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Woman's Weekly Living Series July 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

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You don’t have to spend a fortune t o keep fit and healt hy – or dedicate hours of your lif e to it. A well-considered diet and regular easy ex ercise can make a real dif ference. W e show you how, wit h our ‘Get fit in 15 minutes’ feature on page 24, plus advice on which activities are best at certain stages of your lif e (page 44). Plus on page 30, we introduce you t o ‘hyper-foods’ – the new turbo-c harged superfoods – and simple recipes f or some delicious good-f or-you dishes. It couldn’t be easier t o get a handle on your healt h. Come on in……

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3 great ways to… keep hydrated

1 HAVE WATER BEFORE EACH MEAL Get into the habit of having a glass of water before each meal to help you hit your daily target of six to eight glasses, which we need for good sleep, focus and to prevent tiredness and regulate body temperature. It’ll also help prevent you from overeating, as your body won’t confuse hunger with dehydration. 2 FLAVOUR YOUR WATER If you prefer more taste, add a slice of cucumber or ginger, a slice of frozen lemon or a flavoured zero-sugar hydration powder. And remember that foods also count towards your water intake. Snack on healthy fruit and veg high in water, such as strawberries, grapes, melon, cucumber and celery. 3 BUY A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE It’s better for the environment than a plastic bottle and being portable means you…

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12 ways to boost your bones

1 Test your strength Weight-resisted exercise can help improve muscle strength and balance, and may prevent falls and possible fractures. Even if you’re quite frail, there are exercises that can help. Try gentle press-ups against a wall to strengthen wrists, or lift food tins or squeeze a tennis ball as you watch TV. To strengthen hips, stand on one leg for one minute, three times a day – hold onto something for balance, if necessary. 2 Have a bone density scan This is important if you’re aged over 50 and you have recently broken a bone after a minor bump or fall from standing height, a key first sign of osteoporosis – where bone density and quality is reduced and which affects over two million UK women. Craig Sale, Professor of Human Physiology at…

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‘how i stay healthy at 70!’

She has wowed audiences with her beauty for decades, but British actor Jane Seymour admits it’s only since celebrating her milestone 70th birthday that she feels at the top of her game. Jane, who starred as a Bond girl at the age of just 20, and has starred in TV hits such as Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, The Scarlet Pimpernel and War and Remembrance, says she’s ‘letting everything go’ and finally feels ‘comfortable in her own skin’. And so she should be – Jane looks absolutely stunning in her eighth decade. She credits her good health to ‘rigid self-discipline’ over the years, which includes practising Pilates each week, eating just one meal a day and enjoying a glass of wine with dark chocolate. Speaking from her home on Malibu beach in California, where she…

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slim into your summer dress… in 2 weeks!

WHY IT WORKS Simply by cutting calories to 1,000-1,200 a day. Hunger pangs are overcome with lots of filling, but non-fattening foods, and you’re also allowed some treats to keep you motivated. THE RULES Choose one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner daily from the meal lists, and mix and match to suit your lifestyle. Plus, you’re allowed one or two treats from the list each day, if you’re still hungry. In addition, you can snack on an extra portion of fruit every day, such as an apple, orange, peach or a small bowl of fruit salad. Vary your choices so you receive a range of nutrients. BREAKFASTS ✣ 1 slice from a 400g fruit loaf, with a mashed banana ✣ A 200g can of Heinz Beanz with Pork Sausages ✣ ½ a grapefruit (or 80g tinned, drained…

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trick your hormones and help your health

SLEEP The hormone: MELATONIN ‘When light levels drop in the evening, the pineal gland switches on the production of this sleep-inducing hormone,’ says Silentnight sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan. It’s then released throughout the night, keeping you asleep until the morning. Take action: Get outside in the daylight for at least 20 minutes every day to keep levels suppressed. Then in the hour before bed, avoid bright light, particularly the blue light from phones and other tech, which can stop melatonin and disrupt your sleep/wake cycle. Make sure that your room is dark when you go to bed. MENOPAUSE The hormone: OESTROGEN It’s responsible for your female shape and characteristics, and levels of it fall dramatically when you enter perimenopause (usually in your late 40s) and menopause (in your early 50s). This leads to hot flushes,…