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Your Best 2-Week Body Changing Plan

Can you change your body in two weeks? You can – yet it has more to do with your mindset than your physical self. Why? To shape up in two weeks, you need to exercise intensively every day for at least two hours. The problem for many of us is THAT daily workout. Life gets in the way. We make excuses about time, then give up and vouch to try again soon. Yet Flex co-founder Heather Thomas Shalabi says that once you change your mindset, you quickly change your body. … Continue reading

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How to Snack Smarter!

It’s 4pm and that little voice in your head is telling you to reach for a packet of crisps. Yet those extra kilos are still lingering  – and you’ve still got a dinner to go to that night. But you’re hungry. Plain old starving. So what to do? Truth is, the worst thing is to ignore the craving and/or hunger. The best thing (and let’s face it, we all know it yet continue to ignore it) is to make a healthier, lower fat, lower sodium and more nutritious choice. And … Continue reading

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Say Goodbye to Text Neck!

Tennis elbow is so yesterday. Today’s biggest complaint is ‘text neck’, a back, neck and headache issue (and an instant triple chin) thanks to our love of technology. It’s such a problem – particularly with teenagers – that a US-based chiropractor, Dr. Dean Fishman, founded The Text Neck Institute as far back as 2009. But how does looking at our phones the wrong way present itself negatively in our bodies and how do we put a stop to it? According to Dr. Fishman, text neck is “overuse syndrome involving the … Continue reading

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You Will Never Make Pasta The Same Way Again

Yes, you can have pasta! Thanks to the inventive people at The Cakery, we have been treated to a summery, fresh and delicious recipe that will keep you full and beat the bloat. The Cakery, we hear you say? Yes, The Cakery is a venture founded by Shirley Kowk, a former spokesperson for French bank BNP Paribas, a regular on TV and radio chat shows and a familiar face in print media for her trusted advice on derivative products. With the birth of her first daughter in 2012, she decided … Continue reading

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SO YOU THINK YOU HAVE MENTAL WELLNESS?

Maybe you think you have it. But do you? Mental Wellness is different from being diagnosed with a mental illness. It’s different from just being physically fit and it’s not the same as just eating right and getting enough sleep. Put simply, Mental Wellness – a buzzing buzzword in health for 2017 and no doubt beyond – is that “wellness refers to a holistic approach in which body, mind and spirit are integrated. It is a way of life oriented toward optimal health and wellbeing in which the body, mind … Continue reading

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The Truth About Cellphone Radiation?

We feel we couldn’t live without our smart phones. But some observers are still very worried about the radiation they emit, especially when it comes to our screen-savvy children (and amazingly, babies). Officially, the word is that cell phone radiation levels are just fine. In fact, currently, the US-based Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that: “the weight of scientific evidence has not linked cell phones with any health problems”. Yet many are concerned and the reality is not that clear cut. Still, a Eurobarometer (European Commission) Survey taken in … Continue reading

The Top 5 Moves To Get Summer Ready

Boost your swimsuit confidence this season with these fast-fix Pilates and Xtend Barre© moves, courtesy of Flex co-founder Anna Serafinas Luk and Pilates trainer Julianna López Casares. The best part? You can do these in your hotel room in about 15 minutes before breakfast, so no excuses these holidays: Anna (my main tip for all these exercises is to ensure the core is fully engaged and spine lengthened – no arching in the lower back).  The Pilates Hundred! This sets you up for the day, so do them first thing … Continue reading

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THE PERFECT SUMMER SALAD RECIPE

Hong Kong mother-of-two Alexandra Harris is a passionate home cook in the process of writing a book about healthy family eating. Since having children (Freddy, four and Ella one) she has become increasingly aware of the importance of what her family eats and how food impacts them physically and mentally. “As parents, we bear the responsibility of ensuring our children eat a healthy, balanced diet and my constant search for healthy recipes inspired me to begin working on a cook book specifically aimed at feeding kids and adults well,” says … Continue reading

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Here’s What Happens When a Family Gets Healthy

Meet Cindy and John Hetherington and their two girls, Teya (10) and Lila (8). The family (and pet dog, Buddy) resides at the jaw-dropping expanse of Bel Air estate in Pokfulam, their bright and breezy apartment perched on the 22nd floor with eye watering 90-degree views across the South China Sea. It’s Saturday and they’ve just eaten lunch at the Bel Air clubhouse restaurant, reached via a circular shiny white stone staircase that sweeps past replication masterpieces and intricate wall hangings. This Saturday, as with many others, Cindy has already … Continue reading

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How To Love The Yoga Poses You Hate

You’re feeling good, your body’s warmed up – and then the class moves on to a pose you find deeply challenging. But instead of gritting your teeth and clenching your jaw (yoga is not meant to be stressful!), pause and change the way you think about your least favourite pose. You might find this is the way to make peace with what holds you back from reaching your full potential with a pose. Or at least, not worry so much if you don’t. Remember, yoga is not a test. However, … Continue reading

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What Do Healthy People Do Each Morning?

The morning rituals of the mega successful have become aspirational for those seeking to find more energy and creativity in their day. But how do us mere mortals find habits that don’t involve snorkelling around our own private island at 5am, as per Richard Branson? To help find the perfect morning routine for you, we’ve asked four of Hong Kong’s healthiest people to give us an insight into what they do upon waking to ensure they stay on top of their game. The best part? You might find their morning habits … Continue reading

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The Perfect Nutrition-Packed Parfait Recipe

We all know it’s the little pleasures in life that bring a smile to our faces. So denying yourself something delicious to eat is futile. However, staying healthy is equally as important. Luckily, a very healthy Hong Kong lady, Denise Tam – founder of Food For Life and a holistic nutritionist – has created this delicious gluten, dairy and refined-sugar free (and seriously popular recipe for those undertaking Flex’s detox programs) to make your day. Cashew Cream Parfait Ingredients ALMOND BASE: 1 cup Organic Traditions Raw Almonds. 2 tbsp Organic … Continue reading

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What does a Healthy Pregnant Woman do? She Gets Moving!

Who better to ask about pre-natal wellness than a healthy pregnant woman? Victoria Tang – co-founder of creative agency Thirty30 Creative and the daughter of prominent businessman David Tang – says her pregnancy has not stopped her from enjoying an active lifestyle. We asked Victoria, now 35 weeks pregnant, to share her journey from working-out solo to bringing her bump to class. Q:        What kind of exercises/classes have you done when pregnant? A:        I’ve been on my spin bike at home, along with Xtend Barre, Pilates, HIIT (high intensity … Continue reading

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Five Easy Steps To Better Posture (no more texting neck!)

Good posture works wonders. Not only can it put an end to pain, but standing or sitting tall also helps us look longer, stronger and therefore more youthful. The problem? Many of us don’t know that little changes can go a long way to saving our necks and backs. But first, it’s a good idea to check how much slouching you do in the first place. “If you’re a sloucher,” Flex Trainer and Physiotherapist Donna Gee says, “your head will be forward and shoulders rounded. If you can’t tell by … Continue reading

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The Healthiest Oils For Cooking (and how to store them!)

Virgin? Coconut? Extra Light? Who really knows? Cooking your food with the most nutritious and safe oil should be easy. But with conflicting information out there, we don’t always know which to use and how long to keep them. Hong Kong-based Eating Behavior Specialist and a Transformational Holistic Health Coach, Tatiana Kuvardina, keeps it very simple. Here, shares her thoughts on getting the most from your oils: High Heat Cooking (roasting, for example): Choose coconut oil or ghee (ghee is butter simmered to separate the oil from the other components). … Continue reading

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