Women's Health Australia October 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
calm mind, fit body

Exercise. It’s something that makes us physically fitter. It lowers blood pressure, protects our ticker and boosts sleep quality, among a laundry list of countless other major wellbeing benefits. But for me, it’s the mental health payoff of a good sweat session that wins hands down. The proof? A recent international study (of more than 266,000 people over seven years) led by the University of NSW and the Black Dog Institute confirmed that exercise can help slash stress and reduce the risk of depression, regardless of age or geographical location. And that’s only just the start of the health gains this powerful prescription can help unlock. Back in the day, I used to exercise because, like, so many other women, I thought I “should”. But, to be honest, it wasn’t…

3 min
the big question

I’ve got a leg injury so my usual cardio is out. What else can I do? Good question! There aren’t many things more frustrating than all the pain and none of the gain. Still want to keep your fitness levels up? “Depending on the severity and anatomical region of the issue, swimming is a good non-weight-bearing workout for your whole body,” says Dr Ralph Rogers, consultant in sports and orthopaedic medicine. “And cycling improves leg strength while being less stressful on joints than running and walking.” Plus, there’s nothing to stop you working on your upper-body strength. Moves focused on the core should be doable, too, though if that’s yoga or pilates, make sure you tell the instructor about your injury. As for your healthy leg, that’ll get plenty of exercise…

1 min
ok, level with me. what’s really the healthiest cooking oil?

OLIVE OIL This health hero can help lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduce inflammation. Extra virgin olive oil is higher in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories than the regular version – win! GRAPESEED OIL It’s high in vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, antioxidants that can protect against free-radical damage. COCONUT OIL One tablespoon has about 14 grams of fat, 13 of which are saturated. But some of that “bad” fat is a type called lauric acid, which can help boost immunity and kill bad bacteria. Not so bad after all – just don’t make it a daily thing. AVOCADO OIL High in vitamin E and a boon for your oral health: the oil has even been shown to help prevent periodontal disease.…

1 min
on our radar

BARRY’S BOOTCAMP This high-intensity LA workout’s fans include Jessica Alba and cover star Tessa James. Barry’s Bootcamp’s nightclub-style gyms are coming to Sydney in September, then Melbourne in 2019. NEW BLENDS Forgot to make your overnight oats? No worries. Try the new Up&Go Blends, which combine fruit, nuts, oats and milk for a low-GI, high-fibre and no-sugar brekkie option. Our fave? Mango and coconut – summer in one delicious sip. SWEAT AND SAVE ING has partnered with IFTTT (If This Then That), a service that links your fitness tracker to your banking app. It puts coin into your savings account every time you reach your daily step target or lift your goal weight. Win-win. POST-GYM SAVIOUR It’s only been in Aussie stores for a month, but R+Co’s Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist has been making mega waves (street…

1 min
fitness discuss!

SQUAD GOALS FOR LESS STRESS If your perfect Saturday morning involves getting the crew together for a workout and brunch, you know how to live and we salute you. But, if your motivation is purely physical gains, you’re not giving yourself enough credit: there are mental benefits to a social session, too. In a 12-week study of medical students at the University of New England, researchers found that exercising in group classes for 30 minutes a week lowered stress levels by 26 per cent. Nice! NO BUDDIES AROUND? Connect with new ones via the Physeek app, which matches exercisers based on activity interests and fitness level. Dream team. Free on iPhone and Android.…

1 min
le t’s talk about... reiki

So, what exactly is it? Think of this ancient Japanese practice as guided relaxation. It’s supposed to help you let go of physical and mental tension. You lie fully clothed while a practitioner lightly places their hands on your body, usually around the head. People often report feeling chilled and less stressed post-reiki, but the scientific jury’s still out on the benefits: a 2015 Cochrane review found insufficient evidence to say whether or not reiki can help to ease depression and anxiety symptoms. A friend said it helped her “unblock” bad energies. True? It might have worked for your mate – reiki is a form of energy therapy – but the most important thing is finding the best person to treat you. “Reiki Master is the highest form of training, but I’d recommend…