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Health November 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.
play hard and still stay safe

It was a fall heard 'round the world. In August, fans watched in horror as Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten, leading in a women's cycling road race at the Rio Olympics, skidded around a sharp curve, flipped over her handlebars and landed headfirst on the side of the road. Van Vleuten was hospitalized with three spinal fractures and a concussion. (She has since recovered and returned to the bike, winning a race in Belgium in September.) But head injuries aren't something that happen only to top athletes like van Vleuten or Lindsey Vonn. Brain injuries in women are on the rise, and women are actually more prone to concussions than men. And when we suffer a concussion, our symptoms last longer and may be more severe. Women can also be at…

1 min.
why not... master meditation?

Share Your Fall Workouts When it gets chilly, do you stick to indoor routines or opt for the great outdoors? Follow us on Instagram (@healthmagazine) and show us how you sweat by using #HealthMagFitFall. We'll regram our favorite pics! Bounce Back from a Workout Hiatus We all know how difficult it can be to get your butt to the gym after taking time out for vacation or recovery. Head over to health.com/back-in-shape for three simple ways to find your exercise groove again. Eat, Drink, Shrink We have tasty holiday recipes that are actually healthy! Look for the hashtag #HolidayEatsWithHealth on our Twitter feed (@goodhealth) for good-for-you dishes to make and enjoy all season long. Sweet Potato Chips: Oh, Yum! Over kale chips? Baked cinnamon-sugar sweet potato chips are every bit as delicious. Learn how to make this…

1 min.
lift light, win big

Struggling with that 25-pound dumbbell? It's OK to drop back to the fives instead: Folks who pumped iron for 12 weeks using lighter weights for more reps experienced the same gains (think muscle growth and strength) as their counterparts who lifted heavier weights for fewer reps, according to a recent study in the Journal of Applied Physiology. "When you lift heavy, you recruit lots of muscle fibers, both big and small," explains study author Rob Morton, a PhD student at McMaster University in Ontario. "When you lift light, you won't recruit as many fibers at first, but as you increase repetitions, you recruit more and more—small first, then big—to compensate for your fatigue." We'll take that! Mix It Up Don't bid adieu to heavy weights for good. Adding them in periodically—or making…

1 min.
great hair starts in the shower

Redken Beach Envy Volume Texturizing Shampoo ($19; ulta.com) R+Co Cactus Texturizing Shampoo ($24; neimanmarcus.com) Parlor by Jeff Chastain Texturizing and Volume Shampoo ($22; birchbox.com) You know that perfectly imperfect bedhead that takes way too many tools and stylers to achieve? Texturizing shampoos can change that, by boosting your hair's texture before you even reach for the towel. "They add grit to the cuticle, so strands aren't squeaky-clean, making it easier to hold volume," says Jeff Chastain, a celebrity hairstylist and the founder of the product line Parlor. Pro tip: "Skip conditioning, unless hair is super dry," adds Garren, a celebrity hairstylist and co-founder of R+Co. If it is, "apply conditioner only to the ends so you don't reverse the effect left by the texture-building shampoo," he advises. SCAN TO SHOP! SCAN THIS PHOTO TO BUY…

1 min.
eat what you love already

Most pleasing diet-success secret ever: Fill up on healthy foods you actually like. When men and women focused on consuming good-for-you eats they enjoyed, they were more likely to reach their health goals than those who concentrated on avoiding beloved "bad" foods, found a new study in Psychology & Marketing. Concentrating on what you can eat (and can eat more of) is a better long-term strategy than dwelling on forbidden fare, which only leads to junk food cravings, says study co-author Meredith David, PhD, assistant professor of marketing at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. "When we tell ourselves we can't eat certain things, we're unintentionally setting ourselves up for a more difficult path to success," she explains. 45 MINUTES Downing a cup of joe at least this long before running or cycling…

1 min.
getting zen: the new cure-all

Could a dose of mindfulness a day keep the doctor away? Research is revealing that the practice is a valuable add-on treatment for a slew of health problems. These are just a few conditions that present living can help improve. Back pain Adults who did mindfulness training in addition to undergoing their usual medical care had greater reductions in chronic back pain, says a new JAMA study. Gut problems For patients with inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis), using mindfulness techniques alleviated symptoms and anxiety and increased quality of life within a couple of months, per research in Plos One. Heart disease When obese adults followed a mindfulness-based weight-loss program for almost six months, they showed improvements in fasting blood glucose, triglycerides and HDL cholesterol levels (all of which are tied to type…