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Simply Woman & Home May 2020

Simply Woman & Home is the only wellbeing and fitness title on the market that offers women of any age, any shape, any fitness level, particularly women over 40, the inspiration to feel fabulous every day. Simple changes that fit real life are the prescription to make the most of their looks, feel younger, fitter, slimmer, reduce stress, increase vitality and live a healthier life. The magazine is divided into sections focusing on wellbeing, beauty, diet, fitness, health and ‘inner you’ and is packed with tips, expert advice and best buys.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min
welcome to feel good you!

The first four months of 2020 have been different, to say the least. At the time of writing, I am working from home, and government rules allow us to go outside for one form of exercise per day. Now, more than ever, we need to keep ourselves healthy and mentally strong, and time out is key to a calm mind. On page 12, an expert reveals the importance of breath work and how it could be the secret to beating stress, boosting sleep and overcoming anxiety. Gut health can impact all these things, so give yours a boost with some pro and prebiotics – find out more on page 104. Fresh air is a health hero, too. If you can get outside, try our walking plan on page 72 –…

1 min
feel good fast

3 min
what’s healthy right now?

Why everyone’s talking about… ALLULOSE Can a sugar substitute ever be good for you? Allulose is the latest buzzword in sweeteners but experts warn that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. ‘Allulose is a monosaccharide sugar,’ explains nutrition consultant Sana Khan from avicennawellbeing.com. ‘Yes, it’s low in calories but we don’t have enough scientific evidence yet to know of any side effects to come. As a nutritionist, I’m always cautious of sweeteners – they can impact blood sugar levels, and long-term use is still a grey area in terms of safety.’ 28% of Brits wrongly believe that the more you sweat, the more fat is burned, found sports retailer Decathlon. SLIM FOR SUMMER – NOW! A mix of eating right and exercise is key to get you in the best shape possible THE BOOK: SlimFast’s Food Not FOMO cookbook…

5 min
breathe yourself better

Forget signing up to an expensive gym class – we already have the most effective (and free!) piece of equipment to boost our wellbeing – our lungs. The problem is we’re not always using them to their full potential. But by making simple adjustments to the way you inhale and exhale, you can profit from a host of health benefits. ‘By changing the way you breathe, you can improve your physical health, plus mental and emotional wellbeing,’ says breath coach Stuart Sandeman, founder of Breathpod (breathpod.me). ‘Learning to breathe properly will have a positive effect on the way you feel, think, act, operate and perform.’ Time for inner peace Controlling your breathing can cause the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol to drop, which deactivates the stress cycle. ‘Breathwork helps release deep emotional…

1 min
boost your breathing

BEST BOOKS: ✢ The Art of Breathing by Dr Danny Penman (£8.99, HQ) Tips for specific situations. ✢ Breathe by Mary Birch (£13.99, Little Brown Books) Written by a nurse, it offers a four-week breathing retraining plan. ✢ The Little Book of Breathing by Una L Tudor (£7.99, Gaia) Great for popping in your handbag – for guidance on the go. ✢ Soundasleep Bluetooth Speaker Pillow (£50, soundasleeppillow.co. uk) With a hidden Bluetooth speaker connected to your phone, you can listen to guided breathing exercises without clunky headphones. CLEVER BUYS: ✢ Dodow Sleep Aid Light (£49.99, John Lewis) This sleep aid uses blue light beamed onto your ceiling to help guide breathing before bed. ✢ Music Sleep Mask (£24.99, prezzybox.com) Prefer to close your eyes while doing breathing exercises? This mask blocks out light while you listen…

5 min
waste less… live better!

BIN SINS The average person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks. None of us like to think of ourselves as wasteful. But take a look at the food we throw away, our ‘healthy’ supermarket shop that’s shrouded in shrink-wrap, plus the multiple car journeys we make, and it’s safe to say we could probably all do better. Zero-waste living is now a global movement, and reducing what we use and dispose of is one of the most positive things we can do to halt damage to the planet. ‘Our waste ends up in our landfills, spoiling our precious environment, leaching toxic compounds into our air and soil, wasting the resources used to create the discarded goods, and costing us billions each year in processing,’ says…