Body Heat

The best ac­ces­sory for the lat­est body-con swimwear? Con­fi­dence.

Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - Pho­tographed by Camilla Akrans. Styled by Pa­trick Mackie

Eat well. Meditate. Ex­er­cise. Get a good night’s sleep. We know what we’re sup­posed to do in the name of phys­i­cal and men­tal health, but do­ing it on a con­sis­tent ba­sis in the midst of a busy life is an­other story. But now, thanks to a newly holis­tic ap­proach from ex­er­cise and nu­tri­tion pro­fes­sion­als, women are com­mit­ting and con­nect­ing to their rou­tines in a whole new way. “When you’re strength-train­ing and mov­ing well, your body com­po­si­tion changes,” says Ja­son Walsh, a Los An­ge­les–based celebrity trainer who works with Ali­son Brie for the Net­flix se­ries GLOW. He stresses that the goal for her is not just to be phys­i­cally com­pe­tent for her role as a pro wrestler (though “pound for pound, she’s one of the strong­est girls in the gym”) but con­fi­dent. “Strength doesn’t al­ways mean bulk and mus­cle and heavy weights,” Walsh says.

His train­ing phi­los­o­phy—which fo­cuses as much on men­tal clar­ity and over­all well-be­ing as it does on phys­i­cal tough­ness and for­ti­tude—is now be­ing echoed across the world in a slew of in-de­mand work­outs. Taryn Toomey’s cult workout The Class, favoured by fash­ion folk in Amer­ica, holds an in­ten­sive 10-day sea­sonal cleanse called The Layer, which com­bines her stress-reliev­ing, moun­tain-climber–heavy classes with an anti-in­flam­ma­tory ayurvedic diet and mind­ful­ness train­ing. Fit­ness stars like AKT’s Anna Kaiser and Tracy An­der­son also of­fer healthy-life­style re­treats to com­ple­ment their gym work­outs, and SoulCy­cle’s new off­shoot, SoulAn­nex, em­pha­sises yoga and med­i­ta­tion as well as car­dio.

Th­ese days, fit­ness pros aren’t the only ex­perts ad­vo­cat­ing hy­per-spe­cialised ex­er­cise rou­tines. Nu­tri­tion­ist Brooke Alpert wrote The Diet Detox to help women get off the yo-yo-diet train for good, but her sug­gested plan also in­cludes 10 work­outs de­signed by the pros at New York stu­dio Fhit­ting Room, which fo­cuses on HIIT, or high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing. “There is a tremen­dous amount of re­search show­ing that HIIT work­outs are help­ful in con­trol­ling blood sugar,” says Alpert, who re­lied on the ex­er­cise reg­i­men af­ter the birth of her sec­ond daugh­ter. “I was ob­sessed with los­ing the weight, but be­cause the work­outs are so fo­cused on strength, reps and goals, my mind shifted and I started to fo­cus more on what my body could do.The bet­ter I got at achiev­ing the goals set by the train­ers, the bet­ter I felt, and even­tu­ally the scale started to agree as well.” The new book How to

Be Well: The 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life, by Frank Lip­man, M.D., stresses the im­por­tance of build­ing strength as well. “Think of [it] as phys­i­cal in­tegrity: The abil­ity to han­dle ev­ery­thing life throws at you,” Lip­man writes. For those who aren’t ready to com­mit to a strength­en­ing rou­tine, he sug­gests a “lazy, loaded walk”: A daily 45- to 60-minute walk while wear­ing a weighted, close-fit­ting vest (you can find them on Ama­zon). “It cues the en­tire trunk to ‘fire up’ and hold you up straight,” which can help im­prove your pos­ture over time.

This sum­mer, Six Senses Ka­plankaya re­sort in Bo­drum, Turkey, will of­fer an even more im­mer­sive well­ness ex­pe­ri­ence.The new three- and five-day Anti-Age­ing pro­grammes, de­vel­oped with the Cal­i­for­nia-based neu­ro­sci­en­tist Clau­dia Aguirre, are meant to hit the re­set but­ton on clients’ daily habits, from diet to sleep to ex­er­cise and skin care. “Age­ing is not pre­ventable, but we can live longer and health­ier lives,” Aguirre says, adding that while so­ci­etal con­cepts of beauty change over time, our brains have an in­nate re­sponse to beauty that goes back thou­sands of years. She wants to help peo­ple re­de­fine beauty for them­selves, which can mean ev­ery­thing from shift­ing thoughts on body im­age to learn­ing how to eat more health­fully over a long pe­riod of time. In or­der to “im­prove their sense of beauty from within,” each per­son is put on a spe­cialised pro­gramme tar­geted to his or her needs. They all be­gin with a “mind cleanse,” which is de­signed to break up neg­a­tive thought pat­terns; a skin cleanse, with man­ual cleans­ing fol­lowed by a gal­vanic-cur­rent fa­cial; a food cleanse, which may con­sist of a one-day semiliq­uid diet of detox teas, bone broths, or smooth­ies; and a fit­ness cleanse, in the form of a hike to re­con­nect with na­ture. Aguirre, like most of the ex­perts we con­sulted, be­lieves that even small life­style changes, like tak­ing a walk in a park once a day, can make a big dif­fer­ence in our long-term well­ness. As Lip­man writes, “Just ask your­self, upon wak­ing, ‘How can I move more to­day?’” ■

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