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Women's Health Australia December 2018

Whether you want to lose a couple of kilos, boost your fitness, eat well or get more out of your life and relationships, Women's Health's experts will help you look and feel your absolute best – because it's good to be you (we're just here to cheer you on).

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find the calm you crave

This time of year can be, in a word, hectic! Between pre-Christmas deadlines, back-to work functions, non-stop social engagements family, friends, plus trying to eat well and fit on top of that (phew!), it can be like trying keep a million different plates spinning at without dropping one. But the very good news for busy women? You can totally transform your world, for the better, in just five minutes a day. According to an eye-opening new study from the University of Pennsylvania – published in the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology - athletes who practised one simple technique (diaphragmatic breathing), significantly reduced their stress levels and resting heart rates. But that’s not all. They also reported feeling calmer and more in control. Not a bad pay-off for such a…

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hey, we made a new podcast

In need of some serious life inspo? Then prepare your ears for our shiny new podcast series. In it, I chat to some of the world’s most fascinating women about health, fitness, wellness, success and what makes them tick. Think Julie Stevanja, Sharni Layton, Emily Skye and so many more. Download it via Omny, Apple iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts or the WH website now. Trust me, you’ll love every single minute! ■…

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the big question

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THIS ‘DIRTY KETO’ DIET DOING THE ROUNDS? ANSWER Want cheeseburgers and ice-cream on the reg? This spin on the classic keto diet gives you just that. “‘Dirty keto’ promotes one thing only: high fat,” says cook and personal trainer Scott Gooding, author of The Keto Diet and The Keto Diet Cookbook. “It prioritises macronutrients but neglects micronutrients, those essential for health.” While the usual keto approach (where most of your kilojoules come from healthy fats, with some carbs and protein) encourages you to aim for max nutrition from whole, unprocessed foods, ‘dirty keto’ doesn’t mind where you get your fat from as long as you get it. That means even a greasy take-out burger (sans bun) is on the menu. “The ‘dirty…

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home life made easy

Access your fave recipes, play your go-to Spotify dinner playlist, and dim the lights (in any room of the house) all with this new smart home device. Genius! Google Home Hub, $219, store.google.com/au ■…

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i’ve never had allergies, but now, at 35, everything is making me sneeze. help!

Fact: Allergies can begin at any age, and symptoms are often worse during your 30s and 40s. “We’re not sure why, but there’s some thought it could be due to exposure to an allergen – like dust mites or pollen – at a time the immune system has been weakened, such as during pregnancy,” says Dr Keri Peterson, an internal medicine expert. Or it could stem from not being exposed to a high enough amount of an allergen to elicit a response as a child, but then hitting that point as an adult. Your body reacts to triggers by releasing histamine, which causes the sneezing. Try these relief remedies ... PLANTS Outside, try a saline spray to flush out your nasal passages. “Since airborne substances like…

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on our radar

PICK ‘N’ MIX FITNESS Like to have your spin class and barre it up, too? New app Esquared lets you book into one-off classes at a range of boutique gyms across Sydney – with plans to roll out in Melbourne and Brissie by the end of 2018. BLISS IN A BOWL Our fave ice-cream brand Halo Top has added a new flavour to its line-up. If Birthday Cake and Peanut Butter Cup weren’t enough, now enjoy Cookies & Cream – for only 1300kJs a tub. BOUNCE WORKOUTS Far from the rusty-spring deathtraps of your childhood, the trampoline parks popping up on the fitness scene are as hi-tech and kitted-out as they are fun. Track one down for some high-intensity, low-impact…