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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

THE POWER OF “WHY”

It’s one of the earliest things elementary

school students and journalists

alike learn about constructing a story:

who, what, when, where, why. “Why”

always comes last (sometimes beat out

by “how,” but let’s ignore that for a

minute). And it’s a prime example of

“last but not least.” Because without the

“why,” there’s no purpose, no meaning,

for all of the rest. “Why” puts things

in context, it helps us understand and

get better and move forward.

That’s why—there it is again!—

beyond a story, it’s important to have

a “why” to power you through life.

For me, my

“why” is to find

fulfillment in two

crucial places: At

home, it’s about

providing for and

nurturing my

sons. At work, it’s

being part of a

larger good, being

able to see—

particularly in real

time, thanks to social media—that

Women’s Health can truly improve

women’s lives, be it by busting mental

health stigma, fighting for paid

maternity leave, or simply giving easy

ideas for eating a little bit better today

than yesterday.

This month’s cover girl, Emily Skye,

has an incredibly powerful “why”; in

fact, it’s why we booked her. Plagued by

self-hate and body loathing for years—

brought on first by schoolmates, who

bullied her about her large eyes and thin

frame, then later by fashion companies

for being “too muscular”—the

Instagram fitness star wants to ensure

that other women never feel the way

she did. She’s an advocate for a new type

of fitspo, one that blends aspiration

with reality, honesty and authenticity

Pre-makeup face, post-vacay belly: Emily

Skye shows it all. Ever since she was told

“fitness models don’t have tummy rolls,” her

mission’s been to make #fitspo #realspo.

with workouts that’ll have your bod

burning the next day. Emily juxtaposes

images of her incredibly toned abs with

pics of her “dessert baby,” a post-meal

stomach pooch, and shows off big ol’

chin zits—just like the ones we all get.

She preaches strength over skinny, and

treating yourself kindly over beating

yourself up—all while challenging her

followers to get healthier. And she’s

thoughtful: “Before I post anything,”

she tells WH, “I ask myself, ‘If I were

talking to my youngest self, what

would I have wanted to hear?’” (For

more from Emily, see page 63 and

follow her at

@emilyskyefit.)

Emily’s also a

judge for WH’s

Next Fitness Star

competition, our

fifth-annual search

for an up-andcoming

trainer

who has not only

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the passion, but

a “why” that makes you want to work

out with her. Meet our five finalists on

page 2 of our fitness bonus (flip over the

issue), and cast your vote for the winner!

And if you need help determining

your “why,” fill out the questionnaire

on page 14 of the fitness bonus. Then

let us know what it is! Write us, tweet

us, ’gram us at @womenshealthmag—

because our “why,” always, is making

sure you have the inspiration, the

tools, the “how,” to achieve your “why.”

AMY KELLER LAIRD

Editor-in-Chief

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ADVISORS

WH ADVISORY BOARD

STORY OF THE MONTH

“HOW TO FIND YOURSELF”

On page 132, we ride beside

316 women to discover what it

takes to compete in a nine-day

off-road race in the Moroccan

Sahara. Below, WH advisor

Manisha Thakor reveals her most

daring moment—and what she

learned by taking that risk.

“After I got divorced, I needed to reboot my

life in a new location. Through my own mini

version of Eat Pray Love, I spent six weeks

testing places from Boulder to Barcelona.

Portland, Oregon, won, and I moved there

without knowing a single person. I learned

that having a chance to start fresh at age

46 is both terrifying and exhilarating; that

the brain, soul, and heart have an amazing

capacity to learn and heal at any age;

and that one can make some amazing new

friends in yoga and Spinning classes!”

ANTHROPOLOGY

HELEN FISHER, PH.D.

Research professor and

member of the Center

for Human Evolutionary

Studies, Rutgers University,

New Brunswick, New

Jersey; author, Why Him?

Why Her? Finding Real

Love by Understanding

Your Personality Type

CARDIOLOGY

MAJA ZARIC, M.D.

Interventional cardiology,

peripheral arterial and

venous disease director,

Lenox Hill Hospital,

New York City

CAREER

AMANDA STEINBERG

Founder and CEO,

DailyWorth.com

DERMATOLOGY

FRANCESCA J. FUSCO, M.D.

Assistant clinical professor

of dermatology, Icahn

School of Medicine at Mount

Sinai, New York City

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

JENNIFER WALSH

Entrepreneur; consultant;

founder of multiple

lifestyle brands

FERTILITY

SHEEVA TALEBIAN, M.D.

Fertility specialist

and reproductive

endocrinologist,

CCRM New York,

New York City

FINANCE

MANISHA THAKOR,

C.F.A., C.F.P.

Director of Wealth Strategies

for Women, Buckingham &

The BAM Alliance

FITNESS

RACHEL COSGROVE, C.S.C.S.

Certified strength and

conditioning specialist;

owner, Results Fitness, Santa

Clarita, California; author, The

Female Body Breakthrough

CASSANDRA FORSYTHE,

PH.D., R.D.

Exercise physiologist;

author, The New Rules

of Lifting for Women

and Women’s Health

Perfect Body Diet

HEIDI POWELL

Certified personal trainer;

cohost, Extreme Weight

Loss; coauthor, Choose

More, Lose More for Life

GASTROENTEROLOGY

JACQUELINE L. WOLF, M.D.

Associate professor

of medicine, Harvard

Medical School; author,

A Woman’s Guide to a

Healthy Stomach

GYNECOLOGY

ASHLESHA A. PATEL,

M.D., M.P.H.

System director of family

planning services, Cook

County Health & Hospitals

System, Chicago; director, The

Dysplasia Clinic at John H.

Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook

County; associate professor

and assistant medical student

clerkship director, Feinberg

School of Medicine,

Northwestern University

INTEGRATIVE

MEDICINE

FRANK LIPMAN, M.D.

Founder and director, Eleven

Eleven Wellness Center,

New York City; author, Revive:

Stop Feeling Spent and

Start Living Again

VICKY VLACHONIS,

M.SC., OST

Osteopath; pain expert;

author, The Body Doesn’t Lie

INTERNAL MEDICINE

KERI PETERSON, M.D.

Physician, internal medicine,

Lenox Hill Hospital, New

York City; medical advisor,

HealthiNation.com

PAMELA YEE, M.D.

Integrative internist,

Blum Center for Health,

Rye Brook, New York

MENTAL HEALTH

SHARON CHIRBAN, PH.D.

Psychology instructor,

Harvard Medical School;

staff psychologist,

Children’s Hospital

Boston; registered

sports psychologist, U.S.

Olympic Committee;

consultant, Amplifying

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DIANA L. DELL, M.D.

Assistant professor of

psychiatry and ob-gyn, Duke

University Medical Center

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M.S., R.D.

Board-certified specialist

in sports dietetics

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JOHNATHAN M.

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Gynecologic oncologist,

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Urologist specializing in

female urology and female

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Street Style:

FITNESS

EDITION

Marnie Legrand, 43, New York City

Putting together fun

outfits comes easily to

Marnie, a fashion buyer

and visual merchandiser

with an eye for color.

She hits the gym in her

“badass workout wear”

five or six times a week

for cardio and weight

lifting. “I’m intense on

the sweat seshes. If I’m

not at the gym, I’m front

row at cycling classes

so I can never slack!”

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SPORTS BRA

Workout sessions

get sweaty quickly

for Marnie, so she

rarely wears a

T-shirt. Instead,

she goes for sports

bras like this

low-impact one

from Track&Field.

JACKET

“I visualize outfits

in my mind and

comb through

stores to find the

pieces, like this

Stella McCartney

windbreaker that’s

actually a kids’

size 12 but was

perfect for my

all-yellow look.”

HEADPHONES

On her Beats

headphones, “it’s

music on—at full

volume!—world

off. All the songs,

from pop to rap to

retro, have a fast

beats-per-minute

to push me to

finish that last rep.”

LEGGINGS

“These Adidas by

Stella McCartney

slashed leggings

hold my bum and

thighs well, don’t

dig into my waist,

and don’t cling

weirdly to my

lady parts.”

What’s in Dove Cameron’s Workout Bag?

The actress, who reprises her role in Descendants 2 (in theaters July 21), considers

herself a “fitness and health junkie.” It’s a title she proudly upholds by following an

all-natural diet and staying in shape with a weekly routine of cardio, body-weight

strength training, and a mix of Pilates, barre, and cycling classes.

Maybelline

New York Clean

Express! Makeup

Remover wipes

“These remove it all,

even the waterproof

stuff.” $4.30,

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Coach Bleecker

Backpack in Black

“This men’s pack has a

million compartments,

zippers, and, like,

secret passageways.”

$698, coach.com

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Kate Spade notebook

“I have the journal on

the treadmill to write

song lyrics, my

feelings, or something

that happened.” $22,

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Nike Air VaporMax

sneakers

“They feel like air

but are supportive.

Perfect for jump

squats.” $190,

nike.com

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White Chocolate

Raspberry

“For protein bars,

they have so many

flavors.” $3,

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THE SANSKRIT

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YOGA

What’s the point of om-ing in

yoga class?

First of all, there’s the benefit of bringing the group

together in a way that allows everyone to participate

without worrying about standing out. The om also

serves to ritualize the time you’re spending and is a

way of dedicating yourself to the practice: You are

caring for yourself and tuning out the noise of daily life.

Plus, the actual sound and vibration you make when

you chant om is the same vibrational frequency

that, according to sacred geometry—a sequence

of mathematical patterns that reoccur throughout

nature—is in everything and is supposed to have

emotional healing properties. Therefore, through

making this sound, we are connecting to everything

in the universe.

Physically, the actual

vibration the sound produces

in your body slows the

mind and calms the nervous

system. Try feeling and

sensing the peace in your

body after you chant—and

see what the benefits may

be for you.

Mandy Ingber, yoga teacher

and author of Yogalosophy for

Inner Strength

Kathryn Minshew,

founder and CEO, TheMuse

.com, and coauthor of The New

Rules of Work

CAREER

Is a two-page résumé

ever okay?

At a previous job of mine,

we were instructed to

throw away anything

longer than a single

page! But condensing

your experience into

that space seems next

to impossible.

Here’s how

trimming works to

your advantage: It

forces you to delete

unrelated or outdated

information (e.g., a

language section that

includes one French

class you took in

college, or listing

Microsoft Office

Suite skills) and home

in on what’s most

important. If you

focus on your greatest

accomplishments,

everything will

become easier to

digest and more

impressive.

All that said, you can

consider expanding to

a second page when

applying for an

executive position.

But even then—or

anytime you’ve racked

up 10-plus years of

experience—it should

include only your

relevant positions.

Highlight promotions,

public speaking

appearances, awards,

and board memberships.

Then include one line

each on older jobs at the

bottom, or even group

them together with

something like “Various

Marketing Roles,

1992–1998,” just listing

the company names.

TIGHT RÉSUMÉS

MAKE THE TOP

OF THE PILE.

MY MOM, SISTER, AND GRANDMA ALL HAD KIDS AFTER 40. WILL I BE FERTILE AT THAT AGE?

Women usually follow in their female ancestry’s fertility footsteps, but it’s not a guarantee. Only way to be sure? Getting pregnant.

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STYLE

THIS SHOE IS

MADE WITH

MARINE PLASTIC

WASTE!

I care about ethical

fashion—what are

some relevant

athletic brands?

People used to talk about

“eco” fashion—brands that

had strong environmental

practices. But “ethical”

fashion is a broader term

that stands on three

pillars: environmental

rights, the rights of

workers producing the

clothes, and—now that

vegan fashion is on the

rise—animal rights.

Athletic companies have

made great strides in their

sustainability. Nike is a top

buyer of organic cotton,

and Adidas has pledged

to use 100 percent

sustainable cotton by

2020. (The difference:

“Organic” refers to the

cotton itself; “sustainable”

refers to how the land is

treated.) Among smaller

companies, Pact Organic,

Prana, and Patagonia use

only organic cotton for

tanks, tees,

and bottoms

and, along with

Fibre Athletics

and Threads for

Thought (which

include some organic

cotton), also factor

in other sustainable

materials and

socially responsible

manufacturing. Pact

Organic and Patagonia

use Fair Trade Certified

factories, which ensures

production is oriented

toward sustainability

and worker fairness.

For technical

performance kicks,

Adidas makes the

UltraBoost Uncaged

Parley (shown, $200)

from recycled marine

plastic waste. Hardcore

runners will be slow to

give up traditional

brands’ top R&D, but

some smaller companies

carry shoes with an

ethical message: The

People’s Movement and

EcoAlf make sneakers

from recycled materials;

Veja makes vegan ones

with organic materials

and fair-trade sourcing.

Kate Black, author of

Magnifeco: Your

Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical

Fashion and Non-Toxic Beauty

QThe Guys

Next Door

Dean Stattmann,

brand editor

Paul Kita,

senior editor

Michael Sneeden,

senior video producer

The key word here is

compromise. Of course

guys won’t write you off if

whipping up dinner every

night and dusting every

day aren’t your thing.

But divvying up the

workload will keep

both parties happy.

Real talk on relationships from

three of the gents who put the

“men” in Men’s Health

I’m not the domestic

type (cooking, cleaning).

Thoughts?

ASK: IS HE THE ONE?

If he’s a neat freak and you’re the

opposite, that could become an issue.

It may just mean you guys aren’t a

great fit. Convinced he’s The One?

Consider which domestic jobs you

hate the least and put dibs on those.

BE PREPARED TO

DIVIDE DUTIES.

Most men are happy to share the

chores—remember, share. If he cooks,

will you do the dishes? If he does the

laundry one week, will you do it the

next? Otherwise, it sounds like the

relationship you need is with a butler.

IT COULD PAY OFF.

Use it to your advantage. Guys may like

that you’re not too uptight. But if you’re

going to invite him over, it wouldn’t

hurt to tidy up the place a little. You

don’t need to be Suzy Homemaker, but

you don’t have to be a slob.

THE CONSENSUS

NO MOP, NO

PROBLEM

ANY WAY TO FIX A TENSION HEADACHE WITHOUT MEDICATION?

In a dark, quiet room, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth for 15 minutes, or ice or heat shoulder muscles.

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PETS

How can I really take

care of pet fish so

they don’t die

immediately?

The two starter

models for pet fish

are bettas and

comet goldfish,

which you can find at pet

stores. When cared for

properly, bettas live four

to five years, and goldfish

live around 15 years.

To give your fish a long,

healthy life, first, get the

right size tank: A single fish

needs at least five gallons.

Fish excrete into water—

feces and ammonia

(their urine) build

up and become

fatally toxic if you

don’t keep the water

clean. So run a simple

all-in-one filter and

aerator and, once a month,

use a siphon hose from

the pet store to remove 30

percent of the water and

replace it with clean H 2 O.

(Don’t dump out the whole

aquarium; there

are beneficial

microorganisms

that build up on the

glass and in the gravel.)

Remember to add a

water dechlorinator

or conditioner drops

to the new water each

time—almost all tap water

has a form of chlorine in it

that can suffocate fish

within a few hours.

And don’t buy too big

a tub of fish food. You

want to use it up in six

months or the vitamin

levels drop.

Gregory Lewbart, V.M.D.,

professor of aquatic animal

medicine, North Carolina State

University College of Veterinary

Medicine in Raleigh

Is there a non-passive-aggressive,

nonconfrontational way to shush

someone at the movies?

Asking for a friend.

QConfrontation makes me want to scream—but

I wouldn’t, because it’s too confrontational. So

I make someone else do my dirty work! Have your

friend flag down an usher outside the theater and

tell them someone’s chatting like a magpie in

there. Rushing back to her seat before the

usher can lower the hammer is key. After the

confrontation is effectively handled by a third

party, your friend should look around, like,

“What was all that about?” to further distance

herself from the drama. If your friend gets

caught, I had nothing to do with it.

WEIGHT LOSS

My weight always

fluctuates—I’m

either hungry (from

an unsustainable

diet) or heavy (eating

normally, I pack on

pounds). How can

I find stability?

Think about improving

your diet (as a noun) over

the long-term, not dieting

(as a verb) in the shortterm.

Focus on whole,

real foods, including as

many veggies, lean

proteins, and healthy fats

as possible. Don’t stress

out if the veggies are

roasted in lots of oil, or

if the lean protein comes

in the form of a burger.

Christy Stratton, writer and

producer of Modern Family;

@christysmann

WHEN YOUR PLATE IS

FULL…OF BAGGAGE

Then learn to feel

satisfied instead of full.

This is key to ending that

up-and-down cycle.

Regardless of whether

you’re eating salmon and

broccoli rabe or chicken

parm, learning to stop

when you feel satisfied—

not stuffed—is critical, and

it will change the way you

eat and feel forever. Begin

by putting down your fork

between each bite to slow

down and think about

your fullness.

Finally, the more fit you

feel, the more motivated

you’ll be to eat well and

work out. So rather than

exercising to shed pounds,

exercise to hit a goal,

such as competing in a

race or being able to use a

20-pound kettlebell. You’ll

be focused on that goal

instead of thinking, I gotta

hit the gym because I have

to lose weight.

Keri Glassman, R.D.,

founder, NutritiousLife.com,

and author of The New You

(and Improved) Diet

WILL A SPRAY TAN MESS UP MY YEARLY MOLE CHECK?

Yes—the staining on your skin could affect how moles look to your doctor by mimicking suspicious lesions.

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WELTS CAN BE

A MEDICAL

MYSTERY.

Keri Peterson, M.D.,

internal medicine physician, Lenox

Hill Hospital in New York City

HEALTH

Help, I’m breaking out in

hives! What’s causing

them—and what can I do?

Hives, a collection of red, often

itchy (but otherwise harmless)

welts on the skin, can erupt

within minutes or up to several

hours after exposure to a

trigger—which can make it

tough to figure out the cause.

The most frequent ones

include allergic reactions to

medications (especially the

penicillin family of antibiotics,

muscle relaxants, opiates,

aspirin, and ibuprofen); foods,

most often fish, tree nuts,

shellfish, or just contact with

certain raw fruits or raw seafood

(even if you weren’t allergic to

them before); insect bites, like

bedbugs, mites, fleas, and bees;

and latex (gloves or condoms).

Less common causes include

physical stimuli like heat, cold,

and pressure applied to the

skin, or increased body heat

due to exercise, hot baths, or

even strong emotions.

If you think an allergy is to

blame, your doctor can do

allergy testing. Still have no

idea? Don’t panic: Welts usually

go away on their own within

24 hours, and to relieve the itch,

you can apply cool compresses

or take an over-the-counter

antihistamine. If you haven’t

found the trigger and your

hives last for more than six

weeks, see your doctor. It could

still be a more benign cause,

but she can look into other

causes like celiac disease,

hypothyroidism, and lupus.

ASK US ANYTHING! Send your questions to

askanything@rodale.com or tweet them to

@womenshealthmag with the hashtag #AskWH.

What Don’tcha Understand?

PHIL O’ROURKE, our executive editor’s

Bronx-bred dad, drops tough love.

QAt what age should you start grabbing the check when

out to dinner with your parents?

If you have to ask how old you should be, you’re

already too old. Relax, I’m busting your chops over

here! If you’ve got a stable job and are making a

decent living, most moms and dads would

appreciate your treating for their birthdays or the

Hallmark parent holidays. Other than that, your

folks might worry that you’re putting yourself in

hock if you’re always reaching for the bill.

(What don’tcha understand?! We’re big

softies, even yours truly.) To ease their

fears, always pay with cash so they

know you’re not charging your way

into debt to buy them a nice meal.

ARE CERTAIN CUTS OF MEAT BETTER FOR THE SLOW COOKER?

Tougher cuts like beef brisket and pork shoulder get a “fall off the bone” quality.

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SPREAD

THE LOVE

Skip the salami and opt for

veggie “charcuterie,” summer’s

big food trend. Blah crudités,

these are not: Some Whole

Foods stores even have

“produce butchers” to prep

your bounty beautifully.

Mia Russo Stern, CEO of

Brooklyn Culinary Arts

(an online cooking

program), created

this plate that

tastes as good

as it looks.

6

7

3

4

5

1/ PORTOBELLOS

lend meatiness.

Roast ’em with

grapeseed oil,

sesame oil, and

tamari (a thicker

soy sauce), then

serve in a Bibb

lettuce wrap.

2/ MARCONA

ALMONDS give

crunch and protein,

and their plump

shape can fill in

gaps on the board.

3/ RADISHES

are crisp and

colorful, so

max out—slice

French radishes

lengthwise and

the watermelon

varietal into thin

circles, then throw

in a few whole

traditional ones

(it’ll look rustic).

4/ SHISHITO

PEPPERS add salty

heat. Blacken in a

skillet; toss with sea

salt and tamari.

5/ FIG PRESERVES

have a slight

sweetness and

complex texture.

Dip everything

in them!

6/ YOUNG

CARROTS are five

inches long and

come in purple

hues too. Serve

sliced lengthwise

with tops on.

7/ EDIBLE

FLOWERS, like

marigolds, taste

herbaceous and

are so damn pretty.

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NATURAL

BEAUTIES

We all know someone riding

the natural-deo train, but

two impediments have

historically made switching

over, well, stink. No longer:

New formulas fixed those

beta-version bugs.

THE GRIPE:

GRAY PIT STAINS

Natural deos can have silver in

them to kill odorous bacteria,

says New York City dermatologist

Joshua Zeichner, M.D. When

that mixes with your sweat, it

can create a gray cast in the

underarm area of your shirt.

THE SOLUTION: A formula that

replaces silver with antibacterial

and antimicrobial essential oils,

such as Schmidt’s All-Natural

Stick Deodorant for Sensitive

Skin in Geranium Flower ($11,

shopwomenshealthmag.com).

THE GRIPE:

IRRITATION

Most natural deodorants contain

baking soda to absorb acidic

odors and neutralize them. After

repeated exposure, sensitiveskin

types can confront itchiness

in reaction to the basic pH of

the ingredient, says New York

City dermatologist Marina

Peredo, M.D.

THE SOLUTION: Look for a deo

without baking soda

(often called sodium

bicarbonate on the label).

Try Ursa Major No

B.S. Deodorant ($18,

ursamajorvt.com). It

uses more neutral-pH

tapioca starch to

obliterate bacteriaprovoking

odors.

NEXT BIG THING

Hair Journaling

There are diaries for just about everything—even hair.

We spotted the trend on the NaturallyCurly.com

message boards, but now women of all strand types

are giving it a shot, including beauty writer Ali

Finney. She noted the products she used on her

fine, loose waves, and the time between washes,

so she could retrace her steps to hair nirvana. “It’s

time-consuming,” Ali says. “But I was surprised

by what wasn’t working.” Example: Volumizing

shampoos dried out her hair, so she switched to

a hydrating formula (Pantene Pro-V Daily

Moisture Renewal Shampoo, $5, at drugstores),

then added David Mallett Australian Salt Spray ($40,

davidpirrotta.com) for texture. A few swaps later,

she’s rocking her best hair yet.

TRENDING

RIGHT MEOW

Attention, #catsofinstagram

lovers! Science is on our side!

A new study found that cats are

not the antisocial divas that

dog propagandists would have

us believe: Felines love people

2

more than their favorite food

or toys. Timed perfectly to

celebrate this win? Paul &

Joe—the French beauty brand

that started the trend of

emblazoning cats on beauty

products—is releasing its

15th Anniversary Makeup

Collection ($85, b-glowing

.com), a cat-shaped makeup

case with a feline figurine

lipstick (shown above)

and eye-cheek duos. More

3

picks for tabby fans:

1

A DIFFERENT

KIND OF CAT

IN THE HAT

1 / Meow Meow

Tweet Makeup

Remover & Cleansing

Oil ($25, shopwomens

healthmag.com) uses allnatural

ingredients to

leave skin glowy.

2 / Grace by Grace

Coddington ($110,

gracecoddington.com)

blends bergamot, basil,

mint, and musk notes for

a sprightly yet soft aroma.

3 / Too Cool For

School Max in Pocket

($12, sephora.com) is a

rose-tinted balm with lipsoftening

mango butter.

THE ELEVATOR PITCH

PURPLE TOOTHPASTE

Want whiter teeth? Popwhite Purple Power Duo ($36, popwhitesmile

.com), a toothpaste and mouthwash set, taps color theory rather

than hydrogen peroxide to fade stains. Purple, the cool-toned hue

of its formulas, cancels out yellow to quickly whiten. It doesn’t go into

the enamel for a perma-fix, but in our test, it instantly brightened

and lasted throughout the day—perfect in a pinch.

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Pre-Collision System 1

with Pedestrian Detection 2

STANDARD

Automatic High Beams 3

STANDARD

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control 4

STANDARD

Lane Departure Alert

with Steering Assist 5

STANDARD

THIS GUY’S ABOUT TO

SLAM ON HIS BRAKES.

WE’RE READY.

Redefining what it means to feel safe.

Prototype shown with options. Production model may vary. Drivers are responsible for their own safe driving. Always pay attention to your surroundings and drive safely. Depending on the conditions of

roads, weather and the vehicle, the system(s) may not work as intended. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details. 1. The TSS Pre-Collision System is designed to help avoid or reduce

the crash speed and damage in certain frontal collisions only. It is not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. System effectiveness is dependent on road, weather and vehicle conditions. See Owner’s

Manual for additional limitations and details. 2. The Pedestrian Detection system is designed to detect a pedestrian ahead of the vehicle, determine if impact is imminent and help reduce impact speed. It is

not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. System effectiveness depends on many factors, such as speed, size and position of pedestrians, and weather, light and road conditions. See Owner’s Manual

for additional limitations and details. 3. Automatic High Beams operate at speeds above 25 mph. Factors such as a dirty windshield, weather, lighting and terrain limit effectiveness, requiring the driver to

manually operate the high beams. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details. 4. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is designed to assist the driver and is not a substitute for safe and attentive

driving practices. System effectiveness is dependent on road, weather and traffic conditions. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details. 5. Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist is

designed to read lane markers under certain conditions. It provides a visual and audible alert, and slight steering force when lane departure is detected. It is not a collision-avoidance system or a substitute

for safe and attentive driving. Effectiveness is dependent on road, weather and vehicle conditions. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details. ©2017 Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.


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Steaks and

chops, 145°F;

ground, 160°F

FISH

145°F

YOU EAT

HIS FOOD,

HE’LL EAT

YOURS.

COLD

CUTS

A new study found that

a mere 6 percent of

nearly 1,500 recipes from

best-selling cookbooks

provided readers with

accurate final temps

for meat; others gave

the wrong number or

less concrete estimates,

like cook time or

finished color. That’s a

major issue, because

meats that don’t reach

the proper internal

temperature could put

you at risk for foodborne

illness. Always grab a

thermometer and ensure

you heat your meat to

the degrees shown here.

PORK

Chops, 145°F;

ground, 160°F

CHICKEN

165°F

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Kid’s Menu

The annual National Baby Food

Festival is a thing, folks, and

every July, it includes cooking

challenges starring the jarred

food as an ingredient. Wee-one

purees benefit adults too—they

are nutritious, have few

preservatives, and come in

conveniently small portions for

times you want to add a twist

to a dish with minimal prep.

Some ideas? Top your morning

oatmeal with berry-based baby

food, cinnamon, and a pinch

of salt; add warmed pureed

broccoli to pesto and toss with

pasta; or stir pureed peaches

into prosecco for a bellini.

Sources: Plant-based chef Renée Loux,

author of The Balanced Plate; Juli

Roberts, Rodale Test Kitchen manager

BREAKING BREAD

Sales of wheat-free loaves are rising, but do they taste

like the real thing? With some tweaks, yes.

KNOW BETTER

BREAD SLICES

($10, knowfoods.com)

Made mainly of

almond flour and egg

whites, these are

your best bet for

sandwiches. You’ll

need to run them

through the toaster

twice for an extracrispy

crunch.

BARELY BREAD

OLIVE BAGUETTE

($10, barelybread.com)

This French-style loaf

(featuring flours from

almonds, coconut,

and cassava) is not

quite as fluffy as its

namesake, but dipping

it in olive oil offers

a near–restaurant level

of quality.

SIETE ALMOND

FLOUR TORTILLAS

($9, sietefoods.com)

Heat these wraps

(made with almond

and tapioca flours)

in a skillet for an OG

tortilla taste—the

heat makes them

more pliable to

fit all those delicious

Mexican fillings.

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Naturally Flavored Crackers/Colors From Natural Sources


MIXED FEELINGS

FREE CLOTHES SWAPS

Gained or lost lbs since you went

shopping? If you bought certain

clothes at Universal Standard, which

sells sizes 10 to 28 (universalstandard

.net, shown on these ladies), you’re in

luck. The company is offering free

exchanges for bigger or smaller sizes

for up to a year after you click “Complete

order.” The program was created to help

relieve the stress, both emotional and

financial, that comes with purchasing new

clothes due to weight fluctuation—and snaps

to the company for that. If you’re working to

drop pounds, though, a word of caution: For

some, aspiring to fit into the size they own may

help drive their weight-loss efforts, says Keri

Glassman, R.D. (For example, that dress you

bought last year that’s now snug, but you want

to wear it again this summer.) Knowing you can

exchange it, no consequences, for a bigger size

can be a slippery slope to weight gain. Bottom

line: Determining what lights your dieting fire—

whether it’s a certain size or being able to run

that extra mile—can help you make a plan.

LET’S TALK ABOUT…

MEAL REPETITION

How does it help you lose?

Knowing what you’re going

to eat takes the emotion out

of the equation, so you’re

less likely to choose junk on

impulse. It also helps with

maintenance: People who

stick to a regimen are

1.5 times more likely to keep

off the weight they’ve lost.

Okay, but I’m already bored!

True, eating the same thing

every day can be tough

long-term. And a healthy

variety of food in your diet

has been shown to protect

against excess body fat.

So how to blend both?

Be strict with meals but

flexible with ingredients.

Say you like to have a daily

omelet for breakfast. One

day, add broccoli; the next,

tomatoes. Or if a salad is

your lunch go-to, mix up the

greens and proteins. Result?

Max weight loss and flavor.

WEIGH YOUR

WORDS

When the cover of

Us Weekly showed off

Lena Dunham’s

weight loss, she took

to Insta to clarify that

it was due in part to

anxiety—not

aesthetics. Slimdowns

aren’t an

achievement for her,

she says. Before you

“compliment” a

friend’s weight loss,

think consciously.

>> Trade “Wow, you

lost weight!” for the

less size-specific

“You look great!”,

which could mean

her hair or dress.

>> If your friend

responds that she has

been trying to lose

weight, don’t focus on

details such as how

many pounds she has

left—this minimizes

her progress.

>> Instead, ask about

her experiences

(“What have you been

doing differently?”)

and celebrate what

she’s excited about,

like being able to

sustain a longer hike.

Source: Gary Foster,

Ph.D., adjunct professor of

psychology in psychiatry,

University of Pennsylvania

Perelman School of

Medicine in Philadelphia

BERRIES?

AGAIN?

DON’T

KNOCK IT.

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Trading Friyay cocktails for kettlebell swings? It’s a trend!

Better yet, it’s a trend with benefits: A Friday evening

gym class more effectively wipes away the week’s work

drama and sets you up to make healthier choices

throughout the weekend. Meet your match.

1 / LET-IT-GO YOGA

On those everything-is-a-priority

weeks, you need a reset. Look for

“candlelit” or “restorative” classes

that encourage deep breathing,

which slows your heart rate to elicit

your body’s relaxation response.

Also helpful: The instructor’s cueing

(“That is over/Now you’re here”)

keeps your head in the present.

2 / DANCE PARTY!

Slow workweek? Having too little to

do can drain your energy just as

easily as having too much. A cardio

dance session might be exactly what

you need to feel alive again—the

amped-up choreography will give

your mind a job to do (a welcome

change after a zoned-out week).

3 / BAD-WEEK KICKBOXING

If you got your ass whupped

(e.g., effed up a project), a

kickboxing session will zap you out

of your self-bashing headspace.

Because mastering skills (like

that one-two punch) and whacking

stuff is totally empowering.

Source: Lisa Lewis, Ed.D., psychologist

in Boston

QUICK HIIT!

Every five seconds

there seems to be

a new benefit to

HIIT (high-intensity

interval training).

Here’s the latest.

Call it an antiaging

serum for

your muscles:

Mayo Clinic

researchers just

discovered that

three weekly

sessions of

high-intensity

interval

training on

stationary bikes

for 12 weeks

can boost your

cells’ ability to

produce energy

by up to 69

percent—and

reverse genes

that decline

with age, like

those related to

muscle growth.

AN

ODE TO

RICHARD

SIMMONS

The Missing Richard Simmons podcast—an investigation into the icon’s

whereabouts—brought him back into public consciousness. He’s since

resurfaced (whew!), and as we did our own investigating, we found the

one-time punchline was actually a fitness visionary.

INCLUSIVITY: THEN

Simmons made fitness

accessible—and

embraced everyone,

featuring women (and

men) of all shapes, sizes,

and ages in his videos.

INCLUSIVITY: NOW

The body-positivity

movement continues

to grow—and the

mainstream focus of

exercise is more about

strength, not size.

COMMUNITY: THEN

He developed a

personal relationship

with viewers (“I’m here

for you!”), which created

a sense of kinship.

COMMUNITY: NOW

The fit-fluencers who’ve

made the biggest

impression (like our

cover star Emily Skye!)

are the ones who

actively engage their

followers.

Source: Natalia Petrzela, associate professor of history, the New School in New York City

EATING HABITS: THEN

He believed healthy food

should be available at the

gym (a foreign concept),

so he opened a salad

bar at his studio, and it

quickly became a place

for members to hang.

EATING HABITS: NOW

Today, gym chains and

studios house smoothie

bars or cafés, offering

post-workout eats and a

spot to chill with friends.

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{health

“Two months after my mastectomy,

I found out my donor heart was

failing and my husband and

I needed to go to California to wait

for a heart. I hadn’t decided if I

wanted to go through that again, but

my friend Jill created a spreadsheet

for nine friends to rotate flying

out there to be with me while I

waited—I saw it as an act of love,

and decided to do it. They had

watched me struggle through my

first transplant 29 years ago at

WHEN

LIGHT

25 years old, and the mastectomy,

but they couldn’t do as much at

those times. Now, they were able to

show up for me in a real way. They

rubbed my feet and showered me,

we had spa nights, they decorated

my room, and we had our best talks

ever because I thought I was going

to die. They’d listen to me even

if they couldn’t help, and I wanted

to hear their problems too. Through

all that, they saved my life as much

as the transplant did.”

GOES DARK

Think “seasonal affective disorder,”

and your mind goes to winter, but

there’s also a summer version. Both

are caused by seasonal changes

(in this case, light and heat) that

can disrupt the internal clock

responsible for your sleep

and hormones. If light’s

your issue, stay inside as

much as you can, or try to

force your body into a

strict pattern: a halfhour

of light each

morning (around 6:30

a.m.) and a consistent

bedtime. For heat,

crank the AC and take

cool baths. Since SAD

is annual, see your

doc next spring to

ask how to

proactively

treat your

blues.

Source: Norman Rosenthal, M.D., author of Winter Blues and the psychiatrist who first researched SAD

FRIENDS FOR LIFE

Science shows that strong social networks can make you healthier. Real-life proof ? Author

Amy Silverstein. In her new book, My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, she tells her story of

surviving two heart transplants and a double mastectomy with her BFFs by her side.

POP QUIZ!

What item are people

most likely to leave in

their cars overnight?

A

GYM

GEAR

B

FOOD

AND

DRINK

ANSWER: B. A recent Jiffy Lube

survey showed that more than

half of people litter their cars with

leftover food and drink containers,

which allows illness-causing

organisms (E. coli, salmonella)

to thrive, says Kelly Reynolds,

Ph.D., an associate professor of

environmental health sciences

at the University of Arizona

in Tucson. And A and C are right

behind—one-fifth and one-tenth

of people, respectively, leave

these overnight. Moisture from the

resulting bodily fluids can increase

humidity in the car, extending

the survival of E. coli and other

bacteria by weeks. Clean out

your car nightly, and disinfect it

with antibacterial wipes weekly.

C

SOILED

DIAPERS

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Sex therapists seem to

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frequently as NASA

finds signs of life on

remote planets. In the

latest exploration,

they’re taking us past

the familiar terrain of

clitoral and vaginal Os

to experience the

cervical orgasm, which

can have an intense, fullbody

finale. To get there:

1 / Attempt a few days

before your period, when

your cervix is lower and

easier to reach.

2 / Begin with missionary,

to stimulate blood flow to

the pelvic region.

3 / Switch to a deeper

position (like missionary,

with your legs raised 90

degrees) when you feel

you’re close to climaxing.

This gives him direct access

to your cervix.

4 / Have him move in slow,

circular motions with the

tip of his penis gently

massaging the spot.

5 / Apply lube and flip

to doggy style (the

deepest position of all).

6 / Score celestial Os!

Source: Sexologist Jessica

O’Reilly, Ph.D., creator of the

Sexual Pro webinar series

He still wears ’em, but per

a study by the Center for

Sexual Health Promotion

at Indiana University in

Bloomington, 68 percent

of women agree that men

shouldn’t be the only

ones buying condoms—

but also, 65 percent of

women have never

bought one. As a result,

Trojan made black-andlavender

’doms. Our take?

Prettier packaging can

seem patronizing. And

aren’t condoms the one

birth control guys should

supply? But if stylish

rubbers empower

women to feel in control,

we’re into it. In the end,

choose the method—

or product—that suits

your sex life.

K Is for Kegels

A toned pelvic floor is the literal foundation of good sex (increased blood flow to

boost arousal; stronger Os). Since those muscles can loosen from aging and

pregnancy, several products have come out to help women shape them

up. Elvie (shown here, $199, elvie.com) is a gadget with an app that

guides you through Kegel exercises and tracks your progress. The

price point could be worth it if you’re a Kegels newbie, since

doing them wrong or overstimulating the area can lead to

pain, says Leah Millheiser, M.D., director of the female sexual

medicine program at Stanford University. For women whose

muscles have weakened too much to do Kegels, there’s Yarlap

($299, yarlap.com), which uses electric stimulation to

tone the area for you. Better sex awaits!

WHAT’S THE DIFF?

Relationship Break vs Separation

When David Schwimmer recently announced that he and his wife were taking a “relationship break,” we wondered:

What does that even mean? You know, besides being a pit stop on the way to Splitsville?

IT’S REALLY JUST A BREAK IF…

Your intention is to repair your bond. Whether you’ll see other

people, how often you’ll contact each other, and how long it

should last (three months is good; any more and you’re

waffling) have also been decided to avoid misunderstanding.

IT’S A STEP TOWARD SEPARATION IF…

You can’t compromise on big issues, and you’ve

acknowledged that you might dissolve the relationship.

You’ve sought guidance from a therapist on whether you

should part and, if so, how to move on in a healthy way.

Source: Jane Greer, marriage and sex therapist in New York City and author of What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship

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FASHION+ BEAUTY

THE WIND

IN YOUR HAIR

KYLE ALEXANDER

Nobody wants to fire up an 1,800-watt blow-dryer when it’s 90 degrees out.

But air-drying (even minus the car window) seems a recipe for unruly curls or for

strands as flat as this page. That’s why we went to pros who style their own hair

unplugged—and who, no matter your texture, can teach you how to beat the heat too.

By Ali Finney

July/August 2017 / WOMENSHEALTHMAG.COM 45


BEAUTY

THE TOWEL FOR

EVERY TEXTURE

The microfiber towel

is an air-dryer’s dream!

Because the ultrafine fibers

are stitched more tightly

together, it dries hair five times

faster than a cotton number

and minimizes frizz by limiting

friction between strands.

Try Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair

Towel ($30, sephora

.com).

Frizz is the single biggest problem for curls when air-drying. Because spirals are drier than other textures

(hydrating scalp oil doesn’t slide down a coiled strand as easily as it does a pin-straight one), the H 20

from humid air can swell the cuticle and send hairs a-flyin’. No fretting! By moisturizing at every step of

your routine, you can keep strands ultrasmooth and show the fuzz who’s boss.

Conair Wide Tooth Comb

($4, at drugstores)

Pre-shower, work through

dry hair with a wide-tooth

comb, starting at the

bottom and moving up.

Water breaks down the

hydrogen bonds in

hair, resetting your curl

pattern—so if you comb

post-shower, you’re

just begging for frizz.

Renpure Coconut

Mint Curly Cleansing

Conditioner

($8, walgreens.com)

Reach for a co-wash with a

frizz-inhibiting surfactant,

such as cetrimonium

chloride, and megamoisturizing

ingredients

like coconut and argan

oils; it’ll cleanse without

drying out hair.

Suave Professionals

Coconut Oil Infusion

Damage Repair

Oil Treatment

($6, at Walmart)

Out of the shower, pat this

all over (don’t rake! it’ll

break up curls). Tweak the

amount of oil based on

your hair’s thickness: Thin

twists need a quarter size;

coarser coils, a poker chip.

THE SIX-MONTH AIR-DRY FIX

Virtue The One For All

6-in-1 Styler

($36, virtuelabs.com)

Follow the oil with a

keratin-infused cream,

scrunching in a dollop from

top to bottom; it gives curls

hold without crispiness

(avoid gels and mousses

for this reason). Plus, a

smoother hair surface

leaves curls looking glossy.

So we’ve established that frizz is quite the air-drying gripe. To eliminate 80 percent of it for up to six months, New York City

hairstylist Nunzio Saviano recommends the formaldehyde-free Cezanne Professional Products Classic Keratin Treatment

(about $250, cezannehair.com for salons). It pumps a silk derivative, keratin, and glycolic acid into the cuticle to put the

kibosh on fuzz while keeping your waves or curls intact (as opposed to other smoothing treatments, which can flatten

them). Even when exposed to humidity—and even when you air-dry!—hair is intensely moisturized, so the extra H 20 in the

air can’t get inside to poof strands. Our wavy-curly editor-in-chief has had three treatments and swears it’s a game changer.

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BEAUTY

DISCOVER OUR

DETERGENT

WITH A

SKIN-FRIENDLY

FRESH SCENT

Preferred 2 to 1

over the leading

Free detergent. *

ARM & HAMMER

Sensitive Skin Plus Scent is

our first scented detergent

clinically tested for sensitive

skin. It’s the secret to clean,

great-smelling laundry.

THE CLEAN YOU NEED

AT A FRACTION OF THE COST. †

*In a nationwide survey; among those with

a preference; preference based on scent.


per load vs. the leading detergent


Playa Every Day

Shampoo and

Supernatural

Conditioner

($32 and $34,

violetgrey.com)

The ’poo

contains a

gentle

surfactant

derived from

coconuts; the

conditioner

uses brassica

and copaiba

oils to smooth

but not

smother hair.

Often mistaken as “curls lite,” waves actually require an

approach all their own. Wavy girls become product

dependent: Too much creates a crunchy effect; too little

gives no definition. We have the just-right prescription.

Wet Brush Mini

Pop Fold

Detangler in

Rose Gold ($8,

thewetbrush

.com)

Post-condition,

run a flexiblebristle

brush

through

strands to undo

tangles (sans

breakage).

Perk: This

gadget folds up

to the size of

an early-aughts

flip phone.

Living Proof

Perfect Hair

Day In-Shower

Styler ($24,

livingproof.com)

Work this

water-activated

styling cream

through

strands after

you brush ’em.

It creates tiny

bumpers

between hairs.

This separation

helps volumize

and define

waves.

Sachajuan

Ocean Mist

($31, david

pirrotta.com)

Towel-dry hair,

then spritz

on this

vitamin-rich

spray. The

crystalline

structure of

the salt adds

texture, while

the panthenol

helps hair

retain moisture,

nixing any

crispy feeling.

AMP

UP

YOUR

LOOK

1 ACCESSORY.

ENDLESS LOOKS.

This texture can lack lift at the roots, which

makes air-drying seem like a great way to get

a deflated mop. But a smart mix of tools and

texturizers can keep you from falling flat.

WILL WHIPLE/THE LICENSING PROJECT; MATT RAINEY/RODALE IMAGES (STILLS)

IGK 1995 2-in-1

Shampoo &

Texturizer

($25, sephora

.com)

As it cleanses, it

boosts volume

with polymers

called quats

that don’t rinse

off, while

imparting

lightweight

safflower seed

oil that adds

the ideal (not

too much!)

amount of

conditioning.

Tangle Teezer

The Ultimate

Styler ($27,

sephora.com)

Out of the

shower, flip

your head

upside down

and comb hair

forward, then

flip back and

let it sit on top

of your head

for 10 minutes.

When you

shake your hair

out, you’ll

have perkedup

roots.

Garnier Fructis

Style Smooth

Air Dry ($4.29,

at drugstores)

Rake a dimesize

amount of

this argan oil–

enriched,

shine-enhancing

(and flyawaypreventing!)

cream from

mid-lengths

down. The

formula adds

gleam and

sleekness to

the bottom

of hair.

Phyto Paris

Phytovolume

Actif

Volumizing

Spray ($30,

phyto.com)

Hold this

protein-packed

bottle 12 inches

away from your

head (so the

mist won’t

feel sticky on

damp hair).

Spritz it evenly

through your

roots and

prepare for

liftoff. Q

Sources: Randy Schueller, cosmetic chemist in Chicago and founder of The Beauty Brains blog;

Jim Hammer, cosmetic chemist in Boston; Rubi Jones, hairstylist in New York City; Jenny Cho, Suave

Professionals hairstylist in Los Angeles; Mara Roszak, hairstylist in Los Angeles; Aviva Perea, hairstylist

in Los Angeles; and Dana Tizzio, hairstylist in New York City

HAIR ACCESSORIES

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BEAUTY

TECH

MIRROR,

TECH

MIRROR

ON THE WALL

What if we aren’t the harshest critics of our reflections?

What if it’s the reflection itself? Writer Marisa Meltzer looks

into a cutting-edge mirror for real-time guidance on her

skin—and finds that’s not the only thing staring back at her.

50 WOMENSHEALTHMAG.COM / July/August 2017 P H OTO G R A P H BY M AT T R A I N E Y


Your eczema may be

hiding something.

You may think you know eczema, but what

you might not know is that it’s a term used to

describe a variety of skin conditions. The most

common form of eczema is actually a chronic

disease called atopic dermatitis.

You can see the signs of atopic dermatitis

on the surface, but a key underlying cause

remains hidden. Inflammation beneath the

skin can lead to the red, itchy rashes that

you try to manage, but just keep coming

back. This underlying inflammation is always

active, meaning your next flare-up is just

waiting to return.

Don’t just focus on the symptoms; learn more

about what may be happening beneath the

skin’s surface at EczemaExposed.com.

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BEAUTY

Like the evil queen in Snow White,

I consult a talking mirror every

morning. “HiMirror, listen” is

my prompt—the 2017 version of

“Mirror, mirror on the wall”—but

instead of telling me I’m the fairest

of them all, it proceeds to take

my photo and analyze my skin for

flaws. It’s the brand-new HiMirror

Plus ($369, himirror.com), a

next-level image-processing gadget

designed to help me achieve my

complexion goals…and bring me

face-to-face with my own vanity.

ON TRACK

In this era of quantifiable

data, tracking our personal

health and fitness has become

the new norm. I already use

technology to monitor the

steps I take, the calories I

consume, the water I drink,

and my heart rate at any

given moment. But we haven’t

had anything to track our

most prominent features: our

faces. Until now.

And, oh, what perfect

timing. On the cusp of 40,

I’ve become keenly aware

of the fine lines blossoming

across my face. I feel like

I need to care for my skin a

little more purposefully.

This device—an innovation

award honoree at this year’s

Consumer Electronics Show

(read: the tech Olympics)—

promised to give me detailed

information on how I’m doing

skin-wise without my having

to stalk my dermatologist

like a bloodhound.

Once hung, the mirror

takes an HD photo of your

face (sans makeup—this is

key) that it will use hereafter

to recognize you and as a

baseline to measure any skin

changes. (The company

swears that encryption

software keeps the data

anonymous—mercifully, as

these photos are some of the

least flattering ever taken of

me. ) When the mirror detects

that I’m nearby, the facialrecognition

system activates.

A sensor at the bottom is

supposed to work with a swipe

of your palm. Mine wasn’t

functioning, so I ended up

using my voice to command

it—an extra fairy-tale touch.

DAILY RATINGS

As you stand in front of the

mirror, a box shows up that

centers on your face and snaps

another makeup-free photo.

Using a proprietary imageprocessing

algorithm, the

mirror checks your skin for

eight attributes: red spots,

fine lines, complexion (your

skin color), pores, wrinkles,

roughness, dark spots, and

undereye circles. The results

are then rolled together to

create a personalized Skin

Index Synthesis. This report

scores you from 0 (bad) to 100

(perfect)—more on the scoring

system in a bit—in five areas:

texture, firmness, clarity

(a.k.a. tone), brightness (which,

oddly enough, refers to how

small your pores are, according

to the developers), and overall

healthiness. All of this info

appears on the mirror and is

also sent to an app on your

phone for your reading

pleasure.

Today, for example,

HiMirror rated me 99.34 for

brightness, up 1.60 since I

first measured my skin just

eight days ago. My lowest

score, firmness, is down 3.54

to 92.53. My skin averages in

the mid-90s, which would be

an A if I were still in high

school. I feel a moment of joy

for my good report card until

Fixating on even

a suggestion of a

crease used to be

a solo sport—

no longer, now

that technology

has settled

comfortably into

our bathrooms.

I realize I’m not even sure

what it means. Is anyone out

there actually flunking?

According to Simon Shen,

the founder and CEO who

created the device with the

help of dermatologists, healthy

people’s scores should be in

the 90s. I am not superior.

And I am not alone in my

confusion about these scores.

The brand, flush with user

feedback, is already looking

into changing the rating

system. In the near future,

instead of giving elements of

your face a score, it may give

you a percentage by which, say,

your red spots reddened.

On the plus side, the device

doesn’t just coldly spit out

numbers; it also sends helpful

alerts, like weather updates

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that pop up on the mirror itself

and ding on the app throughout

the day. If it’s sunny, it’ll tell you to

apply SPF; if temps drop, it might

recommend you slather on something

more moisturizing.

Speaking of moisturizer, the

HiMirror and its app are supposed to

be able to scan the bar codes of products

you’re using and then monitor whether

they’re good for your skin issues

over time. If the analysis deems the

products aren’t working, it should show

you similar products to try. But tech

problems arise again, and I’m unable to

scan the Kate Somerville cleanser and

Kiehl’s eye cream that I regularly use.

Beauty tech isn’t immune to the glitches

most beta-version devices have (my

first AppleWatch was convinced I didn’t

have a heartbeat). So I wing it: Looking

at my slumping firmness score, I apply

Tracie Martyn Firming Serum, and,

noting the mirror’s warning of humid

weather, I replace my rich face cream

with a lighter hydrator from Glossier.

The company’s working on fixing these

bugs too, but for now, there’s a support

hotline to help you circumvent most

tech issues; if that doesn’t work, a new

device could be sent to you.

REALITY BYTES?

After a few weeks of hyperconnected

hypervigilance, it feels a bit like I’m

getting a daily Uber rating for my face.

Is this progress?

I call Amy Wechsler, M.D., who is

both a dermatologist and a psychiatrist,

and tell her about my new project.

Wechsler isn’t on board with HiMirror

as a diagnostic tool. She compares it to

those blue-light mirrors that some

dermatologists use to show where sun

damage has occurred. “All those did was

freak out my patients and make things

sound worse than they were,” she says.

Using a skin-care tracking device may

make someone’s self-esteem suffer if

the feedback is negative.

It can also trigger unhealthy

behavior. These ratings of our skin

should be a metric that can gauge our

progress and goals. But in the same

way stepping on a scale can lead to a

downward emotional spiral (or worse),

daily skin reports can be problematic

for people with confidence issues or

anxiety. “Knowing your skin is a tiny

percentage more or less firm could

promote a kind of obsessive worry,”

says Joan Chrisler, Ph.D., a professor

of psychology at Connecticut College

in New London, who specializes in

women. Then again, it might be worth

using sparingly, she says. “The first step

toward behavior change is knowing

what you’re doing.” For some people

it might be a relief to know that your

skin is bright and well hydrated,

and that what you need to think about

are just frown lines.

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVE

Like all Disney fairy tales, though, there

is a happy ending here. Mona Gohara,

M.D., a dermatologist at the Yale School

of Medicine, says a device like this

could track the use of cosmeceuticals.

“When I give out a retinol, I always

say it should be four to six weeks before

it works,” she says. “A sunspot fading

gradually might not be something you

can see, but this might be a nuanced

way to track it.” In other words, you’ll

keep using a product before giving up

on it. The mirror can detect microscopic

changes in wrinkles, for example, so it

is a more scientific way to evaluate

whether my eye cream is actually

plumping out my fine lines, or if that

ferulic acid serum is legit fading the

sun-dappling on my cheeks.

To be honest, I’m now less interested

in using the tool to chastise my face

for daring to age than I am in using it

to Kondo my shelves of the bottles that

just aren’t cutting it. I’ve spent enough

time zooming in; moving forward, I’m

focusing on the big picture. Q

THE DISRUPTORS

Other beauty-tracking tools revolutionizing our routines:

•Olay Skin Advisor (free, skinadvisor.olay.com) gives you a skin

quiz and snaps a photo of your face to determine your skin’s real age,

then suggests appropriate products.

•Wayskin ($129, en.wayskin.com) uses sensors to measure the moisture

levels of your skin and provides real-time info on UV and humidity.

•Samsung Lumini (price and launch date not finalized) takes your

photo and then recommends products that address your skin issues,

and/or a tele-consultation with a dermatologist.


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This brief summary does not take the place of talking to your doctor about

your medical condition or your treatment.

ParaGard ® T 380A Intrauterine Copper Contraceptive is used to prevent

pregnancy. It does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually

transmitted diseases.

What is ParaGard ® ?

ParaGard ® (intrauterine copper contraceptive) is a copper-releasing device that

is placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years. ParaGard ® is

made of white plastic in the shape of a “T.” Copper is wrapped around the stem

and arms of the “T”. Two white threads are attached to the stem of the “T”. The

threads are the only part of ParaGard ® that you can feel when ParaGard ® is in

your uterus. ParaGard ® and its components do not contain latex.

How long can I keep ParaGard ® in place?

You can keep ParaGard ® in your uterus for up to 10 years. After 10 years, you

should have ParaGard ® removed by your healthcare provider. If you wish and

if it is still right for you, you may get a new ParaGard ® during the same visit.

What if I change my mind and want to become pregnant?

Your healthcare provider can remove ParaGard ® at any time. After discontinuation

of ParaGard ® , its contraceptive effect is reversed.

How does ParaGard ® work?

Ideas about how ParaGard ® works include preventing sperm from reaching

the egg, preventing sperm from fertilizing the egg, and possibly preventing the

egg from attaching (implanting) in the uterus. ParaGard ® does not stop your

ovaries from making an egg (ovulating) each month.

How well does ParaGard ® work?

Fewer than 1 in 100 women become pregnant each year while using ParaGard ® .

Who should not use ParaGard ® ?

You should not use ParaGard ® if you

• Might be pregnant

• Have a uterus that is abnormally shaped inside

• Have a pelvic infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or have current

behavior that puts you at high risk of PID (for example, because you are

having sex with several men, or your partner is having sex with other women)

• Have had an infection in your uterus after a pregnancy or abortion in the past

3 months

• Have cancer of the uterus or cervix

• Have unexplained bleeding from your vagina

• Have an infection in your cervix

• Have Wilson’s disease (a disorder in how the body handles copper)

• Are allergic to anything in ParaGard ®

• Already have an intrauterine contraceptive in your uterus

How is ParaGard ® placed in the uterus?

ParaGard ® is placed in your uterus during an office visit. Your healthcare provider

first examines you to find the position of your uterus. Next, he or she

will cleanse your vagina and cervix, measure your uterus, and then slide a

plastic tube containing ParaGard ® into your uterus. The tube is removed, leaving

ParaGard ® inside your uterus. Two white threads extend into your vagina.

The threads are trimmed so they are just long enough for you to feel with your

fingers when doing a self-check. As ParaGard ® goes in, you may feel cramping

or pinching. Some women feel faint, nauseated, or dizzy for a few minutes

afterwards. Your healthcare provider may ask you to lie down for a while and

to get up slowly.

How do I check that ParaGard ® is in my uterus?

Visit your healthcare provider for a check-up about one month after placement

to make sure ParaGard ® is still in your uterus.

You can also check to make sure that ParaGard ® is still in your uterus by reaching

up to the top of your vagina with clean fingers to feel the two threads. Do

not pull on the threads.

If you cannot feel the threads, ask your healthcare provider to check if

ParaGard ® is in the right place. If you can feel more of ParaGard ® than just the

threads, ParaGard ® is not in the right place. If you can’t see your healthcare

provider right away, use an additional birth control method. If ParaGard ® is in

the wrong place, your chances of getting pregnant are increased. It is a good

habit for you to check that ParaGard ® is in place once a month.

You may use tampons when you are using ParaGard ® .

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What if I become pregnant while using ParaGard ® ?

If you think you are pregnant, contact your healthcare professional right away.

If you are pregnant and ParaGard ® is in your uterus, you may get a severe

infection or shock, have a miscarriage or premature labor and delivery, or even

die. Because of these risks, your healthcare provider will recommend that you

have ParaGard ® removed, even though removal may cause miscarriage.

If you continue a pregnancy with ParaGard ® in place, see your healthcare provider

regularly. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you get fever,

chills, cramping, pain, bleeding, flu-like symptoms, or an unusual, bad smelling

vaginal discharge.

A pregnancy with ParaGard ® in place has a greater than usual chance of being

ectopic (outside your uterus). Ectopic pregnancy is an emergency that may

require surgery. An ectopic pregnancy can cause internal bleeding, infertility,

and death. Unusual vaginal bleeding or abdominal pain may be signs of an

ectopic pregnancy.

Copper in ParaGard ® does not seem to cause birth defects.

What side effects can I expect with ParaGard ® ?

The most common side effects of ParaGard ® are heavier, longer periods and

spotting between periods; most of these side effects diminish after 2-3 months.

However, if your menstrual flow continues to be heavy or long, or spotting

continues, contact your healthcare provider.

Infrequently, serious side effects may occur:

• Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID): Uncommonly, ParaGard ® and other IUDs

are associated with PID. PID is an infection of the uterus, tubes, and nearby

organs. PID is most likely to occur in the first 20 days after placement. You

have a higher chance of getting PID if you or your partner have sex with more

than one person. PID is treated with antibiotics. However, PID can cause

serious problems such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic

pain. Rarely, PID may even cause death. More serious cases of PID require

surgery or a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). Contact your healthcare

provider right away if you have any of the signs of PID: abdominal or pelvic

pain, painful sex, unusual or bad smelling vaginal discharge, chills, heavy

bleeding, or fever.

• Difficult removals: Occasionally ParaGard ® may be hard to remove because

it is stuck in the uterus. Surgery may sometimes be needed to remove

ParaGard ® .

• Perforation: Rarely, ParaGard ® goes through the wall of the uterus, especially

during placement. This is called perforation. If ParaGard ® perforates the

uterus, it should be removed. Surgery may be needed. Perforation can cause

infection, scarring, or damage to other organs. If ParaGard ® perforates the

uterus, you are not protected from pregnancy.

• Expulsion: ParaGard ® may partially or completely fall out of the uterus. This

is called expulsion. Women who have never been pregnant may be more

likely to expel ParaGard ® than women who have been pregnant before. If you

think that ParaGard ® has partly or completely fallen out, use an additional

birth control method, such as a condom and call your healthcare provider.

You may have other side effects with ParaGard ® . For example, you may have

anemia (low blood count), backache, pain during sex, menstrual cramps, allergic

reaction, vaginal infection, vaginal discharge, faintness, or pain. This is not

a complete list of possible side effects. If you have questions about a side effect,

check with your healthcare provider.

When should I call my healthcare provider?

Call your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about ParaGard ® . Be

sure to call if you:

• Think you are pregnant

• Have pelvic pain or pain during sex

• Have unusual vaginal discharge or genital sores

• Have unexplained fever

• Might be exposed to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

• Cannot feel ParaGard ® ’s threads or can feel the threads are much longer

• Can feel any other part of the ParaGard ® besides the threads

• Become HIV positive or your partner becomes HIV positive

• Have severe or prolonged vaginal bleeding

• Miss a menstrual period

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rocks tummy rolls and

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social followers. Here, she

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conquering self-doubt,

gaining 30 pounds, and why

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FITNESS

Emily

Skye has to pee.

Badly. “Thank

god we’re here,

I’m busting!”

the 32-year-old fitness guru

exclaims in her cheeky Aussie

accent after an hour-long,

iced-almond-milk-latte-fueled

drive across the San Gabriel

Valley to Burbank, California.

Yep, she’s as frank in person

as on her wildly popular social

media feeds, where she

cops to zits, digestive drama,

and “dessert babies”—a.k.a.

post-sweets bloat.

That openness not only sets

Emily apart from the gaggle

of sculpted fit-fluencers out

there, but has boosted her to

the apex of the fitness market.

The figures tell the story:

13 million followers across

Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter,

Facebook, and YouTube;

a number-three spot on

Forbes’s 2017 list of the 10

most influential fitness stars

worldwide; and a paying

audience of 250,000 for her

online workout program,

F.I.T. On this sunny SoCal day,

Emily is further plumping up

her portfolio with back-toback

meetings about potential

collaborations—makeup,

TV, workout shoes, all the

expected stops on the fitspostar

express.

She is driving that train

in a new direction, though.

“It’s so important for women

to remember that the people

who inspire them are human

and shouldn’t be put up on

pedestals,” she says. Emily is

essentially creating a new

version of fitspo that aspires to

be fit but not obsessed, a place

where she can be unabashedly

proud of her cut-andcurved

self one minute, and

vulnerable and pal-nextdoor

the next—with a touch

of armchair psychologist.

Case in point: Her strengthtraining

workouts are tough

enough to have you hobbling

the day after, but online she

prefers feel-good mantras,

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like “Don’t dull your sparkle

to make other people more

comfortable,” to the unsparing

“Sweat is just your fat crying”

memes. She wants women to

be strong, but not too hard on

themselves as they work

toward that strength. Before

she could teach that kind of

self-acceptance to others,

however, she had to

find it herself.

A PAINFUL PAST

It didn’t come easily. “My

father left when I was 2,” she

reveals, a life-changing event

she now believes instilled in

her the “feeling that I could

never be loved” and ultimately

led her to fall for a string of

abusive boyfriends.

Emily was also mercilessly

bullied by other girls. “In grade

school, they’d make frog noises

when I walked past because

I had big eyes, and they called

me Stick Creature because

I was skinny,” she remembers.

By age 11, she was so unhappy

that her doctor prescribed an

antidepressant. When her wide

blue-gray eyes and willowy

legs caught the attention of

male students, the girl-on-girl

torment escalated: Emily was

pushed into lockers and chased

home from school.

Hoping to boost Emily’s

confidence in her looks, her

mother enrolled her in a

modeling course at 13. By her

late teens, she was scoring gigs

for fashion and bikini shoots,

but that made her feel worse.

“I’d go to castings and compare

myself to the other women,”

she says. “I would think, I’m not

pretty enough or skinny enough.

But I kept modeling because

I needed praise to feel loved.”

By her early twenties, Emily

was “on the verge of an eating

disorder,” she says. Daily

two-hour cardio sessions and

a diet of carrots, celery, and

hummus kept her at a size 0,

“but I wasn’t fit or healthy.

I had so much self-hate that

sometimes I didn’t feel like

I wanted to live.” She also

had a “nasty boyfriend” who

was not only unfaithful and

controlling but threatening

and physically abusive. “I had

to get a restraining order on

him,” she says. “In retrospect,

it was like a horrible movie.”

THE TURNING POINT

There was no place to go but

up, and Emily’s first moves in

that direction began to take

shape in 2009, when she was

24. “I started looking at

muscle and fitness magazines,

and the women seemed so

strong and healthy. I loved

the idea of using weights to

transform your body, to look

and feel powerful.” At the gym,

she traded cardio machines

for the weight room, playing

around with lat pulldowns

and biceps curls that, she now

admits, “I was probably doing

all wrong.”

At the same time, Emily

reconnected with a friend

of a friend, Declan Redmond,

a former commando in the

Australian army and an

experienced weightlifter. The

two started training together,

with short bursts of HIIT

and heavy weights. Emily

noticed a difference in her

physique within six weeks: Her

arms and legs had grown more

defined and she’d begun

etching out abs.

As she continued reshaping

her body from “twig” to

“strong, fit machine”—in

the process gaining almost

30 pounds, most of it pure

muscle—her confidence

blossomed too. Fueled by a

steady stream of post-workout

endorphins, her depression

melted away, and she

was able to stop taking the

antidepressants that had

been part of her life for a dozen

years. “Before, I had this

cloudy feeling, and now, the

sun was shining. I thought,

This is what being alive is like.

I felt like a superhero.”

Not everyone was on board

with Emily’s new passion.

“Some friends wrinkled

their noses at my muscles.

One looked at my arms and

shoulders and said I looked

‘disgusting, like a man.’” A

bikini company airbrushed her

abs out of photos. A fashionhouse

rep gestured at Emily’s

sculpted arms and said, “It’s

too much.” “And I was tiny

then compared to now!” Emily

marvels. It was high school all

over again—not fitting in, not

being accepted.

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The Many Faces (and Bods) of Emily Skye

After Emily recovered from disordered eating, perfectionism, and self-image issues, she wanted

to help other women do the same. Enter: a platform-shattering honesty about her body’s awkward

moments, along with a message to “just be you!” Here, a few of her most powerful posts.

October 2013: In an early post, Emily took on

the thigh-gap obsession, writing that it’s “not

only unrealistic but ridiculous and unhealthy!”

About her own amazing thighs, she added,“I

don’t have a gap and I don’t want one!”

October 2014: Accused of making women

feel insecure, Emily posted zits-and-stretch

marks photos on Facebook, and a passionate

personal note about her own unhealthy past.

Number of views: 91 million.

August 2016: “There’s a big difference

between what most people post online and

‘real life,’” Emily told followers. The proof?

Her face, pre- and post-makeup. “It took me

years to be comfortable with my ‘raw’ self.”

November 2016: Emily documented her

transformation in an Instagram post that

revealed an almost 30-pound weight gain.

Her earlier self was “starving” and depressed;

now she’s “happier than I have ever been.”

February 2017: Belly rolls rule! After a monthlong

trip, Emily wrote, “Sometimes I look like

the pic on the left, sometimes like the pic on

the right.” Lesson: Even fitness icons “don’t

always have abs”—and that’s totally cool.

March 2017: “I have something to tell you...

I have a dessert baby!” Emily told Instagram

followers, another step in her “perfection

doesn’t exist” campaign. “Here’s a reminder

that I bloat,” she wrote. “It was SO worth it.”

Only this time, she had the

(BOSU) balls to speak up. The

feeling of power in her body,

she says, had “paved the way

to mental changes.” Emily

began stripping away sources

of negativity from her life,

dropping unsupportive

“friends,” traveling with

Declan (now her boyfriend),

and modeling for fitness

companies instead of fashion

and beauty labels. When her

76-year-old grandma saw her

flexing and said, “Stop lifting

weights. You’re supposed to be

feminine,” she simply smiled…

and flexed again.

REDEFINING #FITSPO

It wasn’t long before Emily

had a wider audience for her

strong-not-skinny philosophy.

By 2011 she had become a

certified personal trainer and

was blogging and posting on

Facebook, then later Instagram

and other platforms, about

her meals, workouts, and

experiences at body-building

and swimsuit competitions.

Her timing was impeccable:

The fitspo movement was just

springing up as a reaction to

thinspo, the trend celebrating

an ultra-skinny ideal—and

fitspo’s emphasis on strength

and health dovetailed with

Emily’s physical and mental

transformation. “I decided

everyone deserved to feel as

incredible as I did,” she says.

But a funny thing happened

to fitspo over the next few

years. It began morphing into

something that could trigger

perfectionism and body-size

preoccupation—much like

thinspo. In 2014, an Australian

professor wrote an article

blaming social media fitness

stars for making young women

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF SKYE

70 WOMENSHEALTHMAG.COM / July/August 2017


FITNESS

feel guilty about their bodies…

with Emily Skye’s photo front

and center.

Emily was incensed. “The

professor hadn’t bothered to

read my content—she just

cherry-picked some photos

and made assumptions,” she

says. Emily responded by

posting a collage of zits and

stretch marks, together with a

heartfelt statement about her

own “struggles, insecurities,

and flaws.” The story got more

than 91 million views and

ignited Emily’s career.

Now her social media secret

sauce is a refreshing blend of

look-at-me aspiration and

I’m-like-you honesty. Between

the posts on moves that will lift

your butt, there are tricks for

lifting yourself out of the

occasional sad mood…which

Emily admits she still falls into.

In one YouTube video, she

confesses, “I’m feeling down in

the dumps…I don’t wanna do

anything. I wanna sleep all the

time; I wanna cry all the time.”

Her solution: “Do what you

need to do to feel good in that

moment —cry, skip the gym,

eat chocolate—then get back to

what you know works for you.”

Clearly that’s a message that

resonates, and Emily keeps

compiling more ways to send it

out. Reebok made her a global

ambassador last September,

and she is spearheading its

“Hands” campaign, designed

to spark conversations about

body positivity. She is also

working with the company on

a new shoe, a training sneaker

designed to handle everything

from squats to plyometric

box jumps to sprints. And her

F.I.T. program has led to a

partnership with an Australian

gym chain, with “Emily/Skye

Ignite” strength-training

classes offered at 75 locations.

Through the maze of

new opportunities, though,

Emily never loses touch

with the vulnerable girl she

once was. “Before I post

anything, I ask myself, ‘If

I were talking to my youngest

self, what would I have

wanted to hear?’” Q

’Gram-Slam Abs!

No gym required. Instead, hit the sand (or anywhere!) with this routine from

Emily. Three times a week, do this circuit in order: Perform each exercise for

40 seconds, then rest for 20 seconds before moving on to the next. After doing

all five moves, rest for one minute, then repeat five times for six total rounds.

a

1. BODY-WEIGHT SQUAT

Stand with your feet a little more than shoulder-width apart, toes turned

out slightly and hands at your sides (a). Keeping your core tight and chest

upright, sit your hips back and bend your knees to lower your body until

your thighs are parallel to the ground, bringing your hands together in

front of you for balance (b). Press through your heels to return to start.

2. CURTSY LUNGE

Stand with your feet

shoulder-width apart, hands

together in front of you at

chest height (a). Keeping

your torso upright, take a

big step back with your left

leg, crossing it behind your

right, then bend your knees

and lower until your right

thigh is nearly parallel to

the floor, keeping your hips

and shoulders as square as

possible (b). Press through

your right heel to return

to standing. Repeat on the

other side and continue

alternating.

a

a

3. SPIDER-MAN MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

Start in pushup position, hands directly below your shoulders, legs

extended and feet together (a). Brace your core, then bend your left knee

out and up toward your left elbow, keeping your hips as parallel to

the ground as possible (b). Return to start. Repeat with the other leg

and continue alternating.

b

b

b

a

b

4. MODIFIED V-UP

Lie faceup on the ground with

legs straight, arms at your sides,

and shoulders off the ground (a).

Quickly lift your torso to an upright

position as you pull your knees to

your chest (b). Keeping your hands

next to your hips on the ground for

support, slowly lower back to start.

a

b

5. MODIFIED PUSHUP

Start on your hands and knees in a

modified pushup position, hands

slightly more than shoulder-width

apart, and your body forming a

straight line from head to knees

(a). Squeeze your glutes and brace

your core, then bend your elbows

to lower your chest toward the

floor (b). Press through your palms

to return to start.

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Suspend your disbelief about hypnosis, and while you’re at it, forget about

swinging watches and the phrase “You’re getting sleepy.” Despite the fact

that people have been using hypnotherapy for decades to help them

ditch behaviors like overeating and smoking—and that major medical

organizations recognize it as valid therapy for a range of health issues—

it’s still viewed as mental sleight of hand, a tool of stage performers,

not doctors. But thanks to a spate of recent research—most notably

a study that showed, via MRI imaging, how the brain actually changes

during hypnosis—the practice has gained more legitimacy and is

often combined with talk therapy or meds. Now, “people are signing

up for it at the recommendation of their physician,” says health

psychologist Laurie Keefer, Ph.D., director of psychobehavioral research

at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

During a session, a therapist will ease you into a hyper-focused

relaxed state (by having you concentrate on, say, soothing words), then

give you suggestions to help you conquer your health problem. You’ll

be physically alert but mentally calm, similar to what happens when

you are driving and reach your destination but don’t remember

how you got there. Here, why over a half a million people couch-surf

away what ails them each year, and what you can expect.

INSOMNIA

New York City writer Patricia Morrisroe

could fall asleep easily. But four hours

later, she’d be up again, her mind reeling.

The problem started in childhood

and gradually worsened. Patricia tried

cognitive behavioral therapy and

meds; when they didn’t help, she decided

to visit a hypnotherapist. Patricia was

hypnotized once, then given a recording

to listen to nightly. Immediately, the

then 50-year-old had what she describes

as “the best sleep of my life.” The

results wore off after 10 days (Patricia’s

hypnotherapist suspects this is

because she was only partly susceptible to

hypnosis; about a third of the population

can’t be hypnotized at all), but many

people see results as long as they listen

to the recording.

People with stress-linked sleep

disturbances are great candidates for

hypnotherapy, says psychotherapist

Marty Lerman, Ph.D., author of Mindshift.

That’s because hypnosis can teach you

how to acknowledge and release spinning

thoughts. The payoff: A study found women

who listened to hypnotic suggestions

for sleep (such as a fish swimming deeper

into water) at night experienced up to 80

percent more restorative slow-wave sleep

compared with when they heard a

nonhypnotic text.

That stress connection is why you’ll see

the best results if you have a session or two

with a therapist who can tailor a recording

to your specific stressors. For example, if a

jam-packed schedule is stealing your Zs,

she might include a statement like “You

have time to complete all your daily tasks.”

Nonpersonalized sleep hypnosis apps are

okay, say experts, as long as you choose one

that’s been created or vetted by a certified

hypnotherapist (check the description

in the app store). Try Sleep Well Hypnosis

(free), a 25-minute session you listen to

nightly; it promises consistent, deep sleep

in one to three weeks.

GUT TROUBLES

When she was 25, Amber Ponticelli

started getting sharp abdominal pains

every time she ate. ER and gastro docs

thought she had IBS, but their suggested

dietary tweaks (like eating six small meals

As far back as ancient times, healers have used forms of hypnosis. A brief look back, from hokey to legit.

3000 B.C.

Ancient Greeks go to “sleep

temples” dedicated to

Aesculapius, the god of healing,

to be treated in rituals that

use hypnotic-like trances.

The temples are filled with

snakes, Aesculapius’s symbol.

Um, not soothing.

1843

English doctor James

Braid coins the term

hypnosis (after Hypnos,

the Greek god of sleep)

and studies how it can

be used to help ease

anxiety and pain.

1960

The American

Psychological

Association recognizes

hypnotherapy

as a valid medical

procedure.

1774

Austrian physician

Franz Anton Mesmer

(mesmerized; get it?)

claims the hypnotic

state is controlled by

an occult force. He

is soon discredited.

1860s

Civil War surgeons

hypnotize injured

soldiers before

amputations.

2008

Research in

the journal Nature

finds evidence

that hypnotherapy

is effective at

treating IBS.

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a day instead of three large ones) didn’t

ease her symptoms. Finally, an M.D.

diagnosed the culprit: rapid gastric

emptying, a condition that causes the

body to force undigested food through the

gut. She was referred to a doctor who was

using hypnotherapy to treat GI patients.

Amber didn’t have great expectations, but

the now 35-year-old Chicago Pilates

instructor was desperate.

People with gut problems often find

relief with hypnotherapy—on average,

75 percent of women get significant relief

after treatment and more than 80 percent

continue to feel better for up to six years

later—because of the close link between

mind and gut, says Olafur Palsson, Psy.D., a

professor of medicine at The University of

North Carolina’s Center for Functional GI

and Motility Disorders in Chapel Hill. The

brain sends signals to the gut to influence

how much it should contract or relax to

move food through your intestines. But

sometimes that message can come across

too intensely (which can lead to diarrhea)

or not firmly enough (resulting in

constipation). Hypnotherapy can help iron

out these mind-gut missives so your

intestines contract properly, says Palsson.

Each session, Amber would stare at a

penny glued to the ceiling to help her

relax. Then her doctor would describe a

soothing location and say how Amber

should tap into it to ease her symptoms

(think: being on a beach and feeling the

warm sun moving through and healing her

intestines, and her stomach acting

like the waves, breaking down food).

Amber saw her symptoms ease up

immediately; the majority of people find

relief after six sessions (most women have

one every other week over the course of

about three months). People who begin to

experience pain again (to date, Amber

hasn’t) can go back for “tune up” visits or

listen to a taped session provided by their

doctor or therapist.

out of control of my body or say something

embarrassing,” says the Denver resident.

But that wasn’t the case. Once Megan was

put into a relaxed state, her hypnotherapist

talked her through ways to release

negative thoughts. When Megan was

anxious about an upcoming trip, her

therapist helped her envision going

through the process—packing her bags,

driving to the airport, getting through

security, boarding the plane, the actual

flight—without anxiety. It worked; she was

far less tense than usual during her trip.

Hypnosis is similarly successful for

depressed individuals, who often receive

messaging geared toward identifying and

releasing uncomfortable emotions (“As

sad feelings surface, you can let them go”).

When hypnosis is incorporated into

cognitive behavioral therapy sessions, it

usually reduces the number of sessions

needed by at least half, compared with

using behavioral therapy alone.

Today, Megan’s anxiety is managed with

self-hypnosis, a technique she learned

during her sessions. She relaxes her mind,

then repeats some of her therapist’s

frequently used phrases in order to guide

herself through whatever upcoming

stressful situation (like going to the

dentist) she’s facing.

PAIN

Rumor has it Gisele Bündchen

and Kate Middleton used hypnotherapy

to ease labor contractions sans epidural.

The Gisele anecdote, together with the

documentary The Business of Being Born,

helped convince Lauren Fong Barlow, the

CEO of a Los Angeles digital production

company, to enroll in a hypnobirthing

class when she was five months pregnant.

For the next four months—and during

the 36-hour unmedicated birth of her

daughter—she listened to recordings and

birthing affirmations (e.g., “My muscles

are working in harmony to make birthing

easier”) recommended by her teacher.

During delivery she had periods of

discomfort, “but I was never in pain or

screaming,” says Lauren, now 37 years old.

Experts aren’t positive how hypnosis

helps with labor pain, but Palsson suspects

it may lessen the so-called fight-or-flight

response, which can cause muscle tension

that makes it harder for the baby to move

through the birth canal.

Baby-delivering pains aren’t the only

ouch hypnosis can heal, though.

Studies show it can lessen the chronic pain

that comes from conditions such as

fibromyalgia or even a years-old injury (to,

say, your back or ankle). Here’s how:

Typically, when you’re hurt, the nervous

system sends pain cues to the brain

until the problem heals. But with chronic

pain, the neurons misfire, making the

signals—and the agony—continue.

“Hypnotherapy can help tamp down these

signals,” says David Patterson, Ph.D., a

professor of psychology in the departments

of rehabilitation medicine, surgery,

and psychology at the University of

Washington in Seattle.

So if you see a hypnotherapist for that

bad back, her suggestions might be

about ways to ease or completely get rid

of the discomfort. (One example: Telling

you to imagine you’re putting your spinal

pain into a series of progressively larger

boxes, locking each one shut, then putting

the last box on a train to take it away for

good.) Most patients with chronic

pain report feeling less achy after a single

appointment and significantly better

after about four sessions. Q

ANXIETY

Twenty-five-year old Megan McGovern

has relied on hypnotherapy to help

manage her anxiety for nearly a decade.

She first tried it when a therapist suggested

it as an alternative to medication. It was

good advice: Research shows adding in

hypnotherapy can make regular therapy

sessions for depression or anxiety

significantly more effective.

“My first time, I was worried I would be

Ready to coax your brain to better health? If you suffer from a condition that

hypnotherapy can help with, doing your research is key because most states

don’t require hypnotherapists to be licensed. Ask your primary-care doc for

a referral, or contact the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (asch.net).

The latter requires therapists to be health-care professionals who are licensed

in their state to provide medical, dental, or psychotherapeutic services, and

to have completed at least 20 hours of hypnotherapy training, learning the

process of hypnosis for a variety of conditions. Expect your initial appointment

to last about an hour and to include more background-gathering than actual

hypnosis so that your mental state and the root of your issue can be

determined. Sessions (you’ll probably need five to seven) cost about $100 to

$150 a pop—though they may be covered by insurance if the therapist codes

them as regular psychotherapy sessions.

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URGENT

CARE

OR ER?

That is the Q you now face

when a medical crisis strikes—

and a recent survey found

that 89 percent of people

would head to the ER for

problems that could be

treated at an urgent-care

clinic. Those unnecessary

ER visits add up: Wait times

can be hours longer, and

care can cost thousands

of dollars more. Use our

cheat sheet to determine

the right destination for

common ailments.

By Jamie Hergenrader

.BROKEN BONE.

URGENT CARE

Suspect you broke a peripheral bone (foot,

ankle, wrist, finger)? Urgent-care docs

can X-ray it and put on a temporary splint,

then refer you to an orthopedic M.D. for

follow-up care and (if needed) a long-term cast.

EMERGENCY ROOM

Hit up the ER for a broken long bone (arm or leg)

or centralized one (skull, neck, hip), any break

that restricts blood flow (it’ll feel numb), or a

fracture in which the bone is sticking out of your

skin—you’ll need a cast and possibly surgery.

.FEVER AND VOMITING

URGENT CARE

A temp of up to 102.5°F, with or without

vomiting, is likely a temporary bug or the flu.

You can ride it out, or if symptoms last longer

than 24 hours, see an urgent-care doctor

for anti-nausea meds to avoid dehydration.

EMERGENCY ROOM

Hightail it here if that high temp and puking

come with sharp abdominal pain or a headache.

The former can signal gallbladder issues (which

may require surgery); the latter, meningitis

(ER M.D.s can confirm with a spinal tap).

.ABDOMINAL PAIN.

URGENT CARE

Choose this if a previously diagnosed gut

problem (such as IBS or acid reflux) is

making you more miz than usual and your

primary-care M.D. is booked solid.

EMERGENCY ROOM

A severe, out-of-the-blue belly ouch can signal

appendicitis, kidney stones, or inflammation in

the gallbladder, liver, or pancreas. ER docs

have high-tech equipment (CT scanners, MRIs)

to ID the cause—and powerful painkillers to

make you more comfortable.

.CUTS

URGENT CARE

These docs can clean out a shallow cut (you

can’t see muscle or bone) with an antiseptic

to prevent infection, then seal the edges with

stitches or medical glue, even on your face.

EMERGENCY ROOM

If you can see bone or the bleeding hasn’t

stopped after 15 minutes of pressure,

head here. Ditto puncture wounds (e.g., you

stepped on a nail or an animal bit you);

advanced imaging tools let ER docs check

for damage to nerves, arteries, or veins.

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Sources: David Shih, M.D., chief medical officer, CityMD, a chain of urgent-care clinics; Nicholas

Kman, M.D., emergency physician, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus


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sodium, 12 g fiber, 24 g protein

BEAN SALAD

½ cup store-bought

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FRUIT SALAD

4 quartered

strawberries, ½ cup

mixed blueberries

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and 1 oz dark

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PEAS AND HAM

POTATO SALAD

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In a saucepan,

bring 1 lb quartered

small red potatoes

covered with water

to a boil. Reduce

heat; simmer until

tender, about

15 minutes. Drain

and cool. Transfer

potatoes to a bowl

and stir in 8 oz

reduced-sodium

boneless ham

steak, diced; ½ cup

store-bought

buttermilk ranch

dressing; ½ cup

peas; and 2 Tbsp

chopped fresh dill,

parsley, or chives.

Chill, covered, at

least 1 hour.

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sliced grilled

chicken breast

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(3 g sat), 75 g carbs, 35 g sugar, 1,071 mg

sodium, 16 g fiber, 48 g protein

SPICY PEANUT

NOODLES

(Makes 4 servings)

Cook 8 oz

whole-wheat

linguine according

to package

directions. Reserve

½ cup cooking

water and drain. In

a large bowl, toss

pasta with ⅓ cup

store-bought

spicy peanut

sauce, 1 cup

julienned carrots,

and ¼ cup sliced

scallions, adding

splashes of pasta

water to loosen.

Divide into

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with an additional

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½ cup steamed

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¼ tsp kosher salt

SALAD

1 cup mixed greens,

¼ cup halved

cherry tomatoes,

¼ cup cucumber

half moons topped

with 1 Tbsp

store-bought Asian

salad dressing,

such as carrot

ginger or Asian

sesame

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Taste: Rich and creamy

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E Turmeric’s powerful active

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SPEED MUSCLE

RECOVERY

¼ cup tart cherry

juice + 2 tsp chia seeds

+ a pinch of sea salt

Toss one back: Up to an hour

before your workout

Taste: Sweet, sour, and

salty all at once

E Runners who drank

tart cherry juice bounced

back more quickly

post-marathon and had

less muscle soreness than

those who drank a placebo.

E Famously water-absorbing

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E Electrolytes in sea salt fend

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you maintain water balance.

E

Check that FRUIT JUICES are 100 percent

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REV METABOLISM

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

+ 2 Tbsp water +

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Toss one back: Right

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Taste: Pretty sour—expect to

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E Research proves ACV’s

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1 Tbsp liquid chlorophyll +

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2 Tbsp cranberry juice

Toss one back: One morning

a week, or after overindulging

Taste: Earthy meets fruity

E Chlorophyll, the nutrient

that gives leafy greens

their color, contains

antioxidants that help

protect healthy cells from

free radicals and aid

your liver in detoxifying

your body.

E Your liver uses the vitamin

C in lemon juice to produce

bile, which is needed to

break down fat.

E Cranberries support

the function of the kidneys,

the organs that promote

whole-body detoxification

and acid-alkaline balance.

E

THWART COLDS

1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger

(or 1 tsp powdered ginger)

+ ¼ cup pomegranate juice

+ ¼ tsp cayenne powder

Toss one back: Once a

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Taste: Spicy, tangy, and

exotic—sweet with a kick!

E Ginger’s active

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which can help your body

battle illness.

E Pomegranate, with three

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the oxidative stress that wears

down your immune defenses.

E Capsaicin, the spicy

compound in cayenne, helps

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E

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amounts above by seven,

mix it all together,

refrigerate, and dispense

daily. They’ll keep in

the fridge for up to one

week—or freeze them

in large ice cube trays

and thaw as needed.

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WEIGHT LOSS

FEEDING ON

FEAR

Round-the-clock headlines,

political rants, dire global events—it’s

enough to drive you to the nearest

bag of cookies. If you’re feeling the

weight of the world in places other

than your shoulders, we can help.

By Leslie Goldman

TRUNK ARCHIVE

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WEIGHT LOSS

Cindy Hamilton, 40, of

Highwood, Illinois, has

a trainer, works out four times

a week, and ran the Marine

Corps Marathon last year—and

yet she’s gained seven pounds

since November’s contentious

presidential election.

“I’ll watch cable news while

eating straight from a fivepound

vat of licorice,” she

confesses. “It numbs my worry.

Plus, I’m like, ‘Everything’s

going to shit, so I might as well

eat candy.’ I never understood

emotional eating before,

but now, having a bagel and

cream cheese makes me

feel better in the moment.”

Studies, and scales

nationwide, show that

Hamilton isn’t alone. The

sordid combination of heated

political sparring and 24/7

news coverage of world

calamity and crises—made

worse by the attendant social

EXTRA! EXTRA! HOW NOT TO EAT YOUR FEELINGS

media chatter and trolling—

has driven more than half

the U.S. population to eat,

drink, or smoke as a result of

the election, according to

a survey by online health-care

portal CareDash.com. Six

percent of women have gained

enough weight to cause them

to see, or consider seeing,

a doctor about it.

“Eating habits are

greatly influenced by

stress, anxiety, and

other negative emotions,

regardless of what triggers

them—politics, work, or

personal relationships,” says

Darnestown, Maryland,

psychotherapist Steven Stosny,

Ph.D., who coined the 2016

phrase “election stress

disorder” and, more recently,

“headline stress disorder.”

Constant exposure to

terrorism scares and climatechange

warnings, Stosny says,

“creates a war-zone mentality

in your brain, with each

headline seeming like a little

missile attack you’re hoping

doesn’t hit you.” Small wonder

that Ashley Womble, a

36-year-old communications

director in New York City, has

been avoiding the gym. “They

play cable news nonstop,” she

says. “I listen to music on my

headphones, but whenever

I look up from the treadmill,

all I see is the news.” Womble

estimates she’s now running

five or so miles a week, as

opposed to the 10 to 15 she

was logging a year ago.

Some have called postelection

weight gain the

“Trump 15,” but headlineinduced

anxiety is

nonpartisan: A post-election

survey by the American

Psychological Association

found that national

stress levels saw the

sharpest rise in

10 years, with 59 percent of

Republicans and 76 percent

of Democrats begging for a

Brexit from reality.

CLICK WEIGHT

It’s not uncommon to put on

pounds in response to major

life stressors, sometimes

called “weight shocks” by

researchers, whether the

shocks are personal or global in

nature. (Germans call weight

gained from emotional

overeating kummerspeck—

literally, “grief bacon.”) Simply

thinking about a stressful

event that you’ve experienced

makes you burn 104 fewer

calories—about 11 pounds’

worth per year—per a study in

Biological Psychiatry, and

the study authors expect that

a similar effect could happen

when we ruminate about

a nerve-wracking headline.

One culprit is hormones, says

Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., an

obesity-medicine physician at

Massachusetts General

Hospital and Harvard Medical

School in Boston. “When you’re

upset, levels of the stress

hormone cortisol rise,

prompting cravings for sweet or

high-fat foods.” Those urges are

a throwback to prehistoric

times, when we would stockpile

calories in anticipation of

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famine. Similarly,

when you freak

out over current

events, “your body

thinks, Something I

care about is at stake,

and it compels you to

eat,” says Washington, D.C.,

dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield, R.D.

You’re apt to choose comfort foods like

mac ’n’ cheese or doughnuts, because

carbs act “like edible Xanax,” she says,

“stimulating the body to produce the

feel-good chemical serotonin.”

NO REST FOR THE WORRIED

A social media habit can also make

you lose sleep, another pathway to extra

pounds. When you lag behind in Zs,

your body can release ghrelin, the “feed

me!” hormone, says Scritchfield.

Late-night scrolling compounds the

problem: The headlines may get your

blood boiling, and the blue-screen light

from your device affects how much and

how well you sleep. Christine Knapp,

a 39-year-old massage therapist in Los

Angeles, blames her recent yo-yoing

weight on bad bedtime rituals. “I look at

the news on Twitter and I’m mindlessly

munching, and suddenly an hour has

gone by. I crawl into bed and can’t fall

asleep, then I wake up with nightmares.”

She has gained back six of the 12 pounds

she’d lost before the election.

Sleep deprivation also hinders your

greatest weapon in the fight against

headline-induced stress: exercise. Not

only does working out spur endorphins,

but it fuels emotional resiliency.

“When you work out hard,” says

Scritchfield, “your mind often says,

‘I want to stop.’ But if you press

through those pushups or that last five

minutes of a run, it’s like strength

training for your brain. It builds mental

toughness.” So the next time you’re

faced with an emotional challenge—

like reading an upsetting article—and

you want to eat a cookie, you realize,

“You know what? I’m stronger than

this.” And you are. Q


WEIGHT LOSS

BUY 5,

DROP 5

Put these power foods on your plate and eat your way to a smaller size.

By Keri Glassman, R.D.

Whole-Wheat Panko

Get that “fried” crunch

without the fat. The Asian

version of breadcrumbs

is flakier and crispier

and absorbs less oil than

the traditional kind.

Tomato

These vine-ripened

beauties—lusciously in

season right now—are

teeming with fiber,

which keeps you full

without extra calories.

Basil

Fresh herbs intensify

your food’s flavor so you

can use less salt and fat,

and studies show this

fragrant, summery leaf

helps steady blood sugar.

Honeydew

A good reason to do this

’dew: A single cup nets

you nearly half your daily

quota of vitamin C, which

research shows may aid fat

burning during exercise.

Shrimp

Protein doesn’t get much

leaner than this shellfish,

which packs 10 grams of the

muscle-building stuff into

a mere two ounces, along

with a dose of omega-3s.

BREAKFAST

LUNCH

SNACK

DINNER

DESSERT

Honeydew Basil

Smoothie

Blend together 1 cup

cubed honeydew, ½ cup

vanilla yogurt, ½ cup ice,

and ¼ cup basil leaves

until smooth. Garnish

with melon wedge.

HAVE ON HAND

Vanilla yogurt

Lemon

Mixed greens

Tortilla scoops

Scallion

Shrimp Salad

Mix 2 Tbsp panko with

½ tsp lemon zest and 1 tsp

oil on a baking sheet, and

crisp in a 350°F oven, 5

minutes. Whisk 2 tsp each

olive oil and lemon juice

with 1 tsp chopped basil.

Layer 2 cups greens, ½ cup

diced tomato, ½ cup diced

honeydew, and 6 cooked

shrimp. Top with dressing

and toasted panko.

Taco seasoning

Aged white cheddar

Garlic

Brown sugar

Tex-Mex Shrimp Bites

Arrange 10 baked tortilla

scoops on a baking sheet.

Stir together ¼ cup

chopped cooked shrimp,

¼ cup chopped tomato,

1 chopped scallion, and

1 tsp taco seasoning. Divide

among tortilla scoops and

top each with ½ tsp grated

cheddar. Bake at 350°F

until cheese melts,

4 minutes. Garnish with

more chopped scallion.

Pesto Shrimp

over Tomato

In a food processor,

combine ½ cup basil

leaves; 1 Tbsp each grated

cheddar, panko, and olive

oil; 2 tsp lemon juice; and

1 clove garlic. Transfer to

a bowl and toss with

7 cooked medium shrimp.

Thickly slice 1 large

tomato; sprinkle with salt

and pepper. Arrange on

a plate and top with pesto

shrimp. Garnish with

more cheese.

Honeydew

Yogurt Pop

In a small nonstick skillet,

toast ½ tsp panko with

¼ tsp brown sugar, about

1 minute. Thread three

cubes of melon on a wood

skewer. Spread 2 Tbsp

vanilla yogurt over melon

in a thin layer and place on

a parchment-lined plate.

Sprinkle with sweetened

breadcrumbs and freeze

until the yogurt is solid,

about 30 minutes.

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LIFE

There’s a “nerd” revolution happening, and the definition is a

million miles from the stereotype. Women are claiming the

term—including our yearbook of A-listers and WH staffers—and

giving it a positive slant. The old version, of course, was a booksmart,

socially awkward goody-goody with a math or science

bent—the female fictional versions being Hermione Granger, Lisa

Simpson, and The Big Bang Theory’s Amy Farrah Fowler. And

there are plenty of purists who still swear by this—picture the

devoted Trekkies and hardcore gamers who relish their alpha

nerd status and police the noobs. But on a looser scale, nerding out

has come to mean delving embarrassingly deep into your

passion—even if it’s the nichest of niches. “I probably know more

about ecologically innovative fabric made from mushrooms than

someone should,” says Marijana Sprajc, 44. As for crafter Jenny

Ryan, 43, “I get worked up about types of glues and their

appropriate usage.” Stamp collector Rachel Ridout, 31, recently

dragged her mother to the Postmuseum in Stockholm. “It was just

us and an elderly German couple. It was so cool.”

Thanks to today’s self-selected

feeds beamed directly into our phones,

the very idea of “mainstream” is

disappearing, says Robert Thompson,

Ph.D., director of the Bleier Center for

Television and Popular Culture at

Syracuse University in New York. That

opens the door for new voices and ideas

to carve out a platform within popular

culture—and IRL. “We’re seeing people

focus more on individualism rather

than just following trends,” says Lucie

Greene, worldwide director of the

Innovation Group at J. Walter

Thompson. And leaning into your

quirks = nerding out.

Grace Sun is one woman living

that concept. Last October, the

creative strategist at Instagram and

Facebook started the @bethenerd

Instagram account. Inspired by Mark

Zuckerberg’s advice to young women to

“be the nerd” in their school (instead

of dating one), Sun posts mini videos of

high-profile women about their

greatest fascinations. For example:

Samantha Power, the youngest-ever

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,

is a Red Sox superfan; Mindy Kaling

nerds out about comedies like the old

BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers. “I wanted

to celebrate intellectual curiosity

and inspire young women to pursue

their passions,” says Sun. Her words of

wisdom? “Find that thing that makes

time feel like it’s hit the fast-forward

button—it can be coding, playing

the ukulele, taking photos,”

she says. “There’s this magic that

happens when you’re doing a thing

you love.”

There are real-world payoffs to this

thinking. For one, a quirky interest

can help you stand out in a crowded

job market, Greene explains. Delving

into your passion also drives positive

changes in your brain. The euphoric

feeling you get when you’re sucked

into something is called a flow state,

described by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi,

the Hungarian psychologist who

discovered it, as “a source of mental

energy in that it focuses attention and

motivates action.” Research shows

that in the workplace, executives are

five times more productive when they

experience flow. Plus, one study

found that being absorbed in your

interests brings more oxygenated

blood to the part of the brain linked

with emotion and reward processing.

And perhaps the biggest payoff of

all: In Bill Nye’s new book, Everything

All at Once: How to Unleash Your

Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical

Curiosity, and Solve Any Problem, the

scientist and TV show host says that

today’s nerds—by applying a curious

mindset to their passions—are

making the world not just a more

interesting place, but a better one.

—Meirav Devash

WH NERDS OUT ABOUT...

Sports Nutrition

The world of endurance races has

its very own food group—and as an

editor who dabbles in runs 13.1 miles

and up, I can recognize the subtle

complexities in texture and flavor in

gels, chews, and blocks like an

oenophile relishes her favorite

pinot. Here are the varietals I prefer.

BLOCKS

TASTING NOTES:

Fuller-bodied and denser than most in-race

sports nutrition options, blocks give you

something you can really savor.

WINNING FLAVORS: A subtle fruit note and

kick of caffeine make Black Cherry a

dependable running go-to, while Ginger Ale

gives a nice freshness when you want to mix

things up flavor-wise.

Clif Bloks Energy Chews, $2.79 for 6, clifbar.com

CHEWS

TASTING NOTES: These

have a bite-ability similar

to blocks, but they’re

smaller and chewier, with

a candy-like finish.

WINNING FLAVORS:

Cherry Blossom and Pink

Lemonade pack a nice, not-too-sweet effect.

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews, $27

for 12, honeystinger.com

GELS

TASTING NOTES: Some people are skeeved by

gels’ consistency. The key is to “sip” them: Take

a small taste and pair it with a big

gulp of water, which thins the gel

out and expands the sensation.

WINNING FLAVORS: Salted

Watermelon has tangy zip, and

Salted Caramel is a halfwaypoint

treat on long runs.

Gu Energy Gel, $28.80 for

24 packets, guenergy.com

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Nature Documentaries

These shows and movies make

up about 99 percent of the

TV I watch. Research has found

that viewing this type of doc

makes people happy and

less anxious, and that exposure

to the outdoors—even via a

screen—decreases stress,

increases calm, and improves

cognitive ability. And there’s an

old favorite or new one for every

taste. Check out my own awards.

BEST DRAMA

Planet Earth II

The sequel to the

original BBC series

sucks you in with

state-of-the-art

footage and the

narration of 91-year-old British

naturalist Sir David Attenborough. It’s

part nail-biting drama (will the baby

iguana escape from a mass of hungry

snakes?), part science lesson (who knew

sloths—like this guy—can swim?).

BEST CLASSIC

Blue Planet

My very fave

episode is “The

Deep.” It features all

kinds of alien-like,

glowing creatures

on the bottom of the sea. Blue Planet

will get a reboot, also narrated by

Attenborough, next year, and it will

include new underwater discoveries

like a species of hairy-chested crab

nicknamed the “Hoff” (yep, after David

Hasselhoff himself ).

BEST COMEDY

Bears: Spy in the

Woods

Bears aren’t exactly

funny, but I get a

kick out of the spy

cams—cameras

disguised as ordinary objects—that

provide a unique view. The true stars

of this three-part series: boulder cam

(in the forest), snowball cam (in the

Arctic), salmon cam (in a stream), and

trash-can cam (in the suburbs).

BEST HORROR

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Shark Week, to me,

is as can’t-miss as

the Superbowl is to

football fans—so I’m

going out on a limb to say that this

summer’s lead doc will be a winner:

Shark experts will try to figure out

whether the same great white shark

has been behind a years-long spate of

attacks off the central California coast.

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Nothing makes me scooch

forward in my chair more than

a product that uses encapsulation.

This staple of cosmetic chemistry

means one ingredient is swaddled

inside of another, keeping the

inner one protected from air and

light, which could degrade it.

It’s primarily a delivery system—

ferrying an active ingredient

where it needs to go to be

effective—but it has other

benefits. Here, my latest picks.

DEODORANT

There are itty-bitty molecules

of perfume encapsulated

in this spray. The scent

molecules are activated by

your sweat, which unleashes

them—and freshens you

up—with a slightly floral

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While you lather up, microscopic

conditioning spheres get left

behind on your skin postshower.

Later, when you

touch your skin or it rubs

against your clothing, the shell

breaks and the moisturizing

agent releases, giving a dose

of hydration to your legs, arms,

and everything else.

Dial Coconut Milk Body

Wash, $4.49, at drugstores

ANTI-AGING CREAM

Retinol is a notorious

skin agitator (my guess

is you’ve heard this

one before). But this

formula encapsulates

the wrinkle-smoothing

ingredient, allowing a slow

rollout into the skin—which de-ages

your complexion without irritation.

Clark’s Botanicals Retinol Rescue

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NAIL POLISH

Enamel can dry out nail beds, but

moisturizing oils haven’t

been soluble in polish—until

now. By encapsulating

argan oil, this lacquer

keeps the oil suspended,

separating the hydration

from the color until you’re

ready to paint it on.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy

Nail Polish in Warm and

Toasty, $9, at drugstores

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I’ve been meditating

every morning for years,

but not in the eyesclosed

way. My spiritual

awakening starts when

coffee beans clack in

the mouth of the burr

grinder—the whine of the

motor is, to me, a soothing

mantra. After putting

the filter in place, I lift the

kettle and pour, inhaling

the aroma. Pour-over

is as simple a method of

brewing as any, but unlike

automatic drip or even

French press, it requires

constant attention.

It’s that combination

of mindlessness and

mindfulness that makes

the process so calming.

Over almost 20 years of

testing and tasting, I’ve

discovered the ultimate

coffee accoutrements

for making the very best

cup of pour-over.

THE DRIPPER

The etched glass and olive wood grain

on this dripper—the thing that holds

the coffee filter over your mug—

don’t make my morning brew taste

better. But they’re a stylish alternative

to plastic, and they mean I don’t

have to worry about chemicals being

released by the

high heat and

tainting my brew.

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THE KETTLE

This sleek kettle doesn’t just look

barista-esque and chic on your counter;

its slender spout makes for

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I rinse out the filter

and compost the

grounds—and this

baby is equivalent

to a lifetime supply

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I’m a whole-bean-or-GTFO kind of

girl, and this company

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And it shows—the brew

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I’ve been bumping up my brew’s

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LOVE

FIRST COMES

LOVE...

Then comes a tsunami of what-ifs. Your first relationship is like

no other, which is why its shadow lingers and shapes every romance

that follows. How do you make peace with those memories—and is

there such a thing as a second chance? We dig into the nostalgia files.

B y A nna Bresla w

“I often wonder what would have happened if we met at the right

time”....“The hardest part about the whole thing is that I lost you

as a friend too”....“I’ll never be able to love him like I loved you,

and I feel bad about it but it’ll only always be you.”

When artist Rora Blue asked a single Q—“What would you say

to the first person you fell for?”—those were three of the 34,000

responses she received. The messages became a Web installation

called The Unsent Project, which continues to grow. Why the

lasting intensity? “It’s called primacy,” says Jennifer Talarico,

Ph.D., a cognitive psychologist at Lafayette College in Easton,

Pennsylvania. “Memories of a first experience are more vivid than

similar events that come later.” Like baby ducks thinking a dust

mop is “mom,” a part of you can’t shake that imprint of “partner”—

enticing some to toy with (or even act on) rejoining that partner

years later. Turn for intel on how to live with the enduring

presence of the one who taught you about love, good and bad.

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LASTING IMPRESSION

ALISON,* 24

She still uses her high

school boyfriend’s nickname

and birthday for her Web

passwords—seven years after

they broke up. “I lost my

virginity to him,” Alison says.

“It was New Year’s Eve, with

literal fireworks going off in

the background. Cheesy, but

awesome.” Beyond the fact

that sex releases a surge of

oxytocin and dopamine, first

sex partners also play a key role

in developing our identities,

says Michelle Skeen, Psy.D.,

author of Love Me, Don’t Leave

Me. “She became a sexual being

with him, and he was the first

person to reflect that new self

back to her.”

Now Alison is “happily

settled in a relationship with

the person I know is The

One”—and yet, paradoxically,

she still thinks about her first

and secretly hopes she might

run into him someday and

get coffee together. “He just

left such an impression on my

heart. Even though I haven’t

spoken to him in ages and

probably never will, I feel like

I’ve been permanently molded

by him.” Skeen’s response?

First, change those passwords,

which keep memories of the ex

alive. “When we’re continually

looking back at the past, it

impacts the present.” Research

bears out the dangers: A new

Kansas State University study

of 7,000 couples shows that the

more accepting people were of

their partners being in touch

with former flames on social

media, the more harmful it was

to their relationship—partly

because it can create a

“slippery slope” of temptation

during difficult times.

The other problem with

musing about him is that

it’s too easy to embellish the

past, especially when you’re

feeling ticked off at your SO.

“Remembering something

isn’t like replaying a video,”

says Talarico. Instead, she

explains, it’s a process of

reconstruction. The basic

elements stay the same, but

you put them together a bit

differently each time. So for

instance, a trip you shared that

had real moments of conflict

can seem, in gauzy retrospect,

like one long romantic high.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

SANDRA,* 30

When she was 18, a college

sophomore studying abroad at

Cambridge, Sandra met her

first boyfriend; he was British

and 22. “Ever since then I’ve

thought that this is how love

should feel—like a force of

nature greater than yourself,”

she recalls. When she returned

to the States, they kept it up

long-distance for a year. “We

planned our future together,

from the apartment we’d share

to the daughter we were sure

we’d have, named Chloe.”

Sandra was blindsided when he

broke up with her right before

her graduation, saying he

needed to focus on his career.

“For weeks, I lay in bed hardly

eating or sleeping,” she says. “I

fell into a deep well of selfloathing—I

felt like the only

logical conclusion was that I

was so horrible, a man wouldn’t

want to be with me.”

The intensity of Sandra’s

anguish actually has a

neurological basis, says Helen

Fisher, Ph.D., anthropologist

and research fellow at the

Kinsey Institute at Indiana

University in Bloomington.

Fisher analyzed the brains of

people who’ve been dumped,

using an fMRI scanner, and

found that when they thought

about their former love,

they experienced a “brain

explosion” that targeted areas

linked to cravings, addiction,

and physical pain. That

chemical storm can lead to a

sense of unfinished business—

even, as in Sandra’s case, a

decade later.

“I’ve had plenty of

passionate romances since

then, but have never felt

consumed like that,” she says.

And she may never again, says

Skeen: “When we’re younger,

we’re much more emotional,

and we haven’t been burned

yet.” So we enter into the

relationship at full speed, and

with very little self-protection.

Sandra still occasionally

dreams about him, and she

wonders if meeting up with

him once would break the

spell. But what haunts her,

says Skeen, “is not so much the

loss of him, but the visceral

memory of her hurt, younger

self.” Skeen advises a dose of

self-compassion. “Her

30-year-old self is judging the

18-year-old she once was. I

would have her write a letter

to that younger self, saying,

‘Look, you were only 18. You

didn’t have all the answers, so

don’t beat up on yourself.’ ”

ANOTHER SHOT

LORI AND JOHN,* 51 AND 53

They dated innocently in high

school, at ages 15 and 17: no

sex, just lots of time together.

Then her family moved, and

despite love letters and phone

calls, they eventually lost

touch—but neither ever forgot

the other, even though

both married other people.

“I dreamed of John so many

times,” says Lori. “And I

wished my husband was like

John, who became the

epitome of who I thought a

man and husband should be.”

These long-lasting

memories are due to a

“reminiscence bump,” says

Talarico; you tend to recall

best the life events that

occurred from ages 15 to 30,

perhaps because those years

contain the bulk of our first

experiences. When Lori’s

unhappy marriage broke up,

she tracked down John online

and found out he was also

divorced. They talked on the

phone that night, and soon

after they were Skyping daily.

Eighteen months later, they

got engaged. Says Lori, “I felt

compelled to find the kind of

love I knew before.”

Will it last the second time

around? Two circumstances

can improve your odds of

success, says Nancy Kalish,

Ph.D., author of Lost & Found

Lovers, and Lori and John fit

both: having met at age 22 or

younger, and breaking up

because of “situational factors,”

like a move, rather than

core disagreements. Kalish’s

20 years of research show that

three-quarters of reuniting

couples will stay together

long-term—if both parties are

single when they reconnect.

“Many people who reunite say

their ‘lost love’ became the

‘standard for all the rest,’” she

says. “It’s not just nostalgia,

or sex, or an unresolved issue.

It’s real love.” Q

That first one lights

up all the feel-good

chemicals.

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*All names and identifying details have been changed.


LOVE+LIFE

THE

THINKING

MAN

ANSEL ELGORT

23, star of Baby Driver,

reluctant adult, armchair

philosopher

ON STILL DATING

HIS HIGH SCHOOL

SWEETHEART

[DANCER VIOLETTA

KOMYSHAN, 21]:

I’ve never been with

somebody from Hollywood,

so I don’t know what it’s

like, but I like having my

love be away from my work.

It’s nice that she knows

me as me before I was

influenced by success or the

stress and responsibility

of being an adult. I feel like

everyone’s at their purest

when they’re just a kid.

ON “ACTOR ANSEL” VS

“REAL-LIFE ANSEL”:

My work life and my regular

life are very different—I feel

like it’s two personalities.

There’s actor Ansel, where

I have to play a role and be

“on.” I take photos with

everybody who asks, and

I try to be professional.

But when I’m real-life

Ansel, I’m not on all

the time. If I’m riding the

subway with my father

[fashion photographer

Arthur Elgort], I might

not want to take a picture.

When I’m home in New

York, I feel like that same

kid that went to high school

here and nobody knew.

I can still blend in, which is

nice. You can’t lose that,

you know?

ON FINDING YOUR

OWN HAPPINESS:

Sometimes the way society

wires us to believe that

“this is the way you have to

live your life to be happy”

isn’t always true. Yes, you

have to work hard, but if

the only way you find

happiness is through

success, then your life can

be very up and down and

you’ll never feel satisfied.

We’re not on the earth

for that long, so there’s

nothing wrong with finding

happiness all over the

place, and I want to find

happiness in many

different ways. It’s great

to take a step back, take

a deep breath, feel your

presence here, and not

allow all the societal

pressures to dictate the

way you live your life.

ON HABITS HE’D

LIKE TO CHANGE:

I feel myself developing

certain tics that come

from my parents. When

I find myself adopting my

dad’s sarcasm, I have to

stop and think, like, Hey,

you didn’t like it when he

was like that to you. Why

are you doing this?

ON WHETHER IT’S

EVER OKAY TO LIE

TO YOUR S.O.:

I try to protect my

partner by leaving out

something that I know

is going to make her

upset. But I’m realizing

that’s not the right move.

Even white lies, when

you’re trying to help

somebody and not hurt

them, aren’t good. It’s

just always better to be

up front and transparent.

—Marina Khidekel

And One Shallow

Thought

Ansel on his favorite

kid snack:

“I love a bowl of

cereal—Lucky Charms

are always good. And

sour straws and belts.”

WILLIAMS + HIRAKAWA/AUGUST

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PORTLAND, OR

THE

WELLTHIEST

SIOUX FALLS, SD

BERKELEY, CA

BOULDER, CO

OVERLAND PARK, KS

HENDERSON, NV

PHOENIX, AZ

ALBUQUERQUE, NM

AUSTIN, TX

ANCHORAGE, AK


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MILWAUKEE, WI

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

DURHAM, NC

AMERICA

And by that, we mean the

healthiest, happiest,

outdoors-iest, Zen-iest

towns in the U.S. Women’s

Health teamed up with

Yelp to uncover them—

and they’re not the biggies

you’d expect! If you live

in one, congrats. If not,

we’ve just handed you

15 vacation ideas.

B Y K R I S T E N D O L D A N D

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There are a healthy number

of “healthiest cities in

America” lists. Lists

that celebrate locations

teeming with gyms and doctors

and parks. Lovely lists, really.

But we wanted to celebrate

wellthy zip codes. Places that

have all of the above but also

nail that elusive quality-of-life

thing—restaurants with farmfresh

food, landscapes that

energize and calm you, and lots

of opportunities to stay social.

So where are these magical

places? WH partnered with Yelp

to find them. To arrive at our list,

Yelp’s data scientists parsed

how many healthy-lifestyle

businesses and amenities U.S.

cities offered in relation to their

population size, then looked

at how often people used or

searched for those businesses,

and how highly they were

rated. Once the numbers were

crunched, we grilled Yelp’s

local experts and other cool

residents about their towns’

buzziest wellness trends and

recommendations. Here, the

results of our six-month search:

15 superstar cities, each wellthy

in its own unique way.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM

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WEATHER CHECK “There’s nothing better than waking up in a new

city, opening the curtains, and seeing the sun shine,” says Dylan Dreyer,

meteorologist for NBC News Weekend TODAY, who gave WH the intel on bestweather

months to visit each city (look for the icon throughout the story).

PORTLAND, OR

With 350 miles of bikeways, 6,500 public bike racks,

and 7 percent of commuters riding two wheels to

work (the highest of any large U.S. city), Portlanders

are as hot for their bikes as they are for their craft

burger-and-beer scene. Locals call the balance of the

two “pay to play.” And a growing number of foodie

hot spots are serving organic fare to keep people from

derailing their wellthy goals. Follow this 9.25-mile bike

tour for a screengrab of Portland’s yummiest grub.

LUNCH

Broth Bar (brothbarsft

.com) Locally sourced bone

broths abound. Pick from

proteins like bison, chicken,

or lamb, topped with

kimchi or pickled duck egg.

DINNER

Virtuous Pie (virtuouspie

.com) The pizzas are

100 percent plant-based,

and flavor-bomb toppings

like braised jackfruit and

buffalo cauliflower stand

up to any meat-lover’s pie.

SNACK

Kure (kurejuicebar.com) Sip

smoothies with energizing

add-ons like maca and green

algae. Try the Extra Mile, with

almond butter, coconut

water, and local honey.

BREAKFAST

Harlow (harlowpdx

.com)The menu is

packed with veggie

scrambles and

breakfast bowls, minus

any dairy, gluten,

refined sugar, or

preservatives.

DESSERT

Eb & Bean (ebandbean.com)

Pick from a rotating roster of

organic fro-yo flavors like salty

caramel and palm sugar

pecan. Crown yours with

dye-free sprinkles.

Visit: July to September

Sandia Mountains

Albuquerque marries a small-town vibe

with larger-than-life desert scenery.

(Look east and catch the Sandia

“watermelon” Mountains melting into

a yummy shade of pink at sunset.) With

310 days of sun a year, locals live for

outdoor adventures. Try one of these

sunny-day pursuits, depending on how

active you want to be.

Feeling chill: Take in some major eye candy

at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

(balloonfiesta.com; tickets start at $10), a

nine-day event held every October in a park

where hundreds of rainbow-hued hot-air

balloons bedeck the sky.

Up for a stroll: Explore the multifaceted ABQ

Biopark (cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark),

which includes an aquarium, one of the

country’s best botanic gardens, a beach for

fishing and boating, and a zoo where you

can coo over baby elephants and hippos.

Energy to burn: Kayak or raft down the

mammoth—yet totally mellow—Rio Grande

River (there are no technical rapids in

the Albuquerque stretch). Gape at the

cottonwood trees, great blue heron, and

even the occasional bald eagle while getting

a workout with your oars.

Craving a challenge: Grab friends and go

bouldering (rock climbing minus the ropes

and harnesses, plus a few crash pads—a

full-body blast) on the coarse granite

boulders at the U-mound. At the base of the

Sandia Mountains, these rocks are great for

finding footholds but less kind to scraped

knees, so toss a few bandages in your bag.

Visit: May to June, August to October

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL

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BERKELEY, CA

In this land of the enlightened, you’ll find dozens of yoga and meditation

studios, plus nature’s own Zen zones: the Berkeley Hills, César Chávez Park,

and Tilden Regional Park, where locals head to hike and picnic. Emiliana

Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., science director at Greater Good Science Center at the

University of California at Berkeley, studies mindfulness and happiness, so we

asked her to suggest some of the best spots around town.

Berkeley Yoga Center

(berkeleyyoga.com) “The studio is

quiet, warm, and full of light—you can

even hear birds!—and instructor

Melanie is like a modern-day shaman;

she’s enchanting and nurturing but

still challenging. Her class is a great

energetic cleanse.”

The Cheese Board Collective

(cheeseboardcollective.coop) “There’s

usually a line to get in, but when you do,

this cooperative bakery and cheese shop is

pure happiness: People spill out onto the

patio and there’s live music, rare cheeses

to sample, and world-famous pizza—it’s

so good, my relatives from Paris always

take a pie home on the plane.”

Fourth Street Shops

“A slew of small businesses makes this

two-block stretch a cheerful place to

spend an afternoon.” Take a crepe paper

flower–making class at Castle in the Air

(castleintheair.biz), or connect with pals

over super-fresh coffee—roasting happens

on demand—at Artis (artiscoffee.com).

Inspiration Point on Wildcat Canyon Road

“Follow this paved trail way up in the hills

for stunning views of San Francisco, Mt.

Tamalpais, Mt. Diablo, and, on lucky days,

cows,” says Simon-Thomas. Check out the

Peace Grove, where Berkeleyites lounge

near giant sequoia trees, many of which

are dedicated to legends like Nelson

Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Visit: May to October

Year-round beach temps mean these

coastal Floridians love themselves

some water sports, but they’re also

landlubbers. In fact, the percentage of

searches for businesses in wellthy

categories in St. Pete’s beats any other

city on our list. Here’s where residents

hang when dry.

St. Petersburg Shuffle Club (stpeteshuffle

.com) Friday nights are free at this historic

(founded in 1924) shuffleboard club, where

local artists and history buffs have banded

together to revive the nostalgic game.

St. Pete Bike Co-op (stpetebikecoop

.wordpress.com) Jump on one of the free

bike tours of the city’s crazy-colorful murals,

like the abstract “Space Rainbows” and a

cool tribute to ’60s icon Twiggy.

Lassing Park (stpeteparksrec.org) Relax

at this off-the-beaten-path space; bring a

picnic from nearby Old Southeast Market,

play Frisbee with your friends, and watch the

sun set over the water.

Karma Juice Bar & Eatery (karmajuicebar

.wordpress.com) On 90-degree days, cool

down here with fresh-pressed juice.

Visit: January to May, September to November

doctors—thanks to the dozens of world-class hospitals in the area—but trendy boutique fitness studios as well.

The buzziest spots to sweat now, as selected by Newton’s hot-shot female physicians:

Cardio High

(cardiohigh.com) “I’m a

runner, and I love the

workouts here—lowimpact

interval training

with a heart-rate monitor

strapped on—because

they balance my usual

cardio by pushing my

entire body.”

—Susanne Muehlschlegel,

M.D., M.P.H., neurologist,

University of

Massachusetts Memorial

Medical Center, Worcester

SoulCycle at Chestnut Hill

(soul-cycle.com) “For an

athlete, this class provides

a real challenge. As a

mom and physician, it

gives me a chance to

bring my emotions into

the room, process them

during the ride, and leave

with more mental clarity.”

—Heidi Werner, M.D.,

assistant professor

of pediatrics, Boston

University School

of Medicine

CrossFit Newton

(crossfitnewton.com)

“It’s a way for me to beat

stress and gain mental

toughness, and I’ve

learned more about

functional movements—

how to lift, sit, walk—

which is so important for

beating pain.”

—Eva Selhub, M.D.,

adjunct scientist, Jean

Mayer USDA Human

Nutrition Center on Aging

at Tufts University, Boston

NEWTON, MAQuaint, suburban Newton (seven miles outside Boston and home of Boston College) is crawling not only with

Cardio High

Modern Barre

(modernbarre.com)

“Classes here are small,

intense, convenient, and a

wonderful escape from

my usually demanding

schedule—it’s everything

we physicians advocate

for on a daily basis.”

—Anasuya Gunturi, M.D.,

Ph.D., medical oncologist,

Lowell General Hospital,

Massachusetts

Visit: June to October

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

into Henderson’s 180-mile trail system and you’ll feel light years from the

casinos. Whether you want to fire up your quads going uphill or conquer

a high-mileage trek, there’s a diverse selection of terrain. Play by our matrix.

HENDERSON, NVIt’s only a 15-minute drive from the Las Vegas strip, but wind your way

SHORT

Mummy Springs Trail at

Mount Charleston

(6 miles)

When the heat hits, locals

make the hour-long drive

to Mount Charleston,

where a higher elevation

translates to temps

that are cooler by up

to 30 degrees.

Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail

(4.4 miles)

Follow the railroad beds (used in

the ’30s to build the Hoover

Dam) that duck in and out of

25-foot-wide tunnels for

majestic views of the iconic dam.

Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon

Rock ’n’ Roll Half

Marathon,

September 3

(runrocknroll.com)

Nineties-throwback

alert: Sister Hazel is

performing at the

finish line.

Visit: April to May, September to October

The mild climate and flat terrain make VB a runner’s paradise, but the new

Hillier Ignite oceanfront fitness park is another cool draw. It’s got rope

climbs, gymnastics rings, pullup bars, balance beams, and a slackline, with

plenty of soft sand if you fall. Follow up a run along the three-mile boardwalk

with a strength circuit there, or race one of these:

Wicked 10K,

October 28

(wicked10k.com)

On the playlist:

“Thriller” and

“Monster Mash.” But

it’s worth it just for

the wacky costumes.

DIFFICULT

EASY

Black Mountain 404 Trail

(7.6 miles)

The trail gets steep at the summit, but

views of the sprawling Las Vegas

Valley are worth the sweat.

McCullough Hills Trail

(8 miles)

Gather some friends and hike this one

at night to see Vegas’s twinkling lights.

River Mountains Loop Trail

(Up to 34 miles)

Hop on at the Equestrian Park

trailhead and clock about

15 miles on this paved trail

(great for both hikers

and bikers), and you’ll land

at Lake Mead National

Recreation Area, where you

can swim in the lake, canoe,

and camp overnight.

Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler,

December 16

(surfnsanta5miler

.com) The world’s

largest Santa run.

Swag bag (for all!)

includes a five-piece

Santa suit.

LONG

Shamrock Marathon,

March 18

(shamrockmarathon

.com) Qualify for

Boston on this

certified course—

while wearing green.

Or run a relay or 8-K.

Visit: June to September

ANCHORAGE, AK

Salmon fishing at Ship Creek River

The prospect of hunting and fishing

amid the scenic mountains lured

Katie Lloyd, 39; husband, John; and

their two young kids from Denver in

2015. They own a chiropractic and

massage clinic (popular in Anchorage

since many people have physical

jobs). Her Rx for a perfect day:

9 a.m. Breakfast

Fuel up with crab Benedict (a popular dish

in Anchorage) and the beloved local brew,

Kaladi Brothers Coffee, at South Restaurant

+ Coffeehouse (southak.com).

10 a.m. Hike

Trek 1.5 miles to the summit of Flattop

Mountain in Chugach State Park (alaska.org/

detail/flattop-mountain) for a killer workout

and breathtaking mountain views.

12:30 p.m. Farmers’ market visit

The Anchorage Market & Festival,

Alaska’s largest open-air farmers’ market

(anchoragemarkets.com/anchoragemarket-festival),

goes down every weekend

from May to September. Find unique food

trucks (reindeer sausage!), Alaskan artisans,

and oversize local produce (long summer

daylight hours equals ginormous veggies).

3:00 p.m. Salmon fishing

Cast a line for wild salmon in the center of

town. Rent poles and bait at The Bait Shack

(thebaitshackak.com)—a one-day

nonresident fishing license is available for

$25 at grocery stores and Walmart. New

Sagaya City Market (newsagaya.com) can

gut and clean your catch and ship it home

for you anywhere in the continental U.S.

6:30 p.m. Dinner

Bridge Seafood (bridgeseafood.com), on

the bridge over Ship Creek River, is popular

with tourists because you can watch anglers

in action, and with locals because every fish

on the menu is fresh from Alaska.

8:30 p.m. Berry picking

The summer sun doesn’t set until past

midnight(!), leaving evenings open for

berry picking (free and legal on public

lands). Those in the know take a 35-minute

ride to the hamlet of Girdwood. (Drive to

the lot at the end of Crow Creek Road

for the best trails).

Visit: July to September

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AUSTIN, TX

DURHAM, NC

The birthplace of Whole

Foods, Austin is a bastion

of healthful eating and one

of the fittest cities in the

nation. But wait, aren’t

Austinites hardcore BBQ and

taco fanatics? That’s true

too! Four local nutritionists

share their favorite

restaurants where foodies

can eat healthy.

FOR BBQ

Franklin Barbecue (franklinbarbecue

.com), regarded as the best in Texas, is

also dietitian Brooke Zigler’s pick for the

wellthiest. The pitmaster here found that

hormone- and antibiotic-free beef yields

more readily to the low heat of the pit,

so it’s especially moist and flavorful.

FOR BURGERS

Wholly Cow Burgers (whollycowburgers

.com), a favorite of Lauryn Lax (founder

and CEO at Thrive Wellness and

Recovery), uses local, organic, grass-fed

beef. Get the Fit Cross Burger, dubbed

“the Paleo” by locals, served between

two portobello mushroom caps.

Ironic as it may be, Durham’s

history as the capital of the

American tobacco industry

is responsible for its current

wellthiness. The city’s Duke

University (founded with big

tobacco money) Health

System is one of the most

highly respected in the

country. Old tobacco plants

have been revitalized into

galleries, restaurants,

and more. With an average

temp of 70 degrees yearround,

residents prefer to

travel on foot. Try this

downtown walking tour.

Franklin Barbecue

FOR MEXICAN

Fresa’s (fresaschicken.com) is where you’ll

find Carly Pollack (owner of Nutritional

Wisdom) and her friends. This Austin

original does a modern take on classic

Mexican fare like tacos and burritos. Try

the Power Bol with agave-lime chicken,

avocado, and roasted cauliflower.

FOR VEGETARIAN

Bouldin Creek Café (bouldincreekcafe

.com), a vegetarian eatery inside a

converted car-repair station, is Colleen

Flynn’s (founder of Nutritional Zest)

go-to. The Tarzen Salad packs a nutrient

punch: a mound of veggies sprinkled with

their crave-able chipotle pecan pesto.

Pick up a map

at the Durham

Visitor Info Center

(durham-nc.com/

maps-info/)

inside the

historic Beaux

Arts–style

Trust Building.

Visit: April to May, October to November

Head west on Main Street

for a visual feast of varied

architecture, including

the 1909 Spanish

colonial–style Temple

Building, the 1925

Georgian revival Old Hill

Building, and the 1933 art

deco Snow Building.

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G Camping

Show your dog the great outdoors

with a camping trip. Pack the essentials—

leash, lots of water, healthy premium

dog food like Nature’s Recipe, and

a comfy dog bed that rolls up.

2

Hit the Road

Escape the dog days of summer with a

road trip to cool destinations like U.S.

National Parks and Forests (tip: Bring

along a leash no more than six feet

long to meet most park regulations).

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BOULDER, CO

Boulder may be best known as an endurance-sports

mecca—it’s home to Olympic cyclists, famous rock

climbers, and some of the fittest weekend warriors

on the planet—but the town’s longtime focus

on alternative medicine and healing is its defining

wellness element. Yoga studios outnumber bike

shops, and medical and recreational marijuana

centers are legal here! Follow a workout with one

of these alternative recovery treats.

AFTER HIKING…

Foot Bath at The

Dragontree Spa

(thedragontree

.com) Inside this

Ayurveda-inspired

spa, guests sit with

warm towels

around their necks

while soaking tired

feet in copper

bowls filled with

hot water, healing

stones, essential

oils, and medicinal

herbs. A heavenly

experience after

trekking on steep,

rocky trails.

AFTER ROAD-

BIKE RIDING…

Ice Bath at The

Recovery Lab

(thefixtmovement

.com/therecovery

lab) At this walk-in

clinic, pro road-bike

racers (a Boulder

staple) accelerate

their recovery

by treating sore

legs to an ice bath

immediately after

a hard ride. The

therapists teach

cyclists of all levels

how to do the

polar practice.

AFTER ROCK

CLIMBING…

Cranial Sacral

Therapy at

BodyWork Bistro

(bodyworkbistro

.com) Highadrenaline

sports

like rock climbing

can spike your

anxiety levels.

Find calm with

cranial sacral

therapy, a light

head and spine

massage said to

release stress by

rebalancing

cerebrospinal fluid.

Cannabis Massage at

Boulder Healing Hub

AFTER

MOUNTAIN

BIKING…

Cannabis Massage

at Boulder Healing

Hub (boulder

cannabismassage

.com) A rub with

cannabis-infused

lotion or oil can be

an antidote to

tension and pain

after biking rugged

terrain. You won’t

get high unless you

request a salve with

THC, which your

skin can absorb for

a mild buzz.

Visit: November to March, May to September

PHOENIX, AZ

Sanctuary Spa

No one worries about vitamin-D

deficiency in sprawling Phoenix, thanks

to 325-plus days of sunshine per year (no

wonder it’s known as The Valley of the

Sun). But locals and visitors often take

cover in Phoenix’s world-class wellness

resorts and spas. Four of the best:

Sanctuary Spa (sanctuaryoncamelback.com/

spa-fitness) A tranquil, Asian-themed spa and

resort—complete with a meditation garden—

Sanctuary offers The Satori (the Japanese term

for “awakening”) experience: a personalized

multiday spa boot camp that combines fitness

training, services like massages and facials, and

healthy meals by Food Network star and

executive chef Beau MacMillan.

Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at

Montelucia (omnihotels.com/hotels/scottsdale

montelucia/spa) This exotic, Moroccan-inspired

oasis contains the only hammam, or traditional

Turkish bath, in Arizona. The Moroccan

Cleansing Ritual is the ultimate full-body detox.

Follow the Downtown Loop

clockwise and check out the

Civil Rights Mural (local artists

funded this vibrant work via

Kickstarter!). Then snap a pic

with The Major—a one-ton

bronze bull in the City Center

Plaza that’s been a Durham

symbol since the 1800s.

Hang a right on Foster Street,

which becomes Blackwell,

into the American Tobacco

District. You’ll spy the

Old Bull Building, an 1874

Italianate-style brick tobacco

warehouse (one of the

nation’s oldest) that’s been

restored as apartments.

Pass the red-brick American

Tobacco campus. Once the

center of that industry, it now

serves as a hip shopping

and entertainment district.

Grab lunch at Saladelia Cafe

(saladelia.com), and peep

the giant stage at Durham

Performing Arts.

Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale

Princess hotel (fairmont.com/scottsdale/spa)

Get relaxed and ripped: Besides trendy

therapies like cupping, Well & Being offers a

cutting-edge fitness facility with Pilates, TRX,

and aerial yoga classes; a rooftop pool; a

health-conscious eatery; and state-of-the-art

diagnostic services that measure cardio

endurance and calorie burn.

Spa Lamar (spalamar.com) The day-spa darling

boasts a fun island vibe, award-winning

massages, and a coed swimming pool,

whirlpool, steam room, and sauna. And the

price is right: A Swedish massage paired with

a spa lunch and a yoga class runs $140.

Visit: April to June, September to October

Visit: May to June

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Hang Out in a Dog Park

Dogs love being social, and city dog

parks are some of the coolest spots for

meeting and playing with old and new

friends. Socializing is especially important

for pets that spend time on their own

while you’re at work.

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MILWAUKEE, WI

OVERLAND PARK, KS

Milwaukee has mastered

the art of quirky wellness.

Its residents play ice

hockey in the summer at

the Pettit National Ice

Center (thepettit.com),

stroll the three-mile River

Walk in the dead of snowy

winters, take yoga classes

in an art museum, and mix

trampolining with beer

(read on). A sampling:

Bounce your way to fitness (and a buzz) at

Bounce Milwaukee (bouncemilwaukee

.com), an indoor inflatable-trampoline park,

rock-climbing wall, and bar. Friday and

Saturday nights are adults-only after 9 p.m.

Stretch with a side of art at the Milwaukee

Art Museum (mam.org), where one

Saturday a month, hundreds do downward

dog beneath the glass roof. The $15 fee

includes a day pass to the museum.

A mainstay on “Best Quality of Life” lists, the city

offers amazing health care, air quality, schools,

and recreational facilities. Oh, and it’s in the heart

of our country’s farmlands, which means the

freshest meats, grains, and produce. Be sure to

visit these cool spots.

Scheels Overland Park

Soccer Complex (opkansas

.org/things-to-see-and-do/

soccer-complex), the only

one of its kind in the U.S.,

features 12 regulation-size,

synthetic-turf fields, and

electronic scoreboards.

One of America’s best,

the Overland Park

Farmers’ Market

(downtownop.org/

market), open April

through November,

offers free-range meats,

local produce, cooking

demos, and musical

performances.

CHICAGO: Even the historic meatpacking

district of this carnivore’s mecca (dare you

to find a town that loves hot dogs more)

is now home to veggie-forward destinations.

At Bad Hunter (badhunter.com), chow on

farfalle with root bolognese. Publican Anker

(publicananker.com) serves grilled cucumbers

with whipped ricotta and zhoug (a Middle

Eastern herb sauce).

Milwaukee Art Museum

More than 250 animals and

birds call Deanna Rose

Children’s Farmstead

(artsandrec-op.org/

farmstead) home.

Not just for kids, the

12-acre educational farm

community, complete

with a turn-of-the-century

schoolhouse, is a unique

way to learn about the

Midwest’s frontier history.

But really, they had us at

bottle-feeding baby goats.

Get your sausage fix (even if you’re a

vegetarian) at The Vanguard (vanguardbar

.com), a café that pairs gourmet sausages

with beer or cocktails and offers vegan

versions of the made-from-scratch links.

Eat (rooftop) farm fresh. Braise restaurant

(braiselocalfood.com) sparked the concept

of rooftop gardens, opening the city’s first

in 2013 to grow veggies and herbs used in

their dishes, like kohlrabi carrot soup.

Visit: June to September

Scheels Overland

Park Soccer Complex

The 300-acre Overland

Park Arboretum and

Botanical Garden

(artsandrec-op.org/

arboretum) is a naturalist’s

dream. Hike, bird-watch, or

check out rotating art

and cultural exhibits of

photography, painting, and

even container gardening.

Visit: April to October

SIOUX FALLS, SD

THE WELLTHIEST BIG CITIES

High-five to these major players for their health-forward tune-ups!

PHILADELPHIA: The boutique

fitness scene is buzzing, but so are

free classes: November Project (November

-project.com/philadelphia-pa) offers no-cost

hour-long workouts twice a week; daily yoga

at Race Street Pier (delawareriverwaterfront

.com/events/free-yoga) is free through fall;

and run club City Fit Girls (cityfitgirls.com/

philadelphia) meets weekly at Dilworth Park.

Santosha Hot Yoga

As picturesque as waterfall-laden

Sioux Falls can be, it’s also frigid,

so residents head indoors for their

workout fix. The city boasts an

unusually large per-capita ratio of

micro fitness studios—many owned

by women—with something for

everyone. Locals love these:

Santosha Hot Yoga (santoshahotyoga.com)

We all know the body-tightening benefits of

barre, but with small movements, it’s easy

to cheat. Not so in this class. “Using the right

technique is the number one thing I teach,”

says founder Rachael Halgerson.

AMT (amymillertraining.com) “Hot sculpt”

yoga with dumbbells gets results fast. It

also builds your brain: “The heat makes it a

mental exercise in modulating your internal

landscape when you can’t control your

external one,” says founder Amy Miller.

Thrive Pilates Studio (thrivepilatessf.com)

The Stott style is arguably the safest form

of Pilates because it maintains the natural

curvature of the spine (instead of forcing it

straight). “With a class size of five, everyone

receives individualized attention and gets

to know each other—it’s a true fitness tribe,”

says founder Tracy Nielson.

Soul Movement This twist on yoga uses

chairs, bolsters, straps, and stability

balls to push your body’s capabilities. “It’s the

class where somebody does a backbend for

the first time, where people move through

something they’ve been holding on to for five

years,” says founder Gretchen Borgum.

Visit: June to September

LOS ANGELES: Busy Angelenos crave

natural ways to chill, so city hot spots

are adding adaptogens (herbs, roots,

and mushrooms that fight fatigue and lower

stress hormones) into their juices, smoothies,

and teas. Swing by Moon Juice (moonjuice

shop.com) for a Golden Tonic, made with

ashwagandha (Indian ginseng), cardamom,

black pepper oil, and turmeric. Q

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You could binge-read self-help books. Or you could race through the grueling heat and endless

sand of the Moroccan desert for nine days—with no GPS, no mechanics, and no prize at the end.

Writer Alyssa Giacobbe joined 316 female drivers on a road truly less traveled and discovered

a fierce camaraderie…and a powerful form of self-discovery.

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French competitor

Pauline Fierling, 28,

surveys the horizon

from atop her Land

Rover, trying to get

her bearings.

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THEY WERE

LOST

—REALLY LOST.

Friends Julie Dufour, 41, and Genevi è ve

MacEachern, 49, had spent the past

three days driving in circles around the

sweltering desert, eating sardines out

of a can and braving wild sandstorms.

Perched at the top of a 450-foot sand

dune as darkness began to fall, they

faced their reality: This is exactly what

they’d signed up for.

Julie and Gen are one of the 158 teams

of two (one driver, one navigator) that

competed in March at the Gazelles Rally: a

nine-day, 1,500-mile off-road trek through

the Moroccan Sahara. The world’s first and

longest-running all-female motorsport

event, it brings together women from

around the globe to compete in a totally

analog race, with no satellite navigation

and—except in emergencies—no

mechanical assistance. Instead, teams

maneuver their vehicles (SUVs, trucks,

quad bikes) through a series of

checkpoints hundreds of miles apart,

using only paper maps from the 1950s

and a compass. The team that completes

the course in the shortest distance,

with the fewest penalties (for repairs or

missed checkpoints), wins. There’s no

monetary prize; in fact, each team has to

cough up around $16,000 just to enter.

It sounds brutal, and it is. I know

because I followed six of the teams

around for five days to write this story.

And a month after returning home, I was

still discovering desert dust in my ears

and had a case of athlete’s foot—picked

up in the porta-showers—that I couldn’t

shake. But despite such discomforts, the

popularity of off-roading is skyrocketing

among women. Participation in the Rally

has doubled in the past decade, and

the race has inspired similar events,

including the U.S.-based Rebelle Rally. It’s

even permeated entertainment: Female

gearheads are fan-girling for shows

like Spike TV’s Xtreme 4x4, and network

execs are introducing new shows like

Velocity’s All Girls Garage to their lineups.

These off-the-grid, down-and-dirty

experiences kick sand in the face

of our current realities: cushioned butts,

scrolling fingers, and Purell-sanitized

everything. But experts like Michael

Gervais, Ph.D., a Los Angeles sports

psychologist, says it makes sense.

“We spend a chunk of our days behind

screens, so there’s a yearning to get

back in touch with the land, with each

other, and with ourselves—in an

extremely physical way.”

It goes beyond even that. When

French entrepreneur and car aficionado

Dominique Serra founded the race in

1990, her goal was to foster women’s

confidence and self-trust. Nearly three

decades later, this still resonates—

compounded by recent threats to our

political, reproductive, and financial

freedoms. “The danger of losing our

power has pushed many women to do

things that society says they ‘shouldn’t’

do,” says Peggy Drexler, Ph.D., a gender

scholar and assistant professor of

psychology at Weill Cornell Medical

College in New York City. Some women

march in protests, some run for office—

and others travel to the desert to test

their physical and mental abilities,

proving to themselves that they can,

and will, survive.

THE NAME OF THE GAME

“Gazelle” is the Moroccan nickname for

“pretty woman,” but more important, it’s

a nod to the swift, graceful animals that

tenaciously thrive in the punishing desert.

It’s an apt moniker for the mothers,

grandmothers, lawyers, engineers, and

more who come to race. Some are as

young as 22; others, as old as 66. This

year, nearly three-quarters were first-time

competitors, and most had minimal,

if any, off-road driving experience; many

had never even changed a tire. But all

had an underlying determination, a drive

to do something…more.

Each woman was drawn to the desert

for her own reasons. Julie and Gen—the

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4

5

2

1 / Gazelles, like

Switzerland’s Tania

Lio-Martinez, 46,

must fix their own

cars (or be penalized

for getting help from

course mechanics).

2 / Ombeline Garnier,

34, of France, added

wings to her helmet

to match her team

name, “Les Z’ailées”

(ailes means

“wings” in French).

3 / Linda Papasidero

Torres, 34, of Spain,

tends to her SUV.

4 / Competitors get a

daily topographical

map of checkpoints.

5 / Canadian

teammates Julie

Dufour and Geneviève

MacEachern

strategize over a

lunch of army rations.

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women who got lost in the dunes—were

seeking to push themselves in ways

they couldn’t in their Canadian desk jobs

(Julie’s an attorney; Gen’s an insurance

adjuster) and trying to (temporarily)

escape the drudgery of carpool duty.

Amal Morse, a 53-year-old police officer

from Texas, entered as a way to spend

more time with her younger sister Asma

Chakroun, 49, who lives in Canada. New

Yorker Kiera Chaplin, 35, an actress and

model, took part on a whim. None were

consciously looking for what they’d later

tell me was the biggest reward of all: a

connection with a community of women

they never would’ve met had they not

sought adventure at the world’s edge.

Turns out, that connection is rooted

in science. Sharing a challenging

experience with others floods your

brain with a cascade of neurochemicals,

1

1 / New Yorker

Kiera Chaplin

scopes the best

route to the next

daily checkpoint.

2 / Staffer Valérie

Sanfourche, 43,

directs morning

starts; teams leave

in waves every

two minutes.

3 / Steep dunes

dot the unforgiving

terrain.

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3

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1 / France’s Sylvie

Freches, 43, a

six-time Gazelle

competitor

2 / Fifty-year-old

Lydie Foucher

from France

3 / Five of the

teams competed

on nimble

quad bikes.

including oxytocin, that make it easier to

create a strong kinship, says Gervais.

The women describe it far less clinically.

“The rally is a bit of a drug,” says

Jeanette James, a 54-year-old British

driving instructor who has competed

in the event nine times. “You have

hundreds of women who have gotten

off their backsides and said, ‘I’m going

to go do something exceptional

with my life.’ Being in that environment

together is amazing.”

ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL

After driving to find the day’s

checkpoint, the Gazelles come together

at a base camp most nights. They

shower in mobile trailers and rehash the

latest trials and triumphs over plates of

rice and chicken tagine cooked by staff.

Post-dinner, they crowd around tables,

poring over their maps, before heading

off to sleep in tents. Conversations about

the evils of camel grass (a hardened

patch of turf that looks soft but feels like

driving over a block of concrete) are

peppered with excited reports of hearing

from their husbands, wives, and kids

(Gazelles can receive e-mail messages

from home via staff but not send

them—they hand over their phones at

the start of the race). In line for the

porta-shower one night, I listen in as two

women—a blonde with a heavy Austrian

accent and dirty-olive hiking pants, and

a brunette in aviators speaking a mix of

French and English—cycle through

topics that included the then-upcoming

French presidential election, “cowashing”

your hair with conditioner

instead of shampoo, and their 401(k)s.

The divisive nationalism that is so

prominent in many of the women’s home

countries fades away amid the rolling

dunes. Women from all countries

and native tongues simply connect.

“Out here, everyone feels different but

so alike,” says 27-year-old French civil

engineer Amélie Mourneau. She and her

coworker Tiphaine Danguy, 29, met and

bonded with Guylaine Robert, 40, and

Karine Elward, 38, both from Canada,

during one of the nights when the racers

camped out in the desert instead of the

base camp. As darkness set in, they

discussed the day’s obstacles, blasted

electronica music in hopes of scaring off

scorpions, and laughed over the

differences in their accents. “It is like we

are one person, and we all feel the

spirit of the Gazelle,” Amélie told me.

“The spirit of the Gazelle” is a phrase

that comes up often, and it refers to

the camaraderie and willingness most

participants have to go the extra mile,

often quite literally, to help out a

competitor. It wasn’t unusual to see

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2

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3

women stopping their car to tow a rival

out of a patch of sunken earth or change

a flat tire. Part of the eagerness comes

from self-interest (after all, you could

be the one in distress tomorrow). Still,

there was a kindness in the execution

and an acceptance that collaboration

is the best way forward, which the

women told me they didn’t always find

in their day-to-day lives. “In my work,

sometimes women don’t support each

other because it feels like we’re

competing for the same projects and

promotions, but here, even in the tensest

moments, it’s more important to support

each other than to compete,” says Julie.

LESSONS FROM THE (OFF) ROAD

As most of us know by now, life itself is

more like an unmarked course than a

paved highway, with twists and turns

and unexpected obstacles. And the

challenges the Gazelles Rally presented

were too much for some participants.

By day four of the race, five teams had

dropped out (here, that’s viewed less as

a failure and more as just an unfortunate

reality). One team’s car broke irreparably.

Another competitor was hit by her own

truck while trying to dig out from a

riverbed (she was shaken but not hurt).

Still, the women told me, it was the

hardest moments that led to the

greatest rewards. The second time

Julie and Gen had to conquer massive

dunes, they were better prepared. They

plotted their course, deflated their tires

(to better maneuver on soft sand), and

even remembered to take a selfie. They

started to believe that not only could

they complete the race, but that they

had a good shot at finishing near the

top. (They were right: Out of 104

first-time participants, Julie and Gen

placed seventeenth.) That kind of

self-assuredness doesn’t always come

easily to women, who, historically, and

ridiculously, haven’t been seen as

capable of conquering this type of

physical challenge.

Having seen their own strength—

and reconnecting to what’s really

important—it’s not unusual for Gazelles

to go home and quit their jobs, divorce

their husbands, or make other big

changes. That confidence in knowing

what truly matters to you is worth

developing, whether it takes a risky

desert race or a less extreme experience

to shake up your POV.

For some Gazelles, the takeaway was

learning to love what they already had.

“My life isn’t perfect, but if I’m able

to do this rally, I’m able to figure out

everything else,” says Julie. “I was

reminded that when you get lost, you

don’t get found. You find yourself.” Q

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Nearly 4 million people a year swallow them,

hoping to balance their bellies, soothe their

skin, eliminate allergies, even ease depression.

But could the claims about these friendly

strains of bacteria be…fraudulent?

WH puts them under the microscope.

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here are foods with health

halos. And then there

are probiotics, which

have practically been

canonized. The word itself

means—no big whoop—

“to give life.” Probiotics are

now a nearly $37 billion

industry in the U.S. Sales

of probiotic-rich yogurt and kefir surged

nearly 30 percent in the past three years.

And just slapping “contains probiotics” on a

product helps it sell better, says San Diego

attorney Tim Blood, who specializes in

consumer protection in advertising. Not too

shabby for bacteria, right?

Indeed, their initial claim to

fame was hardly sexy: soothing

digestive disorders such as

diarrhea, constipation, and acid

reflux, which plague 70 million

people (mostly women). But

that take on pro-b’s now feels

as dated as a Jamie Lee Curtis

Activia ad.

In their second act, probiotics—

both in food and supplement

form—are being promoted as a

magic wellness bullet, said to

defeat allergies and depression,

boost immunity, and even

combat chronic conditions like

Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and

migraines. As a result, they’re no

longer limited solely to foods

that naturally contain them

(such as yogurt and fermented

fare like kimchi and miso);

everything from bottled water

to tortilla chips is being laced

with the friendly microbes.

Look, it makes sense that

the gut would be ground zero for

easing all kinds of ailments.

In the past decade, scientists

have discovered that the three

pounds of microbes inside

the digestive system—some

40 trillion bacteria, fungi, and

viruses collectively known as

the microbiota—aren’t squatters

mooching off a nutrient-rich

environment. They’re like a

living organ unto themselves,

working with the body to lap up

nutrients from food, squeeze out

germy invaders, and calibrate

our immune systems. And since

changes in the microbiota have

been linked to gastrointestinal

conditions like irritable bowel

syndrome, adding “good”

bacteria in the form of probiotics

should boost your health.

But put down your kombucha,

friends, because science has

not quite proven that’s the case

yet, says Robert Hutkins, Ph.D.,

a scientist at the Nebraska Food

for Health Center in Lincoln.

Of the hundreds of identified

probiotic strains, studies have

only ID’d a handful that

are helpful in treating specific

conditions (see “Go Pro,”

opposite page). And there’s no

evidence they have much effect

on the microbiota of healthy

individuals, per recent studies.

Officials in the E.U., where

supplements are more heavily

regulated than in the U.S.,

haven’t authorized the use of

the word probiotic to back any

health claim. The only approved

use related to microorganisms

is “live yogurt cultures and

improved lactose digestion.”

It can all feel like, well, a punch

to the gut. So we asked scientists

at the forefront of probiotic

research to help us separate

fact from hype, and pros…

from cons.

Kimchi:

funky taste,

friendly benefits

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THEY’RE

ONLY VISITING.

When you nosh or swallow a

probiotic, it doesn’t take up

permanent residence in your

intestinal ecosystem with the

bacteria that’s there already,

says Hutkins. It might help

crowd out a microorganism

that’s making you sick (which

is likely why probiotics have

proven most useful against

infectious diarrhea), but it

eventually just passes through

the gut. That’s why it’s

impossible to take too many;

you’ll just poop them out. This

in-and-out nature also means

that if you’re aiming for a

health benefit, you need to

ingest them almost daily.

YOU MAY NOT

BE CONSUMING

A-LISTERS.

Many of the probiotic strains

added to foods are chosen

because they are safe and

can be manufactured cheaply

and easily. They’re not

necessarily the ones that are

best at maintaining health or

treating disease. Researchers

are still trying to determine

which strains are optimal for

specific conditions.

THE DETAILS

MATTER.

Make sure you have the right

strain for your health

problem (get specific; some,

like lactobacillus, have

multiple forms, such as

Lactobacillus acidophilous

and Lactobacillus reuteri ,

which help with different

conditions). Check that there

are at least 1 billion CFUs

(colony-forming units) per

serving, the approximate

amount shown to be

Gut Feelings

beneficial. If the latter isn’t

on the label, don’t assume

you’re getting it. Consumer

Lab, an independent group

that tests supplements,

found CFU counts ranging

from 2.5 million per serving

to around 900 billion.

For kefir and yogurt, look

for “live cultures” or “live

active cultures.”

THEY’RE

SENSITIVE.

Mind the shelf life. Even if a

product’s label shows it has

the jackpot billion CFUs,

they may not all be present

when you swallow the pill.

That’s because probiotics are

living organisms; they can die

when it’s too hot (if the label

says to refrigerate, do it), and

if they swelter too long in

transit or on a shelf, the

bacteria may be DOA.

Meaning, if you’re out

running errands, pick up

your probiotic supplements

last, as they may lose some

of their potency if left in a

hot car. The good bugs also

decay over time, so when

you’re shopping, choose the

container with the furthestout

expiration date.

STOMACH ACID IS

THEIR KRYPTONITE.

Some strains can’t survive

the acidity of your gut. So if

you’re taking a supplement,

make sure it’s coated; the

outer shell will help it reach

your intestines intact. If you

can find only an uncoated

version, take it with food to

help protect it from the

aggressive environment.

IT’S NOT ONE-

STRAIN-FITS-ALL.

Even with antibioticassociated

diarrhea, which

has the best evidence, “you

could have seven people

take the same probiotic

and only have one report a

definite difference,” says

gastroenterologist Matthew

Ciorba, M.D., a medical

professor who studies

human gut microbiota at

Washington University

School of Medicine in

St. Louis. That’s because each

person’s microbial makeup

is as unique as a fingerprint,

influenced by age, genetics,

and gender. For example,

animal research from the

University of Texas at Austin

found the microbes living in

the guts of males and females

react differently to the same

diet. Scientists are now

studying ways to harness a

person’s own microbes to

treat illnesses, rather than

going for a mass approach.

PROBIOTICS

NEED PREBIOTICS.

The bacteria in your gut—both

visitors and residents—need

to eat too. Enter prebiotics,

nondigestible carbs that feed

friendly bacteria and help

them multiply. They may even

be helpful on their own, at

recalibrating microbiota that

have been thrown out of whack

by stress; a recent study found

mice who ate prebiotics

slept better after a stressful

experience. Hutkins advises

taking them daily in the form

of food, not pills, because it’s

difficult to get the needed

amount from a supplement.

Prebiotics are found in wholegrain

oatmeal, bananas,

onions, garlic, and asparagus. Q

Researchers have long suspected that your gut bacteria can “talk” to your brain in

ways that affect mood. Now, they’re eavesdropping on those chats. Irish researchers

dubbed gut microorganisms that may help a person’s mental state “psychobiotics,”

and early studies have shown that increasing the number of one strain of probiotic,

Bifidobacterium longum, can reduce depression, anxiety, and stress. If ongoing

research backs this up, doctors may one day prescribe probiotics alongside meds.

Go Pro

The jury’s still

out on most probiotic

strains, but researchers

have evidence that

these good-natured

microbes can help

many people with

certain conditions.

Consume daily as long

as needed unless the

label says otherwise.

FOR DIGESTIVE

HEALTH

Lactobacillus acidophilus

FIND IT IN

Some yogurt and kefir

(check the label), miso,

tempeh, and kimchi

_______

HELPS WITH

Antibiotic-associated

diarrhea (such as Clostridium

difficile infections) and

irritable bowel syndrome

FOR VAGINAL

HEALTH

Lactobacillus reuteri

Lactobacillus rhamnosus

FIND THEM IN

Supplements such as

Fem-Dophilus and

UltraFlora Women’s

_______

HELPS WITH

Preventing recurring

yeast infections

and bacterial vaginosis

FOR IMMUNITY

Lactobacillus plantarum

FIND IT IN

Most fermented foods

Lactobacillus paracasei

FIND IT IN

Some yogurt and kefir

(look at the label);

supplements such as

UltraFlora Cold Support

_______

HELPS WITH

Warding off viruses and

easing cold symptoms;

take at the first sign

of getting sick

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UNCHARTED

WATERS

Let this soak in for a second: Every day that goes by, water gets

closer to becoming a nonrenewable resource on this planet—so

what is it doing taking up so much space in your skin-care routine?

There’s a wave of smarter products and strategies that, without

compromising your skin, help you make every last drop count.

BY KAYLEIGH DONAHUE HODES

THAYER ALLYSON GOWDY/AUGUST

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Y

You recycle plastic, rock a

wind-powered energy plan,

and take meticulous care

of that precious resource

known as your Adidas by

Stella McCartney leggings.

But…water? Chances

are, you disregard it daily

without realizing it. And it’s

a big deal: Experts project

that 3.5 billion people

will live in water-scarce

or stressed areas by 2025,

meaning there won’t be

enough to even drink.

Beyond turning off the

tap while brushing your

teeth, there are other ways

to reduce the H 2 0 footprint

in your regimen. Nearly

every beauty product in

your bathroom has a water

surplus. It can serve a

purpose (like helping drive

ingredients into skin), but

often it’s just a cheap base.

That said, we’re realists…

and product lovers. But

we can all—easily—be more

water-mindful, especially

since most beauty brands

no longer take H 2O for

granted. Whether it’s

reaching for products

without water, looking for

ones that don’t require

you to use water, or making

strategic routine shifts,

you can be part of the

solution to this worldwide

issue. And still look great—

in those Stella McCartney

leggings, no less.

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PRODUCTS

MADE

WITHOUT

WATER

Yes, there’s no water in these formulas, but

you may still need a splash from the sink to

activate these babies. No internal H 20 means

they’re inhospitable to bacteria and mold—

so they have a longer shelf life and there’s

also no need for preservatives like parabens

(which a lot of consumers want to avoid

anyway). A not-insignificant plus? You can

pack most of these in your carry-on with

abandon—no liquid, no hassle at security.

BARS

Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, even

self-tanner, like Ethique Self Tanning

Bar ($32, ethiquebeauty.com), now come

in block form. And because they’re more

concentrated—for three bottles of, say, body

lotion you’d normally buy, you would only

need to buy one lotion bar—you save both

water and money. (Some traditional bars do

contain water, so check the label before you

virtuously hit “add to cart.”)

POWDERS

They’re ideal as scrubs (the granules provide

a gentle exfoliation), but they’re also great for

getting your dose of topical vitamin C (the

antioxidant destabilizes in liquid, so a powder

form helps maintain efficacy). Mix it with

your favorite serum to instantly enhance the

protective powers. We like True Botanicals

Vitamin C Booster ($90, truebotanicals.com).

BALMS

Like bars, balms are super concentrated.

Usually a blend of oil and wax, they can take

the place of traditional cleansers and

moisturizers—the latter don’t need added

H 20 to work (just slather and go). They’re a

godsend for dry and/or irritated skin (this

also makes them too heavy for acneprone

or oily skin). Try Earth tu Face

Face Balm ($68, earthtuface.com), a

rose-spiked moisturizing concentrate.

OILS

They make excellent cleansers—oil dissolves

residue—as well as dry-skin moisturizers,

since oil traps water in the skin. But even oily

complexions can benefit. Rosehip seed and

jojoba oils, found in Burt's Bees Complete

Nourishment Facial Oil ($20, at drugstores),

have a dry finish, meaning they won’t make

your face look like a grease pan.

DRY SHEET MASKS

Unlike traditional sheet masks, which are

soaked in a nourishing serum, these have the

ingredients baked in. When you put one on

your face and gently rub, the heat and oils

from your skin release the ingredients. And

because these masks are not only free of

water, but also never interact with it, they

don’t harbor bacteria, so you can use each

three times before tossing. They’re a little less

hydrating than their moisture-rich

predecessors and are better for functions like

firming. Try Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic

Dry Facial Sheet Mask ($22, netaporter.com);

it infuses skin with collagen-revving peptides.

PRODUCTS

YOU USE

WITHOUT

WATER

Unless you’re visibly dirty or sweaty, derms

say you can go an entire week without a

proper shower (just washcloth off your feet

and lady parts with water and soap daily).

Too au naturel for you? Shower every other

day, then get squeaky clean the no-rinsingrequired

way using these two methods:

STOCK A MICELLAR CLEANSER.

Although these guys contain water, the tiny

cleansing-oil molecules floating around the

formula act like traps for dirt and sebum, which

you apply and then whisk away with a cotton

pad. Derms say they’re a particularly good

move for sensitive types who react to

traditional cleansers, which, by virtue of simply

having more ingredients, increase your

chances of irritation. We’re loving Simple

Skincare Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water

($10, at drugstores), a formula spiked with

plant extracts that help skin retain moisture.

REACH FOR A TOWEL-OFF

BODY WASH.

Watered-down soaps in foaming dispensers,

these formulas remove oils and dirt when

applied with a washcloth (using only your

hands spreads around what’s on your skin).

WH staffers are pretty devoted to Yuni Flash

Bath No-Rinse Body Cleansing Foam ($22,

sephora.com), which contains bacteriabusting

essential oils and skin-softening aloe.

French Girl

Organics Facial

Polish ($22,

shopwomens

healthmag.com)

IN GOOD COMPANY

Sixty-one percent of U.S. consumers would rather companies “green”

their business practices than simply make donations to green

organizations, according to a report by market research firm Mintel.

Execs at behemoth beauty companies are listening.

Procter & Gamble

(the parent company

of Olay and Pantene)

has reduced the

water it uses by 24

percent per product

since 2010. It has

also set a goal to

provide 1 billion

people with access

to water-efficient

products (like twoin-one

conditioners

that allow you to use

less H 20) by 2020.

Johnson & Johnson

(which makes Aveeno

and Neutrogena

products) reduced

its overall use of

water by 7.2 percent

between 2010 and

2015 (with efforts

ongoing). How? By

installing waterreutilization

systems

and improving

the wastewater

treatment to recycle

more H 20.

Unilever

(the company

behind Dove and

Suave) hopes to

halve the water

associated with

the consumer use

of its products by

2020. To do this, it is

designing items that

require less water

but provide the same

experience (such as

Dove’s self-foaming

body washes).

L’Oréal

has saved, over

the past decade,

the equivalent

of one and a half

years’ water use

across industrial

facilities. It did so via

small changes like

recycling all types

of water throughout

the manufacturing

processes (except

the stuff used

in products). Q

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Herbivore

Botanicals Pink

Clay Bar Soap

($12, herbivore

botanicals.com)

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ABOUT THOSE

EIGHT GLASSES...

It’s perhaps the biggest skin myth

floating around the beauty blogosphere:

Drinking eight glasses of water daily is the

secret to a glowing complexion. But there’s

actually no scientific data to support the idea

(and no research showing downing fewer than

eight is harmful). Still, it’s not completely bogus—if

your gastrointestinal tract and kidneys don’t have

enough H 20 to do their jobs, they do start to suck

the water out of other cells, which could make

skin cells look parched. To maintain peak

hydration, monitor your urine. Yellow?

Up the agua! You can also get it

from watery fruits and veggies

like watermelon (duh)

and zucchini.

Sources: Ava Shamban, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology, UCLA-Geffen School of Medicine

in Los Angeles; Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of

dermatology, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City; Bruce Aker, San Francisco cosmetic chemist; Jim

Hammer, Boston cosmetic chemist; Brianne West, biochemist and founder of Ethique beauty company

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&

Welcome to summer 2017, where breezy is the new black!

We put together seven outfits free of anything tight—or uptight, for that

matter—but woven with such gorgeousness, you’ll keep your cool,

literally and figuratively. Happy dressing!

C O M F O R T

J O Y

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SHEER DELIGHT

Wearing a parachute dress feels as

if you’re floating through air—or a

dreamy meadow. The bronze hue

continues the earthy vibe.

COS dress, $135, cosstores.com; Mikoh

dress (underneath), $242, mikoh.com

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FORWARD MOTION

Whimsical birds and sporty

accessories make this shirtdress

not so buttoned up.

Mara Hoffman dress, $225,

marahoffman.com; ASOS jacket, $72,

asos.com; One x Oneteaspoon shorts,

$99, oneteaspoon.com; Nike Court

sneakers, $200, nike.com; Hobo

crossbody bag, $158, hobobags.com

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BUSINESS CASUAL

What’s better than stripes?

Stripes on stripes! A scoop-neck

top and wide-leg pants provide

a cute alternative to denim Fridays.

Abercrombie & Fitch tee, $48,

abercrombie.com; dRA pants,

$110, draclothing.com; Loeffler

Randall slides, $295, bergdorf

goodman.com

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THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT

Full-length sleeves atop microshorts

is so fresh—and thanks to the

sweater’s lace edges, even romantic.

French Connection sweater, $128,

frenchconnection.com; Linksoul

shorts, $75, linksoul.com

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EVERYDAY SUPERHERO

The linen fabric, the frayed edges,

the graduated cut: This cape

makes any outfit look polished,

even nubby sweats and a tank.

Acler cape, $370, us.acler.com.au;

Old Navy tank, $12.94, oldnavy.com;

Junk Food Clothing sweatpants,

$70, junkfoodclothing.com

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For complete shopping information, see Where to Buy on page 156.

TOUGH AND TENDER

When a sweatshirt hoodie meets

a feminine maxi dress—and its

swoon-worthy crocheted top—sparks!

Mossimo Supply Co. dress, $30, target

.com; Splendid hoodie, $168, splendid

.com; Teva sandals, $90, teva.com

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ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES

Introducing the maxi shirt! Hardly

short on versatility, it lets you cover

up to the ankles, or air out your abs

and show some leg.

The Blue Shirt Shop shirt, $198, dl1961

.com; Mikoh shorts, $68, mikoh.com

Fashion editor: Jacqueline

Azria

Hair: Eric Gabriel for Oribe/

The Wall Group

Makeup: Jenna Anton for

Giorgio Armani/Forward Artists

Manicure: Emi Kudo for

Dior Vernis/Opus Beauty

Prop styling: Abraham Latham/

Art Department

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WHERE TO BUY

On the Cover

Lanston wrap-back tank, $70,

lanstontees.com

Saha Swimwear bottoms, $58,

sahaswimwear.com

Jennifer Meyer diamond long-bar

studs, $800, barneys.com

Jet Set Candy Sydney luggage

tag charm, $68, Brisbane luggage

tag, $68, Bondi surfboard charm,

$68, and small plane charm, $58,

jetsetcandy.com

Coco Loves Rome Step & Repeat

ring, $14, cocolovesrome.com

G-Shock S Series Vivid Color

Collection watch, $130. gshock

.com/s_series

Pandora Jewelry double leather

charm bracelet, $45, pandora.net

Lotus Jewelry Studio Latitude

Longitude bar bracelet, $60,

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A good trainer has enviable

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That especially resonates

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AGE: 27

HOMETOWN: CRANSTON, RI

MY WHY

I’ll never forget being made fun

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sleeves in 90-degree heat to

conceal them. Now? Those arms

are one of my favorite body parts

because of how strong they are.

After an ACL tear in college,

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muscles around my knee while

training my upper body hard.

That’s when it clicked: I felt so

rewarded watching my own

strength and athleticism advance

instead of caring about how

others might view it. I find it so

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At my gym, AG Athletics, I lead

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twist—utilizing springboards,

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I teach kids gymnastics too!

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Be creative. I see a park bench,

and I see situps and triceps

dips. Monkey bars? Pullups.

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in fitness are all around; you

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MY WHY

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when they came over for dinner.

She bought a jungle gym for

our backyard and restricted TV

time so we’d play tag instead.

When we’d ask for soda, she’d

offer fresh orange juice under the

guise of it tasting better.

My mom is no longer with us,

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She knew how important health

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Don’t overthink it. Getting

started is half the battle. For one

minute each, do as many reps as

you can of squats to alternating

lunges, high knees, and pushups.

Rest briefly, then go as many

rounds as you have time for.

Shut the inner voice. It’s usually

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MY WHY

I dabbled with working out for

years, but I always fell off the

wagon. Hard work can lead to

great results, but it isn’t always

sustainable. So when I was 42,

I resolved to just move. When I’m

active every day—whether that’s

a 10-minute abs series before

bed or a 30-minute circuit while

I’m waiting on laundry—I’m more

disciplined and happy.

People say, “Your body can

hear you.” I like to say, “Your body

can feel you.” If you spend all day

at your desk, you can’t expect

your body to want to work.

Fitness has taught me that there

is no cap on what you are capable

of—unless you put it there.

MY TRAINING M.O.

I’m a big believer in forging

personal relationships to stay

motivated, so I mostly train

people one-on-one. I stick to HIIT

or Tabata workouts, but I’ll pepper

in yoga or Pilates circuits too.

MY TAKEAWAY TIPS

Speed up smartly. I go all out for

20 seconds, then rest for 10,

for four minutes total. Do it with

squats, lunges, and glute bridges.

Create a workout space. Even if

it’s just a tiny square of your room

with a mat and basic equipment.

When it’s in eyeshot, it’s easier to

do something instead of nothing.

Don’t follow the trends. Fitness

should never be about what’s

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that I wanted to lose. I kicked up

the intensity of my workouts

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at age 23, I attributed it to my

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saw a doctor, the news shocked

me: I had Hodgkin’s lymphoma,

an immune-system cancer.

I fought hard to get healthy, but

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with my body. I know how it feels

to battle mental and physical

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I teach classes live and online—

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Be proud of the now. Push out

of your comfort zone, but not

at the risk of beating yourself up.

Think, I can do 10 frog jumps

versus I can’t do 20. If each week

you can add only one more

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Strike a balance. Having been

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AGE: 30

HOMETOWN: PORTLAND, OR

MY WHY

For five years, I played bass in a

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my energy. The first boot camp

class I went to with a friend, I felt

miserable; it was so hard. But also

sort of amazing. The hype I felt

from performing didn’t come

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I worked with clients on the side

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band and committed to fitness.

Knowing what makes you feel

good should be simple, but it

requires recognizing what makes

you feel crappy—which we can’t

always identify until after the

fact. I never feel more alive than

I do after a tough workout.

MY TRAINING M.O.

My goal is to help women find a

balance between tough and

functional with their workouts, so

they can feel great now and later.

As a Nike master trainer, I lead

workouts that include functional

strength moves, plyometrics,

and core work at the Nike World

Headquarters in Portland for

employees, visitors, and athletes.

I also train privately through

my company, Canvas Training.

MY TAKEAWAY TIPS

Add it up. Break down big goals

with smaller tasks. Set a

progressive monthly plan: Pick

one easy task (like “do two ab

workouts”) for the first week; each

week, add another, so by the end

of the month, you’re doing four

things to help you meet your goal.

Don’t neglect your neck. It can

make or break your workouts,

especially for deadlifts and

bent-over rows. Instead of looking

in the mirror—which strains

your lower back—ask a trainer

to quickly check your posture.

Compete against yourself. When

your mind wanders to what

others are doing or how they

look, think, I am [insert activity or

exercise here]. The word “I” alone

helps bring you back to yourself.

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FITNESS BONUS

FIND YOUR WHY

Follow this guide to uncover your deepest workout intention

so you can stay fit through life’s ups and downs.

What’s your objective? (For example, “I want to lose 15 pounds.”)

Why do you want it? (“So I can fit into my medium shirts again without my love handles

sticking out.”)

But why? (“So I can feel more attractive and not so self-conscious.”)

But why? (“So I can feel happier with myself.”)

Why? (“So I have more confidence to go after what I really want in life.”)

Why? (“Because I’m tired of settling for less than I’m capable of.”)

Your own road map might take fewer or more “whys.” The point is to keep asking why

until you arrive at your ultimate reason for pursuing your goal. When you’ve found it,

hang on to that why. Tape it somewhere visible and return to it whenever your

motivation falters, or when you’re struggling to see the results of your hard work.

AND NOW...THE JUDGES!

Along with your vote, we’ve enlisted a panel of experts to help us decide who should be the Next Fitness

Star. In the spirit of getting to know them, what better question to ask than “What’s your exercise why?”

Hilaria Baldwin

Yoga instructor, author of

The Living Clearly Method *

“We are made to move.

I never feel so alive and

present as I do when I have

thoroughly exercised my

body. And the purpose of

life is to live it to the fullest,

no? Otherwise what are

we doing here? I don’t

want to waste a moment.”

Emily Skye

F.I.T. program founder,

WH cover star

“Exercising makes me feel

strong, capable, and

motivated—like I can

achieve anything I set my

mind to. I feel more

positive, have a clearer

mind, and have more

energy for embracing all

life has to offer.”

Debbie

Matenopolous

Cohost of The Insider

“I exercise so I can live a

long and healthy life. Not

only does exercise

strengthen our bodies

and keep us in shape,

but it’s also been

documented how much it

can improve our mental

and emotional well-being.”

Jen Ator, C.S.C.S.

WH fitness director, Kona

Ironman finisher

“For me, workouts are

about building resiliency—

physically, but more so

mentally. Training helps

teach my body, and mind,

that no matter what I’m

going through, I can

always find a way to keep

moving forward.” Q

CAST YOUR VOTE

Only one can win. Go to WomensHealthMag.com/NextFitnessStar to watch videos of

the contestants and support your favorite between June 20 and August 4.

TUNE IN!

Watch The

Insider on

August 22

to find out

which of

the fabulous

ladies will

take home

this year’s

title and

appear in

her very own

WH workout

video series.

Check

TheInsider

.com for the

reveal time

and more

details.

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14 WOMENSHEALTHMAG.COM / July/August 2017

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ou should be careful. You should be nice. Sweet. Cute. You should be

atient. You should be successful. But not too successful. You should

e gentle. Be happy. You should be quiet. You’re supposed to be modest.

raceful. Grateful. You should smile more. You should just play nice.

ou’re supposed to set a good example. You should be in good shape.

ou should be more approachable. More feminine. You should be less

ramatic. You should take care of it. You’re supposed to take care

f them. You should keep it down. You should listen up. You should

ind your manners. You should do something with your looks. You

hould do something with your life. You’re supposed to find someone

nd settle down. You’re supposed to get married. You’re supposed to

ave kids. You should want to stay at home. You should be happy just

o have this job. You should not worry your pretty head. You should

t him save you. You should lose weight. You should be small. You

hould play small. You should be less bossy. You should let them win

ometimes. You should stop scaring the boys. You should know your

lace. You should let your brother do that. You should not get your

lothes dirty. You should play by the rules. You should not swear. You

hould say you’re sorry. You should be less sensitive. You should be

ore sensitive. More nurturing. More ladylike. You should be less

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our age. You should dress your age. You should never age. You’re

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FITNESS BONUS

NEVER SKIP

LEG DAY

It’s not just an Instagram mantra—it’s the

unanimous conclusion of researchers and

trainers alike. Get in on the action.

By Marissa Gainsburg

If you think of your body as its own stock market, your lower

half is the safest bet for maximum returns. “The muscles

here—your glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves—are the

largest, so collectively, they possess the most potential to

change your physique,” says Lee Boyce, a strength coach in

Toronto. Every time you engage all that muscle-fiber power at

once, you burn more calories per rep. And doing that regularly

is like adding lighter fuel to your body’s metabolic fire, helping

you torch more fat around the clock. In fact, “I’ve seen female

clients successfully lose a few inches off their waist and hips in

as little as six weeks by adding targeted lower-body weight

lifting to their weekly routine,” says Boyce.

There are literally dozens upon dozens of exercises

that’ll blast your legs, but the four you’ll meet here are

the most beneficial. Each emphasizes crucial

movement patterns for a lean yet powerful lower

body, and we’ve amped them up—either in the

form of resistance, stance, or elevation—to

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FITNESS BONUS

THE MOVES

GOBLET SQUAT

No leg routine would

be complete without a

squat—it gets more

muscles and joints working

together than any other

stand-in-place exercise.

As a result, you release

hormones that can speed

muscle hypertrophy

(a.k.a. growth) and fat loss,

studies show. The goblet

type is king among this

royal crew: Holding a

weight by your chest

keeps you from slumping

forward and forces you to

shift weight into your heels

(so you don’t tip over).

Both tweaks bring your

hips closer to the ground

for a better burn.

a

First must-do for more sculpted stems: Master this quartet of standout

exercises. Then flip to page 24 for four workouts using these moves.

b

DUMBBELL STEP-UP

Such a simple move, this

one. All it involves is

stepping up onto a box

or bench. Except that you

hold weights at your sides

for extra resistance, and

you lower back down

onto the floor with

control—emphasizing the

“negative” or “eccentric”

phase of the exercise,

which research suggests

builds more muscle mass

than focusing on the

lifting portion alone. And

because your muscles

spend a relatively long

time under tension to

complete one full rep,

you can nuke a lot of cals

with a single set.

a

b

DO IT: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and hold a dumbbell

vertically in front of your chest, both hands cupping the top of the

weight, your elbows pointing toward the floor (a). Push your hips

down and back and bend your knees to lower your body until your

thighs are at least parallel to the ground, your elbows brushing the

insides of your knees (b). Push through your heels and squeeze

your glutes to return to start. That’s one rep.

DO IT: Stand in front of a box or bench about 12 to 18 inches

tall and hold a pair of dumbbells at your sides at arm’s length.

Place your right foot firmly on the step (a), then push

through your right heel to lift your body up until your right leg

is straight and your left foot is elevated (b). Keeping your torso

tall, step your left foot, then your right, back onto the floor to

return to start. That’s one rep.

DEFICIT REVERSE LUNGE

Essentially the

exaggerated motion of

walking and running, the

lunge lights up every

muscle in your legs—even

the tiny stabilizing ones,

like your inner thighs. A

reverse lunge requires the

same balance and neuromuscular

coordination of

the forward type, but it

engages your posterior

chain first, helping even

out quad dominance

(and taking stress off your

knees). And that “deficit”

part? It’s just a fancy

term for propping your

front foot on a step, so

your glute has to travel

farther—and work

harder—to return to start.

a

DO IT: Stand on a six-inch step or box and hold a pair of

dumbbells at your sides at arm’s length (a). Keeping your torso

tall, step backward off the box with your right leg and slowly

lower your body until your left knee is bent at least 90 degrees

and your right knee nearly touches the floor (b). Push through

your left heel to return to start. That’s one rep.

b

SINGLE-LEG PULL-THROUGH

The movement pattern

here is the hip hinge, a

foundation of most

posterior-chain exercises

(think deadlift, swing, and

hip thrust). It’s essential

for hitting the hamstrings

and glutes as well as

boosting hip stability. The

pull-through, however,

is an easier-to-learn, more

universal exercise that

allows you to train

those backside muscles

without overloading

pressure on your spine.

Plus, this single-leg style

increases activation

to the working-side

glutes and hamstrings

and recruits your core

for balance.

DO IT: Stand in front of the cable machine at your gym, or loop a

resistance band around a stable anchor behind you. Prop your left

foot, knee bent, on a bench behind you, grab the band between

your legs with your left hand, and hinge forward at your hips until

your torso is about parallel to the floor (a). Pull the band through

as you thrust your hips forward (b). That’s one rep.

b

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FITNESS BONUS

THE WORKOUTS

Four different (and simple) ways to mix and match your main moves into

übereffective routines to sprinkle throughout your week

1. The Warm-Up

No matter what workout you have planned, use this pair to get your session started. “When performed together,

this duo helps open up your hips from both angles—horizontal for the squat, vertical for the lunge—and eases

the knee joint into action, all while priming the muscles for any activity that comes next,” says Boyce. You’ll

also improve your range of motion with two added tweaks: At the bottom of your squat, gently push your knees

outward with your elbows; as you lunge, shift the hip of your back leg forward slightly and reach your opposite

arm overhead. Spend two and a half minutes on each exercise, moving slowly through every rep.

Quick Tweak! Ditch

the dumbbell but

keep your hands at

chest height.

BODY-WEIGHT GOBLET SQUAT WITH HOLD

3-second hold

Quick Tweak!

Drop the weights

and place your

hands on your hips.

REVERSE LUNGE WITH HOLD AND REACH

3- to 5-second hold, alternating sides

Quick Tweak!

Put both feet

on level ground

(lose the step).

2. The Power Circuit

This 15-minute workout starts with the most complex neuromuscular movement (the squat) and ends with the

exercise that requires the least amount of neural attention to execute (the pull-through). “It’s the most effective

way to get as much good work done—meaning with solid form and maximum force—as you can before you fatigue,

because your body is the most prepared at the beginning of every set,” says Boyce, who recommends knocking

out this baby two or three times a week. Keep your heart rate up (bonus cardio!) by performing the bunch as a

fast-paced circuit: Complete the prescribed number of reps for each exercise, moving from one to the next without

rest. Take a quick breather if needed, then repeat for three or four total rounds.

HOW

ABOUT

THREE

MORE

PERKS?

Sexy, sculpted gams

are the gift that

keeps on giving

(and giving).

THEY PRESERVE

YOUR BALANCE.

Proprioception, or

knowing where your

body is in space, is one

of the first things to go

as we age. Training

your legs now helps

prevent this loss by

improving your

neuromuscular

coordination. You’ll

also be better

equipped to recover

from any falls, if they

do happen.

THEY SAVE

YOUR KNEES.

Research shows

strengthening the leg

muscles, particularly

the thigh area,

removes some stress

from the knees,

protecting them from

pain, injuries, and

osteoarthritis—a trio

of issues us ladies

face more than men.

(Researchers say

our fattier tissue

could be the culprit,

but performance

experts blame our

wider hips and

wearing heels too.)

GOBLET SQUAT

8–10 reps

DEFICIT REVERSE

LUNGE

10 reps per side

DUMBBELL STEP-UP

10 reps per side

SINGLE-LEG

PULL-THROUGH

12–15 reps per side

THEY KEEP YOUR

MIND SHARP.

Sound like a leap?

Science shows

otherwise: A study on

female twins found

that the fitter your

legs, the better brain

function you’ll likely

have 10 years later.

Precise reason TBD,

but pretty smart stuff,

if you ask us.

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FITNESS BONUS

3. The Strength Set

When you challenge your lower half with substantial resistance (we’re talking 40, 50, 60 pounds and more), you

break down muscle fibers, which your body rebuilds on your recovery day. The result? Bigger, more defined muscles

for shapely legs and a perky butt. These two moves allow your body to handle those loads safely, since your entire

lower-body musculature activates, putting less strain on your upper half, explains Boyce. “You also train both your

bilateral [two-leg] and unilateral [one-leg] systems at once, which is the best of both worlds for moving well on a

daily basis.” Fit this workout into your routine once a week, using a weight that you can manage for only 10 squats

at a time. (Note: It’s probably heavier than you think—it should be at least 25 percent of your body weight.) Perform

the pair as a superset: Complete all the reps of the first exercise (that would be 20 reps, with 10-second rest breaks

between each mini set), then move immediately to the second. Rest up to two minutes, then repeat five more times.

GOBLET SQUAT

2 reps, 3 reps, 5 reps, 10 reps

(10-second rest between each mini set)

DEFICIT REVERSE LUNGE

10 reps per side

4. The Extra Credit

A quick way to max out your workouts is to tack on a finisher—an exercise that squeezes out any drop of juice you

may have left in the tank—to the end of your sesh. Problem is, when your body is sufficiently taxed, your form tends

to break down, so it’s not the best time for a difficult or high-impact exercise (like, say, a burpee). “The pull-through, by

contrast, is a modified swing movement, which is smooth and easy on your tired joints, a killer glute and core blaster,

and a great cardio burst, as it kicks up your heart rate quickly,” says Nancy Newell, a certified strength and conditioning

coach at Cressey Sports Performance in Hudson, Massachusetts. Because you’re working for speed and intensity

instead of balance and control, you’ll perform this guy with both feet on the ground instead of with one foot raised—

it’s safer and more effective when you have more muscles sharing the load. At the end of any workout, perform as

many reps with perfect form as you can in 30 seconds. Rest up to 60 seconds, then repeat up to five more times.

CAP IT WITH

CARDIO

Add in any of these

aerobic workouts once

or twice a week for

even radder results.

HIKE UP A HILL.

Whether it’s manipulated

on the treadmill or au

naturel on a trail, walking

on an incline increases

activation of pretty much

every muscle in your legs.

Obviously, the steeper

the incline, the harder

your legs have to work—

but research indicates

a 9 percent grade sparks

some serious action

(we’re talking six times

more activation for

your hamstrings, and

three times for your

glutes, than walking

on level ground).

CARRY SOMETHING.

All it takes is walking

with a heavy object

in one hand at your

side—like a kettlebell,

dumbbell, or sandbag—

to stress your bottom half

and sculpt flatter abs (the

muscles there jump in to

prevent your torso from

being dragged down by

the load), says Newell.

Find the heaviest weight

you can carry safely

(with a tall back and no

pain) for 30 yards (that’s

about the length of a

basketball court), then

subtract 20 pounds and

perform three or four

30-yard walks on each

side, resting 60 seconds

in between. Each week,

increase the load by at

least five pounds.

Quick Tweak!

Nix the bench and

place both feet on

the ground.

Quick Tweak!

Grab the band

between your legs

with both hands.

PULL-THROUGH

As many reps as possible

EMBRACE THE SPRINT.

If you want to boost

your muscles for heavy

strength workouts,

you need to refine your

fast-twitch muscle fibers,

which provide explosive

power, says Boyce. Swap

any steady-state cardio

(a run, the stair stepper,

etc.) for intervals: Sprint

all out for 20 seconds,

recover for 60, repeat

seven more times. Q

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FITNESS BONUS

H 2 0, GO!

Strength training has ditched the weight room

for the pool. Dive into the latest hydro-powered

workout and score major body benefits.

By Jen Ator

Gotta give it up to the ancient

Hawaiians. They’re credited

with being the first to develop

strength training in water.

Sure, it was a bit makeshift—

they’d carry large rocks into

the ocean and hold them

underwater as they slogged

along the seabed. And okay, it

was sort of a macho test of

strength, but hey, they were

onto something!

Since then, ocean lifeguards

to elite athletes have used that

move in training to kick their

fitness up a notch. And now,

gym chains across the U.S.

have taken notice, adding

classes that bring HIIT and

weight training—paddles,

dumbbells, and kettlebells; no

rocks!—into the pool.

SO WHY WATER + WEIGHTS?

Stronger, leaner muscles are

built in H 2O. Imagine trying to

do a super-explosive move—

like a tuck jump—underwater.

Not as fast or as powerful as

doing it on dry land, right?

That’s because the harder you

push or pull through water,

the more resistance you

experience. Which makes it an

awesome method for building

muscular strength and power.

The extra resistance doesn’t

just make you work harder,

it helps you work smarter too.

Take the pistol squat, a

notoriously tough single-leg

exercise. “Even if you can’t

do it on the ground, you can

probably do it in a pool,” says

Rob Glick, senior director of

programming and innovation

at Life Time, which now offers

an exclusive aquatic boot

camp class called WTRX

Water Xtreme. “The density of

water naturally slows down

motion, helping to emphasize

proper body position and

SQUAT JUMP: Stand with

feet slightly more than

hip-width apart, then bend

your knees to lower into a

squat, arms out to the sides

at shoulder height, just

under the water’s surface.

In one explosive motion,

extend through the hips

and straighten your legs

while pushing your arms

down to jump as high as

you can out of the water.

maintain control through

difficult movements.”

LIGHTER, FASTER, STRONGER

Less gravity to weigh your body

down also means less of that

pound-after-pound impact on

your joints, says Glick. Plus

there’s water’s natural

compression qualities, which

can boost circulation to help

your muscles bounce back

faster. “You wouldn’t

recommend having someone

do three intense land workouts

in a row because of the risk

for injury,” Glick says. “But the

pool allows athletes to work

out harder at a higher intensity

several days in a row, without

wear and tear on their joints or

excessive muscle soreness.”

Nursing an injury? Switch up

your HIIT workouts to twice a

week in the water, once on land.

Or, better yet, use the pool

for recovery itself. Just grab

a few pool noodles to support

your neck, hips, and ankles.

Close your eyes, stretch your

body as long as possible,

and focus on deep breathing

through your nose. It’s like

savasana—only weightless.

FOUR CLUTCH POOL MOVES

Most cardio water workouts are done neck-deep, but for strength training you should be at chest level.

Complete as many reps as possible in 30 seconds, then rest 15 to 20 seconds. Repeat up to four times.

PUSH-PULL: Stand in

a split stance with your

arms at your sides, palms

facing up. Keeping your

arms straight, raise them

in front of you to just

below the surface of the

water, then turn your

palms over and push the

water down and back

behind you. Do this with

both arms at the same

time, or alternate.

CORE ROTATION: Stand

with your feet wider than

shoulder-width, knees bent

and arms in front of you,

palms together, shoulders

under water. Keeping your

arms straight and core

tight, pull your hands over

to your right shoulder;

then quickly pull your

arms over toward your left

shoulder. Continue quickly

alternating back and forth.

HIGH KNEES: Stand with

arms bent to 90 degrees

at your sides. Raise one

knee to hip height so

your thigh is parallel to

the pool floor as you

swing your opposite arm

forward. Quickly reverse

movement and repeat

on the other side.

Continue alternating as

quickly as possible, like

you’re running in place.

GET IN THE WATER! Score water-circuit videos or find locations for the new WTRX Water Xtreme classes (created in

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