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Women's Health

May 2021
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Women's Health readers strive to better their whole lives. And that's exactly why Women's Health reports on all the topics that interest them. In every issue you'll find topics on success strategies, nutrition, weight loss, health, fitness, special reports, sex & relationship, beauty breakthroughs, and style & fashion.

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10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
liz’s letter

Welcome to the Adventures Issue. There was admittedly some wishful wanderlust thinking involved when the WH editorial team dreamed up this theme a full year ago. @lizplosser Entrenched in pandemic life, each of us dutifully donned our masks, avoided crowds, and limited travel in our collective desire to help flatten the curve. (Fast-forward to spring, and here we still are, but with hope on the horizon!) But the truth is, we found safe ways to reimagine travel when the world felt oh-so small. We discovered adventure in our backyards and neighborhoods, and on road trips, by exploring paths in nearby parks and learning to sweat in snowshoes and cross-country skis for the first time. We climbed up newfound trails in our home states that felt almost as epic as trekking through Europe. Editors…

1 min.
advisory board

CARDIOLOGY Jennifer H. Mieres, MD Professor of cardiology, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell; senior vice president, Center for Equity of Care, Northwell Health DERMATOLOGY Mona Gohara, MD Associate clinical professor, department of dermatology, Yale School of Medicine Ellen Marmur, MD Founder, Marmur Medical Joshua Zeichner, MD Director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City FERTILITY Sheeva Talebian, MD Fertility specialist and reproductive endocrinologist, CCRM New York FITNESS Ben Bruno, CFSC Certified functional strength coach and private trainer Betina Gozo, CFSC Certified functional strength coach; NASM corrective exercise specialist; Nike master trainer; creator of Women’s Health Woman’s Guide to Strength Training Lauren Kanski, CPT NASM-certified personal trainer; functional strength and conditioning specialist; kettlebell skills specialist Sohee Lee, MS, CSCS Evidence-based fitness coach and certified sports nutritionist; author of Eat. Lift. Thrive. Stacy T. Sims, PhD…

2 min.
“reflection is the gateway to habit change.”

I’ve never been much of a full-meal eater; I’ve always been a snacker. That preference was only magnified during the past year. While working at home, my snack habit went from manageable to major and started to feel a little out of control. So I began working with nutrition expert Shana Minei Spence, RDN (@thenutritiontea), to figure out how to have a healthier relationship with food. I initially asked Shana for help with bloating, as it feels as if my stomach fills with air between morning and noon. In fact, when I look at this photo, I just see bloat. (Much as I hate to admit that, I want to be transparent about my struggles—the great thoughts and the negative ones.) But what I discovered is that her advice would lead to…

1 min.
change maker

Through books like Super Attractor and You Are the Guru, self-proclaimed “spirit junkie” Gabby Bernstein inspires women to pursue their dreams—while never losing sight of her own. “I teach and practice the method of focusing on small right actions to get toward a bigger goal,” she says. “When you add them up, your goals become effortless.” A few such small right actions Gabby is concentrating on now: What’s On My Vision Board My podcast Dear Gabby at number one on the Apple Charts, a stage in front of a live audience (speaking is my art and it’s been too long since I did this), and the beach—I’m so ready to travel and sit by the water. THE SLEEP ACCESSORY THAT CHANGED MY Z’S I cannot live without my Chili Ooler sleep pad. It’s…

1 min.
achieve it!

1 Establish a ritual. Coffee is part of my writing routine. When I sit down at my desk in the morning with a mug by my side, my brain knows it’s time to write. I’ve published eight books so far, and every new chapter begins with a sip of coffee. Settle on a ritual that gets you motivated, write it down, and commit to it. 2 Be uninterruptible. This is the best advice I’ve ever received for clearing blocks of time and removing obstacles, courtesy of my friend, memoirist Dani Shapiro: Decide what time you’re going to do something and add it to your calendar. Turn off your phone. Get childcare or any other necessary support at that time if possible so you can be truly unbothered by distractions. 3 Speak it.…

1 min.
squat switch

Same old squats getting snoozy? Say hello to your leg day shake-up: the lateral squat, which puts emphasis on your quads, inner thighs, glute medius muscles (think side butt), hamstrings, and calves. It’s lower-body work from all the angles. THE STEPS 1. Stand with feet wider than hips, knees and toes pointing forward. 2. Keeping left leg straight, shift weight into right heel, push hips back, and bend right knee until thigh is parallel to floor. Keep hands in fists in front of chest. 3. Press through right foot to reverse movement and return to start. 4. Repeat on other side. Do three sets of 10 to 12 reps on each side. HOT TIP! Perform a few sets to warm up before lower-body workouts or combine weighted lateral squats with an upper-body move like biceps…