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Shape December 2020

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United States
Meredith Corporation
10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
off the page

Sweat Sign up for Our Fitness Challenge Hit 2021 strong with our plan for getting fitter and fiercer at shape.com/challenge. The program gives you the workouts and tips to make it happen. If your aim is to get more z’s, eat more greens, or start running, we’ve got you covered at shape.com/goalguides. Immerse subscribe to Shape on Apple News+ Every issue is full of lifestyle advice that you’ll want to clip. And now you can keep your issues at your fingertips when you read on the Apple News+ app. Connect Meet Your Fitness Tribe Join our private Facebook group, Shape Goal Crushers, to share workouts, swap recipes and sweaty selfies, and feel the motivation to get you to your personal finish line. Make your start at shape.com/bestgroup. Shop Glove up for Outdoor Workouts Click here to shop our list of the…

1 min.
brain trust

BE WATERPROOF NEAL SCHULTZ, M.D. Dermatologist DENDY E. ENGELMAN, M.D. Dermatologist MONA GOHARA, M.D. Dermatologist ELIZABETH K. HALE, M.D. Dermatologist MICHELLE HENRY, M.D. Dermatologist MELISSA KANCHANAPOOMI LEVIN, M.D. Dermatologist ELLEN MARMUR, M.D. Dermatologist RON ROBINSON Cosmetic chemist GITA BASS Makeup artist PORSCHE COOPER Makeup artist NUNZIO SAVIANO Hairstylist BE STRONG + WELL JEN WIDERSTROM Consulting Shape fitness director, trainer, life coach ADAM ROSANTE Strength and nutrition coach NICOLE KEITH, PH.D. President of the American College of Sports Medicine CEDRIC X. BRYANT, PH.D. President of the American Council on Exercise JORDAN METZL, M.D. Sports medicine physician MICHELE OLSON, PH.D. Clinical professor of sport science SHAUN T Celebrity trainer ALEX SILVER-FAGAN Nike Master Trainer HARLEY PASTERNAK Celebrity trainer JAY WRIGHT Trainer, studio owner CARRIE PAGLIANO Clinical specialist in orthopedics CHRISTINE CARTER, PH.D. Sociologist ANATE AELION BRAUER, M.D. Reproductive endocrinologist MARK A. MOYAD, M.D. Complementary medicine expert PURVI PARIKH, M.D. Allergist and immunologist with the Allergy & Asthma Network FRANK LIPMAN,…

2 min.
letter from elizabeth

Our Furry Families We love our pets at Shape. So much so that this fall we added a new column called Pet Life, where we explore the natural bonds between animals and humans and how those connections boost our health and emotional well-being. Research shows that our animals help ease stress, bring out our silly sides, and provide comfort when we need it. Since I’ve been working from home, my two tabby cats, Angus and Malcolm (brothers, age 10), have followed me from room to room, depending on where I was camped out that day. And while I didn’t think it was possible, spending so much time with them during the pandemic has strengthened our bond even more. (In fact, I worry that they’ll miss me once I’m back in the…

3 min.
the body shop

A FLICKER WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS Each scent of Jo Malone’s Townhouse Collection of candles ($125 each, jomalone.com) brings to mind nostalgic moments of days at home—from cozying up on a rainy Sunday afternoon to enjoying a winter evening by the fire. Dreamy. SHOP IT! Click here to shop products on these pages. A FLING WITH NATURE Pick any of the Petit Gardens made of succulents and cacti from Lula’s Garden ($27 to $125, lulasgarden.com), and you’ll hit the mark for aspiring plant parents and green thumbs alike. The bright minis arrive in their own planter. GIVE THEM THEIR GREENS David’s Tea new 24 Days of Matcha advent calendar ($55, davidstea.com) is a world of green tea delights, both inventive blends—yuzu, pumpkin pie—and matcha-infused chocolates and treats, like matcha alligator gummies. ELEVATE THEIR PRIMPING As beautiful as it is…

5 min.
feel a spark

AFTER MONTHS of being mostly makeup-free, going all out with glitter can feel special. It’s fun and flattering, and we’re actually programmed to be attracted to it, according to the journal Ecological Psychology. “Humans subconsciously associate things that sparkle with water, which shimmers in the light and is a resource that our brains are hardwired to seek out,” says fashion psychologist Dawnn Karen, the author of Dress Your Best Life. That natural draw makes us more attractive to others and boosts our moods. “Wearing glitter can instill a sense of power and optimism,” Dr. Karen says. These days, a splash of flash isn’t reserved for eye shadow. There’s allover potential to look positively brilliant. MAKE IT YOUR BODY HIGHLIGHTER “Applying a microfine glitter on the shoulders, shins, or anywhere else that catches…

3 min.
growth potential

GIVE YOURSELF A TINY TRIM Your hair is longer and possibly more damaged than you’re used to—all the brushing, heat styling, and at-home dye jobs can take their toll. “Cutting off dry split ends will bring life back to your strands,” says hairstylist Nunzio Saviano, a Shape Brain Trust member and the owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as those DIY quarantine cuts gone wrong. In fact, it shouldn’t be. We’re talking about a quarter of an inch to an inch off the ends. “The key is to use proper, professional haircutting scissors,” Saviano says. “These are extra sharp and will give you the most precise cut.” Try Equinox International Professional Razor Edge Series Barber Hair Cutting Scissors ($25, amazon.com). Trim when…