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Go to a game • If you do one thing this month
Power nap • A recent Harvard study revealed that protein-rich diets can induce a deeper sleep. The team of researchers found that when mice and flies were fed meals high in protein, they were less likely to have their sleep cycles disrupted by low-frequency vibrations. Although the research is in its early days, the results suggested that healthier diets in humans could lead to a better night’s rest.
Bottoms up • The weighted hip thrust is the must-know, must-do move for maximising lower-body strength
Will intermittent fasting affect my fertility? • It’s got a cult-like following when it comes to weight loss, but can fasting harm your chances of conceiving?
Flamenco for self-confidence • As research reveals the Spanish dance can have therapeutic powers, one woman joins a class to take a step towards her duende, or most authentic self
Can I use retinol around my eyes?
…I microdose? • Enthusiasts claim it’s a fast track to better moods and boosted brainpower, but what really goes on in your body when you take a tiny trip?
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
Meet the squad • The team share the best fitness advice they’ve ever had
THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT • She’s the 24-year-old star striker of the Women’s Super League and baby-faced assassin of the Lionesses. As Alessia Russo prepares to head down under for the World Cup, she opens up to WH about prioritising strong over skinny, pushing for pay parity with the men’s game and why there’s a place for pampering off the pitch
Bar class • Protein bars are flying off supermarket shelves faster than bottles of Pimm’s. But can a protein-rich snack really help you reach your goal?
LABEL LOW-DOWN • What to look for on the back of the packet
Happy meal • Look beyond the golden arches and you’ll find a meal that delivers on omega-3 while nudging you closer to your five a day. The secret? Salmon. Summer, we see you…
The art of the SANDWICH • It’s come a long way since the crustless cheese triangles of your childhood, with bougie sandwich shops opening their doors faster than you can say PBJ. Consider this your nutrient-packed guide to the best thing since sliced bread
Salt city • The kitchen counter staple comes in handy for so much more than just shaking on to your dinner. Whether you’re a seasoned seasoner or you prefer to go without, consider this your sodium starter
Some like it cold • There’s a time and a place for an Ottolenghi recipe that eats into both your weekend and budget. But when the sunshine saps your culinary ambitions, there’s a simpler solution – one you can stash in your freezer. Welcome to soup season, reimagined
Sending self-compassion • While there’s a time and a place for boosting your self-esteem, a more stable, sustainable way to create confidence is gathering pace. Is it time you showed yourself a little more compassion?
How self-compassionate are you? • These scales, developed by Dr Neff, will help you work out where you stand. For each statement, write down the number that represents how often you behave in the way described.
Feedback loop • The way you talk to yourself can fuel compassion, but there’s more to mastering positive...