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Women's Health UK

September 2019

Women’s Health is the first UK magazine to bring you health, beauty, fitness, fashion, weight loss, food & sex, all wrapped up in one super-glossy lifestyle title

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hearst Magazines UK
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11 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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welcome to women’s health

The hot topic of conversation at Women’s Health HQ this month? How many times you’ve seen your parents naked. Not as arbitrary – or office-inappropriate – as it might seem, it was sparked by the expert theory that the extent to which the household you grew up in embraced nakedness can have an impact on how you view and value your own body. And, boy, did familial nakedness spark debate. WH Production Editor Victoria Rudland revealed that she’s both amused and inspired in equal measure by her mum’s enduring habit of being naked around her. ‘I find nakedness among family members overly familiar,’ says Victoria. ‘But you’ve got to love her “I don’t care” attitude.’ Growing up, I remember my parents happily being naked in front of me until I was…

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women's health

Editor-In-Chief Claire Sanderson Deputy Editor Victoria Joy Creative Director Adam Gerrard Production Editor Victoria Rudland Acting Managing Editor/Picture Director Frankie Hill WORDS Features Director Nikki Osman Deputy Chief Sub Editor James Brown Beauty Editor Perdita Nouril Junior Fitness Editor Kirsti Buick Senior Editor Roisín Dervish-O’Kane Editorial Assistant/Junior Writer Emily Pritchard FASHION Fashion Director Saskia Quirke Fashion Assistant Abigail Buchanan VISUALS Art Editor Nathalie Bates Junior Designer Florence Ogram Picture Assistant Eliot Brittain DIGITAL Digital Editor Amy Lane Social Media Editor Francesca Menato Beauty & Health Editor Claudia Canavan CO-CONSPIRATORS Colin Beagley Michal Bednarski Angel Cordova-Todd Samantha De Haas Lizzy Dening Robert Filip Julia Gdowka Ian Harrison Michael Hedge Jamie Inglis Grace Lamsdale Ben Mounsey-Wood Tiffany Mumford Emily Murphy Louisa Parry Mitch Payne Amanda Statham Claire Thomas Tom Watkins Harriet Wilson Managing Director, Health & Fitness Alun Williams Brand Development Director Jane Shackleton Senior Marketing Executive Philippa Turner CLIENT DIVISION Managing Director, Beauty Jacqui Cave Managing Director, Fashion & Luxury Jacqueline Euwe Director of Health & Sport Andrea Sullivan Director of Travel Denise Degroot Director of Motors Jim Chaudry Director of Watches & Jewellery Anna O’Sullivan Director of Finance Peter Cammidge Client…

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add spf to your exercise pre-game

Ah, summer. Unless the sweet, sweet smell of pollen has you streaming from the eyeballs, it’s time to get your kit on and take your circuits out of the gym and into the nearest green space. Not only have studies shown that exercising outdoors gives you an energy boost and reduces symptoms of depression, there’s the added boost to your vitamin D levels, too. But – and we say this in the sternest voice possible – only if you’re going to add SPF to your pre-workout ritual. ‘People assume sunscreen is only needed when sunbathing,’ says dermatology specialist nurse Natalie Fisher. ‘But it’s important that you apply sunscreen whenever you’re exposed to UV radiation.’ That includes your 8am pre-work run. Eek. Endurance fans pay particular attention: ‘For those with very…

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news you can use

Workin’ 9 to 5 Sorry, Dolly, but it’s not the best way to make a living if your creative juices flow best after dinner. Luckily for night owls, new research, published in the journal Sleep Medicine, suggests that you can shift your body clock forwards by two whole hours – cracking news if your natural wake-up time coincides with the day’s second meeting. Participants with an average bedtime of 2.30am woke themselves up two or three hours earlier than their usual 10am for three weeks. Other hacks included breakfasting ASAP, exercising in the morning and avoiding caffeine after 3pm. SOME LIKE IT HOT Stuck in a stuffy office while your colleagues are OOO? Take comfort in the fact that you’re probably doing your best work. Female cognitive function improves as temperatures rise, a…

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how long do i need to work out to feel the mental health benefits?

We hear you. On the mornings when you’d sell a family member to stay in bed instead of kitting up, it’s probably the promise of feeling so damn good afterwards that gets you out the door. For starters, yes, endorphins are real. ‘Endorphins work in tandem with serotonin and noradrenaline – two other feel-good neurotransmitters – to give you that high,’ says sports psychologist Dr Kip Matthews. But while these brain chemicals can take a lot of credit for your post-gym euphoria, a significant endorphin boost is actually part of your body’s pain response. One study showed that although an hour’s moderate intensity exercise and five rounds of HIIT both induced feelings of euphoria, only the high-stress HIIT actually led to a large endorphin release. There’s no need to smash…

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inchworm

This grub-inspired move is one of the best bodyweight exercises around for seriously working your hamstrings, which, ICYMI, are important but oft-overlooked. Making their way from your glutes to your lower legs, strong hamstrings are key to optimum knee and hip function – read: helping you extend your knee and support your bottom. ‘Hamstring strength is something you need to work on in order to stay mobile, especially when you’re older,’ says personal trainer Inge Viljoen. ‘Basically, in order to be able to pick things up and easily carry out everyday tasks without having pain.’ Time to hike those hammies up the muscle agenda. Enter the inchworm, which, done right, will improve hamstring strength and flexibility, while working your arms, chest, back and abs. ‘Place your feet flat on the floor,…

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