt to fall for each other. “Lots of mammals bond through play,” explains Jeffrey Hall, the study’s lead author. Exchanging witty banter or watching a comedy is a grown-up form of playing, he says, and it will help bring you closer to Mr Maybe Right.…

1 min.
“i get it.”

Use this phrase to diffuse a fight. Showing your other half that you understand his or her side of the story can help you kiss and make up more quickly, recent findings in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology show. The study found that people who knew their partners respected their feelings and point of view during spats were better able to resolve disputes and had happier unions overall than couples who thought otherwise. Next time things get heated, try lines like “I hear you”, “I understand” and “So what you’re saying is…” to remind your honey how invested you are in the relationship. ¶ SARA ANGLE MAIN PHOTO JOHN SMITH/CORBIS PLATE KAREN ZUKOWSKI/SUPERSTOCK/CORBIS…

2 min.
straighten those clothes!

“I love ironing clothes,” said no one ever. According to local online cleaning platform Helpling, it ranks as one of the most dreaded household chores, falling somewhere between cleaning the toilet and doing the dishes. But what if there was an easier way to straighten out all those creases and wrinkles? Try these innovative – and surprisingly easy – ways to iron your clothes instead. 1 Shower power Place the crumpled garment on a hanger and leave it in your bathroom while you take a warm shower. In under 10 minutes, the steam will help straighten out unsightly wrinkles and creases. 2 Super spin Spray some water on creased clothes, put them in the dryer to tumble for a couple of minutes, and voila! They’re now straightened and ready to wear. Just remember to…