Health & Fitness
Prevention Magazine Australia

Prevention Magazine Australia Aug/Sep-18

Packed with inspiration and motivation, Prevention magazine makes living a healthier lifestyle easier than you ever thought possible. Its unrivalled credentials make it your go-to for breakthrough health news and views you can trust. You’ll find the best expert advice, stories from inspiring real women, and easy, actionable tips on weight loss, fitness, nutrition, health, your mind and anti-ageing beauty. It’s also the destination for nutritious and delicious recipes.

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in this issue

2 min.
raising hope

Recently I enjoyed a memorable day climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge with some amazing women – all breast cancer survivors raising funds to bridge the gap between breast cancer funding and research. Shortly afterwards, researchers in the US announced they may have made the kind of breakthrough everyone’s been hoping for: a woman riddled with aggressive metastatic breast cancer now appears to be entirely cancer-free, thanks to immunotherapy. We reported on this exciting new treatment back in February/March 2017. It’s fantastic to imagine we may finally be witnessing a cancer cure. This issue we’re looking at another kind of frontline medical innovation: DNA testing. It’s now available in Australia for the curious and the concerned using the Garvan Institute’s cutting-edge research. The burning question is: what would you do if you knew…

2 min.
over to you

Winners! THE PERFECT MIX I really like the latest issue (June/July). It has so many well-researched articles. A stand-out was the encouraging story about Naomi Watts and Sam Bloom. And the vegetarian recipes are well worth making. So many of the articles are encouraging and helpful. I shall look forward to my magazine coming in August. Peta Borchert, NSW ADVICE TO LIVE BY I want to thank you for all the help, guidance, information, motivation and inspiration you have given me so that I am armed with positive and practical strategies to age well and be accepting of who I am. A truly great magazine! Deborah Bowden, Vic NEW IDEAS TO BEAT BELLY FAT The article ‘Bye bye belly fat’ in your June/July magazine was interesting for me – I didn’t realise stress could cause this middle muffin…

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Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.George Bernard Shaw DESTINATION GOOD HEALTH Daydreaming about your next holiday spot? Well, start booking as research shows that not only does travel reduce stress (mojito on the beach anyone?) but it can reduce your risk of a heart attack. One study found that women who had a holiday every six years or less had a significantly higher risk of developing a heart attack or coronary death compared to women who vacationed at least twice a year. And what better way to make the most of your travels (and relieve all that stress of deciding what to do) than find a local to be your guide? They’ll know the best restaurant, the oft-missed museum full of ancient artefacts or the secret nook with…

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your body on yoga

STRESS Yoga calms the sympathetic nervous system. People who practise regularly also have more brain cells in the regions that regulate stress and increase focus, according to researchers at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the US. PAIN It turns off the stress response and so that the body can focus on growth, repair, immune function, digestion and other self-nurturing processes that help manage pain. SLEEP Regular yoga improves overall sleep quality, which has a knock-on effect for your mood, weight and overall health. BONE DENSITY Yoga poses can help stimulate the growth of bone-making cells (osteocytes). A decade-long investigation found that it significantly improves bone density in the spine and thigh bones. CONCENTRATION By focusing on your breath, you’re better able to concentrate on daily activities. BELLY FAT Yoga lowers levels of cortisol, the stress hormone that…

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1-minute meditations keep your cool

We often refer to certain emotions as “difficult”, with anger and fear at the top of the list. The problem is, the harder we try to not let these feelings get to us, the more intensely they do. By practising mindfulness, you can not only improve your handling of negative emotions and reduce stress, but be more present for the good feelings as well. These two short meditations can be done anywhere and will help you turn those intense times into more manageable moments. To soothe anger Focus on the sensations of anger in your body. Once you’ve taken a few seconds to cool down, go a step further. Imagine you’re a Martian who’s new to earth. You’re experiencing anger for the first time. Ask yourself: ‘What is this thing that’s happening?’,…

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Breezing in Are you spending your nights tossing and turning? Or waking up feeling exhausted? Here’s some news that will help you rest easy: a study from the Netherlands has found leaving your window open at night will improve your sleep. Cracking a door or window helped to lower carbon dioxide levels, improve ventilation, and reduce the number of times you wake during the night – resulting in a more restful sleep and additional ZZZs. Worried about the wintery air? Don’t be! Our bodies prefer cooler temperatures at night. So crack that window and slip into slumber. THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT Small is beautiful – and very useful. Take the butterfly, it’s tiny and flits from flower to flower but has recently had a huge impact when it comes to cancer research. The Morpho…