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Women's Health December 2018

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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liz’s letter

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF @lizplosser The holidays make me happy for so many reasons… …date nights at restaurants with twinkling white lights, longer-than-usual hugs with family and friends, and the carton of farm-fresh eggnog I have carte blanche to keep in my fridge. But it’s also a hectic time, with year-end deadlines at work, the stress of winter travel, a full schedule of parties, and the pressure of creating a month of surprise and delight for my three young children. If the word hack means “a clever tip or technique for doing or improving something,” then this time of year—the perfect storm of chaos and crazy—is when we are most in need of a hackathon. Right now, it’s more important than ever to have an arsenal of healthy hacks at the ready, so you’re not just surviving the…

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advisory board

ANTHROPOLOGY Helen Fisher, PhD Research professor and member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, Rutgers University; author, Why Him? Why Her?: How to Find and Keep Lasting Love CARDIOLOGY Maja Zaric, MD Interventional cardiology, peripheral arterial and venous disease director, Lenox Hill Hospital CAREER Amanda Steinberg Founder and CEO, DailyWorth.com DERMATOLOGY Francesca J. Fusco, MD Assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai ENTREPRENEURSHIP Jennifer Walsh Entrepreneur; consultant; founder of multiple lifestyle brands FERTILITY Sheeva Talebian, MD Fertility specialist and reproductive endocrinologist, CCRM New York FINANCE Manisha Thakor, CFA, CFP Director of Wealth Strategies for Women, Buckingham & The BAM Alliance FITNESS Rachel Cosgrove, CSCS Owner, Results Fitness; author, The Female Body Breakthrough Cassandra Forsythe, PhD, RD Exercise physiologist; author, The New Rules of Lifting for Women and Women’s Health Perfect Body Diet GASTROENTEROLOGY Jacqueline L. Wolf, MD Associate professor of medicine, Harvard…

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“i. love. lifting.”

Follow my journey on Insta @martatopran. Like a lot of women, I had some preconceived notions about weight lifting: It’s not as essential to my health as cardio. It’s just for guys who want to look a certain way (i.e., swole). It’s scary. So I stuck to the elliptical and took cardio-based classes. Then, five months ago, I met Gabrielle Lyon, DO, and strength coach Adriana Couvillion, who both set me straight. “As soon as you start building muscle, your metabolism goes up. Lifting, not cardio, is what changes body composition,” Dr. Lyon explained. “Women are afraid of becoming bulky,” Adriana said, “but lifting does not make you bulky. The average woman will never, ever look like a bodybuilder.” What about gymtimidation? I hadn’t even used a squat rack before! To start, Adriana…

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speed racer

“Part ’80s, part grunge—the main vibe of this look is to mix black-and-white checkered pieces with primary colors.” “If you’re not ready to try head-to-toe moto, opt for singular aspects: a jersey with your lucky number, color-blocked jogger pants, or patterned pants with a basic tee.” “This style teeters on the tough side, so throw a leather moto jacket over a dress or pair it with a skirt to keep it femme. GABRIELLE PORCARO, SENIOR MARKET EDITOR Follow Gab on Insta @gabporcaro. MORE WAYS TO WEAR IT What’s in Lina Esco’s Workout Bag? WHETHER ON-SCREEN as the star of CBS’s S.W.A.T. or IRL as cofounder of political platform The Human Campaign, Lina is not afraid to put up a fight for what’s right. And the same holds true when she’s exercising. Her fave? Throwing punches in the…

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it’s good to be you

Post your #WHStrong wins and connect with us @WomensHealthMag! “While I enjoy basic, traditional asanas, I also love to play with new hybrids. First time exploring this new variation of #Mayurasana, and it’s much harder than its original forms. #WHStrong”@GULETA“Bodies change, but if you focus on your abilities, health, and balance, you’ll be better for it in the long run. #WHStrong”@LITTLEGIRLBIGBUN“You can’t climb up a mountain with downhill thoughts #WHStrong”@FITINCORPORATE“HIIT, Pilates, yoga, run… whatever your choice, get some movement into your life Your body will thank you! #WHStrong”@SDOLANFITNESS SEND YOUR SUBMISSIONS TO WHSUBMISSIONS@HEARST.COM. @V.ATXJESSE (@SDOLANFITNESS); CARLYTUMEN/CARLYTUMEN.COM (@FITINCORPORATE); @ALEXANDERZOLTAI (@KYRA_CONDIE); KHALID IBRAHIM (@RUNLIKEAHIJABI); HYE MI SHON@HEYMS (@LITTLEGIRLBIGBUN); IAN C. NELSON (@JAS_BLOCKER); NELSON CHIRINOS @NECCPHOTO (@AGUSTINADIBENEDETTO)…

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up, up, and away we go

1. Learn the Ropes Proper jumping requires a bit more skill than you’d think. Now you know to… 1. KEEP HOPS LOW ▶ Most people bound too high and land too hard, placing unnecessary stress on their joints. Your feet should rise only one to two inches off the ground. And be sure to land on the balls of your feet, keeping knees soft. 2. SKIP THE EXTRA BOUNCE ▶ Eliminating that mini rebound between jumps will help you turn the rope faster to score better cardio (read: cal-zapping) benefits. 3. MIND YOUR UPPER BODY ▶ Brace your abs—your core helps to power jumps. As for your arms, pull your elbows in toward your ribs and rotate from the wrists to save energy. 2. Sweat, Three Ways Our fave thing about this exercise: It blends perfectly into any routine.…