Health & Fitness

Health October 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

3 min.
from the editor: the beauty issue

When it comes to beauty—our products, routines, and priorities—we learned a lot about ourselves earlier this year, didn’t we? While we were sheltering in place, there were tons of memes and posts about haircuts and color, Botox, mani-pedis, lash extensions (all the things we were missing). Sure, we were commiserating and joking, but in fact, some of those things are important in their own right. They make us feel good about ourselves, even when there is practically no one else around. And I believe that is the key to beauty: doing what makes you feel happy and confident. As for me, I colored my hair at home, but every time I opened that box, I wondered if I should just skip it and see how gray I actually am. (The gorgeous…

14 min.
the share

LACE UP, LINK UP It’s race season, and many organizations are offering virtual versions instead of or in addition to in-person runs. “Virtually racing means you can run the race anywhere, anytime, in a designated time period,” says Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners, the group that organizes the TCS New York City Marathon. It can be informal or more organized, with runners raising money for charity and even receiving a bib and medal. The key is to log your distance and time, with GPS tracking on a smartwatch or smartphone app. The TCS New York City Marathon partners with fitness app Strava, which records your stats and allows users to share with their followers. “Runners, we like to run and we like to talk about running.…

25 min.
the beauty products you need now

SKIN Cleansers 1. Biossance Squalane + Elderberry Jelly Cleanser ($28; biossance.com) Great for all skin types, this gel transforms into an oil on the skin, melting away dirt and makeup. The star ingredient, squalane (ethically sourced from sugarcane), calms, protects, and locks in moisture. 2. Moon Juice Milk Cleanse Gentle Foaming Wash ($32; moonjuice.com) The brand is known for its adaptogenic and plant blends that promote whole-body wellness (supplements inside and topicals outside). This vitamin E and reishi-mushroom cleanser wards off free radicals and reduces inflammation, leaving thirsty skin soft and supple. 3. Renée Rouleau Rapid Response Detox Cleanser ($41.50; reneerouleau.com) Calling oily, congested complexions: This potent antibacterial combo of kaolin clay and tea tree oil helps absorb excess sebum and clear blemishes without zapping skin dry. During breakouts, leave on for five minutes for a clarifying boost. Toners 4. Laneige Cream…

6 min.
a serious lift

What’s the go-to tool for a solid at-home workout that takes up little space, helps you build lean muscle mass, and strengthens your bones? The dumbbell. That’s why it’s the star of this multitasking workout from Morit Summers (pictured), NSCA-CPT, owner of Form Fitness Brooklyn, who often works with curvy women. Summers stresses that size shouldn’t stop anyone from conquering their strength goals. “I believe that having a strong body leads to a strong mind, and when the world tells you that because you’re plus-size you can’t or shouldn’t do many things, I want to help combat that,” she says. Each exercise targets the arms, legs, and core together, and boosts your heart rate. Plus, Summers designed an interval-style setup, in which you work for 40 seconds and rest for 20 seconds,…

4 min.
the beat goes on

WATCH YOUR LONG WORK HOURS Clocking long hours at work may be a badge of honor. But a 2015 study in the Lancet found that people who work more than 55 hours a week have a 33 percent higher risk of stroke and a 13 percent greater risk of heart disease than those who work 35 to 40 hours. People with long workdays are often stressed and have less time to eat healthy, relax, and exercise, which can cause heart problems, says Martha Gulati, MD, division chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. Can’t cut back? Take a break every hour to walk around the room. Grab a minute to meditate. Eat a good lunch in a relaxing spot. “Take a [little] control of your…

5 min.
let’s talk it out!

I started a new job, and the company has recently transitioned to having the entire staff work remotely. How do I build relationships with colleagues I’ve never met in person? Without casual conversation in the communal kitchen, it can take a lot more effort to make connections and get to know a team you’ve never met—a real bummer if you were excited to join the culture of your new office. Here are a few things that may ease the transition. Start by setting your expectations. If you’ve never worked remotely before, know that it’s normal for relationships to build more slowly. Use company opportunities, such as happy-hour video calls, to get specific about ways you’re open to connecting. For example, rather than just introducing yourself, try saying something like “It would…