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Women's Health September 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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10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
advisory board

CARDIOLOGY Jennifer H. Mieres, MD Professor of cardiology, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell; senior vice president, Center for Equity of Care, Northwell Health DERMATOLOGY Mona Gohara, MD Associate clinical professor, department of dermatology, Yale School of Medicine Ellen Marmur, MD Founder, Marmur Medical FERTILITY Sheeva Talebian, MD Fertility specialist and reproductive endocrinologist, CCRM New York FITNESS Ben Bruno, CFSC Certified functional strength coach and private trainer Sohee Lee, MS, CSCS Evidence-based fitness coach and certified sports nutritionist; author of Eat. Lift. Thrive. Stacy T. Sims, PhD Exercise physiologist; nutrition scientist; author of Roar: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life GASTROENTEROLOGY Samantha Nazareth, MD Board-certified gastroenterologist GYNECOLOGY Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA Minimally invasive gynecology, Baylor University; founder, Her Viewpoint Kate White, MD, MPH Associate professor of ob-gyn, Boston…

3 min.
soft and strong… and proud of it.

A few months back, I got it in my head that I wanted to do a full, unassisted pullup. The interesting thing about a pullup is that you don’t train by doing pullups. You break down the move into each of its parts: gripping, hanging, shrugging, then—finally!—pulling yourself up. It’s a lesson in patience and humility and holding back when you want to rush forward. But when you get your chin above the bar? It feels good. It’s been a “pullup” kind of year. I pushed myself too hard at work some weeks when I needed to focus on myself and my family. I said yes to a lot of things I should’ve said no to. I got stuck in the weeds, sometimes, when seeing the whole forest made more sense.…

2 min.
wellness journey

“I’m scared now— and that’s a really good thing.” Over a year ago, when I decided to embark on this new lifestyle, I was terrified. Opening up to millions of readers about my food, fitness, and body-image issues?! It was the definition of my worst nightmare. At the time, I didn’t realize how much I’d change. And I’m not talking about physically (which, obviously, I have too), but mentally. “Ninety percent of what we did was mindset,” said my doctor, Gabrielle Lyon, DO, at a check-in. “Before this journey, you were complacent, comfortable, and full of excuses.” Brutal, but accurate. How, then, did I transform? By seeking out the scary. “The only way the human spirit evolves is through discomfort,” Dr. Lyon explained. “It’s a catalyst for growth.” From the start, I’ve been uncomfortable.…

1 min.
high-five feed

“I am totally hypnotized by the candy-colored swirls on these tie-dye gloves. And when I put them on, I feel like I can do anything—I might even quit procrastinating and finally sign up for that boxing class I’ve always wanted to try!”$49.48, sanabulsports.com Jewelyn, Designer @HYPEBREAST “If you send back this eco-friendly— and super-cute!—shampoo bottle when empty, they’ll return it refilled.”$7, loopstore.com Maddie, Beauty Editor @MADABERMAN “I’ve never been much of a hard-boiledegg eater…until @perfectlypeckish. Each fun, bright box comes with two individually wrapped—and never slimy!— eggs, plus a seasoning container, so you can dunk ’em for extra flavor and crunch.”$55 for box of 10, perfectlypeckish.com Trish, Editorial Project Manager @TRISHCLASEN “On his new podcast, @dan_churchill cooks while chatting with his guest about wellness, work, whatever. I hang on every word!”free, iTunes Liz, Editor-in-Chief @lizplosser “In awe of…

1 min.
troian bellisario

When the long-running Pretty Little Liars concluded, star Troian Bellisario found herself in an unfamiliar position: staring at a very short to-do list. “I’m starting to decide what I want my career to look like in 5, 10 years,” says the 33-year-old. Her first big post-PLL part couldn’t have been more tailor-made: Troian plays marine biologist Becky in the big-screen adaptation of Where’d You Go, Bernadette. “As a child, I wanted to be an actress and a marine biologist, and now I’m shooting with Cate Blanchett and doing tests of core samples of glaciers.” Other roles beyond Bernadette have had to wait, though, as she and husband Patrick J. Adams welcomed a baby girl in October. “Now it’s, ‘How do I balance the part of my brain that’s engaged with…

1 min.
mom crush

#FITFAM Genevieve Padalecki For the actress, lifestyle blogger, and mom of three kiddos, two dogs, and eight chickens (!!), moving on the reg is a must—even if she’s just gardening or taking a walk with her tots in tow. It’s this down-toearth, realistic attitude that makes Gen, 38, a feed fave of 1.1 million followers. @NOWANDGEN Covering Ground This Austin, Texas, mama and IRL Insta inspo shares how she stays well with a young fam. 1. Seek Out a Squad Years of playing competitive soccer taught Padalecki the power of teamwork—so much so that she works out with a buddy when she can, to remain accountable and reach her goals. 2. Switch It Up To stay excited about exercising, she loves to try new classes that focus on different fitness methods. It leaves her feeling sore—and accomplished. 3. Take a…