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Women's Health UK

Women's Health UK May 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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United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
11 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
welcome to women’s health

It’s almost over. Lockdown, a word that’s dominated every aspect of our lives for more than a year, is soon to be lifted. Even as I write this, I’m touching all the wood I can find. But my hair appointment is booked, I’m counting down the days until I can get back in the gym and I’m planning more Prosecco-soaked barbecues than I care to admit. I suspect your diary looks a lot like mine. Plans are written in pencil, but they’re plans nonetheless. So I read with interest that some experts believe this sudden rush to socialise could quickly overwhelm us, leaving us stressed and overstimulated. In a year in which our worlds have shrunk to the four walls of our homes, I don’t doubt this to be true. I’ve…

1 min.
eat nettles for faster fat burn

It might sound like a nine-year-old’s torture nightmare, but hear us out. Aside from the non-existent air miles that make them an ethical eater’s dream, nutrient-rich nettles have been linked to reductions in blood pressure and inflammation and, in a recent study, even fat loss. Researchers at the University of Maryland in the US found that nettle extract was associated with slower weight gain in those consuming a high-fat diet. Why? Nettles activate a hormone in cells known as FIAF (that’s fasting-induced adipocyte factor), which not only accelerates the conversion of fats into energy, but also seems to protect your vital organs from absorbing too many fatty acids. You’d need to consume around 100g of nettles per day to see the benefits – which, conveniently, is about how much there…

2 min.
shroom for more

Nutrition geeks, here’s an easy win: new research in the journal Food Science & Nutrition has found that adding a serving of mushrooms (84g) to your daily diet can increase your intake of common ‘shortfall’ nutrients, such as vitamin D and fibre, with a negligible impact on calories, salt or fat content. Add to stir-fry, stat. HOME ADVANTAGE Researchers at McMaster University concluded that simple body weight moves are enough to keep you fit, after prescribing an 11-minute routine of callisthenics (think high knees, tricep dips, squat jumps) for participants to do thrice weekly. NEED TO LEAD Scientists researching the Mosuo tribe of south-west China found that women in its matriarchal villages (where grandmothers are the heads of households) have lower blood pressure and fewer inflammatory proteins in their blood than those in similar,…

1 min.
the to-do list

EAT | GOOD CATCH PLANTBASED TUNA (£1.50, Tesco) Reel in this vegan sarnie-filler for a sustainable alternative to your regular tins in three different flavours. Plus, there’s 18g of plant protein per pack. READ | OVERLOADED by Ginny Smith (£16.99, Bloomsbury) Flick through for a mind-blowing exploration into how your brain chemicals affect every area of life – from feeling hangry to falling in love. DOWNLOAD | BETTER WITHOUT (free, App Store, Google Play) This app is a handy new resource for the sober-curious. Log in to review the best low- and no-alcohol drinks – and search for the venues that serve them.…

4 min.
know how

What should my workout week look like? First things first: whatever your goal, the government advises at least 150 minutes a week of moderate activity (think brisk walking or swimming) or 75 minutes of something vigorous (where talking becomes difficult). To this, it recommends adding at least two strength sessions, and that includes anything from lifting dumbbells to flowing with Adriene. The ideal number and type of sessions depends on your goal – whether that’s improving your cardiovascular health, managing stress, building strength or myriad others. Want to smash your 5k PB? Work in some short, sharp sprint sessions – research shows that doing so thrice weekly can make you a faster runner in just two weeks*. If strength is the goal, StrongHer gym founder Tig Hodson recommends leaving no more…

3 min.
fire hydrant

You might chuckle at its name (dog, lifting leg – get it?), but the fire hydrant provides a glute blast that’s no joke. It’s an excellent accessory move for leg day, as it targets the hip abductors – specifically, the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus, the lesser-known (and harder-to-reach) neighbours of the gluteus maximus, your largest glute muscle. Bonus: the position also requires you to fire up your core to keep you stable and avoid lower back rotation. ‘Done correctly, this exercise can help improve both hip mobility and lumbar [that’s lower back, FYI] stability,’ says Emily Taylor, personal trainer at Fitness Lab. ‘It’s great for warming up the hips and activating the glutes before a workout.’ The move also requires movement in the transverse plane – PT speak for rotation…