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Fitness 101: How to live healthily in Singapore

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Eating healthily in Singapore can be downright challenging! Delicious hawker food tempts at every corner and every week there’s a decadent new specialty store offering sugar-laden, waist-obliterating goodies. However hell-bent you are on sticking to your healthy diet regimen, it can be tricky to locate organic food, let alone those essential gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free items. By no means a definitive list, this table may help you track them down.

CompanyLocationWebsite/ Email
Best Organic FoodTampinesbestorganicfood.sg

Bollywood Veggies

Kranji – “out in the sticks”bollywoodveggies.com
Bunalun

near Holland Village

bunalun.com.sg
Brown Rice ParadiseTanglin Mall & Siglap Shopping Centremybrp.com.sg
CountryFarm OrganicsAng Mo Kiocountryfarm-sg.com
Eat OrganicBukit Timaheat-organic.com.sg
FavePaya Lebarfave.com.sg
Fire Flies Health Farm

near Choa Chu Kang

fireflies.sg
Four Seasons Market

Great World City, Marina Bay Link Mall & Parkway Parade

fourseasonsorganic.sg
Green Circle Eco Farmnear Choa Chu Kanggreencircle.com.sg
Nature’s GloryTiong Bahrunatures-glory.com
Organic Food SellerNear Upper Thomson & Sin Ming Aveorganicfoodseller.com
Organic Himalaya

cynthiahoefer@mac.com

6468 3127

Sunny ChoiceUpper Bukit Timahsunnychoice.com.sg
SuperNatureCnr Orchard Blvd & Tomlinson Roadsupernature.com.sg
Taste OriginalHarbourFront Centretasteoriginal.com.sg

Puttin’ on the Skids

 

Tired of staring at a plain blue or purple exercise mat? Try the Yogitoes Skidless version. Made from 50-percent recycled polyester (approximately eight recycled bottles), these lead-free mats provide a super-absorbent and hygienic layer that guards against slipping. Choose from six block colours, three jewel-inspired designs or the more exotic Prism and EL’s fave, the Peacock – sure to have you strutting your stuff at your next class. Available through Kate’s Closet at Kate Porter Yoga or online, www.kateporteryoga.com.

Castaway Cure- all

 

The humble coconut has many uses other than being a receptacle for tropical drinks or decorating your lamingtons. Rich in electrolytes like sodium potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphate, fresh coconut juice is the closest substance to intercellular fluid and was even used as an intravenous fluid replacement in WWII and the Vietnam War. And, like olive oil, virgin coconut oil has been embraced by nutrition gurus as a “super food”. You can buy fresh coconuts and coconut products at most supermarkets across the island. Time for a pina colada?

FF @ MBFC 

 

Fitness First’s spanking new gym at Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) has all the top-end equipment you’d expect, and is the only one in Singapore offering classes in ViPR, BOSU and TRX. If that sounded like a foreign language, it’s definitely time to hit the gym again! Spinners will love the view from the open-concept cycling studio, with 30-minute lunch and evening express sessions. CBDers are spoilt for choice, with six Fitness First clubs in the area. #16, Tower 3 MBFC. fitnessfirst.com.sg

Core-dial Beginnings

 

Pilates has long been regarded as the best workout to shape and tone your abdominals. During September, you can choose between two specially priced class options at PowerMoves: $220 for five Pilates mat classes or $300 for five Pilates reformer classes. Locations at Bishan Park, Rochester Park and Dempsey Hill. Call 6472 2221 or visit www.powermoves.com.sg.

And 5…6…7…8!

 

Keeping fit is meant to be fun, goes Rhythmic Fitness’s mantra. Classic and contemporary dance styles are available for tots, teens, mums, dads or worker bees with a penchant for ballet, belly dance, Bollywood or burlesque. Retro Groove is the most popular class, danced to a soundtrack of iconic numbers from the 70s and 80s. Demand’s so great, there’s a waiting list! New classes like tap and popping for beginners, CSTD syllabus ballet for tots and kids, Bollywood fitness and hip hop give you even more options to choose from. Flexible membership means even those with the busiest of schedules can join. Sign up with a friend during September and you’ll receive a $25 voucher. Book classes online at www.rhythmicfitness-studio.com or visit 35 Rochester Drive, #03-10 Rochester Mall.

Open House at Hom

 

Hom Yoga launches its flagship studio at Orchard Central in mid-September. It’s the first in Singapore to use state-of-the-art Far Infrared Technology (FIR) – a sun-like heat that penetrates deep into the body, activating organ function and firing up cellular metabolism. Combined with hot yoga, FIR heat eliminates fats, chemicals and other toxins from the blood. It also stimulates enzyme activity and metabolism, rebuilds torn muscle tissue from old injuries and strengthens the immune and cardiovascular systems. Green in philosophy, Hom Yoga uses energy-efficient lighting, organic timber floors, low-energy-consumption heating and non-toxic, ecologically friendly cleaning products. Over 60 classes will be offered each week. Head to the open house day on 16 September and receive free yoga classes, weekly passes and a 20-percent membership discount. Call 6438 0103 or email info@homyoga.sg to reserve your mat. homyoga.sg

Couch Potato

 

Don’t miss these health and fitness-related programmes.

Martial Arts: Join martial artist Josette on her travels in Deadly Arts to learn more about the art, etiquette and spirituality of aikido, karate, muay thai and savate. Premieres 9pm, 4 September (National Geographic – StarHub, Channel 411)

Yoga: Deepak Chopra and Tara Stiles host Yoga Transformation. Premieres 7am, 2 September  (Life Inspired – mio, Channel 22)

Weight Management: The FIRM: Turbocharge Weight Loss and The FIRM: Calorie Explosion premiere at 7am on 16 and 23 September (Life Inspired – mio Channel 22).

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