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Health & Fitness


January/February 2021

Enjoy living the healthy life with solutions and advice from the experts at HEALTH magazine! Each issue is packed with smart and fun new ways to stay in terrific shape, look amazing and discover tasty (and healthy!) things to eat. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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United States
Meredith Corporation
10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
from the editor: new beginnings

This issue celebrates change. It takes courage and imagination to move in a different direction, whether you’re embarking on a new career or just joining a different workout class. But the rewards are rich. Change helps us grow, learn, develop confidence and resilience, and handle adversity. At the other end of the spectrum is the sometimes-maligned comfort zone. Yes, getting out of it is crucial. But it sure has its benefits. Your comfort zone is where you feel safe and stress-free. It can be an actual place, like the cozy chair you read in. Or it can be more about behaviors that put you at ease—getting coffee at the same spot every morning, for example. Your comfort zone allows you to go on autopilot when life gets crazy. And that’s important…

11 min.
the share

LIVE THE PLANT LIFE Being in nature has some pretty big health benefits—like lowering stress and enhancing immune function. But did you know that bringing plants indoors has a slew of benefits too? One study showed that the presence of live plants in hospital rooms may accelerate healing after surgery. And research from Texas A&M University found that being around houseplants and flowers helps people’s problem-solving and creativity in the workplace. Finally, they can also add a bit of humidity to your atmosphere—which is good for combating that dry winter air. Turn the page for a few low-maintenance plants to consider incorporating into your space. Plants to Pick Joyce Mast, horticulture expert and plant mom at online plant-delivery service Bloomscape, shares easy-to-care-for options. ZZ Plant Native to East Africa, this is considered to be one…

6 min.
lasers and damage erasers

THE TYPE: Fractionated Laser Resurfacing What does it fix? “It minimizes wrinkles, firms sagging skin, fades brown spots and acne scars, shrinks large pores, and improves the signs of sun damage,” says Ellen Marmur, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City and founder of MMSkincare. Fractionated lasers have also been shown to protect against skin cancers: Some research shows that as the skin heals after treatment, the number of precancerous cells decreases. How does it work? Energy from resurfacing lasers converts to heat deep within the skin, which stimulates collagen production and helps firm skin. While the lasers are penetrating below, their pulses of light are also exfoliating the top layers of skin by pricking hundreds of microscopic pinholes on the surface—unlike microneedling holes, these channels are technically microthermal zones. Some treatments…

3 min.
my beauty resolutions

As we slam the door on 2020, I want to give a shout-out to everyone who found bright spots in dark times. At the start of the pandemic, I was home with an infant, and although my son’s first year unfolded differently than I’d imagined, I am grateful for the extra hours I got to spend with him while I was working from home. But I have to admit, I developed some bad beauty habits. So what better way to ring in the New Year than to break the bad ones and usher in some healthier habits? I’m not expecting a new me, just a wiser one, who flosses more. I hope my tweaks inspire you, too; after all, beauty is less about how you look and more about how…

2 min.
ingredient spotlight: centella asiatica

What is it? Centella asiatica, cica, Brahmi, Indian pennywort, gotu kola, tiger grass—this antioxidant-rich, medicinal herb goes by many names and has long been used to treat illnesses and heal wounds. (Legend has it that after being injured, tigers would roll in the plants in order to heal themselves—that’s where the name “tiger grass” comes from.) And it’s still being used today, as a skin saver. “High concentrations of amino acids, beta-carotene, and fatty acids are what make the herb so beneficial,” says Mona Gohara, MD, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine. What does it do? “The anti-inflammatory properties increase hydration and help soothe and repair dry, red, irritated skin,” explains Shari Marchbein, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. That’s why it’s recommended for treating various…

4 min.
bend and breathe

SET YOUR WELLNESS INTENTIONS for the new year by trying out some healthy habits—like a consistent yoga practice. These poses, curated by Sangeeta Vallabhan (shown here), a yoga instructor at the Connective online platform and Yoga Vida in New York City, should calm your mind and restore your energy. “All of these poses can help people feel more present in their body and will definitely move them in the direction of reducing stress and anxiety, as well as any sadness or anger,” she says. Vallabhan suggests following this flow in a quiet space, with soft music. She also recommends going into the workout with the mindset that you’ll use this time to take care of yourself. “Move in a way that feels comfortable, without straining the body or your breath,” she…