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Women's Fitness Guide Issue 10

We all want to look and feel our best, so our Women's Fitness series provides you with your own personal trainer in bookazine form. Each edition focuses in on one aim, using expert advice from fitness professionals and nutritionists to help you reach your goals. You could try out the Women's Guide to Running, the Best Body Bootcamp, Tone up in Ten Minutes, Get Your Body Back – and numerous other titles all dedicated to helping you feel fitter and healthier at your own pace.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
10 Issues

in this issue

2 min

Back in our teens, we’d do anything to appear more mature. Then, in a rapid about-turn, we reach adulthood and hanker after the supple skin and litheness of our formative years. The good news is, you don’t have to resort to cosmetic surgery to stay looking your best. There are plenty of effective, natural steps you can take every day. Your genetic make-up is not the only determinant of how quickly – or slowly – you age. Diet, exercise, lifestyle habits and skincare regime all play a key role in how youthful you look and feel. The way you eat, breathe, sleep, and even think, can accelerate or slow down ageing. YOUR NATURAL ANTI-AGEING PLAN Looking younger isn’t just about the latest must-have face cream. In this guide, we look at ageing inside…

1 min
7 look younger secrets

RELAX Stress can age your body in various ways, so ensure you take time to relax and reset your mind with our tips from page 56. CLEANSE Your skin is constantly renewing, and cleansing gives it a helping hand by removing dead cells. Find out more on page 12. EXERCISE Nothing beats the postexercise glow - it’s the physical expression of dynamic circulation. Read our chapter on exercise starting on page 36. REST It’s not called beauty sleep for nothing, you know - while you snooze, your body repairs and renews itself. Go to page 58 to discover how you can sleep more soundly. NOURISH A healthy, nutrient-rich diet keeps your body young inside - and outside. Take a look at our chapter on diet and ageing, from page 26. HYDRATE Drinking water and regular moisturising will keep your skin plump…

4 min
time goes by....

Believe it or not, your body starts to age from the physical peak of puberty. Everything from your bone density, skin elasticity, to muscle mass starts to wane. That may sound like a negative start, but as this guide will explain, there’s plenty you can do to slow the speed of change... 20s After hormonal ups and downs in your teens, your skin comes into its own in your 20s. New cells replicate at a good pace, so your complexion should be plump and radiant. Towards the end of the decade, fine lines may start to appear on your forehead and around your eyes, particularly if you haven’t been following a healthy lifestyle or regular skincare routine. This is likely your most carefree decade in terms of health, but skipping sleep or meals…

2 min
spotlight on your skin

Accounting for about 16 per cent of your body weight, you have around two square metres of skin. And it’s more than a barrier against the environment. As well as protecting you from harmful UV rays, infection and chemicals, it also regulates your temperature through processes such as sweating. It also houses a network of nerves that can detect pain, temperature, pressure, textures, vibration and itches. Your skin produces vitamin D, which is essential for the growth and maintenance of your bones as well as other important body functions. It’s also an underrated mode of communication – your skin can visually express a complex range of emotions by blushing and sweating. EPIDERMIS This outer barrier layer of your skin consists of four sub-layers: five on your palms and soles of your feet. It’s…

4 min
go natural

Have you ever looked at the ingredients lists of the products you use on your skin each day? Some of them can be pretty lengthy and baffling. One of your skin’s key roles is to provide a barrier, but that doesn’t mean it’s impenetrable. In fact, it’s estimated that people who use cosmetics and toiletries absorb almost 5lb of chemicals each year. Given that, on average, women use 12 products every day, containing as many as 175 different chemicals, it’s no wonder your skin can start to feel and look ‘overloaded’. It can’t always cope with a constant bon by synthetic substances. Of course, beauty companies aren’t in the habit of making their skincare products deliberately toxic and, used in moderation, they won’t have any detrimental effect. But, for example, if you’re…

1 min
natural and anti-ageing

○ Green tea is said to reduce risk of cancer, and it could also boost your complexion due to its high levels of antioxidants called catechins. ○ Pomegranate extract has been shown to aid regeneration of the skin’s top layers. ○ Calendula is packed with oxidant carotenes and lutein, and is a renowned skin healer. ○ Chaga and pleurotis mushrooms have potent anti-inflammatory properties, ideal for soothing skin. ○ Grape seed is mildly astringent, so it can tighten and tone. ○ Pine bark extract can slow the “breakdown of elastin and collagen and promotes good circulation. ○ Frankincense oil can help balance your skin tone and is good for healing scars and blemishes. ○ Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory and ultra-moisturising; great for after-sun products ○ Argan oil, extracted from a Moroccan tree, is rich in vitamin E and…