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” peak muscle fitness at any age with potential causes include age-related minimum effort. we lose muscle tone and caused by being physically inactive strength – that’s the bad news. fractures but past 50 you lose this reserve. muscle that will help you look and “However. the – muscles shrink and fat invades them.” “But even small lifestyle changes explains Gp dr tom margham. Age-related muscle changes in hormones. or bulk. Patsy Westcott talks to the experts I t’s a well-known fact that as we with ageing. high-intensity activities such as lifting › Muscle strength Muscle shrinkage heavy objects or running for a bus.5 per cent a year. What is sarcopenia? Surprisingly experts still can’t agree an exact definition but it involves both loss of muscle mass. 18 woman&home feel good you .  inflammation caused by oxidative “We all lose strength and muscle stress (a process similar to rusting). lecturer age of 40 mainly due to loss of the in exercise and metabolic health at fast-twitch muscle fibres needed for the University of Glasgow.” says Dr stuart Gray. such as tiredness.” dr margham adds. being more loss – aka sarcopenia – is reversible inactive. and a host of disabilities goes up. › Muscle mass Muscles shrink by and muscle loss can start to affect ½-1 per cent a year from around the function. good news is. we can get back to which in turn can lead to problems. cells as part of the ageing process. is paralleled by a downturn in muscle “During your 40s you still have 10 to 15 strength of around 1. are get older. our research has shown that feel better now and for decades many of the symptoms we associate to come. and strength. lower protein intake and with exercise and diet tweaks. Stay ng e trolonger! sfor r Our muscles lose strength and mass as we age but researchers have found it is never too late to rejuvenate muscle tone. per cent more muscle than you need as a result. the risk of falls. primary can help maintain and even build care lead at Arthritis Research uK.

the stronger your bones. which can lead to a vicious downward says dr Stuart gray. As a result. turkey. Pilates and even activities such as in muscle with excess fat. and sardines.” says enough. a tuna sandwich 9 per cent a decade. another sarcopenia too much. As long as you’re not actually overweight. “In fact the more you build protein foods are the vital building blocks amino acids to stimulate the production up your muscles . Indeed. as well as helping improve balance. one study found that just three months of exercise training Build up your D levels by getting 15 to three times a week increased 20 minutes of sun exposure every day leg strength by 27 per cent. sarcopenia in women although not men. gerontology at Nottingham university power up with protein – but not “It seems leucine is not just a building block Hospitals NHS Trust. such as salmon.” egg whites.   like fish consider a supplement. the between May and September. walking. Amino acids contained in but also signals when there are enough researcher. go at the university of Nottingham. yoga. end up what US doctor Mark Hyman calls “skinny fat” – slim but lacking tai chi. which come in packs of four the body use insulin and boosts blood flow with just 10-15 per cent increase in those 120g pots. a great source of the amino acid. In a pilot led by dr gray. take the stairs when you can. And you can easily top up with a spiral. Check   get up. selected supermarkets. Build up gradually not the time of life to diet. muscles rest as fat or flushes it out of your system. but can also restore muscle strength and power Research shows that low levels of to your peak potential – no matter vitamin D are linked to a greater risk of what your age or level of fitness. twice a week. Cherry. Professor of Musculoskeletal   that studies show can help build muscle. photograph jumpfoto.4g dHA a day. Tahir Masud. mackerel. seeds. Two or three 15-20 minute sessions of free or fixed weights or stretchy eAT rIgHT resistance bands a week – either at home Don’t get too skinny. both essential for healthy who did exercise alone. nuts. tuna.” says Professor Rennie.  form new bone. woman&home feel good you 19 . made from organic all-over muscle strength.” If you lead a sedentary former professor of clinical physiology lifestyle. What’s not to like? GP for a blood test and consider a supplement – 10 micrograms weight your workout “Resistance a day should be (strength) training is what you need to build muscle and slow muscle loss. or Strawberry & Rhubarb. Worried equivalent of turning the clock you’re not getting enough? Ask your back 15 years. fruit and wholegrains will help you stay a healthy weight and can be affected by sarcopenia. “As we get older. running. Blueberry & Raspberry. fish and eggs). pulses. stand up “The more you sit the the pack and choose one that provides pick up an avocado Why? They’re worse for both muscles and bones. Slimming causes muscle loss and you could to heavier weights or stronger bands. women who did two resistance exercise healthy snack like yeo Valley Bio live thick long-term aerobic exercise can boost sessions and took fish oils had a 20-25 per and creamy yogurts. omega-3s appear to help older for lunch and a small chicken breast or activities like walking uphill can tire you muscles behave more like younger ones. once it’s fouR-WeeK SPRINg WoRKouT PlAN an email. strenuous to grow. your TuRN To PAge 80 foR ouR and chat to a colleague instead of sending body can’t store protein so. now is or in a class – is enough.” says dr around 1. which is what stimulates them boiled egg for breakfast. Without it. and build several ten-minute walks into your day.7g ePA and 0. especially around the midriff – a body type climbing stairs that use your body weight that increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.” a portion of pulses for supper. So find an activity you like – brisk oily fish. There are five delicious options to the muscles. herring Selection. get up and make a cup of tea. cottage cheese are other good sources. your exercise is the main name of the game. essential. dr Margham. dancing – and stick at it. “But – despite what you of muscle cells. your body’s ability are less good at repairing themselves after A 60kg woman needs just 48g a day – a to process oxygen declines by around exercise. But according to a Canadian study. which vegetables. leucine. trick. found in oily fish can double the benefits of body takes what it needs and stores the cardiovascular or aerobic exercise is also strength training. Cardio also helps cent increase in muscle strength compared British milk. helping to stimulate the cells that observes Professor Michael Rennie. provide the fuel your muscles need for that all-essential physical activity.   remember cardio While resistance eat (oily) fish omega-3 fatty acids been broken down into amino acids. muscle building wellbeing IT’S never Too lATe To Soak up reAcH peAk fITneSS some sun regular exercise not only slows the rate of muscle loss. A healthy low-glycaemic diet also enhance muscle growth and strength containing lean protein (chicken. That’s because the muscles ‘load’ the might think – you don’t need that much. fruit muscle.” If you don’t £2 per pack. chicken and bones. His advice? “eat – Strawberry. will do the out.de of muscle.

clean energy and from the chlorophyll in yoga-loving friends. targets fine lines and revamps the moisture ✢ Scrub it with the gunge that’s left in barrier – try Sukin Super greens Nourishing your juicer! “It’s packed with vitamin C and Chia Seed oil+. pin.99 for 25ml. or linseeds and 200-250ml › Try oils from seeds with FGY tiP unsweetened almond milk.com late to get loose? co. they’re all so flexible and is delicious – check out the the greens. nourish the blood and cleanse the body. and it’s still a good idea. you trying terranova tart done regularly is how you can still get into the vibe cherry. 2 cups spinach. rough enough to make a gentle exfoliator. a healthy dose treat at breakfast or any time! it of omegas via the seeds help Me Feel More contains rolled outs.uk Q nooks and crannies. notice the boost. a spring tonic. (that is. 1tsp chia seeds to it and can absorb more. you’re not 25.com 20 woman&home fee l good you . but i’m still feeling totally whacked out! › Include fresh ginger – said to be good In the old days. Shabir Daya suggests “For me. £13. hydrating and healing action.” com – and also moringa seed oil. lifeless and more balanced and healthier lives. tea… Add 2tsp nettle leaves and 2tsp or as complicated as you ✢ hate claSSeS? pS need a flexible friend? cleavers to a pot and pour over 300ml want to make them. #any age yoga. Infuse for 10-15 minutes. Herbs from Don’t latch onto the trendy our venue of choice. thesuperfoodist. Try fushi › Work over your face.” ✢ which yoga? classes. i’m stiffening up – bending is a real trial! is it too recipe at yeovalley. nettle and cleavers beauty of yoga is that basis of yoga – would be is aimed at anyone who postures can be simple my starting point. victoriahealth. yeo Valley’s no added energising nutrients. “Cleavers helps thin or super-bendy!).” with new interactive online for one or two months. how can i get My › Add two drops of essential oil. simple postures hot or cold through the day.com is good for stiffness. “they’re great for classes for every level and for 50g. fushi. its latest drink helps cleanse and detox is still on the cards.” says if you’re yoga-class phobic our favourite pharmacist boiling water. nettle & turmeric reduce fluid retention in the skin and nettles see improvement.” wants to get more flexible. joint says homeopath Susan Curtis. a sluggish system. hatha – the class. drink for breakfast for a few days and › Work a few drops from hairline to bosom. drink photograph urbanlip productions yoga teacher hilda Silver. Try… ✢ Oil it Simply the best way to soften ✢ A green SmOOthie by superfoodist Rick and plump winter-weary skin. “the to lose weight. then rinse to leave skin looking and feeling smooth and bright. which perfectly with a pot of bio live from the nuts and Q yogurt for a crunchy and creamy avocado. “Mandarin grooVe bacK? i know would complement the fruity theme and is winter hasn’t been exactly super tough good for brightening the skin.uk ✢ A green teA This herby of course not! and yoga those who do sport or want every size. few days as the skin gets used 5-6 cashews.” says glenda. you’d be put straight onto for skin radiance and anti-ageing benefits. Her mission: to explore new ways for us to lead i feel after winter – dull. let’s reclaim our vital spark! Lynn Cardy is wellbeing editor for Feel Good You Q what SKin? will reV Up My i’m almost too scared to look in the mirror: my skin matches how and woman&home. morning energy blast… Increase the amount over the next Blitz ½ avocado.wellbeing questions & answers the thing with spring… …is that we quickly realise how sadly lacking in Meet the wellbeing eXpert zest we are. yoogaia.50 for 50ml. Hay. £20 or tricky. what can i do? get scrubbing and oiling with some skin-improving superfoods. with pain and inflammation. especially in the Moringa oil. Hey.com go online � Need pepping up? Find handy diet and health tips for spring at womanandhome. We “It’s packed with protein refined Sugar granola goes like… chia seed oil. £15. completely out of sorts.co. raw nuts and seeds as well as dried prunes and a kick of energy FleXible i’m feeling very jealous of my for good.com £2 for 50g at nealsyardremedies. naturisimo.” says Rick. for its raves aromatherapist glenda Taylor.

we asked the experts to put together a Hypochondriac’s Health Guide for some common problems f or some reason. Boots). however.uk the gut react to its own natural movements.” mention physical discomfort. “Post-infective IBS is often Getting to the bottom of IBS will require – and food poisoning isn’t hard to overlooked and can go untreated for a long an accurate diagnosis and the help of a miss. A cough is not just a cough – you’re pretty sure it’s a sign of pneumonia – and most of the time you find yourself diagnosing your “serious” illnesses with the help of Dr Google. Due to our 24/7 stressful lifestyles. Such super-sensitivity makes 25 Billion (£13. nutritionist Cassandra Barns. passes. benefit from taking a good It would be difficult to confuse this oversensitive long after the initial infection probiotic supplement such as Pro-Ven Adult with IBS. bloating by passing wind or going to the toilet. when it comes to your health. This occurs when the inflammation naturopath to guide you through the good cramps and diarrhoea can be severe and infection responsible for the food and bad foods for your bowels. In some and fluctuating bowel motions. which is a form of health anxiety.or just anxious? To help you to differentiate severe conditions from normal ailments. Is it an upset stomach or is it Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Any change in your digestion or gut  IBS tends to be a more chronic problem causing cramping that is often only eased function can cause anxiety. from loose adds Shona. it’s easy to identify the cause to constipated.” advises Head Nutritionist at nutricentre. not to and can be characterised by wind.95 for 30. >>   woman&home feel good you 21 . “The fever.co. abdominal time. vomiting.” explains Shona Wilkinson. health dilemmas wellbeing Am I ill ... cases. makes you constantly worry about symptoms that you don’t really have. poisoning leaves the delicate bowel lining forms. anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions in Britain. Hypochondria. something is always not quite right. “Both but tend to clear after 24-48 hours.

They tend to be intolerances.co. expand and push on the pain-sensitive covering of the brain. complain that they have a migraine complex mixture of chemical and circulatory try the following tips: when they are actually suffering from irregularities that ultimately cause head › Balance your blood sugar by eating three a bad headache. food – 1½-2 litres a day is recommended – and and can be severe. armpit and and hip complaints. It’s thought up and restrict the neck two-phase attack.” adds Shona. the big red.” explains Shona. control. skincare expert at What Skin Needs. it tends to out regions of the hip rub and four essential collagen inflamed skin. ease up once the person together. “In the case of eczema. beans and pulses. chocolate. on the other hand. Common foods that may the bad headache is a mere trifle of contributing factors. be felt over the back eyes (this is related Vitamin B2. organic neurological disease. is crucial. enables you to move Celadrin are safe and pattern of distribution. often to a reduction in in preventing or reducing the occurrence of ending up behind circulation). nutrient deficiencies. emollient creams photographs jumpfoto. The two rashes tend to stick to this explains Shona. Psoriasis typically has a raised.” explains Shona. Muscles in the neck  what is the difference? green leafy vegetables. may be effective of the head.” says Shona. Try Quest Mega B Complex plus one eye or over the followed by a pounding 1. stress. temple. generated by a mixture of physical dental problems and even genetic › eat more magnesium-rich foods such and emotional stress and predisposition. you can often distinguish what “‘Lower back pain is a real  WHaT TO dO WHen the leg inwards. which is migraines.29 for 30. causes pains to flashing lights in the contribute to normal nervous system function. “With hip arthritis. which contains a blend up a bit. a sluggish digestion. with itchiness and discomfort. Joint Support (£41. the much these days and this “Staying active is crucial to the hip and is the cause of rash tends not to follow a regular shape or does our lower backs no help mobilise the spine and groin pain. if it’s a walking tends to aggravate revital. 22 woman&home feel good you . Try nature’s plus ageloss the skin moist and nourished from the outside set in for the sufferer. blood sugar imbalances. a founder two-three months before of omega-3 fatty acids. an X-ray will distribution.uk). causing pain and types that help rebuild and so try a natural cream or balm such as starts to get moving.uk). arthritis is the ability to turn nutritionist at nature’s plus. often occur around menstruation in women).wellbeing health dilemmas Is it a headache headaches are reported as being like circulation changes again and blood vessels or a migraine? having a sweatband tightened around the head. can imagine the back oiling movements to be lost in hip joints. hyaluronic acid recommended by gPs can irritate already lower back pain. in initial symptoms include abnormal nerve activity. disc-like appearance and occurs on the outer the discs thin and the joints is an effective way to consider the hip as the main surfaces of the limbs. favours at all. Over time. You a limp. and shoulders tighten “Migraines follow a › Take a B vitamin supplement. applying a good natural moisturiser. when walking. which can help when However. pilates confirm it but. keep muscles toned. irritant rashes that can appear at any question is: is it a back or a hip problem? point in life. and both can be stress related. We all sit for far too THaT HappenS? termed internal rotation of places it appears. “Keeping the knee. such as the back of the knee.000mg vitamin C (£9. including fruit juices. These may include trigger a migraine include cured meats. revital.co. groin. citrus fruits and strong cheeses. avoid sugary drinks. This is the skin condition is by just looking at the plague. and B vitamins turn. a symptom. an overburdened › Make sure you’re drinking enough water  “tension headaches are common liver. Both eczema and psoriasis cause hip area and across into the groin is a common complaint.uk).99 for 75ml. as a rule.” adds Cassandra. is a  to help reduce your migraines. it’s not uncommon to hear people  a migraine. One of the first rejuvenate cartilage and What Skin Needs Skin Balm (£13. but a migraine is a true hormone imbalances or changes (they alcohol (especially red wine).” says Shona.co. and by front of the thigh towards of Body Control pilates and improvements may be felt. as pumpkin seeds.” says Michela Vagnini. However. glucosamine. of natural ingredients.de mechanical or degenerative the situation as the worn.” says Sonja dymalovski. The that the cause of the pain in migraines is movement.75 for 90. “Migraines can have various good meals a day.” keeps you supple and “Glucosamine and elbow.” says pilates guru but need to be taken for Both can be helped by boosting your intake and sometimes along the Lynne Robinson. and tension. when the pain mindfully with ease and with effective in both situations trying to decide what it is. Some tension headache as the taking one tablet a day with breakfast. This. as it can bring instant relief from “Typically. Is it eczema or psoriasis? Is it back pain or hip arthritis? Skin conditions can be notoriously difficult pain that originates across the lower back and is felt to run into the to identify. such as flax oil. as they often contain chemicals. starts to run into the groin. confusion can the Back4Good programme. that’s not to say that pain. eczema tends to be found in creases causing typical stiff back improves your core stability. around the trunk and in in the spine wear a bit. in particular. whatskinneeds. manage back pain as it cause of pain if it’s worse the scalp.

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Boost your mind power and
prevent memory loss. Patsy
westcott shows us how…

beat brain fog
 ease uP a LiTTLe People with a
positive, outgoing, relaxed personality are
50 per cent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s
than pessimists. It’s hard to beat the habits
of a lifetime but making a conscious effort to
take minor setbacks in your stride and think
positively will make a difference.

 BaLancing acT our ability to balance
is a measure of the health of our vestibular
system, which controls movement and our
orientation in space as well as balance. Can
you stand on one leg, eyes open, for 30
seconds? eyes shut is harder so move on to
that and practise each day. Standing up and
sitting down without using your hands is also
good for balance, as is tai chi and yoga. See
our balance feature on page 84.

 grow a Bigger Brain We now
know you can grow new brain cells
and pump up the size and function of old
ones in the areas governing memory and
learning. Activity is the key and it has to be
aerobic so walking is excellent. learning,

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if it’s demanding, is also good. Taxi More brain boosters  
drivers who to take The Knowledge  Meditating may increase brain cell numbers, stimulate the growth of larger brain
actually develop a larger hippocampus.  cells or even rewire brain circuitry.
 Eating berries that have a high antioxidant content blocks brain-cell-destroying

 Take care of your TeeTh
Infection that causes gum disease
is thought to give off inflammatory
oxidative inflammation.
 Drinking coffee gives a caffeine boost and also a generous helping of antioxidants.
 Walking in a park or countryside has similar effects to meditating and helps memory.
by-products that travel to areas of the  Avoiding omega-6 fat, a vicious source of inflammation and brain cell death, 
brain involved in memory loss. Brush, floss means cutting processed and fast foods.
and be sure to see the dentist regularly.  Eating nuts, especially walnuts or almonds, is good for your heart and also your brain
but only have a few as they are fattening. See our feature on nuts on page 69.

 Love Language Being good at  Enjoying work and feeling excited about projects makes your brain stronger.
writing essays in your schooldays  Wearing a seatbelt or a sports helmet reduces risk of head injury, which over time
or having a talent for foreign languages can hasten the onset of dementia.
may counter Alzheimer’s symptoms in
later life. Writing courses, book clubs and
learning a language will all stimulate your
brain. Visit bbc.co.uk/languages for free
Check blood pressure 4 brain-protective
online language courses. High blood pressure can triple the risk diets worth trying
of developing all forms of dementia. 

 caLL a friend A wide social
circle makes your brain more
efficient and helps to build what experts
Your blood delivers essential oxygen,  Mediterranean No surprise that a
glucose and nutrients to your brain, so
Mediterranean diet, aka a Medi –
keeping our arteries flowing is essential
plenty of fresh veg, fruit, fish, olive oil,
call cognitive reserve (spare capacity). to your brain. Have your blood pressure
lean poultry, pulses, nuts and seeds
Try a new activity or join a course to meet checked regularly. If the bottom number
– is super-healthy for the brain. Many
new people, and don’t forget to keep in is 90 or over and the top is 145 or above,
studies have found links between a
touch with wider extended family who talk to your doctor about the best ways
Medi and a lower risk of dementia.
can get relegated to Christmas meet-ups. to get it down. These include stoppingBut few have examined its direct
smoking, reducing salt intake in the effects on brain function. one that

 googLe iT Surfing the internet
stimulates the brain as we make
multiple decisions, which in turn engages
form of added salt and processed food

cut your blood pressure by 10-15 per
did found that a Medi Plus – with
(reducing it to less than 6g a day could
either extra olive oil or extra nuts –
had distinct brain benefits compared
the circuits associated with attention, cent), exercising regularly and tryingwith a low-fat diet over six years.
memory and reasoning. So don’t feel to minimise stress factors in your  Japanese A study of 1,000 Japanese
guilty about going online but be aware life. If this hasn’t worked after a people over 15 years found those
meeting people, socialising, walking month, your doctor may who ate the most soya – think tofu,
and doing puzzles still matters more for prescribe blood pressure- miso, edamame beans, soya milk,
our wellbeing. lowering medication.  ReAD THiS!
soy sauce, vegetables, seaweed,
Patsy westcott is the milk and dairy, and not much rice
co-author of Healthy Eating – had a lower risk of dementia.
geT waLking to Reduce the Risk of Dementia
(kyle Books). it includes
 The DASH – dietary
Approach to Stop
Among countless studies showing moderate
advice and recipes based Hypertension – diet. originally
exercise can decrease your risk of age-related
on scientific evidence on designed to lower blood
memory loss and all forms of dementia by up how to protect your pressure, dASH has recently
to 45 per cent, one in particular from Japan brain. been linked to slower cognitive
found that walking or running two miles daily decline in a uS study. Key ingredients?
could lower risk by almost half. The body secretes Veg, fruits, wholegrains, fish, poultry,
protective chemicals during physical activity, including beans, seeds, nuts and low-fat dairy
a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), products, plus strictly limited salt,
thought to spark the growth of neurons. Staying active should sweets, soft drinks and red meat.
be fun, whether you’re in a city or enjoying the great outdoors.  The MinD diet Short for
You don’t have to trudge along a treadmill to feel great – the Mediterranean-dASH Intervention
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both diets. It’s still at the research
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chickpeas and that B vitamins and omega-3s work together. cheese. fruit and veg a day. in Alzheimer’s from the brain. cocoa and dark chocolate yet known exactly why. “plaques” characteristic including vitamin d. may help quell homocysteine levels and memory loss and milk. 26 woman&home feel good you . and B12 in meat. which can reduce tea’s antioxidant the brain inflammation involved in dementia. such plant chemical high blood sugar. shellfish. iodine and an amino acid called taurine. and B12. such as B6. being sure to make at least It’s thought the to memory decline such as one of these meals oily fish. fish and seafood the build-up of protein sugar spikes. one Australian activity by as much as 25 per cent.” Try to limit… eat lots of veg and fruit  Alcohol to two or three units Why? As well as being a source of vitamins C and E. brain-friendly properties. Include red wine And low blood levels of vitamin d are and grapes (resveratrol). find B6 in meat. Many studies. evidence is emerging between high times more antioxidants. alpha-tocopherol. but vitamin d (flavanols). drink two glasses veg. contain other potential brain protectants. oranges. mackerel. milk and eggs. peas.  Tea leaves are packed with compounds able to penetrate the contain just one. some of which. folates was associated with faster memory recall. breakfast cereals fortified with folic acid.50 for 60 capsules. Just don’t add walnuts and sesame seeds. Best High Potency Turmeric. Try Nature’s zinc. of Alzheimer’s. cream. cakes.co. yeast extract. preferably with meals. The reason? They’re one of of which are highlighted for their potential the few foods containing vitamin d. salmon and sardines. photographs getty images. which a day. are being increasingly highlighted for their potential  sATurATed fATs from red meat.wellbeing memory FgY tip BRAIN-PoWeR youR dIeT sprinkle on the  dish up some fish Put fish and seafood on the menu once to four  Cook up a Curry vinegar! its acidity sinks risk factors that may lead times a week. such as  more mushrooms vitamins C and e. folates in homocysteine levels low. lettuce. asparagus. found in rapeseed in blood and created in response to eating benefits but green tea has up to four oil. fish. study found that eating folate-rich foods  Apple juice boosts a brain messenger  B for Brain There’s evidence that B vitamins. wholegrains and veg. citrus fruits (hesperidin). so while berries and pomegranate (for these foods contain other important a range of polyphenols). wheatgerm. selenium. Helen Bond. fast foods and ready meals. But exposing skin for 15 minutes a day to summer and drink…  need to know Vitamin e is eight different nutrients. It’s not (isoflavones). Brussels sprouts and broccoli. state-registered dietitian.uk  eat veg and fruit – lots Why? for antioxidants. insulin as herring. some that is. early Alzheimer’s. The latest research suggests brown rice. fruit and veg are also rich  TrAns fATs in pastries. is more brain-protective. naturesbest. a long-chain omega-3 fat turmeric helps slow by reducing blood abundant in brain tissue. curcumin found in resistance and diabetes are rich in dHA. nutrients it’s best not to overdo them. Apples also contain the plant chemical and delay dementia. offal. Most supplements sun is the best way to up your d quota. gamma-tocopherol. chemical called acetylcholine. kale. in plant nutrients. a higher risk of Alzheimer’s. protein. cell damage. pulses and green leafy veg like spinach. soya products linked to poorer brain function. It is found in green called Aricept (donepezil) used to treat liver. lacking in people with Alzheimer’s disease. polyphenol family. Include suggest a low-saturated fat diet citrus fruits (for the hesperidin). which may mimic a drug poultry. could help stop brain shrinkage advises: “Along with vitamins B12 and B6. folate is the third nutrient crucial to keeping quercetin. Plus plant nutrients. fish. Brazils. £14. members of the pies. butter. cashews. pecans. brain-friendly properties. istock by getty images help protect against cell damage. Aim for at least five raw or lightly cooked  sugAry foods such as sweets and soft drinks. oily fish. Black or green tea both have health. as well as of apple juice a day or eat two apples. which help protect against Sun-dried shiitake mushrooms. but research suggests others could be important for brain  understand homoCysteine Homocysteine is an amino acid found blood-brain barrier and block neuronal damage. berries may sweep away a protein involved and pomegranate (a range of polyphenols). B vitamins.

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visit colleagues instead right leg out to the side at hip height. sharp quick fix (20 minutes). ➤ keep a spare pair of trainers at We’ve devised a doable routine that gets results fast. for 1 minute ➤ Stroll to cool down. walking workout 3 The short. a total of 4 times. 15 minutes of hill walking. rest your right foot on relaxing and rewarding. on the cardiovascular ma chines 25 minutes. trips to brisk pace for 5 minutes. evenings and weekends. and choose the stairs walking workout 1 Lower both feet back onto the ground instead of the lift on your way in. work so if you feel the urge to walk all or part of your commute home you’re all prepared. especially when you’re pushed for time. slow fat-burner (40 minutes). and back again. bend elbows and ➤ Burn many calories 2 minutes on 2% gradient lower chest to bench until elbows reach ➤ Boost metabolic rate 2 minutes on 1% gradient a 90° angle before straightening to start and make sure you als o include: 4 minutes 8% gradient position. cross trainer . SPRINg ShAPE-UP FitneSS RAMP UP YOUR STEPS tips and tricks to boost your Walking is one of the best ways to improve fitness and step count burn calories. Repeat for a total of at the gym Include inte rval sessions option 2: treadmill hill workout 15 reps before changing sides. ✢ 5 minutes. Gone Walking hinge forward from the waist. ➤ Walk at a moderate pace for 2 minutes ➤ Maintain good aerob ic fitness Select a route with a park bench. bus a stop early seem worthwhile. ➤ Befriend the step tracker. member when you have more ✢ option 1: outside waist-whittling lunge Standing on time to spare can be both Find a route that includes at least your left leg. estimate calorie burn Moderate pace » 5-6 out of 10 effort before lowering to start position. The long. Start your the edge of the bench. longer.5km/h: (treadmill. 3 minutes on 8% gradient stride backwards on each leg. Taking walking workout 2 Return to start and repeat. bike) of 20-25 ✢ park bench push-up Position hands minutes. ➤ Set phone and computer alarms Start at a slow to moderate pace for to get you moving on the hour. Bend your left knee as you sweep your right arm past your left leg cardio corner and moderate to brisk pace on the flat. Ensuring Short. Then aim for moderate pace uphill either side. Then speed up to a moderate Bench balance Sit on the edge of the Coffee runs. time out with a friend or family The hilly one (25 minutes). FaSt pace. Warm up ➤ Brisk pace for 2 minutes ➤ Fast pace for while preventing burnou t with a 10-minute brisk-paced walk. Slower paced. holding onto the top of the bench. Extend right leg into are the days of bulky pedometers – intensity guide the air so thigh is parallel to the ground apps such as Moves and Human will Slow pace » 3-4 out of 10 effort and kick your heel a few inches upwards clock steps. Do 12-15 reps. steady cardio sessions cool down at between 5-7 out of 10 intensity of walking workout 4 effort for around 40-45 minutes. feet off the floor. Repeat bench with hands resting on sides of to the post box all add up. legs. Do and basically make getting off the BriSk pace » 6-7 out of 10 effort 30 reps then switch legs. Do 15 on each side. of emailing. 3 minutes on 5% gradient of the front of the bench and take a long Or try a circuits or spinni ng class. Hinge forward 25-minute route with a 5-minute walk from the waist and extend arms out to at a moderate pace on a flat part of the route. easier intervals. Hinge back from the ➤ take post-meal walks at waist and extend legs out in front of you. slower-paced sessions will: The park bench workout (20-25 minutes). sharp sessions will: 4 minutes on 5% gradient your body maintains a straight line from ➤ Increase fitness 3 minutes on 9% gradient shoulders to ankles. woman&home FEE L GOOD yOU 81 . and repeat. combining fas t speeds/high 4 minutes on 2% gradient shoulder-width apart on the edge resistance with slower. Then 4 minutes ➤ Slow pace for 1 minute ➤ Fast ➤ Minimise injury risk complete this top-to-toe workout: pace for 4 minutes ➤ Moderate pace for ➤ Burn calories >> 2 minutes ➤ Fast pace for 2 minutes ➤ ✢ Bum blitzer Position yourself a couple Moderate pace for 2 minutes ➤ Fast pace of feet behind the back of the bench. power walk ➤ Make the most of office » 8-9 out of 10 effort ✢ Sideways step-up Step up onto the opportunities. Do 20 reps. photocopying. Use the toilet on bench with left leg as you extend another floor. all speeds should be 5.

toes turned out in front of hips. Contract abdominals and avoid propped up on your elbow with right foot place them just over shoulder-width apart. pull right knee toward your chest. Do 3 planks. bend right leg to hip height. right arm resting Bend elbows and lower chest towards rest for 5 seconds and gradually increase against your side. bum. pressing hips toward the ceiling until your 82 woman&home FEEL gOOD YOU . extend ➤ Body weight squat Stand with feet back up. Repeat before ➤ the plank Lie face down on the floor. stacked on top of left. the floor. As you push up this time. on your left side. Engage abdominals knees and squat down to the floor. Once hips after a few inches. Push hips back. to a minute. Hold for 15 seconds. left arm to shoulder height and straighten shoulder-width apart. fleet flat. your back with legs bent. Do 2 sets of 15-20. Straighten legs and push up onto the balls of your feet before lowering into a squat. Ensure hips stay lifted returning to start position. arching your back. ➤ Core-sit Sit on the floor with legs Lift hips so that you’re of effort – so have ➤ Core-sit 2 As week 1 bent in front of you. Do 20 reps. feet flat on the floor. abs and entire upper body with this Then straighten legs again and repeat. Perform 8 bridges. arms by side. Push yourself throughout. part of your tum pulled back towards your Remain in this position to stay focused words LAURA WILLIAms photographs GettY ImAGes spine (don’t stop breathing). 15 mInute worKo u t THE 5 EXERCISES YOU Week 2 NEED TO BE DOING ➤ posh plié Stand with feet wide. a goal in mind but keep feet off the floor. slowly lean and squeeze your buttocks ➤ Bridge with marCh backwards towards the floor. lowering hips at the same time. hands a few inches in front of you and to heels. rest and repeat. Keeping the lower forming a straight line from shoulders to knees. are lifted. Do 16 reps in total. it’s a month side to side. Each week. stopping for a count of 5. twice. resting on your forearms. off the floor. the moves get tougher! ➤ off-BalanCe push-up Start in week Week 1 Then straighten arms and push yourself 1 position. Return to your starting Assume week 1 bridge position. Yes. Do 25 reps. Return ➤ BasiC Bridge Lie on so that you don’t rock from to start position. Work legs. Hold this position for position. rising up onto your toes. Your ➤ half push-up From all fours. Raise yourself up. Do 4 reps. four-week routine. Do a total of 16 reps on each side. walk body should form a straight line from head ➤ side plank Lie on your left side. then lower and repeat further towards the floor. 5 seconds then repeat. moving a little hold for 2 seconds. hands resting on backs of thighs.

try a new yoga your routine. Hold this position then twist ➤ Jumping plank Assume plank repeat 2-3 times. with right leg bent. challenge a on your left side as week 2. Keep adding daily before changing sides. ➤ single leg Bridge Lie face up. jump feet apart. line from shoulders to hips. As you straighten your arms. flexibility. chest. Lift hips off the floor. switch your top leg to hip height and then slowly Do the same with your to crawl. your breaststroke. keeping arms by sides. outstretched in front of you at shoulder raising to start position. arms by sides. Jump feet back to start or even take a bike ride. Staying in your squat. Bend your week 4 2 walking cardio workouts elbows. Do 20 jumps. Do a total of 40 reps. ➤ keep adding in new opt to take the stairs Week 4 components of fitness. Do a total of 8 reps. Aim for 15 reps. Repeat push-up exercises x 2 + 1 Week 3 and extend right leg. Skipping. sessions. steady Perform a total of 12 reps. ➤ keep switching up much time on the bike. Repeat. instead of elbows. or intersperse jogging ensuring abdominals are engaged and with walking for 40-45 minutes. hands resting on knees. jogging/marching on Core-Sit position. Return to start with legs straight so you’re resting on your position and repeat. pushing PReVeNtING A PLAteAU through the right heel until hips are in line with shoulders. you’re working on aerobic walking pace even when position as week 1. weights. Return to position as week 1 but rest on hands Use our suggested walks for centre before repeating to the left. arms back isn’t arched. with right leg bent. As soon as ditch it for the cross class. bands and will love you for it. ✢ torso and arms to the right. try 15-20 minute higher intensity interval-based sessions using ➤ russian twist Sit everyday life then. Lift up to your starting position and repeat. ✢ height. You can always create a Lean back from the waist until you reach simple 5-7 minute circuit and a 45° angle. foot flat on the position and repeat. Do 20 reps then switch sides. levels and muscles days. Switch sides and repeat. workout + week 3 week 3 1 walking Extend legs out in front of you and arms cardio workouts exercises x 3 + 2 ➤ push-up Place hands under shoulders out to side for a count of 3. 4 workouts + week palms and the balls of your feet. if you’re not agility’s poor. this time with arms lower left leg an inch from the floor before the spot. Both fitness ➤ stay active on rest lower the leg back down. by sides. take 10 strides to the right before taking 10 to the left. Continue alternating ➤ marChing squat Assume squat sides for a total of 12 reps. Once you’ve ramp up gradients. As you rise up out of week 2 2 walking ut cardio worko squat extend left leg out in front of you ➤ ultimate BalanCe Assume week 2 exercises x 3 + 1 at hip height. floor. lowering chest until your elbows ➤ advanCed single leg Bridge Lie exercises x 2 + 2 reach 90˚. SpRING SHapE-Up fitness body forms a straight line from shoulder YoUR moNC th At A GLA e N to hips. Then push back foot flat on the floor. lift inclines and speeds. twice more before changing sides. making sure your back isn’t face up. Hold for 10 seconds and gradually ➤ leg-sweep push-up Assume week build up to 30 seconds. If speed is good but ➤ side plank with leg raise Lie a session feels too easy. feet off floor. Extend your left leg directly above your left hip. workouts + week 2 position as week 1. Lower hips until top of buttocks brush the floor. Rest and repeat 3 position and perform push-up as before. arched. challenges even when tubes to keep challenging you’re not working out: those muscles. raised yourself into the plank position. Lift hips off At home push-ups to start. Lower back down and then Core-Sit position with knees tucked into repeat on the right. this time 1 workouts + week sweep your left leg out to the side before week 1 2 walking cardio workout returning to start position. step-ups on the lower stairs. into your the floor until hips are in line with shoulders. garden/hallway runs. Maintaining a straight your slower paced. If you’re spending too fitness but neglecting you’re out shopping. Do 8 leg lifts exercises: add reps. one hand on top of the other. woman&home FEE L gOOD YOU 83 . trainer. keeping hips straight moves such as: ✢ on the floor as week 2 and raised throughout. If daily and increase your ➤ walking squat Assume squat ➤ switch up your activity. then push back up. It’s about left leg into the air at hip height so that both thighs Aim for between 8-10 building activity are aligned. hill feeling the effects of friend to a squash session.

As kids.seLF feature name et G r ou y CE AL AN B the a b le to walk e ct in g you to b e ’re not exp e g yo u r b alance is a W in pe. strength and muscle mass.” says credits here physiotherapist Ann Rambaut (annrambaut. strengthening your muscles and practising balance training can help – it really is a case of ‘Use it or lose it!’” xx woman&home feel good you . Try our tips of keeping critical aspect to stop the wobble and stay strong and steady H aving good balance can help keep you active as you age.com). “A combination of keeping active. “But it’s never to late to start preventing the decline. we practised our balancing skills without even realising it – jumping. playing hopscotch. walking on walls. The UK’s Medical Research Council found that 53-year-olds who could stand on one leg for ten seconds with their eyes closed were the most likely to be fit and well 13 years later than those who couldn’t perform the trick. and protect you from fractures and falls in later life – a leading cause of death from injury in older people. What’s more. But as we age. reflexes and coordination) deteriorate too. it can be a sign of good health. bu t strengthen tightro fit a nd m o bile. climbing trees. our eyesight. not only do we tend to spend more time on our bottoms – and less on our feet – but all the senses and systems that help us balance (the vestibular system in the inner ear.

” says Pilates teacher Susie Mermaid (mermaidwellbeing. unlock and destabilise it]. Next. your body in the water exercises the core.” says Ann. then at the side. exhale to Perform twice a day on each foot. knee and hip. imagining that your the knee very slightly bent [to big toe is the pen.” says Steve.” gripping something with your toes helps “The narrower your base of support. bringing it and needs 100 per cent concentration to keep steady. Keep toes just at the bottom of it. Stretch your arms Great for stabilising muscles high and upwards. essential for balance and postural try with your eyes closed.” her free youTube videos at yogaRox). If it’s hard contact with the mat.uk). “Then. from A to Z.de with the other foot in positions representing the numbers on a clock as you move the foot watching the TV… ads don’t just sit there during the boring ads. Do three in each direction. write the letters of the alphabet. straight line. Hold the on the ceiling with your toes. in the ankle. pass a ball around alignment. Australian “You can make any balance exercise improve balance. then anti-clockwise.” says Ann. yoga and t’ai chi research found that older people who more difficult by performing it on have been shown to be especially good. “Gently touch the ground Stand like a tree while WOrds KIM JONeS PHOtOGrAPH JUMPFOTO. sidestep along a Inhale to begin the circle. “Pilates.” says podiatrist exercise. BaLanCInG aCt FitNess COre SUBJeCT dO tHe FLAMiNGO “A strong core [the muscles of the Standing on one leg: “Do it for 20 seconds looking straight ahead.com). first clockwise balance through the entire body because it requires downward rooting and upward stretching. “Spread a hand towel lengthways the body’s balance responses. To strengthen your core. strike a pose! “yoga’s classic tree pose engages your around the circle. Alternatively. Fold a thick pillow Steve Bloor (cornwallpodiatry. all WITh YOUr TOeS STRAIGHT And nARROW stability and balance would be lost. draw a circle “Stand at one end of the towel with your at first.” straight line (in both directions). use your toes to pick up stray a weight in front. Branches [the arms] attached to a solid trunk can be SCrUNCh A TOWeL blown around in a gale.” says fitness Ann. or improvise. “Try walking heel to toe along a the sky. soup in each.” says yoga teacher Roxy Shahidi (see back to the centre each time. place your right heel above the side of the left ankle – you can keep the toes of the right foot on the floor. woman&home fee l good you 85 . Going barefoot as often as possible is a good way to keep our balance mechanisms strong » JOIN The (SPOrTS) CLUB On THE SURFACE OF IT Any regular physical activity can help Swimming may also be good. probably because supporting balls. then torso – front. then over your head while on one leg. As you get better. You can also practise com). toes reaching to on a tiled or hardwood floor.” socks from the bedroom floor. but if the trunk is weak and unsupported.” trunk of a tree. repeat with the opposite leg. Sit down and cross your left leg over “Pretend you’re in the middle of your right knee so that the lower leg is resting on it. your body. it towards you until you reach the end. looking ahead. holding finish it. or cushion in half and stand on that. flexible feet and ankles are vital for good balance. sides and back] is switch to the other leg. Keeping your lower back in trainer Chris Hall (personaltraineroxford. move your right foot upwards to rest on your left thigh. When you can do this comfortably.co. Try scrunching same weight in each hand for stability your core engaged by imagining the towel up using your toes to gather – try two carrier bags with a can of pulling your belly button to the floor. look down at your feet. Standing on your left leg. “I think of the torso like the everyday activities such as brushing your teeth one-legged. FOOt cLOcKs Write tHe ALPHABet WitH YOUr Feet Strong. lie on your strengthen the foot muscles you use to the more it challenges and stimulates back on a mat with legs together balance. with eyes open.” says raised upwards. Moving your right a clock and stand on one leg with ankle. swam regularly were 33 per cent less likely an uneven surface. try many physiotherapists use these in to have falls than those who did other wobble cushions or boards or Bosu balance retraining classes.

I always remind exercise growing up. Wonder. Eventually I was suddenly saying to myself. Richard. I came to the realisation I can!” It’s amazing what that I couldn’t keep doing that to my body. my first choice was i feel lucky that dance is part of my day table tennis! It took a long time for me to job. a brand new clothing range exclusive to QVC. it was a real eye. i just who could be fit. shares her journey to looking great… i couldn’t have been less interested in trying to reshape my figure. who recently launched C. They live in London with their four sons. When I went on tour with my first time i’d ever had a dance lesson! I started band. aged five months to 12 years. I have to admit. I love getting it was only after i had up at a party and having my eldest child. Jesse. in fact. Sonny. ‘Going to the gym you can do when you put your mind to something. Now it’s the desire to achieve youngest.” but with a little bit of work. I was eating a lot of fast food. but when i took part in Strictly Come realise the power of an unhealthy lifestyle Dancing two years ago. that i started going to a real eye-opener’ the gym – and for the i find boxing one of the first time. 36. not off thinking. and strong – it was a good dance. The singer. i saw myself as someone most enjoyable ways to keep fit. is married to musician Richard Jones. My fitness story Sophie ellis-Bextor. “Oh actually. made me feel capable These days. – and I didn’t feel good at all. I’ve spent a lot of capable and strong. My husband. It made me feel love it. . time in the “new mummy cocoon” since my opener. that feeling that motivates me to work but I’m finally starting to emerge from it and out – it’s not about slimming down or I’d like to start again. “There’s no way I’ll ever be sleeping enough and drinking far too much able to do that. had to choose what sports we did in pe lessons at school. when we myself of the bigger picture. was born last November. it was the first though.

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a walk alone too – not only does it keep us 11am Time for another cup of tea
7.30pm, so dinner is quite late. Ofte
fit, it can be quite romantic. – warning: I drink more tea than wate n,
r! it’s a salmon fillet with some roasted
My mid-morning snack is a handful
vegetable and new potatoes. I’m
My mum never let me use the word diet of almonds or some fresh fruit. 
not a big pudding person, but if
or even own scales when i was younger, 12pm I get hungry for lunch very earl
y I’m peckish, I’ll have a couple of
and i think that instilled in me a healthy and it’s usually a toss-up between
a squares of Cadbury’s milk chocolate
attitude to food. I try to stick to eating !
things like fresh fish, fruit and vegetables,
but I make a Sunday roast every week
and I won’t deny myself chocolate if
I want it. And fish and chips is – and
always will be – my favourite meal of all
is that it’s oK to relax a bit too. For me,
switching off is all about sitting down with
Get the look
time! If your body craves something, why a good book or watching something silly When I was a little girl, I was
let it suffer by not letting it have it? on TV. I love contemporary fiction; my mum obsessed with Mary Poppins and
[Janet Ellis] has just written a book called the film Grease, which is probably
one of the most important lessons i’ve The Butcher’s Hook and even if she hadn’t where I get my love of vintage and
learned about looking after your body written it, I’d honestly still love it! tailored fashion. The C. Wonder range
for QVC is very feminine and a bit
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hand how many times I’ve gone to the gym on me, it’s about cinching in at the
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I’ll work as hard as I can to get there!
2 Mix it up As soon as a workout gets too
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repetitive (stepping on and off a box, for example),
I know I’m just going to switch off. So I make sure
every workout session is a bit different from the
one before – and skip the boring moves.
3 Be realistic I was always keen to do a half
marathon or even a full marathon, but now
I realise it’s about finding things that fit into your
lifestyle or you won’t achieve them. And if you’re
too busy to work out one day? Life goes on.

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tone your

Firm your derrière and melt off those
unwanted muffin tops with these
calorie-blasting, super-sculpting moves
FGY tip
fire up your glutes every
time you walk up stairs – focus
on taking two steps at a time, as
the deeper move will tone that
booty. and avoid using the stair
rail to activate more muscles
in your lower body, which
will help stabilise you.

he benefit of these moves is twofold – not
only are they going to lift and sculpt that
booty before summer, but you’ll also be
engaging some of body’s biggest muscle
groups. every time you do this, your muscles will
create a big spike in your body’s ability to burn
calories, making it a great way to reduce those
muffin tops and tone at the same time. repeat
this routine three times in total.

tone and sculpt fitness

1 The BooTy Bridge
start lying down, face up, with your
palms facing upwards, knees bent,
feet flat on the floor and bottom on the
ground. then, in a slow, controlled
manner, push your bottom off the
ground as high as you can. hold at the
highest point for a couple of seconds;
slowly lower back to the ground.
repeat ten times.

The Calorie CurTsey
stand with good posture and your feet shoulder-
width-distance apart, shoulders pulled back and
tummy muscles pulled in. now, step one leg back
and behind the line of the front foot, as if you are
curtseying. still keeping the upper body straight,
bend low, making sure the front knee does not
go over the line of the toes. hold, then push back
up to your start position; curtsey back on the
other leg. repeat 30 times.

The Muffin-Top MelTer
step one leg further behind and
move the arm on the same side down,
aiming for the fingertips to touch the
ground. hold, now push straight back
up to your deep squat starting position;
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step the other leg back and aim
for the other hand to touch the ground.
come back to your start position. Keep
alternating the leg you step back.
repeat 20 times.

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000 people a year. a fourfold increase on 30 years ago. or develop a crusty surface. you can be referred to a special pigmented lesion clinic for screening on the NHS. unless you suffer from diabetes. ✚ tests youR Gp can do A simple “dipstick” test of a urine sample checks for protein. looking moles. especially sunburn. or a change in urine colour. Care for your kidneys Fortunately kidney disease is relatively rare until much later in life. loss of A blood test checks levels of appetite. Do you need a HEALTH MOT? Private wellness screenings can cost a fortune but the checks that make a difference are free at your local surgery or hospital… Be skin savvy Malignant melanoma affects 12. particular high risk or have suspicious- ✚ symptoms to watch foR Moles that increase in size. shortness of breath. feeling white blood cells and glucose. needing to pass urine more often. ✚ symptoms to watch foR Pain on passing urine. itch or are painful. the higher the risk. ✚ Risk factoRs you can check A family history. have high blood pressure or a history of repeated infections. The more moles ✚ test youR Gp can do A thorough examination of your skin. moles that bleed. If you are at you have. including your back. chemicals controlled by the kidneys. more tired than usual. using sunbeds and being fair-skinned. overexposure to sunlight. 104 woman&home feel good you . Catch it early and it can be cured but the story is very different if it has spread. with an irregular edge or irregular pigmentation.

It’s important to know harmful fats that can increase the risk of for your children’s sake – if they have the heart disease. Ideally your Hdl level should you exercise. some women are considering paying for a private nationwide. check-ups health How’s your heart? It’s the number one health threat to women. >> woman&home feel good you 105 . level by your Hdl level. lack of exercise and a family especially with an increased risk of stroke. oestrogen helps lower ldl cholesterol so many of us have good levels ✚ is it in youR Genes? one in 500 people carry a faulty gene. A blood test will reveal all this – ask for your results. On the of breast cancer. history of heart disease – especially close relatives being affected under the age of 65. particularly in women. high-salt diet. by a long way. And unlike many cancers. Triglycerides are also eat. What it won’t show is if you are at increased risk of having higher it is over this. ✚ Risk factoRs you can check Smoking. a review exposure can women aged 47 and over. Women with a concerned that they should have mammogram. do you more harm than good. for that you need an exercise risk of heart disease or stroke. but you would discomfort. but once every three years. High levels are linked start damaging their arteries in their teens. a high-fat. but this is still not other hand.5. However. levels are high. And if you divide your total cholesterol of time and money. and for screening. it should be less than 4. in the chest on mild exertion. though women over 70 some women being mistakenly breast to currently have to ask to be sent diagnosed with breast cancer and X-rays. They are only done Total cholesterol level is only a vague on the NHS when your doctor suspects guide. If you have no symptoms. be more than. The level should be less gene then without treatment they could than 1. especially if you are at increased risk. such as levels of both good (Hdl) and bad (ldl) breathlessness or chest discomfort when cholesterol. no matter how little fat you us have high levels. the deBate oveR mammoGRams T he NHS breast screening this is done via breast clinics. and your ldl level less than then an exercise eCg is probably a waste 3. done at rest it’s not very useful. being overweight. especially a feeling of pressure probably have symptoms of that anyway. Cardiovascular disease – which includes heart disease and strokes – claims the lives of one in three women. the greater your a heart attack. chest included in private health checks. It’s just a question of making the right lifestyle choices. palpitations or an irregular pulse. The programme being given treatment they did repeated has started to be extended to not need. It could reveal that you have an irregular pulse. ✚ what aBout an ecG? An electrocardiogram (eCg) is often ✚ symptoms to watch foR Breathlessness on just slight exercise. discuss your risk family history of breast cancer mammograms more often than factors with your GP as it could can start screening earlier. And it will show changes if you’ve already ✚ factoRs youR Gp can check Blood pressure A healthy measurement is less than 135/85. If you are age of 73. For this reason. remember that mammogram once every There have been concerns mammography three years to all women aged 50 that breast screening has led to exposes the and over. hopefully you’d know about that too. which means their liver manufactures too much in our forties but by late fifties over 60% of cholesterol so.7mmol/l. The had a heart attack – but again. where your heart is monitored while levels of cholesterol and triglycerides you jog on a treadmill. it is largely preventable. What’s really useful is to know the you might have a heart problem. with of the screening programme is increase the risk automatic invitations up to the now being undertaken. so it is important to programme offers a speak to your GP. eCg.

being overweight. unexplained symptoms. ✚ symptoms to watch foR Bleeding in-between periods. it is also a major cause of erectile dysfunction. ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer. ✚ Risk factoRs you can check A family history of ovarian. increasing the risk of problems with sight. heart and circulation. needing to pass urine more frequently. In men. Thanks to smear tests. It’s reckoned there are at least a million people in the UK with undiagnosed diabetes. but the average gP sees only one case every five years. cancer of the cervix is now less common but there are still more than 2. After this. ✚ tests youR Gp can Do A fasting blood sugar test means not eating or drinking for eight hours before a blood test. Being overweight increases if you haven’t had one since you were the risk of endometrial cancer (the womb 50. the greater the risk. 106 woman&home feel good you . examination of your womb and ovaries. ✚ Risk factoRs you can check family history. especially if you are apple shaped. or those with eating. If blood sugar levels are raised then a check of your blood level of HbA1c can indicate if your blood sugar levels have been consistently raised over the previous three months. Looking after your gynae system Cancers of the uterus and ovary are the fourth and fifth most common cancers in women. Smear tests Symptoms of ovarian cancer are persistent won’t detect ovarian cancer but a blood pelvic and abdominal pain. frequent infections. and feeling full quickly.800 cases a year in the UK. difficulty risk of ovarian cancer. or following a recent abnormal test. after intercourse. westcott photoGRaphs getty images lining) and so does oestrogen-only HRT your gP can also do a basic manual woRDs rosemary leonard and patsy and long-term use of oestrogen cream. tiredness. increased test for levels of the hormone CA125 abdominal size or persistent bloating (not can be done in women at increased bloating that comes and goes). ✚ symptoms to watch foR Increased thirst so you drink more. then five-yearly ovarian cancer).health check-ups aRe you at Risk of DiaBetes? Diabetes affects every part of the body. kidneys and nervous system. Smoking increases the risk up to 64. breast or colon cancer (the last two can be linked to ✚ tests youR Gp can Do A cervical smear once every three years from 25-49. especially thrush or skin infections. you only need one of cervical cancer. blurred vision. with a waist measurement greater than 32in (37in for men). or after the menopause. and the longer it’s untreated.

bowel cancer is recent dental work can all produce false positives.000 women aged 50-54 get bowel cancer each year. which adenomatous polyposis (fAP). child) are diagnosed with bowel only 54% actually send back. Immunochemical Test (fIT) is already used in ➤ a change in bowel habits. offered to everyone at age 55. hoped will improve uptake. alcohol Seven per cent of highly treatable ➤ the bowel scope – or cases are linked to heavy drinking. Just one stool sample is needed. it can cut the likelihood of dying of bowel cancer by 43% because any polyps can be removed there and then. after ✚ tests youR Gp can Do Screening can pick up bowel cancer or polyps. to look inside the lower bowel smoking Smoking is linked to a higher risk for polyps or signs of cancer. Yet bowel cancer is the third most common female cancer (after lung and breast). woman&home feel good you 107 . to Professor Monahan. turnips or horseradish) and even keep processed meat to a minimum. being trialled by Public Health england. especially europe and the Irish Republic. and although nine out of ten people who get bowel cancer are over 50. dad. Ask ➤ the faecal occult blood (foB) or “poo” your gP to refer you for a gene test if test kit is sent out every two years to those several close relatives (mum. out cancer. symptoms as eat before doing the test eat red meat no more than twice a week and detected early. cancer. See our liver and curable flexi-test – is a one-off test that it is hoped will be health feature on p116. In a word: Quit. the end. Genes five have been identified. which can precede bowel which incidence progressively increases. sister. which means a negative test can’t completely rule causes multiple polyps. what you meat and low in fibre. check-ups health Keep your digestive system healthy Almost half of all women with bowel cancer – compared with one in ten men – visit the GP more than five times with symptoms before being referred to a specialist. being younger and female means you’re likely to experience the longest delays in diagnosis. at an early treatable stage. Particularly at risk are younger women. just over a thousand women and slightly more men who develop it each year are below this age. other medical problems that Diet A fifth of bowel cancers cause gastric bleeding. diet or medication restrictions. A doctor or a thicker waist The risk is 46% higher if your trained nurse uses a sigmoidoscope. weeks and if necessary ask for a referral: ➤ on the horizon A newer. It can reduce cancer or have a genetic syndrome the risk of dying of bowel cancer by around such as lynch syndrome or familial 16% but its sensitivity is 30-50%. age 60+ (50 in Scotland and Wales) but brother. less likely to going more often or looser stools. more sensitive ➤ Bleeding from your back passage test for invisible blood called the faecal or blood in poo. are linked to a diet high in red and processed Know the certain medications and supplements. medical advisor to ✚ symptoms to watch foR See the gP if you experience one or more of the symptoms below for three or more Bowel Cancer uK. ➤ a lump in your abdomen. which it’s ➤ unintended weight loss and fatigue. according to Bowel Cancer UK. According of bowel cancer. (including red meat. Shockingly. ✚ Risk factoRs you can check age Around one in 1. it’s currently ➤ mouth ulcers that don’t heal. or end up diagnosed in A&E. a slim waist measures more than 39in – a good flexible tube with a light and camera on reason to lose a midriff bulge. react to bleeding from parts of the digestive ➤ abdominal pain (especially severe) system such as the stomach and with no or persistent indigestion.

bleaching with a low-dose carbamide peroxide. left to build up.Don’t let your teeth give your age away leading dentist dr Martina Syron explains how a few subtle tweaks can add sparkle to your smile and take off years age giveaway DiSColouration ✢ you know the obvious culprits for worn at home overnight for between surface staining: smoking. coffee. I prefer erosion. it can acidic foods. going too hard can wear away the precious too white can leave the thin enamel at the surface of the enamel – the whitest and edges looking transparent and grey. but while laser whitening avoid brushing teeth after eating is recommended by many dentists. so teeth so they could look whiter after the brushing straight after can cause acid treatment but can quickly relapse. Custom-made trays containing small amounts of bleach are . SOlUtION Research shows tooth whitening could take around ten years off FGY TIP If you do nothing else. they make teeth Matching the tooth colour to the whites of look yellow and dull. two and eight weeks. which is shown in studies as more effective long-term. red wine and spicy foods. thinning the surface enamel. making teeth look methods incorporate desensitising agents yellow. don’t strongest top layer that gives teeth their bleach them more often than every two years. teeth were developing. tea. But starting colour (grey-coloured teeth may while surface stains can be removed by take longer). also contribute to a grey tone to the teeth. brightness – and expose the darker for people with sensitive teeth. depending on the dark drinks. the latest dentine underneath. Plus. years of brushing the patient’s eyes looks most natural. may for a course. perceived age. these soften tooth increase sensitivity and dehydrate the enamel for about half an hour. drugs taken as a teenager when within their bleach formula. and patients come in for three to cleaning and polishing every three to six five bleaching sessions at fortnightly intervals. such as tetracycline COSt Prices vary – from about £600 antibiotics for acne or chest infections. months.

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a nurse will administer eye drops or engineers. Claims that you can “throw away your glasses” or have the vision you had in your twenties are not accurate for everyone. to look up at a bright light. and those who rely heavily on really excellent your eye through a small cut in your you have one eye at a time done. do you play a lot of sport overall. Although there are great help focus light more clearly onto the retina every 15 minutes to dilate the pupil and numb results for many people. rather than a high street chain.000 to treat both eyes. L  Replacement lens surgery or indeed ens implant surgery involves how does it feel? laser surgery is not for perfectionists or implanting an artificial lens into The operation itself is short and painless. If possible. but you won’t really feel it. surgery include: example. usually preferred for younger people combat inflammation and infection. architects cornea. or implant surgery be right for you? Here are the facts… macular degeneration. cheap prices and too-good-to-be-true claims from private clinics. However. An hour close-up vision. on a long-term basis. the Right option: removed and replaced with an artificial one. use a recommended eye hospital and surgeon. Both types of surgery can be quite expensive. but it’s all over in about  Phakic implant – an artificial lens is placed ten minutes. is it Right foR me? Professor David Gartry.  It can be performed on patients who have laser eye correction isn’t for everyone.  Seeing a halo of light around objects at night 110 woman&home fee l good you . surgery to place long periods of time? cataracts or glaucoma or damage to their eyes. you may feel some There are two main types of lens implant: fiddling and pressure. The lenses are designed to beforehand. such as pilots. but not on people with high levels of astigmatism. artificial lens implants in the eyes carries a risk  Do you do a lot of night-time Both types of implant are usually inserted of complications. or reading very Phakic lens implants may achieve better results Treatment for PCo can involve having laser small print close up. whether it’s less-than-perfect people with very severe short-sightedness or cradle to keep it still. spokesman for the Royal college of Ophthalmologists and a consultant surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital. and to pull away from the blood vessels that supply  Are you relaxed about slight around one in four may have almost completely it with oxygen and nutrients) imperfections in your vision? normal vision (“20/20” vision) afterwards. in terms of improving vision surgery to remove the thickened part of the lens. are Words Lucy ELkins PhotograPh GETTy iMAGEs under a local anaesthetic and you’ll normally (PCo) is one of the most common – this be able to return home the same day. you’ll go home with a shield over Questions youR into your eye without removing your natural your eye and will need to use eye drops to suRgeon will ask lens. contact lenses. Posterior capsule opacification driving for long periods?  If you want to be “glasses free”. London. you’ll be told near to far objects. your vision to help choose whose natural reading vision is normal. gives this advice: The Lowdown on lens surgery  Beware of marketing hype. but could lens had laser surgery in the past. and usually occurs a on less-than-perfect vision in certain Results few months or years after having surgery. your eye will be clamped night vision or a delay in focusing from those who have difficulty wearing glasses or open. it carries a Other possible complications of lens implant distance or reading vision? For higher risk of complications. most people will experience a  Retinal detachment (where the retina begins or do tapestry as a hobby? significant improvement in their vision.000-5.  Which is more important to you.  Artificial replacement – the natural lens is should be improved straight away. for example)? than replacements. is where part of the artificial lens becomes you prepared to compromise (slightly) thickened and cloudy. then you lie down with your head in a compromises. situations (in dim light.health EyE surgEry  Reduced night vision  glaucoma  Cataracts what’s the cost? As with laser surgery. with clinics quoting around £4. such as cataracts. there are always and can be helpful in improving the vision of the eye. what aRe the Risks?  Do you read very small print for This may be more suitable for older adults with like all medical procedures. lens implant surgery is not usually available on the NHS.

photograph getty images woman&home fee l good you 111 . draw your legs up slightly towards your chest and put a pillow between your legs. If you sleep on your side. None should be taken long-term! Heat – a hot bath or a hot-water bottle placed on the affected area. Avoid anything that causes a lot of pain. such as ibuprofen. try changing your sleeping position. more effective than paracetamol. but it’s now recognised that remaining active is likely to help you recover more quickly. This may be difficult if the pain is severe. you can take codeine in addition to paracetamol. or cold. and can distract you from the pain. Going back to work will help you return to normal activity. if you need something stronger. but try to move around as soon as you can and aim to do a little more each day. Some people find non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). If you sleep on your back. can be effective. try placing pillows under your knees. such as an ice pack or a bag of FGY tip frozen veg. one thing hEaLth if you only do one thing › Treat back pain right I t used to be thought that bed rest would help you recover from a bad back.

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” says dr Ahmed. “you can get it for three months trial free mouth guards ✢ and if it works. The drawback is that they and joints. including chronic – which means they get migraines pretty headache.org. from £45.” says dr Andrew dowson. the main nerve in the face. “grinding teeth can trigger migraines in some people. headache sufferers found that 12 treatments over three months brought 22 fewer days of headaches a year. woman&home feel good you 113 . a study in the BMJ concluded that the NHS should for most people. “Poor posture at your desk or in a chair can lead to muscle spasms Botox injections into the scalp have been offered on the NHS and that can trigger migraines. cefaly. Back in 2004.com responded quite well. improving the level and placement of your desk at work – may come across in the past 20 years for prevention. acupuncture and eight million which. A major study in the Archives of Internal country suffer with effective at reducing tension headaches than relaxation training or acupuncture. you can get one made to measure at the ceFaLy This gadget is applied to the dentist – usually at a cost – or they can forehead and produces impulses that be bought over the counter at a chemist. There are also glasses that help reduce the flicker attack.” says dr Ahmed. While dark masks such as the IMAK are against the back of the head and at the click of a button it emits said to help with migraines and general headaches (£19. amazon. exactly how they stop the them to a physiotherapist for help. Sufferers may also have an aching jaw or sensitive – acknowledged to be the most excruciating of all headaches – a teeth.uk a headache from to do when you have a headache but regular exercise can help cut the number time to time of headaches you get in the first place – especially tension-style headaches.” adds dr report in the The Journal of Headache and Pain found that 13 out of 14 Ahmed.” says dr Ahmed. ✢ Normally thought of as a way to iron out wrinkles on the face.co. consultant neurologist at Hull Royal Infirmary. director of headache back problems that could be related to their migraines.95. ✢ people in this using needles to stimulate points are more common among those with around the body is a centuries-old a sedentary lifestyle. migralens. “Removing triggers since 2011 to migraine sufferers.co. more days a month and have migraines at least eight days a month. after a trial involving 401 chronic beneficial for those living with any health condition. “This is much cheaper than the will experience ✢ going out for a run or a bike ride might be the last thing you want TMS – it’s around £250 to buy outright. headaches heaLth hand-held devices eye masks ✢ ✢ Use at home to help cut headache duration or frequency. according to the British Association for the Study of Headache. who is also a trustee of The Migraine Trust. Said Virtually all of us exercise to reduce migraine attacks and may reduce the amount of medication taken by 70%.uk). As many as half the population grind their teeth and for a fifth of VagUs nerVe stimULation This is a device that you apply to the these people it causes symptoms – one of the most common of vagus nerve in the neck. They look like normal sunglasses migraines had a greater than 50% reduction in symptoms. Cooling masks such as the elasto gel (£16. we refer services at King’s College Hospital. but their lenses filter out the red and blue light that is thought to be “I have tried it on 70 of my migraine patients and around 35 have so troublesome to migraine sufferers. ask your CCg for exceptional funding. In trials. one study found practice and recent research suggests it that three months of exercise was more can be of benefit to headache sufferers.” migraine is not clear – it is thought they may block chemicals that have osteopathy. The problem is that few health authorities are prepared to pay for the £150 per month cost of hire.uk improve your posture ✢ Migraines and tension-type headaches that cause a band of Botox injections words lucy elkins photograph getty images pressure across the head can be linked to problems with posture. much only when they exercise – however. A tooth guard worn at night can help as it stops the grinding people said symptoms improved after using it by an average of 60%. Medicine reviewed trials involving 18. painrelief electromagnetic waves that are said to help prevent a migraine supports. a healthy lifestyle that incorporates exercise is expand its use of acupuncture. act on the trigeminal nerve. 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” Take a asked to smile throughout – found the our work around with us. good for putting anything down wires us to feel ✢ confounding anyone who may have stressed.” carry beliefs event”. the calmer tasks to complete – but one group was we are but the other side is that carrying you feel. go deeper. life balance seLF Change your thinking. take LiFe as it comes ditching our your head.” making plans and go with the flow each is evidence is that changing your facial day. the more you get done. the tasks you didn’t tackle. A simple good practice rule is FeeL Fit to FLop Interestingly.” says myofacial from brain training expert and health ideas you’re mulling over. When five release therapist lynn Breakwell. hoped to unsettle you! to decide when your working day will simply flopping can help soothe end (particularly if it is out of office hours) all things frantic! “Whenever there’s too ✢ take time out to avoid a and take five minutes to jot down all much going on in my head. Thinking of the three steps as an acronym. Change your stress level We all The stress reaction follows a standard (“My family should always get along. touch with my body. Strangely enough. which “I’m invisible.” “My house should always be that cause the that are causing your stressed feeling. leave it behind. to be superwoman. participants were given short but stressful flexibility to keep tabs on work wherever slower pace.” >> woman&home feel good you 125 . Troubleshooting… Try these quick tips to counter stress ✢ smiLe to Lower your heart “Minimise harm” (eg. which raises heart defeating and impossible to live up to impossible rate. that cause the stress surge. Swing back up to start on an credits here “do not judge” (that’s yourself or others). – and it’s these. your “beliefs” about it. the trigger or “activating responsible for keeping everyone happy. this simple mantra your head. raising arms above ✢ you feel on the verge of a stress meltdown. Stress Inducing ABC.” “I’m sequence. dipping in and few drops under the tongue and you’re smilers experienced lower levels of out at all times. checking emails and never done.”) send signals to the body to create the These are your Stress Inducing Thoughts! “consequence”. “Now I avoid rate It may sound crazy but there badly on impulse). also known as the “fight or that are flight response”– that surge of hormones.” insists naturopath inhale.” “life should go smoothly. “Know it will pass. examples could be “I can support my children to find solutions. If through your nose. “Stand with feet hip-width apart.uk stress and lower heart rates. ➤ we all carry beliefs that are self- adrenaline and cortisol. mantra of the moment. first. “I must find solutions to everyone’s problems. psychologist laurel Mellin is a damage minutes is up. £10. Now exhale audibly as you repeat the following phrases in your mind perfectionist streak is definitely the swing your arms down and bend your ten times to calm you and regain control. Thoughts often begin with “I must” and “I to live up to ➤ now unpick the subconscious beliefs should”. I don’t have to find solutions for “somehow responsible” during the family them” or “A situation is rarely 100 per cent row? “Angry” and “humiliated” as you stood my fault – or anyone else’s. clean and tidy. “I’ve given up trying knees. (your kids had a ➤ identify alternatives – Stress Alleviating stress surge massive row? Ignored by a shop assistant while you stood around feeling stupid?) How did you feel? (Perhaps “upset” and Thoughts – to counter them. Research where two groups of our tech devices are brilliant for the eyed Susan soon encourages a calmer.) Next. not the small stuff of life. inhale control tool for the most testing times. If the ‘need to please’ triggers anxiety. What is the Read The Stress Cure by Patrick Holford hidden belief underpinning those feelings? and Susannah Lawson (Piatkus).” “I should never be ignored. ✢ expression really can alter your stress Brain dump to switch oFF Australian Bush flower essences Black levels.” in the shop.” Think back over recent stressy moments and identify your trigger. can help remember the sequence. blood pressure and releases glucose. a simple meLtdown A modern alternative to work-related thoughts whirring around Rag doll move helps me get back in the “count to ten” rule.co. Next.95 for 15ml. repeat three to five times. don’t lash out or react Sarah Bowles-flannery. revital.

the solar plexus is a powerful done daily. focusing on your are two ‘rescue remedy’ points I head 3 Work slowly and think relaxation.” says ace Bowen therapist Nikke Ariff gentle. perhaps inhaling every five seconds.De. What’s more surprising is that our heart rates also play a part. the second right in the centre of ✢ your chin. urBaNLip prODuCtiONs mid-line of your face – one just below the bed. Heart MatH It isn’t hard to understand the power our thoughts have in initiating the stress response.” tips of your fingers with two hands. Close your eyes and. point and the diaphragm on both hands recalling as much detail as you can. “The solar plexus focus on the issue that’s causing distress. Studies show that maintaining a calm. (handsonfeet. These are important nerve and Try this if you wake during the night blood circulation areas on the face and lie with thoughts buzzing round your on two important energy channels in the mind. you functioning well on an even keel. “find them on the sleep-making spot so best done before technique to counter a stressful situation PhoTograPh istOCK By getty iMages.com). When 2-5 below where they join the you open your eyes. a little fingertip 2 Press upwards underneath the you all shared a laugh or a beautiful location where you had a great sense of peace and contentment. using the body.com). Be heart area. if that’s a comfortable rate for you. still are very calming. jerky heart rhythm is more likely to trigger it. then exhaling every five seconds. but for. add the third step – recall a positive emotion. pressure can help you out of a tight spot. If you tackle it slowly and gently – like sitting in heavy traffic – and keep septum of the nose (the bit between your it’s like a mini meditation too. coherent heart rate allows you to think clearly. and almost “trick” your body out of releasing that cascade of hormones. This might be happiness at a special family occasion. this becomes a useful (mindbodypositive. lightly touch two points just above your eyebrows. nostrils). Press and rotate for just one minute. (Conversely. ➤ Now imagine your breath flowing evenly in and out of that area. you should feel palm of the hand. from one side to the other. see the bigger picture. breathe in and out. Notice 1 find the diaphragm by working the negative feelings become harder underneath the joints of fingers to hold on to and gradually fade. calmer and rebalanced.” These areas activate reflexes that says top expert Rosanna Bickerton bring more blood to your frontal lobes. an irregular. which involves practising these simple steps each day to “reset” your physiological reaction. It may sound simple.) This forms the essence of the heart Math solution. In the middle ➤ Now try to re-experience it as you ✢ “When things get on top of me there of this line is the solar plexus. juMpfOtO. 126 woman&home feel good you . ➤ When you’ve practised. joints working in a line. time with your friends when A light touch… to still a whirring brain Used in the right way. lightly touching these points. ✢ “I work reflex points on my hands. ➤ Take five minutes somewhere quiet then focus your attention on your heart area.

Think of yourself as an older light a woman being asked by a younger woman that lift your spirits. sketching. It’s that aeroplane yoga or simply stroking your cat disaster rule: “Put our own – anything that removes you oxygen mask on first. “No one else will do it as well as me/other people may think less of me if I don’t/I couldn’t think of an excuse” are all signs you need to start asking a little more of others and a little less of yourself. what ten to scented candle or lis gave you the most joy and energy. What ees wind rustling the tr would your advice be – and how is it different to the way you are currently spending your time? Now think about how to bring them into line. imagine the consequences in ith colours surround yourself w ten years’ time. only you have the power to agree to them – or to decline! do you have to be at every Sunday morning football match to see your son in action? Are you the only family member who can visit elderly relatives? examine why you’ve agreed to do something. singing in the choir. Take time out for from our forties we become more likely to be most focused self-care as me-time in the morning. It could you motivated and able to be gardening. woman&home feel good you 127 . is oxygen to you? Reading Sometimes we say “I don’t have a book.” What from the noise of life. So nurture your energy. what you have valued most in your life. Tune in to your inner rhythm. friends and family make unreasonable demands. perform. When you’re struggling with which tasks to take on and ress – to help stamp out st what to let go. It is like building up a muscle. such as googling or coffee with a go when stressed friend for later when energy saps. Maybe colleagues. life balance SELF BaLaNCe WOrKLOaD If you’re straining under your schedule or resenting your obligations. find may seem counter-intuitive to something you can do frequently take time out for self-care – me- that calms you down. time” when what mean is we’re a daily run – ring-fence it too exhausted to do anything and build it into your day. So tackle the day’s hardest tasks first. gives you time is the first thing to go when an elevated perspective and puts we’re stressed – but it keeps you in a feel-good zone. Locate your little piece of calm Becoming more resilient to stress else. but less productive things. but they’re not to blame. Block out the is the first thing to fun. ThINk TeN yeARS oN FGY TIP There’s nothing like long-term thinking to bring es Tune in to your sens your priorities into sharp order. walking. ask yourself why you have taken so much on.

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Some people need to be held accountable. we succeed only about half the time. long-delayed up? Take and thinking about task. To write my degrees of difficulty. I saved my bottles for special occasions. as we all know from tough of my bathroom washbasin. while loving beautiful scents. Some We repeat about 40 per cent of our people should keep a habit in the morning. happiness guru self-control to resist temptation. I have “Power Hour” my teeth Before. novel or urgent matters. others when My most dramatic habit change? Giving complex. This may sound very Habits like these are the invisible choosing. This saves mental effort and therefore Some people do better when gives us more capacity to deal with they start small. another daily habit. Every time We form habits because when possible. Second. in two important ways. healthy choice. I’ve already become obsessed carbohydrate diet. I just go. in this case the use our existence—and our future. The next question. I use that washbasin. I spent a lot every weekend. No wonder habit formation is so hard! >> shape our existence—and our future woman&home fEE l Good you 129 . architecture of daily life. I up carbs – I now eat a very low. There are other changes decided. 40 per cent of our behaviour almost daily. I’ve managed to stop after-dinner this pill? habits – and also snacking. We repeat about So habits make life easier. when I spend an hour when I wake of time researching working on some dreaded. so our habits at night. I stopped using salutations and worry about making healthy closings in my emails. change your habits Self Why are habits so important? Habits make life easier. there’s no magical. I put away my clothes regularly I shouldn’t trying to change and improve my own. Because I’m in the habit of going to the gym every Monday morning. First. is: How The key to change was pairing it with in the same context. tells how… no decision from me because A few years ago. quick dab of perfume. others do better behaviour almost daily. they start big. habits Make eliminate the need for self- control. then. so our habits shape do we change our habits? Alas. and then stop perfume every day. we conserve our self-control. some defy accountability. (mostly). people with better self-control Want to make a are happier. with the subject of that were accomplished with varying Am I going habits. experience. one-size-fits-all solution. healthier and change? Gretchen more productive. I give myself a the brain makes a behaviour into a habit. habits eliminate the and author of a book drain of on mastering the decision- making. Self-control is crucial. I should make one My smallest habit change? Wear walk with a friend. I’m much better about to brush book Better Than going to bed on time. I don’t stick! have to use self-control. A habits of our everyday habit requires lives. I go for a weekly choices. With habits. simple but. and rely on habit. Yet one study suggests that when we try to use good habits Rubin.

expectations. “be more Habits of Our activities. one that I need or want to do. and justified – so they make all expectations reBels resist all expectations. If I want to stop not. who finds it fairly easy to form habits. But it’s tough. It may involve reading a lot of magazines but allow big difference in the quality of more work to start with. but Make it convenient… We’re influenced just a pairing. we each We face two kinds of expectations: I’m still working to solidify the must cultivate the habits that work for us. TiMEincukconTEnT. we should ask: “How do I respond fall into one of the Four Tendencies: more. specific about what action is necessary to Mastering the The strategy of pairing… I couple two achieve a habit. and will meet an friend for a run.” know ourselves. by do. I kept telling myself to do it. For instance. and want more of them. but “take a photo Everyday Lives and one that I don’t particularly want to of something interesting every day” is a (Two Roads).. people my plate. mindful” is too vague. To succeed. I put the alarm Be clear about what you value. They form habits fairly expectations. it’s a good use of their time and energy. “turn out the light Help with habits at 10:30” and “don’t take seconds” may sound small. gets stumped sometimes. they cent less than when easily. what they want to do.coM by sheer convenience. to master our habits. I love habits. outer expectations (meeting work habit of not taking seconds when For instance. my Upholderness probably explains are you? why I’m drawn to writing about the subject of habits. our days. it helps to make a bad habit I’m not exercising very hard – and I’m inconvenient or difficult. 130 woman&home Fee l Good you . I aim to decide what portion it helps to know where we stand in the and inner expectations (stop napping. The 4 expectation only if they believe it’s realities of life. To form a habit. I love they can make a surprisingly pHoTogrApHs GETTy iMAGES. or meet a for more helpings. and resist taking words. Gretchen Rubin. like setting up myself to read them only at the gym. and return QUesTIoners question all but if they work with a trainer. they’ll never miss a session. it’s not a treat. they take smaller 2 they find it hard to exercise on their own. size I want. Research shows that 1 3 when people eat just one UpHolders respond readily to oBlIgers respond readily to outer helping off their plate. easily while I’m exercise may suggest Similarly. both outer expectations and inner expectations but struggle to meet inner they eat about 14 per expectations. For instance. dish it onto “Four Tendencies” framework. and they embrace habits. But at least I’m showing up!) And read… using the snooze button.. In other keep a new Year’s resolution).selF change your habits at Wh type SMALL STEPS Many things became clear to me about myself – and about other people – when I understood that I’m an Upholder. Habits like “wear perfume each day”. then said. and be Better than Before: clock on the other side of the room. (The fact that I can read magazines habits. but then it becomes a hidden habit. “But I could still wear this The secret to habit change is that we must to an expectation?” sock/T-shirt/sweater one more time. require external accountability. we change our lives. the temptations into inner expectations. Rebels dislike of food. make this form a habit if they’re convinced that habits because they want to do habit challenging. For example. observing traffic regulations) I eat. In fact. When we change our automatic bill paying or a savings account. It’s not a reward. deadlines. at all times. They readily outer and inner alike. But even an Upholder like me. it’s concrete action that can become a habit. One habit I just couldn’t acquire was the habit of throwing away any item of clothing with a hole in it. servings. they make me feel free.

you need to know why If your own imagination performing unladylike and hard because you won’t take you anywhere. human nature to So spend time with friends a meeting with an Q and explore outside interests old flame. and the fact that he husband had had an affair. both prepared to face your issues. LOVE and MaRRIaGE We all have relationship problems from time MEEt thE rELatIoNShIp to time… Phillip Hodson solves your dilemmas ExpErt Phillip Hodson has more Q hoW than 30 years’ Do I WorK oUt experience What hE’S thINKINg? as a sex and relationship I am 55 and have recently started dating therapist. you are that of the well-bred conviction using anglo. I recently discovered he’d not interested enough to make a move. he just not fancy me? He may be worried about his sexual performance. questions & answers SELF SEX. male fantasies. while 3) at it’s all in aid of confirming counsellor. consenting adults and I’d suggest the help of a relationship female. Have you considered whether he might he is adamant they’re just friends be seeing someone else? I reckon you and I’m overreacting but I feel totally have two options. been meeting an ex-girlfriend for drinks. telling your husband you universe – the underlying develop if he is less restless and you are tormented by lust and need him to take you long rudeness of male libido. Help! happened” misses the point. 2) speak with is in private.com/forums woman&home fee l good you 131 . he has two stepsons and a son. sexual acts. enjoy oNLINE our exclusive competitions. after six dates. this “nice man” is interested in you. If not. trust. A far better basis of trust will suddenly resorting to the the height of his passion. which he – it will strengthen your knew you would hate. he has a 60 per cent chance of if he is genuinely interested. Is there a way I can full and frank conversation learn to trust him again? with him about everything. that un-mystery of the photograph getty images language of the barracks. a really nice guy. dressed demurely. Saying “nothing i have no idea what to say. ChEatINg partNEr? but presumably you have created the right three years ago I discovered that my conditions for intimacy. but that wouldn’t be enough to prevent a man from putting his arms around ShoULD I trUSt MY a woman he fancied. it’s linked to seeing his old girlfriend again. one of the most enduring role play is: 1) keep a remember: this behaviour If you can get him to talk – great. It was painful has resisted the bait suggests that although but I forgave him and we moved on. Men’s testosterone levels decline with age and by the time a man lust after that which we cannot have and is 60. offers and events. Plus. go � Meet women just like you by joining the woman&home forum and clubs today. It is despite that. he is however. obviously. he still hasn’t tried anything physical. Saxon phrases. He might just be shy. he will pursue suffering from some form of erectile you even more enthusiastically. which is straight face. No one person can less available. he’s not I DoN’t KNoW hoW to social network and bring new insights and a man who goes out taLK DIrtY my husband wants me stimulation to your of his way to earn your to tell him naughty things during sex. but relationship. Happily unmarried for 35 years. however. Go to womanandhome. your partner has a track or make yourself a lot FGY TIP record of lapsing. he held meet all of our needs. Should I make a move on him or does and is a grandfather to twin boys. Q dysfunction. either have a devastated. all you really cannot get enough of his he had the original affair and whether you could borrow from have to do to create this wonderful [fill in the blank].

132 woman&home FEEL gOOD YOu . where you feel you have to pretend to be more experienced than you are. The good news is. Sometimes it’s easier to behave in a way that is against your instincts. Being truly authentic can often be a struggle because we’re so busy trying to please others that we lose ourselves. Or maybe you are reluctant to voice your true feelings about a situation. it’s simpler than you think to refocus and find out who you are and what you want.Self Inner ConfIdenCe Find the courage… to be you! Life coach and change expert Lindsey Agness explains how tapping into your inner strength H is easier than you think ave you ever found yourself trying to be something you’re not? It could be at work. in order to slot more easily into a group.

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productivity and mood regulation. 134 woman&home feel good you . dark room and. Naps can also be helpful for mind and memory – keep them under 40 minutes numbers sleep and not too close to bedtime. Try This: save your energy for the decisions that matter – in all other cases. with oats or wheat. That’s the one that satisfies you and is deemed sufficient. 2 eMBrACe GooD enoUGH We all suffer from decision overload. has some illuminating answers to clear our mind of clutter 1 sLeeP life work emails getting enough sleep is one of the most important factors for peak performance. neural fatigue sets in. After that.sELF clear the clutter Declutter your brain! We are inundated with information these days and our brains are busier than ever. A good night’s sleep more than doubles the likelihood that you’ll be able to solve password? tWittEr a problem requiring insight. go straight for the “good enough” option. A simple trip to the supermarket invokes dozens of them (to get cereal with honey/nuts/ apples. FamiLy cLuttEr pinterest overloaded memory. a neuroscientist and author of The Organized Mind. when possible. our minds fog and we show poorer impulse control and lack judgement. it may not be the best – but that’s known as “satisficing”. yet research shows our brains are configured to make a limited number of decisions per day. or all of it?) A weekend in Paris means trawling through 200 hotels on TripAdvisor. go to bed and wake at the same time (use an alarm if necessary). Adults need pin friends between six and ten hours. so how can we lighten the load? Daniel Levitin. Try This: sleep in a cool.

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