Health & Fitness
Prevention Magazine Australia

Prevention Magazine Australia Jun/Jul-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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3 min.
putting the fun into fitness

This month I tried puppy yoga with my dog Milo. If belly laughs count for exercise it was a wild success! Truth be told, I did get in some powerful stretches, thanks to Milo tugging to get away from the crazy lady doing downward dog (me). My fearless Prevention colleague Elly even managed to do stomach crunches with her cavoodle Charlie nestled on her belly, as a clever way to make those crunches even tougher. (Although Charlie was so alarmed by the whole yoga experience he refused to go out with Elly for the rest of the weekend.) Of course our pets don’t need yoga. But we need every opportunity that feels like fun to get active and get our heart rate pumping. This month I spoke with Tennis Australia’s Rob…

2 min.
over to you

Winner! UNDERSTANDING THE FEAR I have just read ‘The Shocking Truth: Unnecessary Mastectomies’ (Feb/Mar). Unless surgeons and doctors have actually had cancer, they cannot possibly understand what a cancer diagnosis can do to a person’s mental health. As a survivor, my mental health has been compromised by looking over my shoulder for five years through dozens of false alarm scans of my remaining breast and I will be more than happy to trade my ticking time bomb for some peace of mind. Not a single one of my pink sisters who made the decision to have a CPM [preventative removal of a healthy breast] have regretted it for one minute. Perhaps you could represent our side of the story in a later edition to give some balance to the issue. Lisa Kelly, via…

2 min.

Healing touch Next time you have a headache or a niggling back twinge, try reaching for the hand of someone you love – it might ease the pain. When women hold hands with their romantic partner, the heart and breathing rates of both synchronise, causing their brainwaves to be in sync, too, which can reduce their pain, research from the University of Colorado in the US shows. And the more empathetic your partner, the higher the pain relief. The head researcher of the study, Pavel Goldstein, came up with the idea of this natural pain reliever after his wife gave birth to their daughter and he found that when he held her hand, it eased her pain. Other research suggests there may be positive affects when we feel the touch of…

2 min.
your body on a hot flush

Did you know? The majority of women (that’s 85-89 per cent) experience hot flushes at some time. BRAIN A sudden drop in oestrogen confuses the hypothalamus in your brain, which produces hormones that control hunger, mood and body temperature. MOOD Some women feel tension or dread before a hot flush; others experience an aura – visual symptoms such as seeing dark spots or flashing lights, caused by changes in the cortex area of your brain. Forewarned is forearmed. SKIN Temperatures can rise by up to two degrees during a hot flush, which can feel like an extreme change. Luckily, your core body temperature will not rise above the normal 36-37°C. OVARIES Your ovaries churn out two essential hormones: oestrogen and progesterone. When you enter perimenopause your ovary function begins to decline, and the amount of these two hormones declines…

1 min.
5 fun ways to stress less

1 Find a ‘meditative’ hobby Knitting, photography, gardening – any pastime that’s creative and absorbing – can be a powerful stress stopper. “Creative activities and hobbies can help a person focus on something productive and get away from their worries for a while,” explains psychologist Dr Robert Reiner. 2 Stay social Organise regular catch-ups with friends. In one study, brain scans showed that we register social isolation in the same way we register physical pain. So keep friends close. One caveat: associate with people who leave you feeling energised, not emotionally tapped out. Real friends will make you feel your best. 3 Laugh a little (or a lot) Simply anticipating laughter is enough to reduce cortisol levels by nearly half, according to one US study. So ask a funny friend out for coffee, watch an…

3 min.
6 foods to ease constant hunger

Did you know? Vinegar’s acetic acid may help slow digestion and regulate blood sugar. So adding some balsamic to your salad dressing gets bonus points! Do you often find yourself feeling hungry? Increasing your intake of nutrients such as protein, fibre and healthy fats, which slow digestion and keep you full, can help. But even among foods known to be filling, some may satisfy you more than others. “You might react differently to a certain food than another person would,” says dietitian Samina Kalloo. You also need to give your brain time to catch up with your tummy. Kalloo recommends noting how full you feel on a scale of 1 to 10 after eating different foods to track what fills you up the most. Here are six satiating picks to start with. Avocado This is…