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Women's Health June 2019

Women's Health readers strive to better their whole lives. And that's exactly why Women's Health reports on all the topics that interest them. In every issue you'll find topics on success strategies, nutrition, weight loss, health, fitness, special reports, sex & relationship, beauty breakthroughs, and style & fashion.

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2 min.
i firmly believe in the magic of mornings.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF @lizplosser Although I groan at my early alarm just like everyone else (right?!), I’m always better for it when I begin my day before the rest of the city is awake. My ideal morning includes coffee, a bit of work to get a jump on the day, a feel-good sweat, and some quality (chaotic!) time with my three young children and husband. According to my parents, I wasn’t always like this. My dad and I still laugh about how the only way he could convince me to jog or play tennis with him before 8 a.m. in high school was if he promised a very large latte afterward. (Clearly coffee has always been nonnegotiable.) I know I’m not alone: We’re not all born “morning people,” but if you’re reading this magazine, then…

1 min.
how i own my morning…

My alarm goes off 5:17 A.M. I sip a mug of coffee (with a splash of whole milk) while checking my Slack, Instagram, email, etc. 5:23 A.M. Head outside for a workout (usually a run or strength training at the local YMCA) 5:47 A.M. Sweaty, happy, home 7:00 A.M. Quick shower using my favorite products from Aesop 7:15 A.M. Breakfast (usually a peanut butter and banana smoothie) with the kiddos and my husband, Matt, before rushing out the door 7:30 A.M. At bus stop brushing my daughter Lucy’s hair, because I never seem to get it done before then 8:01 A.M. On the subway listening to music—sometimes energetic, sometimes chill, depending on what vibes I need 8:07 A.M. At the office with another coffee, caffeinating and getting sh*t done 8:55 A.M.…

2 min.
“your tribe may change.”

Me, last year? I was getting dinner and drinks often with friends, vegging out with family, and going on foodie vacays with my boyfriend. Life could not be more different now. And… because of that, my relationships are too. As my fitness improved and I got hooked on early-morning training, I found myself saying no to nights out. “When you prioritize your health, those things become less appealing,” explained my strength coach, Adriana Couvillion. As bad as I felt for bailing, seeing how far I’d come (I can’t even remember my last glass of wine!) reinforced that it was all worth it. “When you have goals in mind and are looking to take care of yourself, the person in your life who needs to come first is you,” Adriana reminded me. Yes, there…

1 min.
jaime king

Look up multi-hyphenate in the dictionary and you’ll likely find a photo of King next to the entry. The actress (she most recently fought zombies in the Netflix series Black Summer) also wears the hats of mother, model, activist, and fashion designer (her gender-fluid kids’ line with Gardner and the Gang, called The Lion’s Heart, launched in 2016). Phew! To keep her busy self balanced, both mentally and physically, King relies on a steady diet of yoga-based flows with trainer Mikey Budd, who tailors King’s routine to whatever her body craves that day. “He knows that if I’m tired, maybe I just need my ass kicked a little bit—but in a gentle way,” she says. Meditation also centers King, who has a master’s in spiritual science and psychology. But perhaps…

1 min.
high-five feed

“Before I saw the insanely colorful toasts from @oatmeal_stories, I never considered putting avocado on top of hummus. But now that I’ve seen the possibilities, I will forever stack spreads on spreads, on spreads, on spreads…” @ARYELLESICLAIT Editorial Assistant “Love @fittybritttty’s honest reminder here that it’s okay to have negative thoughts—psh, I know I do—as long as you don’t let them overwhelm you.” @AMBERBRENZA Health Editor “Bright and rubbery, this silicone case ensures that I always find my AirPods—can’t miss that red even in a deep bag.” Coffea, $9, amazon.com @HANNAH.ELLISE Photo Assistant “With a fresh floral scent, this candle never fails to brighten up every room—and mood!” $30, snowehome.com @EKBACHARACH Assistant Editor “These moisture-infused balls turn my tub into a spa and don’t break the bank, even if I use one in every bath.” Dove, Milk Swirls Bath Bombs, $6 for…

1 min.
do you need a rest day?

YOU DID A NEW, INTENSE WORKOUT YESTERDAY. Once your body gets used to a technique, it can repeat it several days in a row with few to no issues. But if you shock your muscles with a new way of training, it’ll cause enough physical stress that you need to let them recoup. YOUR HEART RATE IS A BIT HIGHER THAN USUAL TODAY. Record your heart rate each morning. (No need for a fancy tracker; your fingers on your pulse are just fine.) If, one day, your rate is about 10 beats per minute faster, take a break. “It’s a sign your body is in repair mode,” says Winsper. YOU’RE SUPERTIGHT—BUT ONLY ON ONE SIDE. It’s called asymmetrical tightness, and it could signal an alignment problem. Overtraining tends to make these issues…