Health & Fitness

Health July/August 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: working it out

All of our lives have changed. We have been missing out on a lot and feeling the stress that comes with the uncertainty. Something we can still very much take part in and enjoy? Exercise. (One of the first things I did back in March was set up a home gym, and it wasn’t easy—equipment was sold out everywhere!) Moving our bodies regularly is one of the keysto overall health and longevity—and it happens to alleviate that stress, too. It can also help you stay connected, even now. This morning, I did a Zoom workout with friends. This weekend, my brother and I are doing a run “together” (196 miles apart). And when I jog or walk the dog, I see neighbors and feel the warmth of my community. Working out can…

10 min.
the share

ON A ROLL They’re back! Get some retro cardio with inline skates. Skating can improve balance, strengthen the core, and build up hip and thigh muscles while preserving your joints—plus, it’s fun! For tips on making the most of your workout, turn the page. Choose Your Skate RECREATIONAL OR FITNESS? Recreational skates are ideal for a beginner or casual skater. Designed to offer more stability and a comfortable fit, they require little to no break-in time. Fitness skates are built for advanced skaters who will be traveling greater distances at much faster speeds. THREE WHEELS OR FOUR? “Our skates come with four wheels, which provide better weight distribution for stability and balance. Three-wheel inline skates are designed for a more advanced skater who wants faster speed and agility,” says Gwenn Moen, marketing manager at…

2 min.
happy feet

MASK Aveeno Repairing Cica Foot Mask Slide those dry feet into these single-use slippers coated with soothing prebiotic oat and moisturizing shea butter (there are straps to secure the booties so you can still walk around). Toss after 10 minutes, and massage in excess. ($3; walmart.com) EXFOLIATOR Arm & Hammer Heels & Feet Moisturizer Plus Gentle Exfoliators Its nubby applicator deposits skin-sloughing alpha hydroxy acids and hydrating coconut oil, taking your heels from sock-bound to sandal-ready without dirtying your hands. ($9; cvs.com) BLISTER PAD Welly Kicker Sticker Whether you need to break in a new pair of shoes or have existing blisters, these thin hydrocolloid patches reduce skin-on-shoe rubbing and help heal sore spots. Bonus: The tin doubles as a cute organizer once it’s empty. ($9 for 8; amazon.com) TOOL Tweezerman Safety Slide Callus Shaver & Rasp When creams aren’t cutting…

3 min.
your skin on…sweat

Why Your Skin Sweats The main reason: to help your body cool down. Whether you’re walking outside on a humid day or getting your heart rate up at the gym, your body’s normal reaction is to release sweat. When the perspiration hits your skin and evaporates, it takes some of the heat from your body with it. Nervous sweat—like during a big presentation or on a first date—is triggered by the release of cortisol and adrenaline, stress hormones that signal the sweat glands to get to work. What Is It, Anyway? There are two types of glands that produce sweat, says Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD, a dermatologist and the founder of Entière Dermatology in New York City. Eccrine glands—found everywhere on the body but concentrated on your palms, soles, forehead, and armpits—produce the…

8 min.
the lowdown on injectables

Forget searching for the fountain of youth—these days, it’s more like the syringe of youth. According to the Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, neuromodulators (like Botox) and fillers were the most often performed minimally invasive procedures of 2019. Fast and effective, they offer an enticing solution for addressing the wrinkles and sagging that your standard night cream can’t combat. Still, cosmetic injections are a lot more complicated than buying a jar of moisturizer, so it’s essential to be well-informed. Whether you’ve tried them before or have always been curious, you may have questions about going under the needle. That’s why we asked top dermatologists about some of the most common injectables and had them weigh in on everything from what these can actually do to how much they…

9 min.
the exercise almanac

Spoiler alert! There is no one-size-fits-all answer to how much exercise is “enough.” Talk to scientists who study the topic, and their guidance is simple: Do something active, as often as you can. Any movement counts, they say, and adds up for overall health, from vacuuming to running for a train. Formal government guidelines recommend that we exercise moderately (meaning walk briskly or otherwise move at an easy-ish pace) for 30 minutes five days a week, accumulating at least 150 minutes total, or, alternatively, that we exercise vigorously—elevating our heart rates with jogging or other strenuous activity—for at least 15 minutes five times a week. Both sets of guidelines are broad and generic, but both support the idea that all movement is good. Experts across the board also agree that exercise…