SUPERCHARGE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY BY KEEPING YOUR MIND AND BODY IN TOP FORM.
FLAB TO FAB
Brad Robinson went from 150kg to ripped MMA fighter. TheCEO and co-founder of Ritual Gym, a lauded boutique chain, gives you the skinny on slimming down.
THE EASIEST STEP: Keep a food diary. Make a note of everything you put in your mouth, drinks included. You don’t have to stop consuming your favourite things, and you don’t have to show the diary to anyone. But self-awareness of choices is the ﬁrst step. Look at this list weekly, and you will eventually want to make changes.
GET THE BALL ROLLING: Start losing weight – by making your bed. Discipline gains momentum – this will set the tone for the rest of the day. Build a habit loop. It’s science.
HIT THE STAIRS: By simply skipping the elevator or escalator, you add a small workout to your daily routine. This really adds up over the course of a year.
AND THE QUICKEST TRICK IS: Sprinting. It works every part of the body. If nothing else, put on decent shoes, and just sprint short distances. It could be 40m, 60m, 80m, your body will tell you when you’re done. Walk back, rest, and repeat, ﬁve to six times. That’s it. Ten minutes and you’re done for the day.
DON’T SABOTAGE YOURSELF: Don’t start out with huge goals or big numbers that seem impossible to reach. Don’t go cold turkey on chicken rice if it’s your foremost pleasure in life, or aim to lose 10 kilos right off the bat. That’s not how humans work. Ease yourself into these things.
PROGRESS IS RELATIVE: The bigger you are, the easier and faster it is to see immediate and large progress. Don’t compare yourself to athletes – that’s reaching for the bucket of excuses and setting yourself up for failure. Age is not an excuse, either.
CALM THOSE PRE-IPO JITTERS
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Studies on meditation have arrived at the same conclusion – it reduces stress, increases focus, and improves sleep quality. With millions of users, meditation app Headspace is well-loved for its succinct, on-demand guided meditations (choose from 10-, 15- or 20-minute sessions) addressing diverse goals from managing anxiety to boosting creativity. There are even six SOS sessions for meltdown moments. Available on iTunes and Google Play
VIRTUAL INPUT. REAL GAINS.
Gamify your exercise routine by strapping into one of the VR-enabled bikes at Pure Fitness Ngee Ann City. Powered by Virzoom technology, the cycling experience allows you to convert pedal power into flights of fancy, such as riding a horse through the wild West.
Keeping fit is not only about exercise, but also about feeding the body right.
CLEAN EATING FOR GYM RATS
Those who are particular about what they eat would appreciate catering service FitThree, which clearly states the breakdown of carbs, protein, fat and ﬁbre, along with calorie count, in each microwave-friendly meal. The service currently covers mostly ﬁtness centres, so get in the gym, clock in your workout, and leave with two to three days’ worth of nutritious meals.
Meal replacements just got an upgrade with Lembas, a vegan vanilla-ﬂavoured powder made from oats, soya, coconut, and a mix of vitamins and minerals. Containing a full day’s worth of nutrients which easily dissolves in water, it no longer gives time-starved executives a reason to skip meals. http://www.lembas.sg
Stay on top of your hydration game with the Hydracoach Intelligent Bottle, designed to electronically calculate your ﬂuid consumption. Apart from monitoring the total amount of water consumed during the day, the bottle also allows you to set hydration goals. Trackers calculate the amount of water you consume per hour, as well as the time elapsed since your last sip. The California-based company ships internationally. https://www.hydracoach.com
Think the Finns are nuts for plunging into icy waters? They are certainly onto something.
Cryotherapy, a treatment that exposes the whole body to temperatures averaging minus 150 deg C for three minutes, boosts energy levels and raises one’s metabolic rate for the next eight hours. Over the next one to two days, the increased level of hormones, enzymes and red blood cells that the body produces in response to the treatment will also decrease inflammation through the body, speeding up recovery and reducing pain. Cryo Fit, #02-02 to #02-26, China Street
STRETCH YOUR LIMITS
Leap higher and run faster with these performance-enhancing apparel.
With an eight-spring feature enabling the wearer to instantly jump higher, the Concept 1 basketball shoe by sportswear brand Athletic Propulsion Labs was famously banned from the courts by the NBA. Today, the brand continues to be known for its cutting-edge technology, pairing training shoes with fashion-forward designs. http://www.pedderonscotts.com
Nike Pants Studio offers nine sports-specific tights and pants, with improved choices in terms of materials and features. The Nike Fly Tight, for instance, emphasises a tight but unrestricted fit for dynamic spinning classes, and features large mesh panels behind the knees for ventilation. http://www.nike.com
PHOTOGRAPHY VERNON WONG
ART DIRECTION JEAN YAP