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Health & Fitness

Health January/February 2020

Enjoy living the healthy life with solutions and advice from the experts at HEALTH magazine! Each issue is packed with smart and fun new ways to stay in terrific shape, look amazing and discover tasty (and healthy!) things to eat. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
from the editor: you got this!

At the start of a new year, it’s our natural instinct to reflect and reset—and these pages are filled with ideas to help you do just that. One of my favorite parts of putting together this issue: learning the personal mantras of several of my colleagues (find them on pages 78 to 82). They share the phrases that keep them going when they’re working out, feeling down, taking on a challenge, or just facing the day. I love their mantras. How we speak to ourselves is so important, and there is power in positivity. If you’re not a glass-is-half-full kind of person, it’s worth knowing that shifting your mind-set is both possible and beneficial. Positive thinking can improve your mood, health, productivity, and more. A few ways to work on it:…

9 min.
the share

WHAT’S YOUR SIGN? Whether or not you believe that your destiny is written in the stars, there’s no denying that reading your horoscope or someone else’s can be fun and even eerily accurate. Here are stellar finds that embrace the 12 signs of the zodiac. HEALTH BOOK CLUB NEW YEAR, NEW RECIPES Tap into the power of food to meet your wellness goals. These cookbooks will get you into the kitchen and into better health. TO BOOST LONGEVITY: THE BLUE ZONES KITCHEN About 15 years ago, journalist Dan Buettner identified the regions of the world—the Blue Zones—where people live the longest, including Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; and Ikaria, Greece. Now he’s gathered delicious, doable recipes from home cooks in these spots. The food practically radiates healthfulness, without feeling at all abstemious. TO ENHANCE BRAIN HEALTH: SMART…

8 min.
crush your beauty goals

GOAL 1 Score Your Healthiest Smile Ever Arguably the best investment of all, taking care of your gums and teeth can ward off lots of health issues. Plus, nothing is sexier than a bright smile. GAME PLAN: Floss, already. Dentists say flossing is even more important than brushing, so find a system that works for you. (1) Quip Refillable Floss ($20 for a reusable dispenser and a 3-month supply, $5 for refills; getquip.com) helps non-flossers get on board. The sleek-looking dispenser (choose from silver, slate, copper, or gold) comes preloaded with mint-flavored floss, which is marked in 18-inch increments so you know how much to use. Brighten up. While nothing compares to an in-office whitening treatment, there are ways to remove stains at home. Brush with a pinch of tooth powder like (2) Uncle Harry’s…

2 min.
my favorite bargain beauty buys

As a beauty director, I have the pleasure of reviewing dozens of new products each month. Which means that over the course of my 14-year career, I’ve tested thousands, from serums that cost hundreds of dollars to creams that ring up for just a few bucks. The biggest lesson I’ve learned: not to judge a formula by its price tag. In fact, some of my daily go-tos are affordable finds right from the drugstore aisles. Check them out! BEAUTY DIRECTOR $20 AND UNDER! Dove Dry Shampoo ($5; walmart.com) I only wash my hair once or twice a week—I’m busy and know daily cleansings aren’t all that great for your strands. That means I have to deal with greasy roots. Not too long ago, I was on a trip with celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend (who…

7 min.
what if we stopped focusing on weight?

CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL wisdom tells us three things about weight: First, that too many of us are too heavy. Second, that having a higher-than-ideal body mass index (BMI) is dangerous. And third, that slimming down is the solution. Yet, despite all that we know about nutrition—and the $72 billion Americans spend on weight-loss efforts each year—our collective waistlines are still larger than they were 35 years ago. The way we’ve been fighting our “weight problem” doesn’t seem to be working very well. Some researchers and providers believe that a better alternative is to throw out the focus on size, and emphasize self-care and self-acceptance instead. One thing’s for sure: It’s complicated. Humans Come in All Shapes An initiative called Health at Every Size (HAES) is perhaps the most well-known approach to shifting the way…

6 min.
love your heart

EVERY TIME MY family gets together, my younger brother or older sister takes his or her own pulse and blurts out, “I’m having a heart attack!” No one springs into action to call 911. We barely flinch, just kinda turn in the direction of whomever interrupted the conversation and move on. It’s a family joke that’s been going on for years. Like all good jokes, it’s funny because it’s based in truth—the dark truth that both my sibs have weight issues and high cholesterol (as do I). Still, until recently, I only really worried about my brother. Heart issues are a guy thing, right? Nope. Turns out, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both sexes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one in five…