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Woman's Weekly Living Series

Woman's Weekly Living Series January 2021

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

in this issue

1 min
3 ways to… keep muscles strong

1 RESIST! Do some resistance training twice a week to build strong muscles for good balance, to boost your immune system and metabolism and to help you maintain a healthy weight. 2 EAT PROTEIN It’s essential to help your body build and repair muscle. ‘Muscle mass starts to diminish after 30, and during the menopause, women can experience a quicker rate of loss,’ says nutritionist Rob Hobson (robhobson.co.uk). 3 WALK It will help to build strong leg muscles and improve your balance, reducing your risk of falls. Any regular activity can help build muscle. Yoga and Pilates strengthen hip and knee muscles, as well as improve your balance.…

2 min
good to share

Take a ‘WOW!’ walk We know walking is good for our health, but scientists have discovered that taking an ‘awe-inspiring’ walk is even better for mental well-being. A study of people aged 60 to 90 by the University of California, in San Francisco, found that those taking a stroll where they looked out for things to be amazed by felt more positive emotions, such as compassion and gratitude. Awe can be found almost anywhere, but it’s likely to occur in places with two key features – vastness and novelty. Health news BEEN ILL? Make sure you change your toothbrush. Research from Colgate reveals that 62% of Brits wouldn’t consider doing this, despite it being sound health advice. Dental hygienist Hannah Young explains, ‘It’s important that we replace our toothbrush after a cold, cough or…

4 min
5 days to brtter immunity

DAY 1 Start eating smart Vitamins such as A and C, and zinc, play a vital role in our immune-system function, so it’s important to have a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruit and veg. Include plenty of: ✢ Dark leafy greens – dark cabbage, sprouts, broccoli, spinach and kale contain high levels of glucosinolates – strong immunity-boosters. ✢ Berries – for their antibacterial and antiviral properties. Blueberries and cranberries are good at fighting infection, and strawberries are packed with vitamin C. ✢ Citrus fruits – a rich, but low-cost source of vitamin C. Eat the whole fruit, not just the juice, for flavonoids – phytochemicals that enhance the effect of vitamin C. Keep them in the fridge. ✢ Nuts and seeds – a source of healthy fats, selenium and zinc, which strengthen the immune system. ✢…

4 min
the fast-track to a healthier 2021

The optometrist WEAR SUNGLASSES ‘You should be as cautious with your eyes around sunlight as you are with your skin. Protecting against UV light helps reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, which can lead to blindness. Make sure you have a good-quality pair of sunglasses that meet health regulations. A good diet also helps to protect the eyes against UV damage, so eat five portions of fruit and vegetables daily.’ Rakesh Kapoor, Specsavers optometrist director, Wembley, Edgware and Stanmore The cardiologist KNOW YOUR RISKS ‘Many women have no idea of their risk of heart disease. Ask your doctor about your risks and do what you can to change any aspect of your life that needs alteration. That might mean reducing your weight, stopping smoking, tackling raised cholesterol or blood pressure, and doing at…

3 min
‘being attractive is about confidence and vitality!’

Jenny Agutter has lived out most of her adult life on screen, from the moment she starred as Bobbie in the 1970 hit film The Railway Children , at just 17 years old. She has also spent many years in Hollywood, but that doesn’t mean she’s been affected by the famously vain movie industry. The 68-year-old actress, who most recently played Sister Julienne in the Call The Midwife ‘In LA, there was a lot of focus on looks and how you appeared to be' Christmas special, says that she is much more interested in personality than image. Jenny, who moved from Somerset to the States at the age of 21 for 16 years, says, ‘In LA, there was a lot of focus on the way one looks, and the way you appeared to be.…

1 min
‘cystic fibrosis is in my family’

When Jenny’s niece, Rachel, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth, it was a terrifying time for the family, as they ‘went through three or four months of seeing her struggle to survive’. Rachel is now 42, and Jenny has described her as an energetic party-goer. ‘She has to work hard on her health, but she is terrific,’ she reveals. Sadly, Jenny had two siblings who passed away as babies and she believes it’s possible that undiagnosed CF could have been the cause. She decided to get tested for CF when she was pregnant with her son 30 years ago, and found she is a carrier of a faulty version of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene, which causes the disease, but thankfully her husband was not. While she is optimistic…