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Sunday runday • Weekend wellness warriors: you’re on to something. A study* of 37,000 healthy adults found no difference in the rate of strokes, heart attacks and heart failure between those who exercised through the week and those who did half of their workouts at the weekend. The caveat? All were meeting the NHS target of 150 active minutes per week.
Strong arming • Work your shoulders with this stability and strength-building combination that’s guaranteed to turn up the burn
Are gummy supplements worth the hype? • ‘Candyceuticals’ promise to deliver nutrients in a way that appeals to your inner child. But should you be buying? We chew over the science
What’s the best way to treat neck wrinkles?
…I take the pill? • Hands up who still shudders at the sight of a pill pack. It’s time to go under the hood of how oral contraceptives affect you
Improv for trusting your instinct • To spark a professional pivot, one writer booked into improv classes – would their magic and mayhem provide the shake-up she needed?
Ask the Fit Squad • Want to run further, lift heavier or nail your first pull-up? Each month, we put your questions to our team of the finest fitness brains to give you the tools you need to make good on your goals
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Main character energy • After a series of supporting roles, Ashley Park is getting top billing for the first time in her career after playing the protagonist in Joy Ride. Now, she’s channelling those leading lady vibes into everything else, from fitness routines to mental health practices. Here, she tells WH why she’s finally treating herself like a star
Chop chop • Onions and garlic have permanent residence in our kitchens, but if you’ve been overlooking other members of the savoury plant family, it’s time to take another look at alliums
Welcome to the gut lab • Few topics have migrated from science journal to lifestyle magazine quite as effectively as gut health. But between social media ‘hacks’ and scientific jargon, it can feel impossible to navigate. Allow us to take you on a tour of yours
The gut menu • Consuming these foods puts you on the right track to healthy internal operations
Game changers • Nutrition is arguably the largest piece of the puzzle, but it’s still ‘just one piece’, says Dr Kwok. ‘Gut health is a series of small, intentional steps you take every day, week and over the year that will guide you in the right direction.’ Here are the other non-negotiable habits that support your gut
Supplement spotlight • If you know you can’t eat enough gut-supporting foods and have symptoms or a chronic digestive disease, talk to a nutrition professional about using a probiotic or prebiotic supplement. Though it’s worth noting that despite the saturation of this particular market, there isn’t one science-backed biotic that’s right for everyone. ‘At the moment, we don’t know if one prebiotic is better than another or whether a supplement with 1bn live active cultures is twice as good as one with 500m,’ says Dr Kwok. These top-rated options are a solid place to start.
Strong Mind • As of November, all GP practices inEngland have to offer patients automaticonline access to their health records, unless they opt out or exceptions apply. But when it comes to your health, isthere such a thing as TMI?
5 Smart ways to harness your health online • Dr Serena Rakha reveals...