Women's Health UK

Women's Health UK

July - August 2021

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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Hearst Magazines UK
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11 Números

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3 min.
i get vaccinated?

01 PROTEIN SHAKE When you’re injected with a vaccine against a virus, your immune system is exposed to foreign viral material. ‘Where old-school varieties contain weakened forms or pieces of the virus that present viral proteins to your immune system, newer ones – such as those for Covid-19 – deliver antigens [substances that evoke an immune response against them] in the form of genetic code, telling your body to make the antigens itself,’ says Cameron Bissett, a student at the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, who worked on initial preclinical trials of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. ‘Viral vector’ vaccines like this one package genetic code in a different, harmless virus and your immune system will start to respond within 24 hours. 02 OPERATION: FIGHTBACK The immune system starts by alerting your body…

1 min.
creature comforts

SAVE Snake your way through the park in this light vest top, perfect for an afternoon jog yet cute enough to cut it if it turns into a sneaky coffee run instead. £12.50, Goodmove at M&S SPEND You’ll be hot to trot in this subtle zebra sports bra, designed to give you support and comfort in urban jungles and rural wilderness alike. £49, Adidas by Stella McCartney at The Sports Edit SPLURGE From sweaty sessions to squats, these leopard-print high-waisted leggings, with compression and moisture-wicking technology, have got you covered. £95, Sweaty Betty…

4 min.
courtney black

Thanks to a top-rated fitness app, regular Instagram live workouts and a disposition sunnier than your boss’s working summer hours, Courtney Black became something of a lifeline to many of her 800k-plus followers during the lockdowns. In a filled-to-bursting industry, the personal trainer and author of The Pocket PT (£14.99, HarperCollins) believes it’s the fast-paced, ever-changing nature of her sessions that has her fans hooked. ‘I spend a lot of time creating my workouts because I make each one unique. My main priority is fun – I never want it to be boring or for a client to lose interest mid-workout.’ Efficacy, of course, is a priority, too. ‘Every session, I want to get maximum results in the shortest period of time. I aim for quality over quantity – you don’t…

1 min.
warm your buns

01 SIDE-LYING CLAMSHELL Do: 10 reps on each side (a) Lie on your left side with your head resting on your arm. With legs stacked, bend your knees slightly, making sure your heels are in line with your bum. (b) With your heels still together, raise your right knee. Pause, then return to the start. After 10 reps, swap legs. 02 QUADRUPED HIP EXTENSION Do: 10 reps on each side (a) Start on all fours, with your hands under your shoulders and knees under your hips. (b) Raise your right leg, keeping the knee bent at 90°, until the sole of your foot faces the ceiling, then lower it back down to the floor. Once you’ve done 10 reps, swap legs and go again. 03 ELEVATED GLUTE BRIDGE Do: 10 reps (a) Lie on your back with your knees bent…

1 min.
just in…

1 | VERSACE SPORT You can always rely on Donatella to bring the glam. Featuring its stand-out signature Greek motifs, the statement designer sportswear will be easy to spot – which is good, because with this price tag you’d want everyone to know you’re sweating in Versace. If your athleisure budget is more high street than high end, check out H&M’s offerings, some of which wouldn’t look out of place alongside pieces five times the price. Prices from £210 2 | LE ORE Imagine if Live The Process and Nagnata had a soft, fluffy love child: that’s the vibe here. Muted tones, velvety recycled fabrics and a high-neck sports bra we’re obsessed with. It’s part of a wider trend that sees brands swapping Lycra for softer fabrics – and we’re here for it.…

4 min.
good vibrations

There’s nothing quite like relieving tired and achy muscles after a gruelling session – save, perhaps, for nabbing a front-row spot in your favourite class. But if you’re not a pro athlete, having a live-in massage therapist may be something of a stretch, and not the muscle-easing kind. So it’s little wonder that massage guns have taken the fitness world by storm. Convenient, economical in the long-term and ideal for those who don’t want to expose their knots to a stranger, massage guns are a great way to get the benefits sans masseur. Sound good? Our team of testers braved DOMS to discover which massage guns could rival the magic fingers of your go-to guru. No tip necessary. HOW WE TEST Testers trialled a range of massage guns over a few weeks.…