Women's Health

magazine January/February 2021 · Women's Health

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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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THE WH DREAM-BIG (OR LITTLE) LIST • We’re shouting it from the rooftops too. Here’s what some staffers are swearing to do in the new year:


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A Love Letter to Kettlebells • One piece of equipment, one major benefit I definitely did *not* expect

VESTED INTEREST • Level up your workouts with a weighted vest: You’ll score a bigger burn from traditional exercises and up your running speed by working strength and endurance. Strap into these faves.

Fast Talk • There’s a solid chance you know someone who swears—and we mean swears—by intermittent fasting. Fans say limiting your munching to certain windows has a host of benefits, and they’re not totally wrong. Fasting may lower your risk for heart probs and improve brain function. But like most health trends, it’s…complicated. What to know, here.

Plant-Based Party • New year, new foods? That’s what thousands promised themselves when they pledged to go vegan last January, a.k.a. Veganuary. If you’re considering your own vegan venture? Tiffany Ma, RDN, has your back.

Acid Trip • The latest ingredient in natural deodorants: acids—as in, the lactic and glycolic varieties commonly found in skin care. “Acid-based deodorants decrease the pH of the skin to make it an unfriendly environment for odor-causing organisms,” says WH advisor Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital’s department of dermatology. Sweat itself doesn’t cause a stink, Dr. Zeichner says, but “it gives off a foul smell when it’s broken down by bacteria.” Meaning no stinky bacteria! Another perk: These ingredients exfoliate dead cells that trap odor, which in turn prevents skin discoloration. Find the good stuff in these picks.

Panic Plan

Remote Reset • You used to plop your laptop on a table and call it an office…then your back started to hurt. As remote work becomes more the norm, an ergonomic—i.e., comfy and efficient—desk is key to a happier WFH life, says Karen E. Loesing, owner of The Ergonomic Expert in L.A. In fact, a well-designed home office is directly related to health and productivity, research shows. Rejigger your work space:

EASY DOES IT • For Maeve Higgins, an Irish comedian and a cohost of the climate change podcast Mothers of Invention, the morning is just the warm-up. How her slow and steady a.m. routine paves the path for a more focused and creative day:

Meet Your Moisture Match • It’s the foundation of any skin-care routine, but why is it so confusing to pick The One? Find yours, today.

Choose Your Dew-Venture • Skin care is never one size (er, formula) fits all. From seasonal changes to acne, there are countless factors that go into picking your ideal hydration. Indecisive? Start here.

“This High-Frequency Tool Shrinks a Zit’s Life”

Lana Condor

Beauty Closet MVPs • The WH team selected and sweat-tested the best products for your active lifestyle.


RUN HARD • You’ll get more out of your miles with the help of some road-tested recs from certified running coach Rebeka Stowe, CSCS.


HIKE HAPPY • Elite climber Olivia Hsu and REI gear specialist Alexx Johnson have some pro tips for making the most of your time on the trails.

Fresh Kicks •...

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