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Health Oct-15

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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United States
Meredith Corporation
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10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
how to save your own life

There's been so much talk lately about mammograms—when to get them, who should get them, whether we're getting them too frequently. And while screening mammos are certainly an essential tool in breast cancer detection, it's important to remember that an estimated 40 percent of women diagnosed with the disease actually discover it themselves, by feeling a telltale lump. The in-depth feature "You Found a Lump. Now What?" (page 132) walks you through exactly what happens when you notice something suspicious in your breast, from making the nerve-racking discovery through getting all the right tests and dealing with the results (good or bad). Our goal is to arm you with the knowledge you need to be the best advocate for your health. Cathy White, who shared her story with us, found that doctors…

2 min.
what's your favorite mood booster?

"I put my headphones on and get out into the fresh air. Good music and exercise works every time!" —Jessica K., via Facebook "As crazy as it sounds, a big-time, top-to-bottom cleaning. It gives me a chance to think and reflect, while organizing helps me feel like things are getting back in order." —Caitlin V., via Facebook "I go to my wellness center and swim laps like I'm being chased by Jaws!" —Cheryl R., via Facebook "I take a long car ride in the country to special places in my hometown with the windows rolled down and the wind and sun in my face." —SandRa W., via Facebook "I love to go in the garden and pull weeds. I admire what beautiful things I've created; it's my way of clearing my head." —Katherin M., via Facebook "When I'm down, I…

1 min.
healthy halloween

Post Your Best Coffee Pics Now that temps are dropping, coffee is just what we need to warm up. Plus, it has health benefits like boosting memory. Share your cup on Instagram with #CoffeeWithHealthMag. We'll post our own (@healthmagazine) and regram our faves. Get Fall Recipes in Your Feed From apples and pears to Brussels sprouts and pumpkins, it's the season of delicious (not to mention nutritious) superfoods. Follow us on Twitter (@goodhealth) and look for #FallSuperfoods to get recipes with our top seasonal picks. Label Dates, Decoded "Use by"? "Best by"? "Sell by"? What do they all mean? We clarify confusing expiration-date jargon so you're not throwing away perfectly good food. Head to health.com/food-labels to read packages like a pro. Never miss out on great food, fitness, beauty and wellness strategies! Scan the cover image…

1 min.
clock a better day with coffee

Ah, coffee—that magical substance that helps you put one foot in front of the other and get through the workday. But your cup of java can do even more for you, if you time it right. For example, drinking coffee an hour before a workout can increase muscle strength, says a new study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Pitching an idea to your boss? Enjoy a cup or two as you prepare and you'll have better recall for up to 24 hours, one study found. Finally, don't down your a.m. joe right after you crawl out of bed. When you wake up, you experience a natural spike in cortisol, which boosts alertness, per a 2009 study. You'll benefit more from your coffee's kick if you sip later…

3 min.
hit like a girl!

Think boxing is just for the boys? Think again. This full-body workout has helped tone some of the world's most gorgeous women, including Joan Smalls and Gigi Hadid. "The impact of hitting the bag strengthens muscles the same way lifting weights does, while maintaining proper form challenges the core and legs," says celebrity trainer and group fitness instructor Hollywood Hino. "And it builds endurance and physical and mental stamina." Not to mention it makes you feel badass! Check out these tips before stepping into the ring. Find the right teacher. Real boxing training requires a real coach. Seek out a current or retired fighter, advises Hino, who suggests training three times a week. "As boxing has gotten more popular, trainers with no real experience have begun incorporating it," he says. "But if…

3 min.
high-protein diets done right

Considering going high protein for weight loss? The best strategy may be to spread out your intake evenly over the course of the day, rather than packing it in at some meals and skimping at others, per a review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Your a.m. meal is particularly important, says lead author Heather Leidy, PhD, assistant professor in the department of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri: "Having more protein in the morning prevents cravings, reduces how much you eat the rest of the day and helps keep body fat under control." Leidy suggests that the average 150-pound woman aim for about 30 grams of protein at breakfast (think a two-egg omelet with 6 ounces of Greek yogurt), then 24 to 30 grams at…