Women's Health

January/February 2022

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
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…

3 min
a few weeks ago, longtime wh contributor and trainer angela gargano sent an email to her community. as i read it, happy tears formed in my eyes.

Angela shared about some of the highs and lows of my pullup journey—from never-gonna-happen, to 1, to 10!—under her guidance. This may seem like just another email recounting a client story, but her words showed how clearly she saw me: the painful broken sacrum I trained around, the days when I couldn’t get to the gym, my struggle leading a team of newly remote editors through some unprecedented days…mornings of frustration and elation. Angela was my rock during an extremely challenging time in the world. She believed in me when I didn’t see my own potential, pushing me without breaking me, reminding me that every rep counts. That’s the power of really good coaches. They help you experience tiny and huge breakthroughs that can change you forever. I’ve been lucky to have…

1 min
healthy halt

You’re used to chatting blood pressure with the doc. But as times (and science!) change, there’s another measure that may become a chart staple: chronic inflammation. Stanford University researchers recently created an inflammation “clock” (called iAge) to help physicians assess someone’s well-being based on this issue. Inflamm-aging, as the scientific term for it suggests, is believed to occur when ongoing immune system stimulation leads to age-related disorders such as heart disease. So knowing your level may give you the ability to pump the brakes on it. Until docs have a standard test tool (sounds like it’s a-comin’!), slow your status with these hot-stop tips: “Stay active, avoid foods with trans-saturated fats, and try to incorporate more omega-3 fats into your diet, as these help with inflammation,” says Nicole Avena, PhD,…

1 min
on-demand healing

NETFLIX FOR THE SPIRITUALITY-CURIOUS Before Noon (beforenoon.co) is a platform offering virtual guided sessions of modalities like tarot reading. Each member experience is crafted to help you achieve a breakthrough and release stress. Yes, plz! A SELF-CARE APP FOCUSED ON INCLUSIVITY Exhale (exhalesite.com) provides an array of mental wellness options, from guided meditations catering to Black women, indigenous women, and women of color to inspirational coaching talks. Bonus: Push notifications deliver affirmations. A PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL BLEND Check out Open (open.com) for digital classes that merge physical and mental health practices through yoga, HIIT, Pilates, breath work, and more. Live in the L.A. area? Hit up the brick-and-mortar studio to try it IRL. PROP STYLING: SHARON RYAN/HALLEY RESOURCES; OLIVIA FIELDS (ILLUSTRATION)…

1 min
cool runnings

Braving the cold to break a sweat is a beloved WH winter tradition, but the risk of accidental hypothermia (really) might throw an icicle in your plans. Low-intensity exercise in cold environments alters your perception of body temperature, found a new study in Physiology & Behavior. Translation: You may not realize just how frigid you are. While extreme cold is an obvious risk, wet and windy conditions can ramp up the wintry power and make even moderately chilly days somewhat dangerous, says Christopher Minson, PhD, a professor of human physiology at the University of Oregon. Before resigning yourself to the treadmill this season (nothing wrong with that if ya love it!), try this: WATCH FOR SWIFT CHANGES Prior to pounding the pavement, always check the forecast, including wind speeds, says Minson. Hypothermia…

1 min
how to assemble the smartest wardrobe

Go for breathable but warm materials, like merino wool blends and other synthetics, recommends Minson. Skip cotton! Also, opt for multiple thin(ish) pieces you can easily add or remove. (You want to start out a little cool so you don’t over-sweat.) As you get going, blood flow shifts to the core, so be aware of your extremities. In freezing, windy conditions, cover your ears, nose, cheeks, and hands. SURE BETS These expert-approved products will keep you warm as you’re walking, er, running through a winter wonderland. Tracksmith Brighton Base Layer Start in style with this long-sleeve merino-blend crew (save for the closed-knit sleeves providing extra warmth where you need it). Sweaty Betty Thermodynamic Running Leggings With brushed fleece on the inside, these babies block the cold from chilling ya to the bone (literally). Nike Transform…