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Shape Singapore November 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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in this issue

1 min.
health is wealth

I have a confession to make. I’ve had a serious sweet tooth for as long as I can remember, and I love all types of desserts. Chocolates, cakes, ice cream… you name it. In recent years, I’ve made an effort to regulate my sugar intake, mainly for health reasons. Too much of it takes a toll on the liver, raises inflammation levels in the body, and increases the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Speaking of diabetes, there’s been more buzz on it lately, especially since the National Day Rally. Over 400,000 Singaporeans are living with the disease, based on statistics from the Ministry of Health, and this number will increase. In short, diabetes is a problem here. Like many things, prevention is better than cure. Turn to this issue’s diabetes special…

1 min.
shape buzz

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1 min.
mind over matter

Become more mindful and you’ll be more likely to pick up healthy habits. In a University of Pennsylvania study, people who scored higher on a scale of mindfulness were better about adopting fitness advice than those less attuned to the moment. How to get more in touch? “Easy. Anything you’re doing, do with awareness,” says Khajak Keledjian, the founder of Inscape meditation studio in New York City. That means put your cell away on vacay and really soak up the beach experience. When you eat, make sure to sit down and shut out distractions like TV and tech devices. Devote your full attention to the person you’re talking to instead of letting your mind wander. Make a deliberate effort, and soon it will happen naturally.…

2 min.
rev up your productivity

Feeling unproductive wastes an entire day and you leave the office with the same amount of work you had when you arrived this morning. Unproductivity often leads to guilt that causes you to dwell on this moody feeling, which leaves even more work undone! In order to maximise every minute, try one of the following when you’re stuck in a long period of unproductiveness. TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR CALENDAR Scanning through your to-do list often gets you worrying about deadlines and when to start on the individual tasks. Place this list next to your calendar, so when you actually see how much work you have to complete within a few days, it’ll get your mind and heart motivated to complete your jobs instead of pushing the deadline. TAKE A LONG WALK…

2 min.
fight right

Look ahead Imagine how you’d describe that fight in a year from now. In all likelihood, you won’t even remember what you were arguing about. People who tried this trick were able to let go of their grudges and forgive their partners faster, according to a study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. Seeing your disagreement from a distance gives you a new perspective on it, allowing you to focus less on who said what and more on resolving the issue, the researchers explain. Say these three words: “I feel you.” Couples who believed their partners really “got” their side of a conflict were more likely to walk away happy about their relationship than those who felt misunderstood, research from the University of California, Berkeley found. Try repeating your…

5 min.
when sporty meets sexy

Kate Upton prides herself on being a badass. The 25-year-old model and actress can push a sled with 225kg weights across the floor, no problem, and does hip thrusts with a 90kg bar across her lap. “Here I am bragging,” she says with a laugh as she describes her fitness feats. “But it’s exciting, challenging, and empowering to see what I can do.” Kate is killing it outside the gym, too. She’s engaged to Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander – “We haven’t set a wedding date yet. We’re just enjoying the engagement.” – and in addition to her hugely successful modelling career, she’s taking on more acting roles. In her new movie, The Layover, Kate stars as a woman competing with her best friend for the same guy after their plane…