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Health July-August 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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10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
go for your own gold

I could never ace a balance beam routine like Gabby Douglas or win four gold medals like U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin has. At first glance, it seems tough to find common ground between the 19 elite athletes we feature in "Lessons from Olympic Stars" (page 53) and the rest of us. But give it a read—you'll be fascinated to learn just how relatable these women are, and how much of what they know applies to those of us living far from the podium. A big part of "winning" comes down to attitude. Setting lofty goals fuels your dreams, but when you're pushing to improve performance, it's key to focus on the day-to-day. Runner Sanya Richards-Ross explains: "It's about seeing what your body can handle, taking it one day at a time,…

1 min.
why vitamin d matters

Want to Help Your Hair Color Last? Between chlorinated pools and the sun's rays, summertime can do a number on color-treated hair. Go to health.com/lasting-hair-color for fast, budget-friendly tips to help your strands look gorgeous longer. Post Your Blend There's nothing better than a refreshing smoothie in the morning. Share your top creations with us on Instagram (@healthmagazine) using #SmoothiesForHealthMag. We'll regram our favorites! Blast Off Fat Before Work You might not have as much time to exercise in the summer (no judgment), but staying in shape is possible. Follow us on Twitter (@goodhealth) and look for #HealthMorningMoves to find quick a.m. exercises that will keep you fit through Labor Day. 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…

1 min.
eating japanese

Not So Fishy Seafood is a major part of a healthy Japanese diet—but so are veggies. (The country's national guidelines recommend five to six servings a day.) Sashimi, rice and a side of edamame, please! Filling up on a Japanese-style diet might just be the key to living longer, says a recent study in BMJ. Researchers followed nearly 80,000 Japanese folks over the course of 15 years and found that those who most closely stuck to Japan's national dietary guidelines had a 15 percent lower mortality rate than those who didn't adhere to them as strictly. The news is no surprise to Health's contributing nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass, RD: "The protective effect is likely from the high intake of vegetables, fruits and seafood," she says. "Also, rice is typically consumed even at…

1 min.
smog-proof your face

Skin misbehaving? Bad air quality could be to blame. "Pollutants like smog and smoke can break down collagen and elastin, leading to lines and wrinkles," says Robyn Gmyrek, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. That's why the latest products tout their ability to protect skin from pollution or even reverse damage. Our favorites, below: Daily shield Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF 50 ($68; elizabetharden.com) Besides the antioxidants idebedone and L-carnosine, this moisturizer has SPF to keep UV damage at bay. Fresh start Tata Harper Purifying Mask ($65; tataharper.com) Probiotics help detox and clean out gunk (um, that's the scientific term) while minimizing the effects of environmental stressors. Instant barrier Ren Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist ($38; renskincare.com) Anti-inflammatory zinc and free-radical-fighting manganese neutralize urban pollution particles. SCAN TO SHOP! SCAN THIS PHOTO TO BUY THE ITEMS ON THIS PAGE (SEE PAGE 4), OR…

1 min.
less-lazy weekends!

Yes, long summer days are synonymous with just lying around. But here's a reason to climb out of that hammock once in a while: Recent research found that a mere 20-minute reduction in sedentary time on weekends was tied to a loss of more than 2 pounds and 1.6 percent body fat after one year. Luckily, moving more can be as simple as taking a bike ride with a buddy, cooling off with pool laps or trying one of these tips from Adam Rosante, founder of The People's Bootcamp and author of The 30-Second Body. Lean into what you love Enjoy the outdoors? Go hiking. Can't stay out of the ocean? Learn to surf. Hate working out but are super social? Join a team or a group class. Take a walking tour "You'll learn…

1 min.
old-school miracle cure: aspirin

Does an aspirin a day keep the cancer away? Based on the latest research, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that people ages 50 to 69 who are at increased risk of heart disease consider taking low-dose aspirin to reduce their chance of developing cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer. A new study has also linked daily aspirin to better survival odds for patients with colon, breast or prostate cancer, and there's evidence it may lower the risk of esophageal, ovarian and pancreatic cancers, as well as melanoma. The thinking is that aspirin helps reduce inflammation, and high inflammation levels are associated with greater cancer risk, says Deirdre Cohen, MD, a medical oncologist at NYU Langone Medical Center. But "this doesn't mean you should just start popping aspirin on your…