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Shape Singapore May 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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1 min.
make time for things that matter

On a typical week, I work out four to five times, and my go-to exercises include running, calisthenics, HIIT, and yoga. But I don’t stick to a fixed schedule. If I’ve had a particularly tiring week, for instance, I’ll do more yoga classes than usual to calm my mind and release tension in my muscles. If my work and social calendars are packed to the brim, then I’ll turn to shorter workouts like HIIT. I find that keeping things flexible helps me stick to my fitness routine. Exercising regularly is even tougher if you have kids and other commitments, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. In celebration of Mother’s Day on May 13, we’ve profiled three fit Singapore-based women who have full-time jobs and kids. Go to pg…

1 min.
team shape in action...

In need of new workout clothes? Check out the two fashion spreads by art director Ray. The Triaction by Triumph spread on pg 68 showcases gorgeous gear, while the outfits from DKNY’s Sport collection on pg 96 are so stylish you can wear them out of the gym. You can find time to exercise even if you children. Team Shape spoke to three mums – who have one to four children each – and found out how they stay fit and healthy. Turn to pg 38. A good cleansing oil is a must-have in your beauty arsenal if you wear sunscreen and makeup regularly. Intern Claudia compiled the best ones. See pg 94.…

1 min.
shape buzz

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1 min.
just stand up

Most people pile on weight as they get older, but there’s a foolproof way to turn the tide and actually shed some kilos: Stand instead of sit for at least six hours a day. According to a study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, this simple act burns 0.15 calories more per minute than sitting, based on a 65kg person. That works out to an extra 54 calories torched a day. Keep this up daily and you can expect to lose 2.5kg in a year. Of course, these figures assume your food intake remains the same. (Obviously, you shouldn’t eat more if you don’t want to gain weight!)…

1 min.
are you guilty of phubbing?

In case you haven’t heard, phubbing is the act of snubbing someone in favour of your mobile phone – and it is becoming increasingly common. The term phubbing (pronounced far-bing) was coined in 2012 as part of a campaign by Macquarie Dictionary, and has been widely used since then, thanks to the growing smartphone usage. Remember when your friend kept looking at her phone while you were out shopping with her? Or when she couldn’t stop checking for messages over dinner? Whether or not phubbing is justified – perhaps you have an urgent message to reply to, or you’re trying to avoid an awkward conversation – it is considered rude most of the time. A recent large-scale survey by Singapore Polytechnic students found that a majority of young adults in Singapore aged 15…

2 min.
snooze no more

When it’s still dark outside and your alarm goes off, your first instinct might be to hit the snooze button. Just 10 more minutes, you tell yourself. And when it rings again, you find yourself hitting snooze, yet again. Just another 10 minutes. And before you know it, you’re locked in this vicious cycle of snoozing and feeling like death when you finally get out of bed. The truth is, all that ‘extra sleep’ isn’t doing your body any good since you’re not actually getting any quality rest. Instead, it’s seriously messing up your sleep-wake cycles and that is bad news for your health. Here’s why. YOUR HORMONES GET MIXED UP In the morning, your melatonin levels start falling naturally as a signal to your body that it’s time to wake up.…