LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Up for a Challenge?
IF YOU HAVE...
The word challenge, interestingly,
can take on both positive and
negative connotations. Certainly
none of us want to be presented with
a challenging relationship—be it
with a boss or a boyfriend—but a
challenging workout? Bring it on!
Throughout this month’s issue, we’re
encouraging you to take on healthy
challenges that will test your
willingness to grow and change.
At Women’s Health, we
understand that sometimes you need
a little nudge to get out of your
comfort zone (or off the couch and
onto the floor for some butt lifts!).
The challenges we’ve crafted here are
bite-size on purpose—they’re meant
to get you thinking about how you
could push yourself just a little more each day. There is a cumulative effect to
change—before you know it, the little steps you’ve taken add up to a significant
shift. Besides, small, incremental life tweaks often result in more lasting
results. For starters, I’m vowing to eat breakfast sitting at the table, rather than
scarfing down the most important meal of the day while emptying the
dishwasher. In the evening, I aim to read more and chill in front of the TV less
(except when Girls or The Newsroom are on—sorry, I’m an HBO junkie). So
what do you say: Are you in?
Pop a piece of gum—
chewing it may help you
keep your diet on track.
“The #1 Secret to Diet
Success,” page 94
Dust a little bronzer
around your hairline.
Actress Hayden Panettiere
digs the brightening
effect. “Ready. Set. Glow!”
Make your bed. Experts
say daily chores can amp
up your willpower just
as strength training can
build your muscles. “Train
Your Brain,” page 72
Drop and do as many
pushups as you can. Then
check out our chart on
page 133 to see how you
compare with women
your age. “Lean, Strong,
Sexy…for Life,” page 128
self-exams can save lives.
Then join our campaign at
FuckCancer to spread
awareness. “Breast Cancer
Warriors,” page 136
Start a fashion file on
Pinterest for shopping
inspiration so you can
bring pictures along on
your next spree. “Closet
Therapy,” page 60
Follow me on Twitter! @michprom
Are You In? Take the WH challenges! Look for these boxes throughout the issue— each presents a mini challenge. We’d love to hear which ones you take on, so share your experiences on Facebook and be sure to tag us. Type Women’s Health and select our page from the drop-down menu.
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