Less is more

Shape (Singapore) - - From The Editor’s Desk - LOVE, Este e

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 do­ing. Be­fore I know it, the day has passed and I’m reel­ing from the adren­a­line, won­der­ing what more I can do and should have done. Be­ing mind­ful, which is to con­sciously fo­cus on the present, goes a long way to ground my­self, re­mind­ing me what truly mat­ters.

If you’re look­ing for more ways to stream­line your life, turn to pg 13 for pro tips to de­clut­ter your wardrobe (all those im­pulse buys pile up so quickly!), and pg 38 to find out just how many HIIT work­outs you need to do a week to ex­pe­ri­ence those body ben­e­fits. Psst, it’s not an in­sane fig­ure.

Speak­ing of work­outs, HIIT isn’t the only way to firm up fast. We got four male col­leagues to try out barre (pg 56), and they emerged with a com­mon rev­e­la­tion – the moves may be small, but the ef­fects are huge. If you haven’t had a taste of this bal­let-in­spired ex­er­cise yet, it’s time to give it a shot. En­joy read­ing!

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