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Women's Health UK

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
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English
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Hearst Magazines UK
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3 Min.
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…

1 Min.
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…

3 Min.
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…

4 Min.
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…

2 Min.
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,…

3 Min.
getting naked for body confidence

THE GUINEA PIG Victoria Joy, WH Deputy Editor Did you grow up in a naked house? You either did or you didn’t. I didn’t. I was raised by parents who would dash from one room to another if all the clean pants were hanging in the spare room, and each member of my family can do a full outfit change while holding a towel around themselves with one hand. The thing is, this stuff sets a benchmark for adulthood. I’ve always felt more comfortable about sex when it happens under bed sheets and the cover of darkness, and I nearly had a hernia on my first girls’ holiday when two friends shared a bath, nude bodies side by side. I’m positive this attitude of the naked body as something to be hidden has…