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Women's Health UK

Women's Health UK January 2020

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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welcome to women’s health

You can call us many things, but meek we are not. In fact, at Women’s Health, we’ll never steer away from important topics simply because they’re tricky or controversial. On a personal level, I’m one of the most honest and direct (some would probably argue blunt) people you’ll ever meet, so as head of this very influential brand, it’s my job to ensure we present facts, scientific findings and the honest opinions of some of the health industry’s most well-respected experts, even if that information won’t please everyone. One person who doesn’t fear backlash over what she might say is Jillian Michaels. Proudly predating most Instagram fitness stars, she was on TV screens when many of you were teenagers, preaching her message about how to achieve a healthy lifestyle, and I…

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don’t fret, play tetris

• ‘Aidan is typing…’ Oh, that nerves-inducing period between the blue ticks and a bloody response, much like the night before exam results or the few minutes that inch by while a pregnancy test cooks. You need a distraction, which University of California researchers believe you’ll find in a game of Tetris; you know, the retro block-rotating-and-stacking game. They reached their conclusion after telling participants they were about to be rated on their physical attractiveness (yes, really) and left them to play Tetris in the meantime. They were split into three subgroups and played the game at different levels: easy, hard and adaptive, where the difficulty increases as the player’s skills improve. Only the adaptive group were distracted enough from the impending results to reach a focused, energised, ain’t-got-no-time-for-Aidan flow…

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news you can use

In grape health A new study* suggests that a regular glass of red will boost the diversity of your gut bacteria. That’s not an excuse to mainline the Merlot – you only need one glass a fortnight to reap the gut gains. HEART HEALTH HOTEL Holidays are good for your heart – confirmed. New research* has found that the more holidays employees take, the lower their risk for metabolic syndrome – the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. What’s more, with each extra holiday taken, the risk decreased by nearly a quarter. Reason enough to use up your annual leave. MIGHTY CHONDRIA Bear with us while we talk mitochondria for a minute. They’re the powerhouses of your cells, and now scientists have found that stress can alter the ones in your brain cells. Further study could…

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the to-do list

READ | THE SELF-CARE COOKBOOK Out 12 December (£14.99, Vermilion) Plant-based chef Gemma Ogston shares her how-to for nurturing your mind and body through a thoroughly wholesome plate. Come for the stunning cover, stay for the pearls of wellness wisdom. LISTEN | DEAR JOAN AND JERICHA PODCAST Series two has just dropped, Acast The fictional and raucously inappropriate agony aunts are back. Expect NSFW anecdotes, hysterical asides and the most questionable advice you’ve ever heard. DO | VEGANUARY Throughout January, veganuary.com Last year, over 250,000 people took the plunge and committed to swerving the meat and dairy aisles. Ready to take on the challenge? Go online for a starter pack containing all the help you need.…

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is it okay to exercise if i have a cold?

• Setbacks a good workout can, if not fix, alleviate somewhat: a bad meeting, a spat with your partner, a mild hangover. But actual illness? The cost:benefit ratio is harder to call. Yes, you may get that unique buzz afterwards, but will you just extend your cold’s snotty shelf life? ‘The best way to tell whether it’s safe to train or not is the neck check,’ says exercise scientist and physiologist William Alexander. ‘If your symptoms are confined to above the neck – such as a sore throat and a runny or blocked nose – you should be okay to train.’ However, if you have aching muscles, a chesty cough, diarrhoea or a fever, give it a miss. Fighting off flu or another infection means your immune system is already…

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asking for a friend

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT MY FRIEND’S DIET. HOW DO I MAKE HER SHUT UP? One more word about the number of ‘free foods’ in her ‘lunch’ (an M&S fruit pot, not that you asked), and you swear you’ll shove a melon finger up her left nostril. Whether your friend needs to be on a diet or not, it’s ultimately her choice – and regardless of the advisability of her methods, there’s really no talking to brick walls (especially hungry ones). However, you don’t need to hear about: (a) how she’s put all of the 2lb she lost last week back on again (who would have thought?), (b) how satisfying she finds courgetti or (c) the hidden calories in seeded cracker bread. Try something polite but pretty firm, like, ‘I’m…