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Woman's Weekly Living Series

Woman's Weekly Living Series November 2020

Published by IPC Media. Published 9 times per year the Woman's Weekly Living Series has issues daedicated to health, gardening, cooking and knitting, as well as seasonal specials.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd

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I have been known t o take longer t o remember names and certain words as the years pass; t o misplace somet hing I’d put somewhere ‘saf e’. But when I forgot to put tuna in m y tuna pasta bake, I started t o worry! But researching this mont h’s feature on dementia (p6) put m y mind at rest. Check out the expert advice about warning signs you shouldn ’t ignore. We also have stac ks of healt h help about HR T, natural pain relief, vitamin deficiency and avoiding seasonal bugs. Sta y well this winter .…

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good to share

Ditch pills, Go green Doctors are being urged to issue ‘green’ prescriptions instead of medication to improve health and ease pressure on the NHS. This means encouraging time outside, such as gardening, visiting beauty spots and outdoor exercise. Time spent in green spaces has been shown to deliver health benefits, including lower blood pressure and stress levels and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. It can also help ease chronic pain, for which GPs have been advised to prescribe fewer painkillers, as they can be harmful over the long term. 3 common FITNESS MYTHS 1 YOU SHOULD WORK OUT EVERY DAY 64% of Brits believe this, according to research by online fitness experts myvitalmetrics.com. While regular exercise is good for your health, too much can have the opposite effect. ‘Your body needs rest to…

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dementia? or is it just forgetfulness?

1 PROBLEMS WITH PLANNING AND ORGANISATION Following a familiar recipe or a route that you’ve been travelling for years may become difficult, or perhaps you have a sudden inability to manage a budget. Problem solving and following a plan of several steps can become increasingly tricky with dementia. Concentration can become a problem and things may take longer to complete while you struggle with everyday tasks that used to come naturally to you. ✣ IT’S NORMAL TO: miss the odd payment or forget to add the tuna to the tuna pasta bake one evening. 2 Withdrawing from others and social events Losing interest in get-togethers, clubs and hobbies is common for dementia sufferers if they’re finding it difficult to communicate. Regularly losing track of time and not knowing the date or day, or even…

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bump up your health habits

THE HABIT You drink plenty of water The booster: Drink small amounts throughout the day. If you glug it all in one go, your body won’t get the same benefits. Personal trainer Faya Nilsson (fitnessontoast.com) says, ‘Drinking 200ml within an hour is broadly considered to be the most water our bodies can absorb. Chugging an entire bottle will just go straight through you and put your kidneys under unnecessary stress.’ Try to: Get 2litres of fluid a day, including from foods with a high water content, such as melon, yogurt and soup. Drink one 200ml measure of water every hour throughout the day. THE HABIT You exercise to strengthen your pelvic floor The booster: Don't do them while you pee. One in three women suffer from stress incontinence. To help, you need to exercise your pelvic-floor…

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‘even i’ve struggled to keep dancingʼ

‘Just because you are old, it doesn’t mean you’re going to be ill’ It’s hard to believe that Arlene Phillips is 77 years old and unsurprisingly the dancer and choreographer insists she doesn’t feel it at all, thanks to her active lifestyle. Before lockdown, the former Strictly Come Dancing judge tells us, a usual day for her would involve waking up early, doing some exercise before breakfast, then she’d go straight to dance rehearsals, where she’d stay for the whole day, before heading off to see a show in the evening. And now she’s still trying to keep as fit as possible – albeit with much less dancing than usual. ‘At first I started focusing on dancing every day, and then, gradually, as the silence invaded, the dance didn’t come to me as…

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balance your plate & lose weight...

You’ve been eating right, exercising every day and you’ve even cut down on your alcohol intake. In fact, you’re pretty much doing everything by the book, but in spite of it all you’re still not losing weight? Well, the answer may be as simple as your portion sizes. It’s all well and good eating lots of healthy ingredients, but too much of any food won’t do your weight-loss attempts any good – after all, we know that to lose weight, it’s all about taking fewer calories in than the calories your body is using. We’ve got together with nutritionist Shona Wilkinson to make sure that you’re eating the right foods, in the right amounts. So next time you’re dishing up dinner (or any meal, for that matter), keep this serving-size guide handy…