1. Sweat together for motivation
Turn gym hour into social hour by signing up for group classes. “People want to feel a sense of community where experiences are shared and discussed with like-minded individuals outside the workout,” says Percy Reynolds, head of fitness at Fitness First Singapore.
For classes that will reap rewards quickly, check out the High Intensity Interval Training sessions, he suggests. “HIIT classes incorporate a variety of dynamic movements that are performed at high intensity and are paced with equal bursts of work and rest intervals. This challenges the cardiovascular, muscular and neural systems for an effective all-body workout.”
Plus, with all that moral support from your fellow gym-goers as you sweat together, you might feel more motivated to soldier on and give yourself a workout your body will thank you for.
2. Stay perky
A subtle flash of cleavage will never go out of style, but to pull off this daring sartorial statement, it is necessary to keep your body in tip-top condition. After all, crepe-like and pigmented skin on the décolletage is a dead giveaway of a woman’s age.
Dr Low Chai Ling, medical director of The Sloane Clinic, suggests Fraxel light therapy to keep the signs of ageing at bay. “This is a skin transformational therapy that has minimal downtime but addresses a multitude of age- and sun-related issues such as sun spots, age spots, poor skin elasticity and crepe-like skin,” she says. This treatment also keeps the skin around the area looking plump, smooth and flawless, so you can step out with confidence, whether you are in a summer bikini or a designer ball gown.
3. Combat cellulite painlessly
Stubborn cellulite, especially over the thighs and buttocks, is sometimes the most difficult to get rid of, even for those on regular exercise regimens. To reduce the unsightly orange-peel appearance of cellulite, Dr Georgia Lee, medical director of TLC Lifestyle Practice, suggests an unfocused ultrasound wave treatment, which has minimal downtime and is less painful compared to conventional ultrasound therapy.
“It is a gentler treatment targeting the fibrous tissue of cellulite,” she says. The redness typically subsides within hours and Dr Lee recommends repeated sessions for long-lasting results.
4. Destress effectively
Take the time to enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation, and see the results not just on your body, but also on your overall state of mind. The signature Journey of the East treatment at Pürovel Spa & Sport at Swissôtel Merchant Court will leave you looking and feeling brand new. The 150-minute treatment starts with a purifying body wrap containing clay as well as talcum and rice powders that absorb excess oil and smoothen the skin’s texture so that body contours look more defined.
After the wrap, a trained therapist administers a relaxing Lomi-Mae massage using fluid, rhythmic movements to relieve muscle tension and ease sore muscles. An express facial rounds off the session, leaving you feeling fully rejuvenated and ready to take on the world once more.