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Simply Woman & Home

Simply Woman & Home July 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.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min
welcome to feel good you!

Summer is here and, as I write this, we have been given the go-ahead for unlimited outdoor exercise. I think we are all realising that life as we know it has changed for the foreseeable, and it’s not always easy to accept. I, for one, have been relying on the (remote) support of friends and family more than ever. But some good has come from the lockdown, too. On page 120, we reveal how to carry the positives into ‘normal’ life–and our happiness feature on page 12 has lots of tips and simple lifestyle changes to transform your mood. Staying healthy during such a turbulent time has never been easier–or cheaper, for that matter. On page 108, we reveal an array of £1 health fixes, and on page 48 you’ll discover…

1 min
feel good fast

3 min
what’s healthy right now?

WE’RE LOVING… Jabuticaba berries Move over avocado, see you later kefir–the latest must-try trend is the jabuticaba fruit. This dark-coloured Brazilian berry is only in season for a few weeks of the year, but it’s jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, plus flavonoids. This makes it great for protecting against diseases including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and strokes, while boosting the immune system, hair and skin. Charity begins at home this summer… The impact of COVID-19 has meant many fundraising events have been paused–but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out completely. Race for Life has launched #RaceForLifeAtHome so you can still get active and help raise money, no matter what the isolation situation. Simply go to the Race for Life Facebook page and join one of the many virtual or solo events. Find…

5 min
your happiness prescription

On a scale of one to 10, how happy are you today? Being permanently upbeat is unattainable–especially with the backdrop of health fears, losses, employment uncertainty and isolation–but anything below seven suggests there’s scope for work to be done. A complex formula of genes, behaviour traits and individual life circumstances determine our happiness levels–and there’s nothing like a global pandemic to shake our feel-good foundations. However, according to experts, it’s entirely possible to ‘think ourselves happy’ despite other influences. In fact, psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky* believes as much as 40% of our happiness is down to our state of mind. So, how can we adopt a cheerier outlook? As with training our muscles or starting a diet plan, it takes commitment to the cause. Research proves that regularly practising positivity and affirmative…

1 min
your mood improving care kit

✢ VITAMIN B12 ‘B12 contributes to the normal function of the nervous and immune systems, so low levels can cause a whole host of symptoms that include low mood, irritability and fatigue,’ says medical nutritionist Dr Michelle Braude. ✢ MAGNESIUM ‘This supports hormone balance, calms the nervous system, relieves stress and encourages sleep,’ reveals nutritionist Cassandra Barns. ✢ OMEGA-3 ‘Omega-3 nutrients have been shown to be effective in relieving the symptoms of depression, as well as having a beneficial effect on anxiety and premenstrual syndrome,’ says Dr James Brown from the University of Aston. ✢ VITAMIN D ‘We’re all more prone to low levels of vitamin D due to being indoors more. A deficiency increases the likelihood of depression–it’s also essential for bone health and immunity,’ explains Healthspan head of nutrition Rob Hobson. (Vitamin D Apple & Blackcurrant…

6 min
find your dream routine

For some, the monotony of lockdown has been a struggle. If this is you, take heart from the revelation that a set routine can boost your health. ‘A daily routine can help us feel more in charge of our lives and aid our mental wellbeing,’ says sleep psychologist and mindfulness expert Hope Bastine, resident expert with Simba. A lack of routine in our day can mean we feel stressed out and agitated when life becomes frantic. In fact, 85%* of Brits seek order and structure at home, saying it makes them happier. But finding the balance between a well-planned daily schedule and living in chaos can be hard. ‘Research shows that when we are too fixed and rigid, especially when it comes to a routine, it can cause us to suffer more…