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Women's Health January/February 2020

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.
liz's letter

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF @lizplosser If last month was all about family, friends, and festivities, this one is all about you. I mean, ever seen a gym in early January? (Guessing yes—you’re a Women’s Health reader, after all!) The treadmills are packed, folks are on all of the weight machines, and good luck finding an empty corner to bang out your core work and cooldown stretch. At least, that’s the scene at my local YMCA, where I lift a few times a week. And it always makes me very #WHHappy. Yes, really! For one, it means people are embracing the possibility of positive change, which, right about now, feels as delightful as the eggnog we were all sipping last month. For another, there’s power in numbers, and I love those invisible “We. Are. Doing this thing!” connections…

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 Betina Gozo, CFSC Certified functional strength coach; NASM corrective exercise specialist; Nike master trainer; creator of Women’s Health Woman’s Guide to Strength Training 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,…

2 min.
balancing act

“No more waiting till I feel like crap to see a doctor—I’m ready to optimize my health.” I used to think of doctors’ visits as something to check off the list—like my yearly mammogram (not exactly something I looked forward to!). But since having a baby and going to her checkups, I see it all so differently. My daughter, Rei, can’t advocate for herself at the pediatrician’s; it’s my and my husband’s job to keep track of her progress and come prepared. It’s funny that I’ve never been this invested in my own doc appointments. But since starting this column, I’ve wondered if these visits could be less about confirming that, yes, I’m still alive, and more about finding ways to be my best, healthiest self. That’s why I started working with…

1 min.
high-five feed

“Each calming candle comes with a history lesson about the groundbreaking figure who inspired it.” $65, nomadnoe.com @RAYMONDHO22 Raymond, Design Director “This lip balm has hyaluronic acid to revive lips, and the rosy tint is crazy flattering.” $18, kosas.com @CHELSEATRABERBURNS Chelsea, Senior Beauty Editor “I’ve been counting the days till I can use this 2020 planner. Designed by lifestyle expert @emilyschuman, it’s pretty and practical.” $50, bluesky.com @EKBACHARACH Elizabeth, Assistant Editor “@cliosnacks look like candy but are made with Greek yogurt. I keep mine in the freezer—hello, mini ice cream bars!” $28 for 10, cliosnacks.com @JANDRIAKOS Jacqueline, Health Director “I’m far from an adrenaline junkie, but @demibagby’s gravity-defying Instagram posts are the inspo I need to hit the sky—eek!—and challenge myself in the new year.” @ARYELLESICLAIT Aryel le, Assistant Editor “It’s a PopSocket, but for your drink. Think of it…

2 min.
nurtured by nature

▸ Every Sunday, I slow down and give my plants the TLC they deserve. I put my phone on silent and focus on fertilizing and watering my fam. Surprisingly, it doesn’t feel like a to-do—it becomes an hour of moving meditation. ▸ I used to get headaches staring at my computer all day, but having plants on my desk gives me a reason to look away from my screen every once in a while. I’m more productive too. Plants help me get into a flow state. ▸ New York transforms into a concrete icebox in the winter, but I can still grow nourishing eats inside, which has the added bonus of making my living room look like spring. Using a kit, I cultivate microgreens for soups and snacks. ▸ Plants go through seasonal…

3 min.
such great heights

Whether you’re a runner, climber, lifter, or do-it-all kinda girl, your muscles depend on oxygen to carry you through your workout. Why, then, would you want to throw yourself into a high-elevation environment (think 5,000 feet or more above sea level)—where there’s 3 to 5 percent less oxygen in the air? Great Q. “Training at altitude prompts your body to produce more red blood cells, which deliver oxygen to your lungs and muscles,” says Danny Mackey, a coach with Brooks Running. While it can be tough as hell (you’ll lose your breath faster), working out will feel way easier when you return to home base—and your performance will score an automatic boost for several weeks. While athletes need 18-ish days to see a legit improvement, even a few days can help.…