As you probably know by now, ballet is an intense form of dance that’s far from child’s play.
Body Contour, WeBarre, Adidas, Rock The Naked Truth
As you probably know by now, ballet is an intense form of dance that’s far from child’s play. Now, combine that with yoga, Pilates, and strength training, and you’ve got yourself an intense workout. Try your hand at this new fitness routine at WeBarre, a boutique barre studio located on the third level of a charming shophouse in Tanjong Pagar. You will sweat buckets, but keep reminding yourself that there’s a good reason why celebs likes Madonna, Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson and Zooey Deschanel are huge fans of this workout.
Scrape It Off
As it turns out, “gua sha” (a Chinese therapy technique that involves scraping the surface of your skin), cupping and acupuncture are not just for when you have a nagging body ache. Wellness centre Body Contour has developed a new treatment called CLEANSLIM, which uses these traditional techniques to help tune your body back to its optimum health and promote weight loss.
If you have a fear of needles, don’t fret: the acupuncture is done with a frequency wave, and it’s possible to adjust the strength of it to your tolerance level. Likewise, the “gua sha” uses modern equipment that is gentle and leaves no unsightly patches behind. And while the silicone cups for Chinese cupping can still cause slight bruising, they are much less visible than usual.
Body image issues are never easy to deal with. And more often than not, our harshest critics are ourselves. If you need more body positivity in your life, check out Rock The Naked Truth, a body image movement started by sports journalist Cheryl Tay. Read about others who have overcome their struggles, or even share the story of how you learnt to love your body. There are also scheduled events like fitness workshops, yoga sessions, and regular runs. If you feel like you need a support network for your journey towards a healthier level of self-esteem, this is a great place to start.
Adidas PureBOOST X
Running has never been my workout of choice, but this pretty pair was just begging to be taken out. Adidas PureBOOST X is touted as a shoe designed specially to fit the contours of women’s feet, and boy, did it deliver. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the shoe fits; it was snug, yet unrestrictive. I could comfortably flex my feet in them, which makes it easier to maintain a natural running motion.
The fashion-conscious crowd will be pleased to know that this is a running shoe that doesn’t compromise style for comfort. My feet looked smaller due to the sleek, form-fitting design, but I still got sufficient support from the floating arch and adaptive stretch mesh. For the record, I completed my run without slowing down to a walk. I’d consider that a win.” Sophie Hong, Features Writer
Adidas PureBOOST X retails for $169 at Adidas stores and http://shop.adidas.com.sg.