Women's Health Australia May 2018

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

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in this issue

2 min
wonder women

Right now, female empowerment is having a serious moment. And, to be honest, I couldn’t be happier about it. Everywhere you turn, inspiring, game-changing women are making waves, kicking goals, pushing the boundaries and using their voices to make a positive difference. And, in this very special annual issue, you’ll meet 25 trailblazing Aussie “fitfluencers” on a mission to do exactly that: encourage women around the world to become fitter, happier, healthier, stronger and more empowered, every single day. Think hero trainers, sports superstars, fit foodies and the new breed of #bosses setting the business world on fire. Turn to p78 and get ready to be ridiculously inspired by the legends on our 2018 Fitfluential List – everyone from high jumper and health advocate Amy Pejkovic to nutritional medicine practitioner…

5 min
ask women’s health

WHY DO I HAVE TO PEE A THOUSAND TIMES AFTER HAVING ONLY A SMALL DRINK IN THE MORNING? #NOTPREGNANT Good question! At night, your kidneys filter less urine and your bladder relaxes and holds more. Plus, a hormone called vasopressin instructs cells to retain water. So it’s not surprising your bladder may be quite full in the AM. Then, if your first liquid is a cup of coffee, caffeine can also have a diuretic effect. Need to use the loo a lot all the time? See your doc to check for a urinary tract infection (peeing would be painful) or overactive bladder. Less commonly, needing to go OTT could be a sign of a medical condition such as diabetes (often accompanied by thirst) or uterine fibroids, which are benign growths (you…

1 min
on our radar

DAILY EARTHING Shoes off, tranquillity on. Earthing involves taking 10 minutes (or more) out of your day to connect to nature via your bare feet. It’s completely rejuvenating and we’re so into that. URBAN FARMS Communities nationwide are turning neglected spaces, such as rooftops and empty plots, into tiny farms that grow organic produce. The result? Fresh fruit, veg and herbs for the neighbourhood. PLOGGING This new Swedish trend is basically jogging but you incorporate squats as you go to pick up rubbish. Carrying it all to a bin also adds in weight training – so you can keep yourself and the environment healthy. Win-win. EXTREME PICNICS This ain’t your average cheese platter in the park. Take your picnic off the beaten track by working in a hike, rock climb or kayak to a secluded spot. It’ll…

1 min
tight grip, tight bod

The secret to better results is already in your hands! “Your grip is one of your body’s three main power sources, behind your glutes and core,” says trainer Karen Smith. “When you can grasp a weight more securely, you transfer more energy to your muscles so they can handle more time under tension, carry heavier loads and even produce more reps.” All that will speed up changes in your body and also make carrying pretty much anything easier. To improve your grip, squeeze dumbbells as you hold them, and practise hanging from a pull-up bar for as long as poss. Well handled. Reward points Need a motivational arse-kick to work out? Research shows a set cue and a personal reward (read: a feelgood reason to sweat) is the clutch to get you…

1 min
sniff it out

Odour: BOOZE Reason: Extreme low-carbing. When ketones (the byproduct of a body burning fat instead of carbs) become too elevated in the blood, they can release an alcohol-like smell. Odour: BLEACH Reason: High-protein diets can produce a bleach or ammonia scent, a sign that muscle might be being used instead of fat for fuel, which can slow the metabolism, making it harder to keep weight off. Tricky! Odour: GARLIC Reason: Picky eaters or those trying to restrict kilojoule intake may over-spice the things they regularly eat, which can cause a garlicky aroma. BOTTOM LINE If you’re catching weird whiffs, see your GP and a dietitian, who’ll help get your body running efficiently again. #1 THERE WAS A TIE FOR THE TOP SPOT ON 2018’S ‘BEST DIETS’ LIST. EXPERTS GAVE THE GONG TO THE MEDITERRANEAN AND DASH (DIETARY APPROACHES…

1 min
close shave

Don’t pinch your BF’s razor The new breed of women’s razors are designed with female curves in mind. “You really are opening yourself up to greater irritation and nips if you use a razor that’s not designed for you,” says Boulding. Add H2O Dry shavers, listen up: “Water and shaving foam are critical for a comfortable shave, as it helps the razor glide over your skin,” says Adam Boulding, Gillette Venus R&D expert. No time? A razor with a built-in moisture bar will allow you to skip the foam. Replace your blade A less-than-sharp razor can result in missed hairs and nicks. “Change your razor at the first sign of dullness to avoid compromising the quality of your shave,” suggests Boulding. 35 THE PERCENTAGE BY WHICH IN-SALON GEL POLISH MANICURE APPOINTMENTS HAVE RISEN SINCE 2013. WORRIED…