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Health January-February 2016

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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Meredith Corporation
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10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
kick-start your most amazing year ever

This time of year, it's all too easy to fall into the resolution-regret cycle. We vow to be better—at healthy eating, at exercising—but our stick-to-itiveness doesn't seem to stick. Then we feel bad and think we're not disciplined enough—and why isn't our belly flatter, anyway?!? I'm breaking this cycle for 2016. The incredibly useful tips in "Resolution (and Body!) Reboot" (page 43) are improving everything from my fitness level to my stress load. "How Nutrition Pros Wake Up Their Oatmeal" (page 140) showed me ways to upgrade my bowl, and the workouts from Cassey Ho and Tracy Anderson are nice additions to my gym time. Changing my environment has helped, too. Health recently moved to offices on the Hudson River. I now walk the riverfront at lunch. (If you could use fresh…

1 min.
new year, new willpower

Never miss out on great food, fitness, beauty and wellness strategies! Scan the cover image above to subscribe to our monthly print and tablet editions for only $12 a year. Snack Smarter at Work Quiet the munchies with no-bake energy bites. They have the ideal mix of healthy fats and protein to keep you full without a sugar crash. Go to health.com/energy-bites for the easy recipe. 'Gram That Brunch Let's hear it for brunch, the ultimate power meal. Share your best photos with us on Instagram (@healthmagazine) using #howibrunch and we'll regram our favorites! Tweet Away Pounds Don't worry if you've gained a few. You can get back to your feel-great weight. Follow us on Twitter (@goodhealth) and look for #HealthyNewYear to start your year off light. Surprising Age Erasers Want to keep your glow without resorting to…

1 min.
what is your life mantra?

"You are the sum of all your training." —@lcdomanski "Never meet expectations. Exceed them." —@storiesbykelli "Tough times don't last, but tough people do!" —Allison A., via Facebook "My health, my wealth." —Amanda P., via Facebook "Although the brave may not live forever, the cautious do not live at all." —@HeideWrite "Positivity is the key to your happiness." —@JessicaKoczan "Never look back—that is not the direction you are heading." —@maitri108 "Let it be enough." —@ThaDancinHanson "Everything happens for a reason." —Gemma G., via Facebook OUR COVER CELEB SAYS... "Give yourself the 100 percent chance to succeed, or you won't." —Cassey Ho PRO_SHARE Mantras are much more than an upbeat phrase on a T-shirt—they're actually an important component of meditation, says Brett Blumenthal, author of 52 Small Changes for the Mind. Most important of all, she adds, mantras are "there for you whenever you need them." Why they're your best friend: THEY'RE PERSONAL "You don't need…

1 min.
hold the honey

Honey has long been a golden child of sweeteners, touted as an all-natural, antioxidant-rich alternative to sugar. The less-than-sweet truth: It may not be any better for you than high-fructose corn syrup and cane sugar, new research suggests. People's blood sugar, insulin, body weight, cholesterol and blood pressure responded the same way to all three substances in a recent study partially funded by the honey industry and published in The Journal of Nutrition. "We thought that honey would result in improvements to glycemia and insulin sensitivity, compared with the other two sweeteners, but it defied our hypothesis," says lead author Susan Raatz, PhD, a research nutritionist at the USDA. Lesson learned yet again: Sugar is sugar, so don't eat a lot of it, no matter what the source. Sweet talk The American…

3 min.
the best sleep position for your brain

When you finally get to hit the sheets at the end of a long day, the position you doze off in is probably the last thing you're thinking about. But there's actually a major plus to passing out on your side. New research published in The Journal of Neuroscience found that sleeping in a side position is better than resting on your back or stomach for eliminating brain waste—which results from chemicals building up over time, potentially causing cognitive health problems, such as Alzheimer's. "We knew that the brain's waste removal system is best at night, but it was a surprise to find that sleeping in a lateral position is most effective," says study co-author Helene Benveniste, PhD. Bonus benefits: Side sleeping is also good for reducing snoring and relieving…

2 min.
the perks of a good cry

A sob session at the movies can boost your mood in the long run, according to a new study published in the journal Motivation and Emotion. Folks who cried while watching an emotionally charged film reported being in a better mood 90 minutes later; noncriers' moods were unaffected. Like stretching after sitting for too long, simply experiencing the release of crying can be satisfying, explains lead study author Asmir Gračanin, a researcher at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Letting the tears flow during a touching moment in a film can also remind you that you're a warm and caring person, he adds. Next time you hit the theater, don't forget the tissues! How happy couples make it last LOL'ing with your partner may be the secret to holding on to those lovey-dovey…