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Women's Health

January/February 2021

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

1 min.
any fellow oversharers out there?

Here’s what I’ve learned about finding my voice and speaking authentically: It feels really freaking good, and it creates powerful connections with others. Call it manifesting, dreaming big, vision boarding, whatever your word for it—I hope 2021 is the year you speak your truth and watch it change everything. This will be a constant theme across WH’s channels in the new year (stay tuned for more details). And it’s a vibe our cover star, business mogul and TikTok abspiration Jessica Alba, embraces fully. (Soak up her awesome “you’ve got this” energy in “Earth Mama,” page 80.) There’s a ton of science that confirms that articulating your hopes and dreams—fitness-focused, professional aspirations, all of it—helps keep you accountable and improves your chances of crossing the finish line. On my Instagram, where I unabashedly…

1 min.
the wh dream-big (or little) list

SLOW. IT. DOWN. “I’ve always had a bad habit of working through meals—scarfing down lunch while attempting to type at the same time and, ultimately, feeling less satisfied with my food. So in 2021, I’m promising to take 10 minutes to close my laptop and focus on my meal, even when I think I’m too busy!” Lauren Del Turco, fitness and wellness editor COOK PROPER MEALS “I’m going to cook at home more, one or two times a month. I used to rely solely on restaurants and takeout… but it’s time for change. Like a real meal, not instant oatmeal.” Raymond Ho, design director START SMALL “I’m a huge planner, so when I couldn’t prep for anything—vacations, dinners, you name it—in 2020, I felt adrift. Next year I want to live in the moment and create small-scale…

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…

3 min.
warm up

Right On Time If your workouts are stuck in Struggle City, you may want to rethink your sched. Your body has circadian rhythms that regulate everything from energy to recovery, says Renske Lok, PhD, a Stanford postdoctoral fellow who focuses on the topic. And her most recent study shows that early evening (just after 5 p.m.) deserves waaay more credit in the workout department. By then, your body temp is primed for exercise, allowing you to perform at your peak, she says. Of course, everyone is different, so to figure out your optimal workout hour, try this quickie test: Do the same workout—say, a mile run— at two different times, with a rest day in between, and keep your other habits (food, coffee, sleep) the same, so you don’t skew the…

1 min.
a love letter to kettlebells

I’ve used the word abs to describe my core exactly two times in my life: as a 20something, when I regularly competed in triathlons, and the second time, at 41 years old, a few months into the lockdown, when I got super into swinging kettlebells. Notice that neither of the above involved crunches or situps. That’s one of the coolest things about KBs: They stealthily strengthen your core because the round, unevenly distributed weight forces you to recruit your abdominal muscles from liftoff. It’s true: Kettlebell training twice a week improved core strength by 70 percent, in a small but mighty American Council on Exercise study. Add in some basic moves like cleans and swings? Your bod is lit from head to toe. Not to mention, once you nail the fundamentals, you…

1 min.
vested interest

BEST FOR NEWBIES HENKELION WEIGHTED VEST “This vest is easy to use—ideal for beginners. Start with either the 6- or the 8-pound model and wear it in small increments, like for a 10-minute run. Your body needs time to get used to it.” —Ariel Hoffman, NASM-certified master trainer, founder of Ariel Hoffman Wellness From $26, amazon.com BEST FOR CARDIO RUNMAX PRO “The Velcro around the torso will keep the vest in place while you move—even if you’re a fast runner—and the padded shoulders are a must for comfort during long workouts. I give it two big thumbs up for trail running.” — Brittany Watts, NASM-certified trainer at Performix House $45, amazon.com BEST FOR BODYWEIGHT WORK HYPERWEAR HYPER VEST FIT/PRO “I love to strap this one on for squats. It hugs your body while offering breathability…