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Shape Singapore September 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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2 min.
age is but a number

To celebrate my 35th birthday this year, I threw a party themed “Over The Hill”. The dress code was granny/grandpa chic (think fashion icon Iris Apfel). This was done in the name of fun, of course. I’m not past my prime. Far from it. Age doesn’t define who we are, unless we want it to. We are capable of achieving anything we set our mind to, regardless of how old we are. This mindset certainly rings true for our cover personality, Jaime Teo. Pushing 40, she only started exercising two years ago, after recovering from an eating disorder in her early 30s. She’s happier now, and definitely didn’t let her age deter her from embracing a healthier lifestyle – and scoring those amazing abs! (Read our interview with Jaime on pg…

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2 min.
9 upgrades for healthier meals

1 Sneak Grains in Your Salad Quinoa, millet, cous cous and brown rice are great additions to your salad. They’re tiny yet filling, and soak up flavour and liquids really well, so you don’t end up with soggy greens. 2 Make Better Mash and Fries Instead of using regular potatoes, you can make fries or mash with plenty of other healthier root veggies. Try antioxidant-packed purple or orange sweet potato; low-calorie, mineral-rich celeriac; or vitamin-filled parnips. 3 Make a Breakfast Popsicle Fill half a bowl with yogurt, add oats and chopped fruit, and mix. Spoon everything into popsicle moulds and freeze overnight. You’ll have a delicious snack that’s way better than regular ice cream. 4 Power-pack Your Smoothie Up your veggie and nut intake by adding them to your smoothie. Cashews and almonds have a light flavour…

1 min.
art therapy

Keep calm and make art – even if you’re bad at it – to relax and de-stress. This is the finding of a new Drexel University study. In the experiment, 39 participants did craftwork for 45 minutes, and had their cortisol levels taken before and after the activity. They could choose from a range of materials – including markers, paper and modelling clay – and were free to create any work they wished. Researchers found that 75 per cent of participants had lowered stress levels afterwards, even if they had very little experience in handiwork. Go on and unleash your inner Vincent van Gogh!…

1 min.
go green

Attention, single shoppers: Toting a reusable grocery bag could get you a date, according to new research from Loyola University Maryland. Study participants judged strangers who spent their cash on eco-kind goods as warmer and smarter, and felt that they would make a better match than those who filled their carts with luxury items. “When you choose an earth-friendly option, you’re showing that you’re willing to sacrifice convenience for the benefit of others, which most people believe is a positive partner trait,” explains Theresa DiDonato, the study’s author. Put a lid on it Why is it that some days the littlest thing can cause a fight? Sleep, or lack of it. A single night of poor Z’s can make your brain lose its ability to tell what’s important and what’s not, Tel…

6 min.
the new way to motivate

Motivation, that mysterious force that’s crucial for achieving your goals, can be frustratingly elusive just when you need it most. You try as hard as you can to summon it, and… nothing. But researchers have finally cracked motivation’s code and identified the tools that will help you unleash it. Motivation is regulated by a part of the brain known as the nucleus accumbens, according to the latest studies. This small region, and the neurotransmitters that filter in and out of it, strongly influence whether or not you do things like go to the gym, eat healthfully or lose weight, experts say. A key neurotransmitter in this process is dopamine. When it’s released in the nucleus accumbens, it triggers motivation so that you’re primed to do whatever it takes to achieve an objective,…