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Women's Health UK April 2021

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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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11 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
welcome to women’s health

Confidence: it’s the most elusive of feelings. Endlessly powerful when present, yet often fleeting and fragile. And with the exception of those fortunate few whose steely mental armour is seemingly impenetrable, it’s perilously vulnerable to the whims of the outside world. Many who have met me will find it hard to believe, but confidence isn’t a trait that comes naturally to me. In fact, I’ve had an inferiority complex for as long as I can remember. I struggle, to a greater or lesser extent depending on what else is going on for me, to believe I’m as talented, clever and engaging (insert any other positive attribute here) as the next person. The evidence would suggest otherwise, of course. I’m a strong, capable woman who speaks up for herself and others (if…

1 min.
strengthen your grip for a strong mind

The metric that marks your ability to make a strong first impression via a handshake (remember those?), open a jar of jam and carry a fit-to-burst bag for life is rapidly becoming a marker for overall health. Previous studies on grip strength have associated a weak grip with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as type 2 diabetes. Now, a recent study, published in the journal BMC Medicine in November, has found a link between grip strength and mental health. In the seven-year study of more than 500,000 participants, those with low and medium grip strength (and cardiovascular fitness) were more likely to suffer with depression and anxiety than those who scored highly on these metrics. The study authors concluded that their findings provide further proof of the…

2 min.
close to the bone

Plant-based eating has been linked to everything from optimum heart health to sustainable weight loss. But, in a new University of Oxford study, researchers discovered vegans are at far higher risk of breaking a bone than omnivores – something scientists attributed to their lower intakes of calcium and protein. To strengthen your skeleton, prioritise eating things like calcium-rich spinach and protein-dense quinoa – plus, consider taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement to plug any gaps in your diet. MAIN SQUEEZE Turns out there’s more to knee-high socks than keeping your shins toasty. A new study* says the compression kind – used by athletes to aid recovery and prevent injuries – can help boost muscle gains. The long and short of it? They reduce post-workout fatigue, so you can train again sooner. Tight. NOTHING…

1 min.
the to-do list

READ | PERIMENOPAUSE POWER by Maisie Hill, out 4 March (£14.99, Green Tree) This empowering guide helps you navigate your hormones during this life stage, which can start in your thirties. KNOW | NATIONAL EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS WEEK 1-7 March, beateatingdisorders.org.uk An estimated 1.25million people in the UK have an eating disorder. Find out how to ask for – and give – support. DRINK | MICROTEA £7.90 for 12, en.waterdrop.com Most tea bags aren’t compostable, often containing plastic polypropylene. So, drop one of these fruity cubes into hot water for a zero-waste cuppa.…

4 min.
know how

Q I’m naturally a night owl but have to get up super early as a teacher – am I doomed? First up, ask yourself if you really are a late chronotype (the genetic trait that determines your natural sleep and wake rhythm), or if you’re simply not hitting the hay early enough, says Dr Katharina Lederle, human sleep and fatigue specialist at sleep consultancy Somnia. ‘Chronotypes are on a spectrum,’ she tells WH. ‘You can’t change yours, but certain lifestyle and behaviour changes can help shift it along slightly.’ Either way, Dr Lederle notes that the timing of your exposure to light and darkness is key when attempting an earlier wake-up. ‘Make sure there’s plenty of bright light in your room immediately after waking and keep things dim from the early…

1 min.
suit yourself

Cold water swimming is making a splash and, as someone who files ‘surfing in the North Sea’ under the column marked ‘fun’, I know the value of a good wetsuit. The number one thing you should be looking for is a good fit. An ill-fitting suit will restrict your movement and let cold water flush through. A good one, on the other hand, will seal in a small amount of liquid, allowing it to heat up between your body and the fabric, keeping you warm. This Roxy wetsuit is a winner for various reasons. The StretchFlight x2 neoprene is snug, light and flexible, and will keep you insulated. It’s also a 5/4/3mm design, which means the fabric’s thickness is tailored to different parts of the body. Your torso, which doesn’t…