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Women's Health Australia May 2019

Women’s Health Australia's mission is to help Aussie women feel happier and healthier (every single day!) with the ideal mix of fitness, food, nutrition, mindfulness, wellness, fitspo fashion and beauty, plus so much more.

Paragon Media Pty Ltd
R 38,29
R 288,43
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
screw it, just do it!

Just over a month ago, I tackled a pretty massive fitness undertaking that helped prove once again something I’ve long believed to be true: the mind really is more powerful than the body. It’s a conscious effort to embrace this idea that saw me decide to run up the side of a mountain in Victoria one sunny Saturday. My mission? To conquer the Roller Coaster half-marathon at Mount Dandenong, a super-challenging 21km course with over 1100 metres of elevation, – despite the fact that I’d only done one trail half-marathon before. Was it tough? Yes. Was I fast? Absolutely not. But, I got it done and crossed the finish line having enjoyed every second, no matter how painful my legs were or how gruelling the terrain became. The secret? I’d…

1 min
why do i bruise like a peach?

Got a case of the Ross Gellers? “Bruises occur when a blood vessel leaks blood into soft tissue near the surface of the skin,” explains dermatologist Dr Neil Sadick. “Some body parts, such as the shins, are more prone to bruising, as they have less cushioning. And you may have an inherited disposition to blood vessels that rupture and leak more easily.” Your chances can also be raised if you regularly take certain medication, such as blood thinners, aspirin or ibuprofen. Another potential reason: you could be deficient in vitamins C and K. “If you develop a bruise or suspect one is coming, ice the area on and off for a day to reduce swelling and inflammation,” says Sadick. Research has also found creams that contain vitamin K or witch-hazel…

2 min
ask women’s health

So, I know 10,000 steps is a healthy daily goal, but will it help me lose any weight? Answer You’ve got your Fitbit. You’re actively refusing Ubers. But why 10,000? It might surprise you to learn that the magic number is actually the relic of a ’60s Japanese marketing campaign for, yep, you guessed it, a pedometer. Crafty. Clever. Credible? It depends. When it comes to losing weight (if that’s your aim), increasing your step count can lower your body fat but not all steps are created equal. “The higher the intensity of the workout, the more significant your weight loss will be,” says PT Tom Marien. “Not only will you burn more kilojoules overall, but your metabolic rate increases and remains high for hours after.” Regardless of your goal, experts…

1 min
on our radar

THE NEW FEMOJI In one giant leap for womankind, the period emoji – a shiny blood droplet – has arrived, putting even more of an end to menstruation stigma. Use it with the chocolate and wine emojis for the full effect. BLOAT-BUST|NG TEA Packed with probiotics, prebiotics, apple cider vinegar and digestive enzymes, Body Science’s new Clean Tea is designed to be drunk before meals to improve gut function. $64.95 for 60 sachets, bodyscience.com.au WELLNESS FEST|VALS A festival that sends you home healthier? That’d be the Super Bloom Festival in Melbourne (April 13-14), an extravaganza of yoga, meditation, dance, talks (hey, Lola Berry) and healthy eats. Sign us up! THE YBELL Get on this innovative piece of fit kit, which can be used as a kettlebell, dumbbell, medicine ball and push-up stand. Perfect for home workouts. Even…

1 min
what’s the difference between gi and gl, and which matters more?

Let’s sort this head-spinner. The glycaemic index (GI) is used to rate how individual carbohydrate foods affect your blood sugar levels. Lower-ranked foods (anything less than 55 on the index) release their sugars slowly, giving you a steady supply of energy. “But, portion size is important,” says dietitian and SunRice ambassador Lyndi Cohen. “That’s where the glycaemic load (GL) comes in handy. The GL considers the GI of the food and the amount you eat … giving you the big-picture view of how your diet is impacting your blood sugar levels.” To calculate GL, multiply the GI value of the food by the total carbs in grams and divide this number by 100. To rate your entire meal, add up all the GL figures to get a total score –…

1 min
the magic of the weights room

We’ve all gone gung-ho at the gym only to fall off the wagon a few weeks later. Science to the rescue! The secret to staying motivated, according to a new study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, is to focus on strength training. Turns out, lifting makes you feel more capable of achieving your goals, which makes you want to keep working on them. (Probably because you have proof of progress: your ability to handle more reps and heavier weights.) So, build your routine around resistance exercises. If you still hit a slump, you’re more likely to miss the dumbbells than the elliptical. 57 THE MINUTES YOU CAN KNOCK OFF THE DURATION OF YOUR LABOUR IF YOU WORK OUT DURING PREGNANCY. WE’D TAKE SOME BUMP-FRIENDLY YOGA OVER…