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Women's Health UK

Women's Health UK April 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

Bouncing back is one of my all-time hated phrases. Bouncing back from what? It’s such a frivolous phrase, suggesting that being pregnant and giving birth is just a minor blip in one’s quest for body perfection. Something you can forget about and ‘bounce back’ from instantly, without a leaky boob or stretch mark in sight. Of course, the reality is very different. There’s no spring that recoils inside your tummy to retract your abs, there’s no magic pill to make your skin glow despite the exhaustion, while simultaneously perking up your swollen and stretched post-partum boobs. Pregnancy changes a woman’s body forever. And let’s celebrate that. Our cover star Gemma Atkinson is completely on board. ‘My body is not better or worse, just different,’ she told WH. And if you like…

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fight doms with pineapple

Who’d have thought any element of that Marbella hen would be worth incorporating into your healthy day-to-day? Not least the poolside pina coladas. Well, despite pineapple’s high sugar content, its rich vitamin and mineral profile and impressive amounts of fibre make it a nutritional winner for women who train. Studies show that it helps kick-start recovery straight after your lunchtime HIIT sesh, replenishing glycogen stores and increasing insulin to deliver nutrients to your muscles. Plus, pineapple contains the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain, which tackles muscle soreness and – according to a study involving cyclists, published in the European Journal Of Sport Sciences – reduces fatigue and breaks down protein molecules into smaller pieces. The upshot? You’re able to work out at your limit for longer and, when you’re done, your body…

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news you can use

FREUDIAN SLEEP Turns out that dreaming of your teeth falling out during an exam you’re doing naked might serve a purpose after all. A new study* found that when people who experienced a mild amount of fear in their dreams woke up, the brain areas responsible for controlling emotions responded to IRL scary situations much more effectively. Dream on. LIFE SIZED A new study has revealed an unexpected strategy for taking the sting out of sadness. Researchers* (inspired by Pixar’s Inside Out, no less) asked individuals to think of their sadness as a person and found that those who did so reported feeling less sad afterwards – a result they attributed to the greater distance between themselves and the negative emotion. PLAY IT POOL Expecting? Hear this: research conducted by the University of Michigan has…

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ask wh

Is there such a thing as muscle memory when it comes to running? As adept as you are at dropping into conversation the marathon you ran five years ago, do your muscles even remember all that striding out? ‘Muscle memory is a bit of false advertising,’ explains PT and biomechanics coach Anthony Fletcher. ‘The memory and the ability to reproduce a movement or effort lies in the brain, so the term “motor memory” is more accurate.’ This motor memory strengthens pathways in your brain used for a specific sequence of movements; it means activities like driving a car go from being utterly exhausting when you’re learning to almost automatic. ‘That’s the brain taking all those complex thoughts and movements and making them more economical and so less stressful,’ adds Fletcher. Your…

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turkish get-up

Haven’t been introduced? Meet the Turkish get-up – or TG for short. ‘This move is functional in that it’s essentially one you perform daily: getting up from lying down,’ says Harry Grosvenor, head coach at Virgin Active UK. Just, you know, with a load added overhead for fun. ‘It challenges the core, but you’ll also feel your shoulders, quads and hamstrings working.’ To perform the TG, lie on your back with a kettlebell in your right hand in front of your shoulder. Bend your right leg and place your foot flat on the floor. Extend your left arm and leg to the side at a 45° angle and press the bell up towards the ceiling. Rise up on to your left forearm and push into the palm of the left hand…

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am i iodine deficient?

THE EXPERT Laura Tilt, registered dietitian and founder of tiltnutrition.co.uk Without wanting to be unduly alarmist, there’s something of a storm brewing in the world of nutrition; a storm that’s sweeping across women experimenting with a plantbased lifestyle and thinking about their fertility. In the eye of this storm sits a nutrient you’ve probably not given much thought to: iodine. Emerging evidence suggests that Britain faces an iodine-deficiency crisis, with studies revealing that many UK women of childbearing age are mildly to moderately iodine deficient. The mineral is essential in the production of thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism and support development in early life. And if you’re lacking in these – especially at a time when baby-making could be on the agenda – that’s a real problem. Insufficient levels of thyroid hormones during the…