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Shape Singapore September 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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12 Issues


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less is more

As the year draws to a close, you might feel inclined to rev up your engine to make sure you hit the goals you set earlier this year. That would mean cramming more events into your calendar, extending your to-do list… basically making sure that your waking hours are meaningfully occupied.As kiasu urbanites, we often equate being “busy” (a grossly overrated concept, in my opinion) to being great achievers. But that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, taking the time to slow down and prioritise things is a smarter way to roll.This issue’s feature on mindfulness (pg 22) particularly resonates with me. Like everyone else, I have my hectic moments where my mind buzzes in factory mode, steering me from task to task without any reflection on what I’m…

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team shape in action...

Shape’s art director Ray Ticsay does barre for the first time, with three other guys. Read about his experience on pg 56. We round up the latest and prettiest fitness watches that track your heart rate. See pg 44. More and more people are turning to the age-old pilates reformer machine to tone up. Get the lowdown on pg 52. ■…

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shape buzz

Our most colourful Shape Run Finisher Medals yet! Cheers to healthier mooncakes! These snowskin ones from Bakerzin feature lotus paste loaded with nutritious chia seeds. We’re bidding surprise zits goodbye with The Body Shop’s tea tree products. Writer Yi Wen testing out the moisture-wicking ability of Manduka’s new GRP mat at a sweaty hot yoga class held at Hom Yoga. This tasty avocado toast from The Masses comes with crabmeat and roasted pears. How unique! Garmin’s new Fenix 5s Plus is perfect for ladies with smaller wrists. Small increases will only lead to a stronger you! We loved Min Jiang’s hearty double-boiled kampung chicken soup with almond mushrooms from their recent special menu. Associate Editor Estelle checking out the new Misty Copeland collection from Under Armour’s Fall/Winter line. Who…

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squat away your stress

You probably won’t skip leg day after reading this. According to a study from the University of Milan, a parallel has been drawn between your leg muscles and the most important organ in your body – the brain. The study involved a group of mice that was restricted from using their hind legs, and a control group that was allowed to roam freely. After 28 days, researchers found that the restricted group had a 70 per cent decrease in the number of neural stem cells in their brains. Being physically inactive directly impacts your nervous system, which controls your ability to handle stress. So get off your chair and do some exercises like our favourite squats. They will benefit your buns and brain. ■…

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blow off bad energy

The newest wellness craze is all about inhaling and exhaling, as people flock to breath work classes. Fans say the rhythmic breathing exercises help them make tough decisions and kick-start big changes. “Breathing quiets the thoughts, allowing you to connect with your body and feelings,” says Sara Silverstein, a breath work teacher in Brooklyn, New York. And if a studio isn’t convenient, you can do it on your own. Here’s how to get started. Breathe in threes There are different types of breath work patterns, but the basic one is the three-part breath. To practise it, inhale sharply into your stomach and again into your chest, then exhale, all through your mouth. Repeat for seven to 35 minutes. “You want to do the same breath repetitively, so you’re…

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declutter your wardrobe

(PHOTO 123RF.COM) 1 Jumpsuits In 2017, the jumpsuit officially supplanted the cocktail dress, showing up at red carpet events, every brunch you attended, and at weddings and parties. But beware – the one-piece wonder is getting stale. In the hunt for the perfect piece, did you end up buying several that are taking up space? And do all your jumpsuits fit absolutely perfectly, or do they actually ride up your butt? How many times did you actually wear each one – if at all? Pick one or two pieces you absolutely must keep (for now), and throw out any extras. 2 Anything with fringe Festival fashion is well and good – at a festival. Ultimately, it’s a costume-y look, and fringe can only really go with heart-shaped sunglasses, crochet cropped…