Going for Goal

Going for Goal

By Women's Health UK

If you’re looking for inspiration and encouragement to build healthy habits, and make them last, this podcast is for you. Each week, host Roisín Dervish-O’Kane and the Women’s Health team call on top medics, researchers, fitness experts and wellness luminaries to arm you with the practical tools you need to make good on your personal health goals - whether that's powering up your productivity, losing weight in a healthy way, optimising your workout schedule or simply protecting your mental health at a challenging time. You’ll also find out exactly what your favourite healthy celebrities do to look, feel and function at their best. 



Episodes

Do This One Thing: Get Emotional at Work

Hello! Tuesday’s episode of Going fo Goal looks at how you can nurture and strengthen your professional relationships to thrive at work. As working lives, for many, have shape-shifted over the past year with the pivot to WFH - and look set to do so again, as things gradually open up. Ahead of the full thing dropping into your podcast app of choice, here’s Carole Robin - foremost workplace culture expert who taught the world-renowned Interpersonal Dynamics course at the Stanford Graduate Business School for 17 years - talking about the benefits of being open about feelings in the workplace.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/03/211m 10s

How To Rebuild Your Body Confidence with Danae Mercer

When it comes to things like self-esteem and body confidence, good influences don’t come much better than today’s guest. Danae Mercer is a journalist-turned-Instagram sensation who demonstrates self-love and body-acceptance to her 2.2 million followers. She exposes the fakery that brands use while flogging diet products online and has made it her mission to help women the world over love themselves a little more and judge themselves a little less - cellulite and stretch marks included. In today’s episode she opens up about her teenage struggles with anorexia, the problem with always looking at your face with a filter and her tips on how women can cultivate a stronger, more resilient relationship with their bodies - for themselves, the women around them, and the next generation.Join Danae on Instagram: @danaemercerJoin Roisín on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopicsDanae’s eating disorder recovery storyWhy it's important to understand the artifice of social media perfectionWhy there’s no 'right' way to celebrate your body on social mediaThe problem with using beauty filters all the timeWhy teens’ body image battle is every woman’s fightLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode.Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you get where you want to be in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/03/2134m 43s

Do This One Thing: Spring Clean your Socials for Better Body Image

Hello! We've got Danae Mercer on the pod next week: a journalist-turned-body acceptance advocate and Instagram sensation (2.2m followers and counting). On Tuesday, you'll get to hear her talk candidly about her own struggles with disordered eating and body image issues, plus why she's on a mission to help women the world over judge themselves a little less harshly. Until then, here’s Danae on the evolutionary reason it's essential to be mindful on social media - and her timely tip for ensuring your feeds are full of good influences.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/02/211m 42s

Gabby Logan on Midlife Wellness, Power Moves + the Perimenopause

Few people embody a positive, powerful and balanced approach to living well during midlife quite like broadcaster and host of the Midpoint podcast, Gabby Logan. At 47, the mum-of-two feels as good as she did in her 30s, and is passionate about women her age - and older - truly owning their place on TV. As she’s very much doing right now, hosting the BBC’s coverage of the Six Nations. The way she sees it, she’s become more experienced, more skilled in those intervening years - and, as you’ll find out, she’s really fine-tuned the way she maintains her health and wellness too. You’ll hear about her fitness regimen, what it’s been like parenting in a pandemic and why it’s really important to her to prioritise her gut health. But what really sets this conversation apart is how open Gabby is about less well-trodden ground, including how she’s taking HRT since learning she’d entered the perimenopause and why the alcoholism that runs in her family has made her extremely mindful when it comes to drinking. Expect inspiration aplenty from this conversation - no matter what age and stage you’re at.Join Gabby on Instagram: @gabbyloganJoin Claire on Instagram: @clairesandersonJoin Women’s Health UK on Instagram: @womenshealthuk Topics- Gabby Logan on feeling empowered in midlife- How she exercises to boost her mental health- Why Gabby started taking HRT after entering the perimenopause- What it’s like raising teenage twins in lockdown- How she looks after her gut health Like what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/02/2131m 41s

The Science of Stress Snacking + How To Do It Less

What can I do to stop mindlessly snacking on food that doesn’t make me feel good? That’s a question many of you have been directing into our inbox. And, really, is it any surprise? It’s been almost a year of pandemic life, where we’re seeking comfort more than ever; and judging by what you’re telling us, often in snacks. Little morsels, consumed mindlessly that, in the end, you don’t even enjoy that much. If you want a little assistance in rewiring your urge to emotionally eat, so it’s more supportive and sustaining for your health - both physical and mentally - we’ve got you. We chat to clinical researcher and co-director of City Dieticians, Dr Nicola Guess, and clinical psychiatrist Dr Chi-Chi Obuaya, to unpick the intricate and very complex relationship between food and feelings. Crucially, we give you tonnes of strategies for how you can think about supporting your mood and energy levels between meals, including dietician-approved ways to nail healthy comfort food and practical tips for identifying when you’re emotionally eating.Join Dr Guess on Twitter: @Dr_GuessJoin Dr Obuaya on Twitter: @chichiobuaya Join Roisin on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Women’s Health UK on Instagram: @womenshealthuk Topics- How to stop mindlessly snacking- What to eat to maintain energy between meals- Practical tips to stop emotionally eating- Why we’re consuming our feelings during the pandemic Like what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/02/2136m 48s

Do This One Thing: Prep Snacks to Nix Mindless Grazing

Hello! Whatever you've been up to this weekend (walking, was it?) we hope you've had a pleasant one. Next week's episode of Going for Goal covers a hotly requested topic: how you can avoid mindlessly snacking on food that doesn't make you feel good. Ahead of the full thing dropping on Tuesday morning, here's researcher and registered dietician Dr Nicola Guess on how one simple habit switch can make it so much easier to snack in a healthy way. Not yet hit subscribe? Make sure you do, so you'll never miss an episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/02/2140s

Rebel Wilson’s PT Jono Castano on Workouts for Lasting Weight Loss

What can I do to lose excess body weight? That’s the question we receive time and again in our inbox. And with so much bogus advice doing the rounds on the internet, it’s really important to us that we bring you sound, actionable advice on this topic, from credible people who you can trust. This week we’re looking at the specifics of how your workouts fit into the picture of building a lifestyle that supports sustainable fat loss, calling on the expertise of Jono Castano. He’s the personal trainer behind actress Rebel Wilson’s amazing fitness journey, that’s seen her shift over four stone and report feeling healthier and stronger than ever. He talks to us about setting realistic goals and the most empowering metrics to track progress, right through to the importance of getting active alongside your scheduled workouts - plus, his real thoughts about burpees! Whether you want to kickstart a significant lifestyle overhaul, like Rebel, or just make tweaks to your day so you’re maximising your movement and reaping all the body composition benefits of doing so, we hope you find his advice useful. Join Jono on Instagram: @jonocastanoaceroJoin Morgan on Instagram: @morganfargoJoin Women’s Health UK on Instagram: @womenshealthuk Topics- Rebel Wilson’s trainer on building a workout routine- How to exercise for sustainable weight loss- What to consider when embarking on a fitness journey- Which equipment to buy if you’re training at home Like what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/02/2131m 27s

Do This One Thing: Build Active Recovery into Your Workout Week

Hello! On Tuesday’s episode of Going for Goal we've got actress Rebel Wilson's PT, Jono Castano, sharing tonnes of advice and practical tips on how to work out for lasting weight loss. Ahead of the full thing dropping on Tuesday, here’s his tip of the week, all about the importance of building active recovery into your weekly training schedule to benefit your performance and any body composition goals.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/02/211m 22s

Hailey Bieber on Therapy, Chronic Illness and Why She's Done Pleasing Everyone

The supermodel speaks candidly about how she protects her mental health in today's episode (recorded in December) - sharing why she now attends regular therapy, how Justin supports her, and the changes she’s made to her online life that have profoundly affected her IRL happiness. Hailey, who's also a BareMinerals ambassador, chats us through her go-to workouts, her husband's struggle with chronic illness and the skincare regimen maintaining that amazing glow. FYI, Her beauty essentials include the new BareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Concealer, BareMinerals Skinlongevity Long Life Herb Serum and BareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Face Cream (out on March 10th). Bonus! Going For Goal listeners can exclusively get 15% off at bareminerals.co.uk from the 2nd-7th Feb, using the code: GFG15. T&C's apply.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/02/2122m 20s

How Hailey Bieber Stopped Online Negativity Sabotaging her Self-esteem

Hello! This week we've got supermodel Hailey Bieber on the show. The BareMinerals Clean Beauty Ambassador shares her exact workout formula, skincare regime - and the steps she’s taken to support her mental health. One of which has been developing a healthier relationship with social media. Ahead of the full thing dropping on Tuesday morning, here’s her explaining how too much time online negatively impacted her - and the mindset shift that's made a real difference to her health, happiness and self-esteem.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/01/211m 42s

Get Fit, Don’t Quit: Kelsey Wells’ No Fail Formula for Mind-Body Strength

If you’re a little slow off the mark - or not as fired up as usual about your workouts this year - well, that’s not exactly surprising, all things considered. But you don’t need us to tell you that regular exercise - what with all it’s mood-elevating, energy-stabilising powers is one thing that will help get you through this turbo bleak midwinter, like little else. So, how do you jumpstart a fitness regimen that’s going to support you - in mind and body - through this wild time and beyond? In today’s episode we’ve got one of the world’s most loved, lauded and refreshingly real trainers answering this question. Kelsey Wells rose to prominence in fitness circles as a power trainer on the Kayla Itsines-founded SWEAT app, and continues to share her practical yet compassionate approach to strength-based training with her near three million-strong community of followers. However, she’s been on a real journey where exercise is concerned - growing up, she never saw herself falling for workouts, and it was only after a spell of poor mental health drove her to begin taking care of her body that she truly fell in love with fitness. In today’s episode, Kelsey discusses her journey from exercise refusenik to global fitness star, as well as sharing the fitness and mindset fundamentals you need to start - or reinvigorate - a fitness journey. She answers: how do you get started; when should you train; for how long?; what mix of workouts will get you strong without adding too much bulk; what gym equipment is actually worth it - and, above all, how do you keep going?Join Kelsey on Instagram: @kelseywellsJoin Morgan on Instagram: @morganfargoJoin Women’s Health UK on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics - How Kelsey Wells fell in love with fitness- Why exercise can help boost mental health- Kelsey's mind-body strength philosophy- How to begin or reinvigorate a fitness journey, and stay motivated!Like what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/01/2132m 48s

Do This One Thing: Build Lean Muscle with Resistance Bands

Hello everyone! Hope your week’s been okay and you're feeling rested and prepared for the next. Tuesday’s episode of Going for Goal is just the thing for jumpstarting any flagging fitness motivation: a pep talk / get going plan from Sweat Power trainer, Kelsey Wells. Ahead of the full thing dropping into your podcast app of choice on Tuesday morning, here’s Kelsey's recommendation for the best kit to order to build strength at home.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/01/211m 14s

Michelle Keegan on Past Fitness Fails and How She Found Healthy

This week’s episode of Going for Goal is a joyful January catch up between Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief Claire Sanderson and this month’s cover star, Michelle Keegan. The Brassic actress and bonafide national treasure chats about finding her groove with fitness and food - and shares her current workout formula. And while she’s in a great place with her lifestyle now, Michelle opens up about a time when she was training harder, but definitely not smarter. They also discuss the new positive habits Michelle has picked up in 2020 and how the past year has shifted her outlook when it comes to maintaining her relationships with friends and family. Oh, and there’s probably a good few minutes on her favourite snacks, too. So, if you are trying to keep a lid on the amount of between-meals morsels you’re consuming, maybe don’t listen when you’re peckish.Join Michelle on Instagram: @michkeeganJoin Claire on Instagram: @clairesandersonJoin Women’s Health UK on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics Michelle’s exact workout formula What Michelle used to get wrong with fitnessThe social media boundary that’s made Michelle happierMichelle’s favourite foods + ideal dayHow 2020 made Michelle fall for natureLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/01/2126m 9s

How Michelle Keegan is Mixing up her Workouts in 2021

Hello! We hope you're doing okay out there. Next week’s episode of Going for Goal is a catch up between Women's Health's Editor-in-Chief Claire Sanderson and actress Michelle Keegan, who's this month's cover star. Ahead of the full thing dropping on Tuesday morning, here’s Michelle on how she'll be raising her fitness game in 2021.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/01/2159s

How To Set Goals When the World is a Mess

It’s natural, at this time of year, to think about what we want to do, achieve and be. Whether in our workouts, our work lives - or just regarding our relationship with ourselves. But with so much uncertainty, national lockdowns and a news cycle that’s enough to make anyone want to retreat back under the duvet, making plans, plotting goals and actually achieving them is tougher than ever. When we polled our audience on Instagram, over half of people said the sheer mental load of 2021 had sapped their motivation to set and strive for their health goals. If you’ve got no time or energy for self-improvement right now, that’s totally understandable. But, if you do, committing to small changes in your own little world could be of real benefit during this wild moment we're living through. But how do you choose goals that you love too much bail on? What can you do to ensure you’re striving for improvement in as kind a way as possible? And how do you keep yourself focused and on-mission, in the midst of…*all this*? These are among the questions we grapple with in today’s conversation, with help from Dr Anita Aitsi-Selmi, a medical doctor and public health expert-turned-transformational coach to leaders in medicine, law and business, and author of The Success Trap. Along with Dr Heather McKee, a psychologist and behaviour change specialist who helps companies and individuals make healthy changes, and make them last, with her Bite Sized Habits course.Topics:Don't set goals until you've done a mental declutter How to do an energy audit to work out what you needThe case for setting intrinsic goalsDon’t love goals? Try rituals insteadWhy self-kindness leads to more successLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.ukPlease read! Life is hard for many right now. We love sharing ways that you can make yourself feel and function better, but if you're struggling with your mental health please seek support from a GP, therapist or other professional. Charities such as Mind (mind.org.uk) and Rethink (rethink.org) can provide more information.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/01/2130m 56s

Do This One Thing: Foreground Joy When Setting 2021 Goals

Hello! We hope you're doing okay out there. Next week's episode of Going for Goal is all about how to set health goals in a compassionate, pandemic-friendly manner. Ahead of the full thing dropping on Tuesday morning, here's what clinical psychologist and behaviour change specialist, Dr Heather McKee, believes is the crucial ingredient for setting - and smashing - your health goals amidst *all this*.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/01/2148s

How to Lose Weight and Eat Well Your Way, with Prof Tim Spector

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed the Christmas break, in whatever shape yours took this year. Hopefully there was plenty of resting and you’re feeling ready to support yourself - in mind and body - through what looks set to be a few more challenging months*. We thought we’d kick off the year talking about food and, specifically, why in 2021 it might be worth ripping up the healthy eating rulebook. That’s according to Professor Tim Spector OBE, a genetic epidemiologist at King’s College London, co-founder of personalised nutrition app ZOE and author of Spoon Fed: Why Everything We’ve Been Told about Food is Wrong. As that book title would suggest, Professor Spector has a reputation for being one of the most formidable myth busters in the world of nutritional science and he certainly lives up to his rep in today’s conversation. He argues against placing too much emphasis on counting calories and he’s not a fan of counting macros either: he thinks both are a bit boring, reductive and unlikely to help you achieve your health goals in any meaningful or lasting way. Professor Spector believes letting go of tired dietary rules, replacing them with a few core principles, and then - on the specifics - working out what works for your body should be your new M.O. Eat for yourself, he argues, and you'll experience fewer energy crashes and be able to reach a healthy, sustainable weight (if that's a goal for you this year) without excess restriction, calorie cutting or unnecessary misery. While Professor Tim's reasoning and evidence may be highly scientific, his solutions are pretty simple: in essence ‘don’t count your foods, change your mindset’. Sounds good, right? Follow Professor Tim Spector on Twitter: twitter.com/timspectorFollow Roisín Dervish-O'Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneFollow Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics: Why nutrition science has been oversimplifiedWhy you should make 30-plants-a-day your nutrition targetThe case for being playful with your dietHow calories can be useful - and really not The benefits of experimenting with meal timing*Please note: we recorded this episode before the latest national lockdown - stay home and stay safe, everyone.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/01/2142m 3s

End-of-Year Special! 50 Health and Wellness Experts share their #1 tip

Well, we did it! We made it to the end of 2020 - one of the most tough, unsettling and disappointing years, going. But while we lavish due praise on our medics, carers, scientists and other key workers, we think it’s worth you taking some time to big yourself up, too. Going for Goal has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times in 2020. That’s hundreds of thousands of times that you – collectively - have taken around half-an-hour out of being a worker, a parent, a partner - a busy person – to focus on you. Now there are more than 50 episodes ready to tune into whenever and wherever you fancy. Enter our end-of-year gift to you: today’s bumper episode in which we’ve enlisted 50 of our favourite experts (many of whom you’ll recognise from this year’s episodes) to share a little nugget of health advice. The intention is not for these tips to be actioned all in one go (um, hello, December!) but to be planted in your mind, then digested slowly, before providing a little inspiration for the goals you decide to shoot for in 2021 and beyond.A special thanks to our 50 guests (in order of appearance)...Laura Tilt (@nutrility), Dr Megan Rossi (@theguthealthdoctor), Catherine Rabess (@caffdietitian), Rhiannon Lambert (@rhitritian), Dr Hazel Wallace (@thefoodmedic), Joe Wicks (@thebodycoach), Dr Emilia Thompson (@emiliathompsonphd), Renee McGregor (@r_mcgregor), Dr Rosemary Green, Dr Rupy Aujla (@doctors_kitchen), Dr Haya Al-Khatib (@sleepnutritionist ), Adrienne Herbert (@adrienne_ldn), Nesrine Dally (@nez__healthhub), Amy Lane (@wellness_ed), Alice Liveing (@aliceliveing), Laura Hoggins (@laurabiceps), Dr Rangan Chatterjee (@drchatterjee), Joslyn Thompson Rule (@joslynthompsonrule), Dr Josie Perry (See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/12/2041m 0s

30+ Fertility: Your Questions About Getting Pregnant Now or in the Future

For our penultimate episode of the year (see ya never, 2020) we’re tackling the topic of fertility - and handing the reins over to you. More than one hundred of you sent in your questions on the subject and you covered a lot of ground. Expect information on everything from understanding the timeline fundamentals and how bodyweight affects fertility to facts about interventions like egg freezing and the lifestyle tweaks that can optimise your chances of having a successful IVF cycle. The first expert answering your questions is Dr Larisa Corda, an NHS obstetrician and gynaecologist who also works in private practice. If you spend weekday mornings with Holly and Phil on the regular, you might remember her from The Conception Plan, a mini-feature on This Morning, which followed several couples struggling with infertility on their journeys to fall pregnant and foregrounded her holistic, lifestyle-focused approach to improving fertility. The second is Melanie Brown, a nutritionist who uses food and lifestyle-based interventions to help couples overcome infertility and has worked alongside gynaecologists, urologists, midwives and IVF specialists for over two decades. While the questions we received were skewed towards the experience of heterosexual couples, much of the advice given is useful for all women - regardless of their partner’s gender. There are, of course, many routes to motherhood.Follow Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukFollow Dr Larisa Corda on Instagram: @drlarisacordaFollow Melanie Brown on Instagram: @melaniebrownnutrition Follow Roisín on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneTopics: Tips for futureproofing fertility in your early 30sEating for fertile health: the case for carbs and dairyFertility MOT’s: what happens and are they worth it?Lifestyle tweaks for boosting IVF cycle successWhat happens after an ‘unexplained infertility’ diagnosisLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/12/2041m 30s

The Smartest Age to Consider Egg Freezing, According to a Gynaecologist

Hello! Ahead of our weekly episode drop on Thursday, here’s what's coming up on this week’s show. We’re tackling the topic of fertility; putting your questions direct to a doctor and a nutritionist, who both specialise in helping couples conceive. Here’s what one of our experts, obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Larisa Corda, wants women considering egg freezing - now or in the future - to know.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/12/201m 26s

How to Feel Less Lonely in Lockdown and Beyond

Are you feeling lonely at the moment? That was just one of the questions we set out to answer when we surveyed over 2,000 WH readers, followers and listeners this autumn. The findings were stark: 79% of you told us you feel lonelier now than you did before the pandemic - a number that rises to 87% among single people. For a community formed around a shared passion for health, this is troubling news. Loneliness is about as destructive a force for mental and physical health as you can get. So, rather than spend our weekly slot chatting to you about all the ways loneliness can harm you, we want to talk you through something we hope can help - regardless of your age, relationship status or living set up. It’s our new campaign, The Loneliness Remedy, and it hinges on a simple concept: that just as you plan your at-home workouts and take time out for self-care, it’s essential to work on your social nutrition (lessening the burden of loneliness via cultivating connections and caring for others) too. And much like you aim to eat at least five fruit and vegetables a day - per NHS advice - we’re encouraging all of you listening to seek out five socially nutritious interactions every day, too. So, how can you tell if you are lonely? And how, practically, can you go about getting your other five-a-day alongside all the very many things on your to-do list? Joining host Roisín Dervish O'Kane to discuss this and more is Jeffrey Hall, professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas and Dr Sophie Mort, a clinical psychologist who made the move from working in the NHS to running remote online therapy appointments with clients worldwide.Follow Dr Sophie Mort on Instagram: @_drsophFollow Roisin Dervish-O'Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneFollow Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics:Why loneliness has affected so many during the pandemicThe difference between interactions on social media and in real lifeHow to tell if you are lonelyWhy Women's Health's The Loneliness Remedy may helpHow to deal with isolation if you're feeling aloneLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk.Please read! If loneliness is seriously adversely affecting your mental health please seek support from your GP, a therapist or other professional. Charities such as Mind and Rethink can provide more information.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/12/2039m 20s

Feeling Lonely? A Professor on Why Scrolling Through your Social Media Feeds Won't Help

Hi there! On this week's show we introduce WH's latest campaign - The Loneliness Remedy - and explain why we're encouraging you to think about your 'social nutrition' and getting your other five-a-day. Ahead of the full episode dropping on Thursday, here's Jeff Hall, professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, explaining why, if you're struggling with loneliness right now, it's probably best to limit your social media use...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/12/201m 19s

AJ Odudu on Being an Extrovert in Lockdown and Opening Up About Racial Justice

We're thinking of you at WH during this most November-y of Novembers. If you’re having a pretty grey day, we hope that today’s show will be a bit of a brightener. Rather than a conversation that homes in on how to achieve a specific health goal, we’ve got an interview for you with one of the most fun and interesting up-and-coming female stars on our screens right now. She’s AJ Odudu, the 32-year-old Blackburn-born presenter who you’ll know from TV shows including The Voice and Don’t Rock the Boat with Freddie Flintoff. Her on-screen brand is all high energy and warm smiles, but in today’s episode – in which she chats to WH’s digital fitness writer Morgan Fargo - she opens up about how tricky 2020 was to manage for someone as extroverted as herself. However, she tells us how lockdown has taught her some valuable lessons - not least the importance of establishing a solid workout routine and getting enough rest. AJ also speaks candidly about how the Black Lives Matter movement affected her emotionally, and why the article she wrote for Vogue (which was shared widely online - do have a Google and read it if you haven’t already) was a form of self-therapy. It’s a chat that’s sunny, energising - and really thought provoking.Follow AJ Odudu on Instagram: @ajoduduFollow Morgan Fargo on Instagram: @morganfargoFollow Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics:AJ Odudu on being an extrovert during lockdownLearning the importance of getting enough restHow affirmations help give her confidence presentingWhy the Black Lives Matter movement was a time of traumaHow she motivates herself to workoutLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/11/2031m 52s

The One Thing Presenter AJ Odudu Does Each Morning for a Great Day

Hope your week has got off to a good start. We’re just sliding into your podcast player of choice to let you know what’s coming up on this week’s show. We’ve got AJ Odudu in conversation with WH’s Digital Fitness Writer Morgan Fargo. The TV presenter discusses everything from the struggles of being an extrovert in lockdown, to how the massive swell in awareness around issues including police brutality and racial justice this summer affected her emotionally. Of course, there's plenty of fitness talk too.Ahead of the full interview dropping on Thursday, here’s why AJ loves to lace-up her trainers first thing...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/11/201m 24s

How To Get Great Skin Q&A: Two Leading Doctors Tackle Your Dilemmas

Given how much you loved our episode all about how best to care for your skin throughout the decades, we thought it was about time we do another show solely dedicated to looking after your body’s largest organ. Because, who doesn’t want their skin to be healthy, resilient and looking its best? Women’s Health’s beauty editor, Perdie Nouril, has been collecting your questions over the past couple of weeks, and they range from perennial concerns - such as treating acne, calming rosacea and what to eat for great skin - to some topics that are, terribly, of the moment. (Think: getting rid of the dreaded maskne, and the impact all that blue light we’re exposed to is having - now that meetings, workouts, book clubs, family catch ups etc are often taking place via a screen.) Answering your questions on today’s show are two of the British beauty industry’s most in-demand doctors: Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme, founder of the award winning Adonia clinic, and renowned cosmetic dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting. Expect clear-eyed, actionable advice about a range of conditions and insider tips on how best to invest in your skin - including what much-hyped products and treatments really aren’t worth your money. Follow Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme on Instagram: @dr_ifeoma_ejikemeFollow Dr Sam Bunting on Instagram: @drsambuntingFollow Perdie Nouril on Instagram: @perditanourilLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/11/2047m 23s

Improve Acne, Rosacea and Hyperpigmentation with this Top Derm-Approved Skincare Ingredient

Hey Going for Goal listeners! Just popping up to let you know what's coming up on this week's show (it's a goodie). WH’s Beauty Editor Perdie Nouril puts your skincare questions to two of the UK’s most sought-after skin experts: Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme, founder of the award winning Adonia clinic, and cosmetic dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting. Whether you’re concerned about fine lines, rosacea, hyperpigmentation or maskne, there will be something in here for you. (Also, there are product recommendations aplenty from the pros - perfect timing for making the most of those Black Friday deals.)Ahead of the full thing dropping on Thursday, here's Dr Sam Bunting on why azelaic acid is her unsung superhero skincare ingredient, and why it’s well worth slotting into your own routine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/11/201m 30s

How To Get Fitter, Stronger and Be Kinder To Yourself with Alice Liveing

Whatever level of Covid restrictions you’re living under right now, there’s a high chance that you’ll be working on your fitness from your living room this November - as opposed to the gym floor. One woman who knows a thing or two about home workouts is today’s guest, PT, Instagram star and 3x WH covergirl - and columnist - Alice Liveing. Here she speaks to WH Editor-in-Chief Claire Sanderson (back before the latest restrictions came into force in England) and they cover a lot: from at-home fitness making a healthy lifestyle more accessible to what to do to ensure you’re properly challenging yourself and making gains at home - whatever those may look like to you. They also discuss the complex place we’re in with body politics in 2020, and why if weight loss or altering your body composition is a goal for you, that’s totally okay - provided your motivation and your means for getting there are healthy. Of course, staying healthy in lockdown isn’t just about fitness; Alice also talks about mental health, specifically her health anxiety and how she’s managing this condition against the ultra-triggering backdrop of a global pandemic.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/11/2040m 55s

Pro Tip: Alice Liveing's Home Workout Fundamentals

Hello! We hope your week’s going okay - and you’re being extra nice to yourself. On this week’s show we’ve got the irrepressibly sunny Alice Liveing: PT, Instagram superstar and 3x WH cover girl. Here's a sneak peak where she shares her - extremely timely - advice on how to create the ultimate home workout routine.Tune in on Thursday for the full interview.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/11/201m 32s

Simple Steps to Guard Against Burnout This Lockdown

England is going back into a nationwide lockdown today and if you’re feeling pretty apprehensive about that, you’re very much not alone. The fact that so many of us are going to be staying home for the next month really increases the relevance of this latest episode, a conversation in which we’re looking at the goal of how you can protect yourself against mental and emotional burnout. More than a fancy term for being exhausted and overworked, burnout is condition that’s been recognised by the World Health Organisation. It’s something that has touched so many of us during the last national lockdown as Covid-19 drove a wrecking ball through our normal ways of living, working and socialising, and has lingered throughout the past months of fluctuating restrictions. In this episode, Senior Editor Roisín Dervish-O'Kane calls up Professor Amy O’Hana, a counsellor and lecturer at Oregon State University in the US and author of Beyond Burnout: What to do When your Work isn’t Working for You, along with Professor Josh Cohen, a psychoanalyst, Goldsmiths University professor and author of Not Working: Why We Have to Stop. Together they discuss what burnout is, what it isn’t, how to spot the signs if you are going through it and, crucially, what you can do to protect your mental, emotional and spiritual health as England moves into Lockdown 2.0. Follow Roisín Dervish-O'Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneFollow Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics:What are the signs you're experiencing burnoutHow do you tell burnout apart from tirednessWhy has the pandemic made us more vulnerable to burnoutWhat should you do if you're suffering from burnoutHow can you avoid burnout during the second national lockdownLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/11/2036m 54s

Mind Racing? One Way to Carve Out Headspace while WFH

Hello Going for Goal listeners! We're just sliding into your podcast app of choice to let you know what’s coming up on the show this week. We're unpicking the tricky topic of mental and emotional burnout - what it is, what it isn’t and how, as the nation prepares for a second national lockdown, you can protect yourself from sliding into its joyless clutches. The full episode drops on Thursday, but until then, here’s a little snippet, in which Professor Josh Cohen, psychoanalyst and lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, shares his advice on how to stop your to-do list taking over those quiet moments that are so essential for guarding against burnout and keeping mentally well.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/11/201m 32s

Laura Whitmore on Finding Positives in a Turbulent 2020 and Protecting Herself on Social Media

This week on Going For Goal we welcome onto the podcast a former WH cover star – the Irish model and presenter, Laura Whitmore. She has become one of the best known and loved faces and voices, on TV and radio respectively, since she landed her first job with MTV in 2008. Her grit and positivity shine through in this episode, where she chats to WH editor-in-chief Claire Sanderson about her rather turbulent 2020. A year that began with the high of landing the plum job as the new Love Island host, before losing her dear friend Caroline Flack part way through the series. Laura tells us how – while it’s certainly been tough – she has been grateful for the fact lockdown has given her time to grieve. It also allowed her to spend more time with her partner Iain Stirling and rediscover the importance of stillness for mental health. Something that’s been MIA in her schedule since she moved from her hometown of Bray, County Wicklow, to begin her career in London more than a decade ago. She also opens up about her – relatably irregular – workout routine, dealing with online trolls and trying her best to use social media as a force for good.Follow Laura Whitmore on Instagram: @thewhitmoreFollow Claire Sanderson on Instagram: @clairesandersonFollow Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics:Laura Whitmore on self-care during the pandemicHow she protects her mental health on social mediaWhy lockdown gave her the chance to grieve friend Caroline FlackWhat it's like to work on Love Island with partner Iain StirlingHer go-to exercise for staying fit while travellingLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/10/2029m 19s

Laura Whitmore Reveals How She Maintains a Positive Relationship With Social Media

On the podcast this week we're chatting to much-loved Irish model and presenter Laura Whitmore. The former WH cover star opens up about grieving her dear friend Caroline Flack, dealing with online trolls, finding stillness in lockdown and much more.Catch the full, candid conversation on Thursday - but, in the meantime, here's how she maintains a positive relationship with social media.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/10/201m 40s

Comfort Eating, Calories and Covid: A Top Nutritionist on Weight Loss Now

This week we're looking at the never-not-tricky topic of weight loss, with actionable tips and strategies to help navigate the complex world of food and feelings. Something that’s been made ever more complex by the small matter of a global pandemic. While there are, arguably, far bigger things to think about right now than the size and shape of your body, the matter of how to manage weight - without burdening your mind - has been at the forefront of many people's thoughts. The messages from those of you wanting help with snacking and weight loss tips has been matched only by the number of you seeking advice on how you can keep your body confidence and relationship with food robust, during a time when everyone's mental health is being pressured in all directions - and life is less rich and active than before. So, in this episode, we’re going to take a kind approach to the topic of weight management, as we draw to a close of 2020. Senior Editor Roisín Dervish-O’Kane is joined by Rhiannon Lambert - a Harley Street nutritionist, who helps clients overhaul their health at her Rhitrition clinic, whether that involves losing excess weight or helping recovering eating disorder patients rebuild their relationship with food. She's also a published author and host of the Food For Thought podcast. Here, she busts some of the most pervasive weight loss myths, offers some smart strategies for avoiding mindless snacking while WFH and explains why - now of all times - it’s important to not beat yourself up about finding comfort in food.Join Rhiannon Lambert on Instagram: @rhitrition Join Roisín Dervish-O'Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics:Why it's okay to want a healthier relationship with foodSimple ways to curb mindless snacking while WFHThe foundations of good nutrition - whatever your goalsWhen calories are useful and when they're notWhy it's important to focus on your own goals, not anyone else'sLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/10/2031m 15s

Lockdown Weight Gain: What a Nutritionist Wants You to Know

On Going For Goal this week we are looking at how anyone who is thinking about weight loss or management can action this sustainably and healthily, while also remaining kind to their minds. Our expert guest is nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert, who specialises in helping clients with obesity as well as those with eating disorders wanting to rebuild their relationship with food. Here’s her tip for how you can achieve a body goal - without placing undue pressure on your mental health during an especially trying year. For more smart strategies and do-today tips, tune in on Thursday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/10/201m 54s

Alex Scott on The Power of Sport, Lockdown Lessons and Finding Solace in Therapy

First of all, we're sending a massive virtual hug to everyone who’s been affected by the latest restrictions in the UK. It’s been a tense week - more so for some than others - and we hope you’re doing what you can to look after yourselves. If you’re running low on inspiration, we reckon today’s guest, Alex Scott - England footballing star turned pundit, sports broadcaster (and 2019 Strictly alumnus) is well-equipped to help you. Since being scouted at the age of eight while playing football near her London council estate, her life as a pro-athlete was defined by how fit, strong and athletic she was. But now, by her own admission, she ‘uses fitness for fun’ - and the joy she clearly finds in it is truly infectious. In this episode she chats to WH Editor-in-Chief Claire Sanderson about the lessons she’s learned in her long career, as well as the strengths that sport and exercise equips girls and women with on and off the pitch. She also opens up about her mental health, therapy, living alone during lockdown - and what her next big career goal looks like. Follow Alex Scott on Instagram: @alexscott2Follow Claire Sanderson on Instagram: @clairesandersonFollow Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics:Alex Scott's lockdown fitness routineHow therapy can help protect mental healthWhat it's like being a celebrity contestant on StrictlyWhat goes into being a successful pro footballerThe challenges of working in a male-dominated spaceLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/10/2035m 1s

The Quote England Footballer-turned-Broadcaster Alex Scott Lives By

Hello! This week, we've got former England football star-turned-pundit and broadcaster Alex Scott on the show.The Strictly Come Dancing alumnus discusses everything from the power of sport and what’s really like to be a female football pundit in 2020, to her exact fitness formula and what living alone during lockdown taught her. Ahead of the full episode dropping later this week, Alex shares the one quote that helps her to stay positive in the face of pressure and really go for her goals.Catch the full thing on Thursday, wherever you get your podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/10/201m 17s

Protecting Your Mental Health in a Pandemic: One Psychiatrist's Prescription

Times are tough; made more so by the fact we don’t know exactly when they’re going to get better. But, as policymakers and medical chiefs aim to sort the situation on a zoomed out, macro level, we want to play our small part in helping by offering you sensible, actionable advice on looking after your mind in 2020. Just in time for World Mental Health Day, we’ve got NHS consultant psychiatrist Dr Sarah Vohra on the podcast to discuss the particular challenges this moment presents for our minds - and, crucially, what you can do to mitigate their worst effects. She’s one of Women’s Health’s most trusted authorities on mental health and, as you’ll get from this conversation, has a real knack for turning down the alarm bells and intensity on the topic of mental health and providing really straightforward, clear-eyed advice. Here, she talks Senior Editor Roisín Dervish-O’Kane through the simple habits and routines that are vital for mental health maintenance during a tough time, such as staying disciplined with your self-care and being aware of your limits. Plus, what to do if you are one of the people whose mental health has slipped to the point where you’re not coping and need to seek extra support. You are, very much, not alone - and we hope you find this episode useful.Dr Sarah Vohra is author of The Mind Medic: Your Five Senses Guide To Living A Calmer, Happier Life (£14.99, Penguin Life)Follow Dr Sarah Vohra on Instagram: @themindmedicFollow Roisín Dervish-O'Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneFolllow Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics:Discussing the results of Women's Health's Strong Mind surveyWhy 2020 life is so tough on our mindsHow to build a daily routine that supports good mental healthWhat to do if your mental health feels unmanageableA PSA about antidepressant medicationsLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/10/2039m 9s

Anxious Morning? Try This Psychiatrist-Approved Routine Tweak

Hello! Popping up to let you know what’s coming up on Going for Goal this week. Just in time for World Mental Health Day on Saturday, we’ve got NHS consultant psychiatrist Dr Sarah Vohra on the show to discuss the particular challenges this moment presents for our minds - and crucially, what you can do to mitigate their worst effects. Here’s her easy-to-action tip for getting your day off to as positive-as-possible start. For more practical self-care principles, plus strategies for staying mentally strong in tough times, tune in on Thursday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/10/201m 59s

Victoria Beckham and Louise Redknapp's Crystal Healer on Making the Practice Work for You

Given the news of late has been so focused on the sharpest edge of health and healthcare, we thought we'd go right to the other end of the spectrum with a conversation that’s properly, unashamedly 'woo woo' wellness. In today’s episode, WH’s Digital Beauty and Health Editor Claudia Canavan chats to musician Louise Redknapp along with her crystal healer Emma Lucy Knowles. Author of three books, The Power of Crystal Healing, You Are a Rainbow: Essential Auras and The Life-Changing Power of Intuition: Tune into Yourself, Transform Your Life, her illustrious client list also includes Victoria Beckham. From knowing which crystal might work for you to how to buy ethically, these three discuss the things that anyone who’s curious about incorporating crystal healing into their health and wellness routine needs to know. And sure, while carrying a rose quartz in your bag - or bra - doesn’t come with the backing of eminent academics or peer-reviewed studies, growing numbers of people are finding comfort in this stuff. And, right now, isn't finding comfort a valid goal in and of itself?Follow Louise Redknapp on Instagram: @louiseredknappFollow Emma Lucy Knowles on Instagram: @your_emmalucyFollow Claudia Canavan on Instagram: @claudiacanavanLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Alternatively, you can email us: womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/10/2034m 28s

Why Louise Redknapp is All For Crystal Healing and Alt-Wellness

Hello! Just popping up to let you know what's coming up on this week's show, which is...a little bit out there. We’ve got singer Louise Redknapp alongside her - wait for it - crystal healer Emma Lucy Knowles (whose illustrious client list also includes Victoria Beckham). Together they discuss how Louise uses these gorgeous hunks of stone to really go for her confidence and career goals - plus, of course, how you can do so, too. Ahead of the full episode dropping into your podcast app of choice on Thursday morning, here’s what Louise has to say to anyone quick to dismiss practices that sit on the more 'woo-woo' end of the wellness spectrum - especially now. Intrigued? Tune in on Thursday for more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/09/201m 10s

Kate Ferdinand on Comparison Anxiety and Being Pregnant in A Pandemic

This week we’re talking blended families; couples workouts and feel-good habits with former reality TV star Kate Ferdinand. Now married to ex-pro footballer Rio Ferdinand, she’s an ultra loving step-mum to his three children, Lorenz, Tate and Tia - who truly won the hearts of many viewers after their documentary Rio and Kate: Becoming a Stepfamily aired on BBC One earlier this year. She’s also one of the many women going through the unique experience of being pregnant in a pandemic - with her little boy due later this year. In this episode she chats to Women's Health editor-in-chief Claire Sanderson about the unlikely ways pregnancy affects you - in body and mind; how she’s adapted her high-intensity workouts to slower, more mindful training and why, since she’s been pregnant, her and Rio have stopped bickering in the gym. She also shares the strategies she uses to avoid falling down an anxiety spiral and why authentic happiness - rather than perfection - is the goal she’s shooting for.Follow Kate Ferdinand on Instagram:@xkateferdinandFollow Claire Sanderson on Instagram: @clairesandersonFollow Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics: Kate Ferdinand’s pregnancy fitness routineManaging mental health while pregnantGiving birth in a pandemicRaising a blended family with Rio FerdinandHow to deal with comparison anxiety on social mediaLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/09/2037m 29s

Kate Ferdinand's New Happiness Habit Might Just Surprise You

Hello! Just popping up to let you know that, on this week's episode of Going for Goal, you'll be able to hear Kate Ferdinand discuss her feel-good habits and current health (and parenting) goals.The former reality TV star is due to give birth to her first child (she's already an enthusiastic step-mum to footballer husband Rio's three children) and here shares the one thing that's helped her manage her anxious feelings while she's been pregnant during a year like no other. Want to hear more from Kate? Subscribe and look out for the new episode of Going for Goal in your podcast app this Thursday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/09/201m 18s

Perimenopause, Menopause and Beyond: Busting Myths and Misinformation

It’s Fit At Any Age month on Women’s Health, where we’re celebrating women’s evolving health, fitness and wellness needs. And, of course, arming you with the tools you need to feel, perform and look your best - at every age and stage. This week we’re talking about the menopause and perimenopause - stages of life that have gone unspoken about for too long, and might not be as far away as you’d think. The perimenopause (where hormone levels drop, your periods become inconsistent and you can experience a tonne of undesirable symptoms including fatigue, low mood and forgetfulness) tends to start when women are in their early 40s. And, in the case of WH Editor-in-Chief Claire Sanderson, they appeared in her late 30s. In today’s episode she chats to GP and leading menopause specialist Dr Louise Newson about her disorienting journey into the perimenopause and the key lessons she wants all women on - or approaching - that journey to know. Here, they discuss how to spot the signs that you’ve entered a menopausal or perimenopausal phase, and discuss the actions you can take to get back on your game at what is - personally and professionally - such a key time of life.Follow Dr Louise Newson on Instagram: @menopause_doctorFollow Claire Sanderson on Instagram: @clairesanderson Follow Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthuk Topics: Spot the signs of the perimenopauseTwo women share their perimenopause journeysHRT and breast cancer: how robust is the connection?Managing menopause without hormonesThe mental health impact of nosediving hormonesLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode. Or you can send us an email on womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/09/2036m 0s

Davina McCall on Confidence Lessons and Being Fit At 52

Davina McCall was one of the UK’s biggest fitness influencers before that phrase was even a thing. From noughties workout DVD's to her do-anywhere fitness and wellness platform Own Your Goals, her sustained passion for getting women moving is seriously impressive. The broadcaster and bona fide national treasure fronts Women’s Health’s first-ever Fit At Any Age issue, which is on stands now. At 52, she’s our oldest cover star, and on today’s show she tells our editor-in-Chief Claire Sanderson just what that means to her. Davina also reflects on how ageing has affected her confidence (spoiler alert - it might not be what you think), why your fifties can be a decade of real energy and transformation - plus what she’d love to tell her 20-year-old self now. The mum-of-three also shares her exact workout formula, the nutritional principles that guide - not dictate - how she fuels her body, and the tools she uses to get back on track when her motivation and confidence falters. No matter if you're in your 20s, your 70s - or somewhere in between - there are lessons, laughs and truth bombs aplenty in here for all women.Follow Davina McCall on Instagram: @davinamccallFollow Claire Sanderson on Instagram: @clairesandersonFollow Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics: Why self-love can grow as you ageStrategies for raising body-confident daughtersWhy Davina won’t be back in the gym anytime soonDavina’s current fitness and nutrition scheduleThe latest on Davina's next big life goalLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/09/2032m 19s

What Davina McCall Wishes She'd Known at 20

Hello! We wanted to give you a heads up about this week's show, in which broadcaster, fitness entrepreneur and current Women's Health cover star Davina McCall joins our Editor-in-Chief Claire Sanderson for a natter about workout motivation, confidence and the unsung positives of growing older. Here's one life lesson from the episode we thought we'd share with you as a little Tuesday morning boost. Want more from Davina? Tune in on Thursday.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/09/2058s

34 Dermatologist-Approved Skincare Rules for Your 20s, 30s, 40s and Beyond

To coincide with Women’s Health’s first ever Fit At Any Age issue hitting newsstands, we're exploring how you can get your best-ever skin, in your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond. Because while skin is personal, and its needs vary according to things like your ethnicity or skin type, there are certain fundamental principles that are worth getting to grips with. It's knowledge that can make caring for your skin simpler, more satisfying and a great deal more fun - whatever your age. In today's episode, Women’s Health’s Beauty Editor Perdie Nouril is joined by Dr Anjali Mahto, a consultant dermatologist and author of The Skincare Bible: Your No-Nonsense Guide To Great Skin (£14.99, Penguin). She spells out the formulations and habits you’ll want on your side as you move through the years and offers her specialist insight on managing conditions such as acne, rosacea and pigmentation. By the end you’ll know your hyaluronic from your ascorbic from your azelaic acid and be able to decode a product label like a pro. Note taking advised.Follow Dr Anjali Mahto on Instagram: @anjalimahtoFollow Perdie Nouril on Instagram: @perditanourilFollow Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopicsHow to choose the right SPF for you How to deal with adult acne When is the right time to use retinol? The case for using a vitamin C serumHow hormonal changes impact 40-something skinWhy getting expert advice can be cost-effectiveLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/09/2041m 30s

Pro Tip: Two Ways to Prevent and Reduce Eye Wrinkles

Hello! Just sliding into your podcast app to let you know what's coming up on this week's show. Tune in on Thursday to learn how to get your skin in its best shape, whatever your age. Here's one nugget of know-how from this week's episode, in which consultant dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto shares her advice for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes with WH’s Beauty Editor, Perdie Nouril. Hit subscribe to make sure you don't miss it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/09/201m 55s

How to Create the Perfect Workout Schedule for Body and Mind

This week’s episode is a proper back-to-school one - not literally. But you know that September feeling - new stationery, shiny shoes, a colour-coordinated schedule - we’re talking that, but for your workouts. Yes, we’re looking at the goal of building the perfect workout schedule for body and mind. One that will help you get stronger or faster whilst being kind to yourself. Because healthy change is never just about evolving the way your body looks - or even performs. From setting your goal to seeing it through and the whole journey in the middle, there’s a real mental and emotional component, too. That’s why, joining WH fitness writer Morgan Fargo on this week’s show are two brilliant experts. The first, Nike Global master trainer Joslyn Thompson Rule brings a tonne of knowledge about the nuts and bolts of putting together a fitness schedule that supports your goal. And the second, Chartered Sports Psychologist Dr Josie Perry, is a leading voice in understanding how best to get your mind on-side - and balance determination with self-compassion. So, whether you want to get stronger; build certain muscles, smash out a 10k or shift any excess body fat - in this episode we have plenty of inspiration and advice for you to action today. Or, you know, after the August bank holiday...Follow Joslyn Thompson Rule on Instagram: @joslynthompsonruleFollow Dr Josie Perry on Twitter: @josephineperryFollow Morgan Fargo on Instagram: @morganfargoFollow Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics  How to build a workout scheduleWhen to exercise to achieve a health goalHow many HIIT sessions to do a weekWhat are the best sort of health goals to makeHow to achieve healthy fat lossWhy you should factor in enough rest daysLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/08/2036m 42s

Pro Tip: How To Structure Your Workout Week

Hello! Just sliding into your podcast app to let you know what's coming up on this week's show. Tune in on Thursday to learn how to build a workout schedule that helps you achieve your goals, while being kind to your body and mind. Here's one nugget of know-how from this week's episode, in which Nike Global Master Trainer Joslyn Thompson-Rule offers a blueprint for how to plan your workouts each week.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/08/201m 8s

How To Train Around Your Cycle for Maximum Results

For a long time, the menstrual cycle was considered a bit of a messy, inconvenient business – a hindrance that women just had to put up with. In both science and sport, the attitude was much the same. But over the past decade or so there’s been a rising tide of interest in actually figuring out how a woman’s monthly cycles impact her performance. Now, from Megan Rapinoe’s World Cup-winning US football team and the Chelsea women's squad to the elite dancers of the Scottish Ballet, female athletes at the top of their game are using the insights of endocrinology (that's the science of how hormones work) to train around their cycles in order to perform better - and this week, we’re looking at how you can, too. Women’s Health’s fitness writer Morgan Fargo is joined by Dr Nicky Keay, a sports endocrinologist who conducts clinical research into this very area and applies those findings to her work with athletes. From knowing when to push yourself and when to ease off the intensity to the best cramp-quelling exercises for when you’re actually on, here’s what you need to know in order to get the most out of your workouts – all month long. Follow Dr Nicky Keay on Twitter: @NickyKeayFitnessFollow Morgan Fargo on Instagram: @morganfargoFollow Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics  Your menstrual cycle, explainedHow to choose a PMS-friendly workoutThe time of the month when your hormones support challenging workouts Why period tracking is important for monitoring fitness goal progress Your choice of contraception and how it impacts your performanceWhat the perimenopause means for your fitness levelsLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/08/2032m 10s

Pro Tip: Working Out When You're Premenstrual

Hello! We wanted to send you a little voice note to let you know what’s in store on this week’s episode. We’ve got elite sports endocrinologist Dr Nicky Keay on the show to share how tuning into the rhythms of your menstrual cycle can help you realise your fitness goals - and even reduce your chance of injury. Here’s a little tip from this week’s episode; the full thing lands on Thursday morning. Hit subscribe to make sure you never miss an episode.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/08/201m 18s

Gemma Atkinson on Getting Strong and the Power of Keeping it Real

In today’s episode, Women’s Health’s Editor-in-Chief Claire Sanderson chats with radio presenter, mum-of-one and serious fitness lover Gemma Atkinson (who might be the one guest who loves challenging herself with workouts just as much as Claire does). Gemma so exemplifies what we love and value at Women’s Health - the passion for fitness, the balanced, no-BS approach to living well, the cracking sense of humour - that she’s been on the cover of Women’s Health twice. Once, at the beginning of 2018 and again earlier this year, six months after giving birth to her daughter, Mia. In this conversation she talks about what it was like to shoot that cover and how proud she was was to celebrate her evolved, un-airbrushed body. She and Claire also candidly discuss the pressures on young women today and how they plan to raise strong, body-confident daughters. Plus, Gemma shares the approach to fitness and nutrition that helps her stay strong, fit and happy.Follow Gemma Atkinson on Instagram: @glouiseatkinsonFollow Claire Sanderson on Instagram: @clairesandersonFollow Women’s Health on Instagram @womenshealthukTopicsThe surprising way competing on Strictly changed Gemma’s bodyThe importance of doing the exercise you find hardestGemma's postnatal training learningsWhy chips and pizza have a place in Gemma’s diet Two mums talk building their daughters’ self-esteemLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health goal in an upcoming episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/08/2045m 16s

How To Stop Fear Holding You Back

This week we’re doing a little mindset maintenance – looking at fear. Specifically, the fear that you’re not good enough, and how this can build and build and hold you back in many ways. From not going for the goals you want because you’re so fearful of failure, to being fearful that the success you’ve accumulated is so fleeting and so ready to be wrenched away from you that you keep chasing success but never actually allow yourself to recognise it; to enjoy it. The type of fear that, if it gets both hands on the wheel, can drive you towards overwork, burnout and a total disconnection from meaning, purpose and happiness in your life. Roisín is joined by Dr Pippa Grange - a doctor of sports psychology and a world-leading culture coach who’s hired by the sporting and business elite to help them edge in front of the competition. As head of people and team development at the Football Association, she worked closely with Gareth Southgate’s England team for the World Cup in 2018. She calls fear a thief, arguing that working on your fear is an essential step in achieving success - and talks through the techniques to facing it once and for all. Dr Pippa Grange is author of Fear Less: How to Win at Life Without Losing Yourself (Vermilion) - out now. Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O'Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokane TopicsHow fear is holding you back in many aspects of your lifeWhy being fearful of failure stops you going for goalsHow fear can lead to burnout when combined with ambitionWhy success won’t necessarily bring relief from fear (in fact, it can be the exact opposite)The best techniques to combat fear once and for all Like what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode. Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health and wellness ambition in an upcoming episode.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/08/2032m 13s

How To Build A Regular Yoga Practice

What’s your relationship with yoga like right now? Maybe you’ve never really ‘got’ yoga (or thought that it’s for you) but the stresses of this moment mean you’re keen to access those juicy mind-body-soul-everything benefits that fans go on about. Perhaps you only flow on a fairweather basis and you’re curious about the benefits you might unlock if you start to practice regularly. Or maybe you’re someone who previously got a real buzz from attending studio classes, don't feel comfortable returning just yet, and need some inspiration to reinvigorate your at-home practice. Wherever you're at right now, we’re confident that, by the end of this episode, you'll want to unfurl that mat before you can say 'savasana'. This week's host Morgan Fargo, Women's Health's Digital Fitness Writer, is joined by two yoga experts full of tips and tactics to help you build a regular yoga practice. The first is Jessica Olie, a former elite swimmer and sports science grad who’s built a 900k-strong community around her online yoga workouts and #LetsStartYoga ebooks. Then there’s Nahid de Belgeonne, the former yoga sceptic and founder of The Human Method, which is a blend of yoga flow, restorative poses and breathing techniques she uses to soothe the nervous systems and improve the lives of her high-powered and highly-stressed clients. Together they discuss the importance of starting small, new ways to find joy within your self-practice and why yoga, truly, is for everyone.Join Jessica Olie on Instagram: @jessicaolieJoin Nahid de Belgeonne on Instagram: @thehumanmethodukJoin Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Morgan Fargo on Instagram: @morganfargoTopicsWhy it's so worth developing a home yoga practice The benefits of yoga for mental and emotional healthReflections on yoga's history and modern evolutionWhy you need to find a teacher you love (whether you're doing yoga over Zoom or IRL)The balance of postures you need for whole-body healthLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode.Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health and wellness ambition in an upcoming episode. For more great yoga content from Women's Health head to www.womenshealthmag.co.uk/yoga  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/07/2040m 25s

Anna Victoria on Infertility Struggles and Making Healthy Changes Last

So, we thought we’d try something a little different this week. After all, aren't some of the richest sources of inspiration for positive change often found when listening to smart, switched on people share their personal stories? We're confident that will be the case with this week's guest: personal trainer, global fitness superstar and founder of the Fit Body App, Anna Victoria. At the age of 32, she has already been on her fair share of health journeys and here she chats to Women’s Health’s Editor-in-Chief Claire Sanderson about the lessons she’s learned along the way. Expect an unfiltered account of Anna’s struggles with unexplained infertility and IVF plus how, now she’s pregnant (and due any day now) she plans to raise a strong, resilient and self-confident little girl. They also discuss Anna’s personal evolution from someone who thought nothing of eating Maccies thrice daily (yep, really) to a woman who lives and breathes a healthy lifestyle so much so that she’s been able to amass a 1.2 million-strong community of women around her passion and knowledge for living well. Oh, and there are tonnes of tips and tactics you can apply to optimise your health - no matter what stage you're at on your own journey.Join Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Anna Victoria on Instagram: @annavictoriaJoin Claire Sanderson on Instagram: @clairesandersonTopics:From IVF and infertility to pregnancy: one woman's journey to motherhoodPregnancy workout pro tipsWhat to know when starting a fitness journeyWhy the 80:20 nutrition rule is so important for mental healthRaising strong girls: how Anna plans to do itLike what you’re hearing? We'd love if you could rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, as it really helps other people find the show. Also, remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode.Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health and wellness ambition in an upcoming episode.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/07/2037m 38s

How to Break Out of Negative Eating Patterns

If there’s been one common thread weaving through your episode request messages over the past couple of months, it’s that many of you want our experts’ guidance on breaking out of unhealthy eating patterns. Just a few examples: Lauren wanted to learn strategies with which to curb her snacking, Hannah wanted to know what will stop her snacking on junk food, while Leila wants help disrupting her emotional eating reflex. At the other end of the spectrum, plenty more of you wanted advice on how you can avoid slipping back into restrictive habits around food. This week, Roisín is joined by Dr Laurel Mellin, associate clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco and founder of neuroscience-based, habit-change system Emotional Brain Training - alongside Renee McGregor, leading sports and eating disorders dietician. They discuss how the surprisingly simple principles of neurophysiology can help anyone manage emotional eating issues, food and feelings-based ways to temper sugar cravings - and what to do if the stress of the pandemic is tipping you toward restrictive eating habits. Dr Laurel Mellin is author of The Stress Eating Solution, find out more about Emotional Brain Training.Renee McGregor is author of Training Food and co-host of the Train Brave podcast, join her on Instagram @r_mcgregorJoin Roisín Dervish-O'Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneTopics Why so many people have been struggling with negative eating patterns recentlyWhat is neurophysiology and how can it help disrupt negative eating patterns?A brain training technique to try if you're concerned about your overeatingAn energy-sustaining healthy eating schedule Sweet tooth in overdrive? Why you might not be eating enoughIf you'r struggling with disordered eating right now, check out the UK's Eating Disorders Charity BEAT for information and support: beateatingdisorders.org.ukLike what you’re hearing? Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, and remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode.Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health and wellness ambition in an upcoming episode.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/07/2032m 11s

The New Rules for Better Sleep that Every Woman Needs

Sleeping soundly is something that’s become an increasingly elusive goal since the pandemic pressed pause on our daily way of operating. So much so that UCL research out in June revealed two thirds of people surveyed have been experiencing some sort of sleep disturbance in lockdown. Far from ideal when you consider that getting adequate, good quality sleep is a critical factor in us being able to feel and function at our best - and that experts believe we’ll be cycling in and out lockdowns until a Covid-19 vaccine is found. While much of the anxiety and stress of this moment can harm your sleep whatever your gender, as a woman, you’re up against specific slumber saboteurs. From extra caring responsibilities to hormonal gymnastics, women have - as one of today’s guests puts it - ‘really hit the jackpot’. Thankfully today’s guests - both foremost experts in their respective fields within the science of women’s sleep - come armed with tonnes of tips and tactics that we can all use to help us protect our sleep and live better. Joining Roisín this week are Dr Shelby Harris, a NYC-based clinical psychologist and author of The Women’s Guide To Overcoming Insomnia and Dr Katharina Lederle, consultant human sleep and fatigue specialist and author of Sleep Sense. Whether your wake-up-at-3am insomnia has reared it's head in recent weeks; the specific anxieties of the moment mean, for the first time, you’re struggling to nod off; or you’re a late riser who’s thriving on their new set-your-own schedule and worried about returning to the office 9-5, they’ve got you. Find out more about Dr Katharina LederleFind out more about Dr Shelby Harris Follow Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukFollow Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneTopics: Why cycling in and out of lockdown is a sleep saboteurThe case for sleep being a feminist issueWhat to do - and not to do - if you can’t sleepHow going to bed later can stop early-hours wake ups Ways to readjust your schedule if you’re returning to the office5 doctor-approved better sleep tactics you can try tonightLike what you’re hearing? Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, and remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, so you’ll never miss an episode.Got a goal in mind? Shoot us a message on Instagram putting ‘Going for Goal’ at the start of your message and our experts could be helping you achieve your health and wellness ambitions in an upcoming episode.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/07/2038m 5s

9 Ways To Have a Healthy Relationship with Alcohol

Unless you’ve been living under a rock with no Wifi connection (and you've set all your WhatsApp groups to mute) you'll be aware that pubs and bars in the UK are reopening on 4th July. Think about how this makes you feel: jubilant about sitting down with a freshly-pulled pint? Thrilled that your gang are finally able to make merry in a place with actual working loos? Maybe you’ve cut your units right down during lockdown and have mixed feelings about social drinking opportunities showing up in your life again. Whichever way you're leaning, now is as good a time as any to take stock and start thinking about your drinking. Joining Roisín on today's show is David Nutt, professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, outspoken former government advisor and author of Drink: The New Science of Alcohol and Your Health (£16.99, Hodder & Stoughton). One of the world’s foremost experts on the impacts of drugs on the brain, he’s determined that everyone who drinks understands the impacts boozing has on their bodies and minds. Decidedly not ‘anti-booze’ (he’s a wine fan, FYI), Professor Nutt believes it is possible to have a healthy, wholly positive relationship with drinking alcohol - provided that you apply a few important principles. Here, he spells out what these habits look like - and how to apply them - whether you're going out or staying home. Follow Professor David Nutt on Twitter: @ProfDavidNuttFollow Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukFollow Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneTopics:Beyond the liver: how unhealthy drinking affects your healthWhy it’s important to address stress-drinking The impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on our drinking habits Counting your units: how to do it and why it mattersHow to stick within your limits when pubs re-open  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/07/2030m 13s

How To Take Control of Your Hormones

This week we’re going full-on health geek and diving into the fascinating world of hormones. Why? Well, because getting to grips with how these little chemical messengers work is integral to achieving so many of the health goals you tell us you want to really nail - whether that’s having more energy, being more productive, or maintaining your happy weight. In this episode, Roisín is joined by GP and integrative medicine specialist Dr Sohere Roked alongside Dr Michael Craig, a consultant psychiatrist at London's Maudsley hospital and a leading PMS researcher. They discuss how hormones actually operate, how to get yours in balance and why, if you’re eating well and working out but still feeling decidedly off, they might be to blame. The doctors also discuss the latest research and treatment options for common hormonal conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and severe PMS. Time to plug in, get to know the inner workings of your body a bit better - and, ultimately, help it work a bit better for you.Join Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneLearn more about Dr Sohere Roked: drsohereroked.co.ukLearn more about Dr Michael Craig: craigclinic.comTopics: How hormones operate and the key systems for womenOne simple way to monitor your symptoms The lowdown on premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)Natural ways to manage PCOSHow stress hormones impede weight loss and maintenance  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/06/2033m 36s

Chessie King on Self Kindness and Her Body Confidence Journey

If sunshine’s energy could be distilled and infused into a British millennial woman, the prime candidate would probably be 26-year-old Chessie King. The presenter, blogger and author of new book How To Be Your Own Best Friend is a champion of body confidence and self-kindness. She’s earned an army of loyal fans thanks, in part, to her willingness to show her ‘imperfections’ (think: cellulite, rolls of skin on her midsection), but Chessie’s not always enjoyed such a free, confident and self-loving relationship with herself and her body. In fact, her disordered pursuit of becoming her smallest, leanest self saw her overtrain her body to the extent that she experienced a mini stroke, which left her with a heart condition and hearing loss that still affect her today. Here, she tells Roisín about the life lessons she’s learned along the way and why she's so determined that other women won't need such a dramatic event to make them realise how important it is to listen to their bodies. Plus, she shares her top tips for practising self-kindness and why everyone listening can improve their body confidence - no matter where yours it at right now.Join Chessie on Instagram: @chessiekinggJoin Roisín on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics:Why teenage insecurities can be so damagingWhat it's like to be told you're 'too big' while at 8% body fatThe health scare that transformed Chessie's outlookTwo simple strategies for bad body image daysHow to ride the lockdown emotional rollercoasterBe Your Own Best Friend: The Glorious Truths of Being Female by Chessie King is published by Harper Collins and out now  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/2035m 36s

Nutritious Cooking On a Budget with Dr Rupy Aujla

Have recent events made you a little more cautious and deliberate with your spending? We hear you. That’s why this week, in response to a flurry of your messages, we’re talking tips and strategies for putting together super-nutritious meals when you're on a budget. Roisín is joined by Dr Rupy Aujla, a medical doctor whose passion for nutrition is such that he’s created courses for top UK universities that educate doctors-in-training about the protective powers of different foods - and how they can bring healthy eating advice into their consulting rooms. He's also author of The Doctor’s Kitchen cookbooks, hosts a podcast series with the same name and is an unabashed food lover. Here, Dr Aujla makes a convincing case for why, if you want to hit all your nutritional targets (everything from getting ample fibre and protein to ensuring dietary diversity), while watching your finances, it's essential to find your groove with healthy cooking. Let's get stuck in.Join Dr Rupy Aujla on Instagram: @doctors_kitchenJoin Roisín Dervish-O'Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics:Dr Rupy's three core principles of healthy eatingWhy eating well and eating frugally go hand in hand15 affordable ingredients all healthy cooks need in their kitchenThe healthiest herbs and spices to experiment withHow to stop beans and lentils making you so bloated  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/06/2038m 5s

Kayla Itsines on How To Get Fit in 30 Minutes per Day

Women’s Health’s July cover star Kayla Itsines probably needs little introduction. Founder of a multi-million dollar fitness empire with the hugely-successful Sweat app at its core, the 29-year-old has helped millions of women the world over start, and stick to, a training routine. Her philosophy? Firstly, that getting fit – and staying that way – only requires 30 minutes of exercise each day. And secondly, that showing up for these sessions (be it a swift walk or high-octane HIIT) is one of the most simple and effective form of self-care. Yes, this no-nonsense Aussie PT-turned-global home workout mogul passionately believes that self-kindness does sometimes looks like being tough and gritty. Why? Because showing up for that session, whether you want to or not, is ultimately one step towards unlocking the mind-and-body rewards wrought by having a consistent, sustainable fitness routine. This conversation has tough love, tonnes of insight from Kayla’s journey back to fitness after giving birth to her one-year-old daughter, Arna – and advice for how everyone can embark upon a forever fitness journey, whatever your current level.Follow Kayla Itsines on Instagram: @kayla_itsinesFollow Roisín on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneFollow Women's Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics:The power of discipline in fitnessWhy physical fitness fuels mental resilienceHow to plan your week of workoutsWhat Kayla learned from her postpartum fitness journeyKayla's number-one goal-setting ruleWant to get strong at home? Sign up for Kayla's 28-day bodyweight challenge, created exclusively for Women's Health. Things kick off on the 8th June. Let's #GetFitDone  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/06/2034m 4s

17 Simple Ways To Reset Your Routine with Dr Chatterjee

Have you found yourself thinking lately about your habits? Maybe you’ve been reflecting on what actions, thoughts and behaviours from the time BC (Before Covid, that is) are worth incorporating into this ‘new normal’ we’re hearing so much about lately - and which ones you’re better off without. If you’re privileged enough to be able to do your non-essential job from home right now, without needing to simultaneously care for children (major props, by the way, to all parents pulling it off) your days may well have gained some additional white space. And this, according to Dr Rangan Chatterjee - medical doctor, lifestyle medicine advocate and host of the Feel Better, Live More podcast - presents a real opportunity. One in which you can reflect on your daily routine and begin making small adjustments that can have a big impact on your physical, mental and emotional health. In this episode, he joins Roisín to discuss the healthy habits worth building into your schedule, and the behavioural science-based techniques you need to make these changes last. Join Dr Rangan Chatterjee on Instagram: @drchatterjeeJoin Roisín on Instagram @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukTopics: Why lifestyle medicine is so powerful A 15-minute daily plan for mind-and-body fitnessHow to turn behaviour changes into lasting habits A simple rule to curb mindless snackingHow to hold yourself accountable when it comes to self-care---Want a new workout routine?At Women’s Health we have created a 10-week Sweat & Reset workout plan that's available on Fiit. Whatever your fitness level, this 10-week full-body programme will help you cultivate a weekly fitness routine at home. Right now, we're offering you a 14-day free trial plus 25% off the plan you choose with Fiit. Sweat & Reset is included with any Fiit Premium membership - just head here to sign up: getfiit.tv/wh.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/2038m 7s

How To Put Yourself First with Glennon Doyle

If you feel like your own wants, desires and needs too often fall way down your to-do list, this episode is for you. It’s a conversation with Glennon Doyle: activist, author and the woman who Reese Witherspoon credits with helping her feel strong enough to handle the destabilising uncertainty of life right now. Glennon’s powerful writing on mental health, motherhood and self-discovery has been lauded by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Brené Brown and Gwyneth Paltrow, while her latest book Untamed: Stop Pleasing, Start Living has spent weeks at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Here, she joins Roisín to discuss how she learned to stop chasing other peoples’ goals in order to shoot for the life – and love – she really wanted. And, of course, she shares her road-tested tips for how all of you can do this, too.Glennon’s third memoir, Untamed: Stop Pleasing, Start Living is published by Vermillion and out nowFollow Glennon on Instagram: @glennondoyleFollow Roisín on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneTopics:The mental exhaustion of trying to save a relationship after repeated cheatingWhy trusting yourself is like a muscleA mind-calming trick to try if you can’t meditateThe power of writing down what your dream life looks likeWhy being a good mum doesn’t mean sacrificing your needsExclusive Workout Offer At Women’s Health we have created a 10-week Sweat & Reset workout plan that's available on Fiit.Whatever your fitness level, this 10-week full-body programme will help you cultivate a weekly fitness routine at home. Right now, we're offering you a 14-day free trial plus 25% off the plan of your choice.Sweat & Reset is included with any Fiit Premium membership. Sign up here: getfiit.tv/wh  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/2032m 46s

Joe Wicks On Staying Fit In Lockdown

If anyone has come out of all this as a veritable national treasure, it’s Joe Wicks AKA The Body Coach. The father-of-two has kept the nation moving and spirits up while we’ve all been locked down, with his daily PE With Joe Youtube workouts. Two individuals who have burpee-d, star-jumped and bunny-hopped their way through countless 9am sessions are Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief Claire Sanderson and her seven-year-old son, Zak. In this episode, they both hop on a Zoom call with Joe to discuss everything from getting motivated to workout whatever your age, his predictions for the future of the fitness industry, and why living healthily - in and outside of lockdown - really doesn’t need to be complicated. Topics:How PE with Joe came aboutWill people go back to gyms post-lockdown?Get kids exercising with this one simple tip How to maintain motivation while working from homeWhy overthinking calories is a waste of timeFollow Claire Sanderson on Instagram: @clairesandersonFollow Joe Wicks on Instagram: @thebodycoachJoe's new book Wean in 15: Up-to-date Advice and 100 Quick Recipes is published by Bluebird, and out now  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/2031m 58s

Trailer - Joe Wicks on Going for Goal

We're coming to you a little earlier than usual this week with news of a very special episode. This week on Going for Goal, Women's Health editor-in-chief Claire Sanderson, together with her seven-year-old son Zak, interview the nation's PE teacher, Joe Wicks. Joe talks to Claire about his plans for PE With Joe after lockdown, the future of the fitness industry and his own home workout routine. The episode drops on Thursday 14th May - don't miss it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/05/201m 8s

How to Run Faster, for Longer - And Enjoy it More

Something that loads of you have been in touch to tell us that you want our help in order to really nail is running. So, whether you’re a total beginner, looking to make running a habit, or a fair-weather runner, keen to use their Government-sanctioned daily exercise time to up their mileage and confidence, this episode is for you. This week, Roisín is joined by Anthony Fletcher, a biomechanics expert, Precision Running Head Coach at Equinox Gyms and founder of One Track Run Club. Plus! Women’s Health’s own digital editor, Amy Lane - host of running podcast Well Far and author of new book I Can Run: An Empowering Guide to Running Well Far. Together, they share solutions for how you can hit the running goals that matter to you - and their tried and tested tips for making running a whole lot more fun. Topics:  Tools to help you make running a habit How to shave minutes off your 5k time Training tactics for a faster half-marathonThe strength-training moves to make you a more efficient runner The truth about running for weight loss  Follow Roisín on Instagram @roisin.dervishokaneFollow Women's Health on Instagram @womenshealthukFollow Amy Lane on Instagram @wellness_edFollow Anthony Fletcher on Instagram @aka_fletch Offer: You can get six issues of Women’s Health magazine sent direct to your door priced at just £6 for 6 issues. That’s a massive saving of 76% on carefully-curated, award-winning journalism on health, wellness, nutrition, fitness and beauty. All you need to do is go to Hearstmagazines.co.uk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/2034m 50s

A Kind Approach To Body Transformations

Body goals have developed a bad rap of late, haven’t they? Before-and-after transformation pictures have been criticised for suggesting there’s a blueprint for a process that’s wholly individual. If your main workout motivation is to get, say, a tighter waist or sculpted arms, that’s seen as being dated - or, by some, straight up unhealthy. And yet, you’ve told us that changing an aspect of your appearance remains a priority, and many of you are choosing to use this time at home to pursue body goals you haven’t had the time to go after before. So, is it possible to change your body without falling into dangerous patterns of thinking? Yes, says Emilia Thompson. The former bikini fitness competitor, now lecturer in Sport Nutrition at Manchester Metropolitan University, has experienced the toxic side of dieting culture firsthand. Now, she coaches clients on how to reach their own body goals, led by a science-backed, compassionate approach. In this episode, she chats to Senior Editor Roisín Dervish-O'Kane about how to change your body without compromising your mental health. Topics:  Can a body transformation ever be healthy? How do you know if you’re in the right mindset to change your body? What is a process-based approach and how can it help you?What is a calorie-deficit and how does it work? How to keep compassion front and centre of your goal Follow Emilia Thompson i on Instagram @emiliathompsonphdFollow Roisín on Instagram @roisin.dervishokaneFollow Women's Health on Instagram @womenshealthuk Offer: You can get six issues of Women’s Health magazine sent direct to your door priced at just £6 for 6 issues. That’s a massive saving of 76% on carefully-curated, award-winning journalism on health, wellness, nutrition, fitness and beauty. All you need to do is go to Hearstmagazines.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/2031m 51s

Nine Simple Habits for Good Gut Health

Lockdown life (spending 99% of your time in the house with snacks on tap; tweaked workout schedule; pandemic-induced worry) is causing unprecedented levels of digestive disruption to women right now. But, if you're currently bloated, gassy, or seriously blocked up, we have good news: getting your gut health back on track can actually be pretty simple. Joining host Roisín Dervish-O'Kane to show you how is Dr Megan Rossi AKA the Gut Health Doctor, a registered dietician who investigates nutrition-based therapies in gut health at King's College London. She's also author of the bestselling book Eat Yourself Healthy: An Easy-to-Digest Guide to Health and Happiness From the Inside Out. In this episode, Dr Rossi explains why a well-functioning gut is essential for everything from good mental health to strong immunity, and how you can get yours in a good place - through lockdown, and beyond.Topics: Why lockdown life can make us bloated and gassyHow to create a gut-stimulating morning routineThe fundamentals of gut-healthy nutritionWhy tweaking diet and lifestyle is better than taking probiotic supplementsA constipation-relieving workout switchFollow Dr Megan Rossi on Instagram @theguthealthdoctorFollow Roisín on Instagram @roisin.dervishokaneFollow Women's Health on Instagram @womenshealthuk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/04/2030m 5s

A Four-Step Formula for Beating WFH Burnout

Work’s a bit different these day, isn't it? Neat desks have been replaced with multitasking kitchen tables, colleagues with noisy family members, and some semblance of work-life balance with a messy mélange of the two. We want things to be business as usual; to get our heads down and plough on, grateful – amidst massive economic insecurity – to still have a job. But, if you’re finding it really bloody difficult to do so in these altered circumstances, you’re not alone. Joining Roisín to discuss how we can all navigate this new work world order is Nir Eyal, behavioural engineering expert, author of Indistractable: How To Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, and (good news for any working parents listening) a seasoned home-schooler. In this episode, he explains why the current situation is so ripe for burnout and shares simple tactics to help us fine-tune our focus so we can work, and live, better - during these unprecedented times, and beyond. Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Nir on Instagram: @neyal99 Topics:How to map your values onto your time when creating a scheduleSmarter ways to discuss workload with your bossHow to stop your children interrupting youTwo tech recommendations to conquer distractionWhy self-compassionate people tend to be the most successful  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/04/2035m 48s

How To Deal with Lockdown Disappointment

We're two weeks into lockdown life and looking ahead to a sunny Easter weekend spent…indoors. Milestone birthdays are now reduced to a collection of small squares on a laptop screen and everything from holidays to weddings that have been months - years - in the planning have been called off. Of course, there are bigger things going on: people are losing their lives, their jobs and their loved ones during the coronavirus crisis. So, how do we manage our feelings about our own, comparatively trivial, lockdown losses when there’s a global pandemic unfolding - and is it okay to even ask the question? Yes, says this week’s guest, renowned psychotherapist and bestselling author Julia Samuel MBE. In this episode, she tells Roisín why it’s okay to feel gutted about disruptions in our own little worlds, how to process negative feelings and why emotional self-maintenance helps us show up better for those who need us right now. Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenhealthukJoin Roisín on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Julia on Instagram: @juliasamuelmbeTopics:The importance of setting a routine right nowA simple technique to stop catastrophisingAngry journalling: why it might work for youWhy doing good makes you feel betterOffer: You can get six issues of Women’s Health magazine sent direct to your door priced at just £6 for 6 issues. That’s a massive saving of 76% on carefully-curated, award-winning journalism on health, wellness, nutrition, fitness and beauty. All you need to do is go to Hearstmagazines.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/04/2023m 55s

An Immunologist On The Science Of Staying Well

Regular listeners will know that we normally focus on helping you reach a health or wellness goal. But these aren’t normal times. The novel coronavirus, or Covid-19, is now a global pandemic, and in the UK, we’re facing what the Prime Minister has declared ‘the worst public health crisis for a generation’. Right now, all we - like you - want to know, is how to stay as physically and mentally well as possible, and how we can minimise the risk of causing harm to others. So, that’s exactly what we’ll be aiming to find out over the next few episodes, where we’ll be putting your coronavirus questions to scientists, healthcare professionals and fitness experts. In this episode, Senior Editor Roisín Dervish-O’Kane chats to Dr Jenna Macciochi, a lecturer in immunology at the University of Sussex and author of new book Immunity: The Science Of Staying Well.Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Dr Jenna Macciochi on Instagram: @dr_jenna_macciochiTopics: Why is there so much misinformation around Covid-19?Can ‘boosting your immunity’ protect you from the virus? Should you forgo alcohol during lockdown?Why is resistance training so good for your immune system?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/2028m 11s

Talking Coronavirus: How To Work Out When You're Not Leaving The House

Regular listeners will know that we normally focus on helping you reach a health or wellness goal. But these aren’t normal times. The novel coronavirus, or Covid-19, is now a global pandemic, and in the UK, we’re facing what the Prime Minister has declared ‘the worst public health crisis for a generation’. Right now, all we - like you - want to know, is how to stay as physically and mentally well as possible, and how we can minimise the risk of causing harm to others. So, that’s exactly what we’ll be aiming to find out over the next few episodes, where we’ll be putting your coronavirus questions to scientists, healthcare professionals and fitness experts. In this episode, Senior Editor Roisín Dervish-O’Kane chats to Laura Hoggins, PT and Head of Brand at Foundry Fitness, author of Lift Yourself and coach at FIIT about getting motivated, adjusting your fitness goals and creating a fitness routine you can stick with.Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Laura Hoggins on Instagram: @laurabicepsTopics:How to stay motivated when your plans are on holdWhat muscle groups to prioritise if you’re hunched over a desk all dayHow to build a circuit without any kitHow to get your cardio in when you’re houseboundOffer: With our Sweat and Reset training programme, you will receive all the benefits of a personal trainer, from the comfort of your own home. For this week only, you can get 12 weeks' access to our Sweat and Reset training programme with a huge 25% discount if you go to getfiit.tv/wh – so that's just £3.75 per week. Or if you want to go for an annual Fiit subscription, it’s £120 for the year - only £2.30 per week.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/03/2021m 59s

Talking Coronavirus: How To Protect Your Mental Health During A Pandemic

As the country comes to terms with the new normal of social distancing, self-isolating and staying home, managing your mental health has become more difficult - and vital. In light of this, we’re breaking with our usual format to bring you a bonus episode of expert-backed advice on how to cope in these dramatically-altered times. Here, Clinical Psychologist Dr Jessamy Hibberd, who has partnered with other mental health professionals to deliver evidence-based advice via Instagram, explains why uncertainty feels so alarming, the small things you can do every day to feel well and how to manage an existing mental health condition during this difficult time. For more expert-backed advice follow @from_the_other_chair @mumologist @thepsychologymum @the_thomas_connectionJoin Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Dr Jessamy Hibberd on Instagram: @drjessamyTopics: How can you follow the news while protecting your mental health?What’s a negative bias and how can you avoid it?How can you manage disappointment over cancelled plans?How can you manage an existing mental health condition? What’s behavioural activation and how can it help you right now?NOTE: While we are attempting to keep our content as up to date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it’s possible than some information and recommendations may have changed. For any concerns or for the latest advice, you can visit the following sites: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happenhttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/03/2026m 9s

Talking Coronavirus: What A GP On The Frontline Wants You To Know

Regular listeners will know that we normally focus on helping you reach a health or wellness goal. But these aren’t normal times. The novel coronavirus, or Covid-19, is now a global pandemic, and in the UK, we’re facing what the Prime Minister has declared ‘the worst public health crisis for a generation’. Right now, all we - like you - want to know, is how to stay as physically and mentally well as possible, and how to minimise the risk of causing harm to others. So, that’s exactly what we’ll be aiming to find out over the next few episodes, where we’ll be putting your coronavirus questions to scientists, healthcare professionals and fitness experts - starting with Dr Chintal Patel. Dr Patel studied immunology at university before going on to qualify as a GP. Today, she practises in central London, putting her on the frontline of the Covid-19 response in the UK. In this episode, she reveals what life has been like for GPs these past few weeks, answers your questions and shares the practises she’s been using to keep herself and her family safe and well. Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Dr Chintal Patel on Instagram: @drchintalskitchenTopics: What is a coronavirus and why is this one posing such a threat?What does flattening the curve mean, and why it is so important? What are the key symptoms of Covid-19, and how should you manage them?How should you talk to children about this pandemic? Links and references:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happenhttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlhttps://www.mindheart.co/descargables  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/03/2027m 32s

What To Eat To Build Better Mental Health

We suspect you’ve felt the feel-good benefits of diving head first into a bowl of pasta first-hand. But beyond the emotional response that food can trigger, what you eat every day can have a very real impact on the day to day workings of your brain - and how you feel. Enter nutritional psychiatry: a growing field of research that’s unpicking the relationship between food and feelings. Sounds complicated, but it’s actually really simple to put into practise. Here to help us translate the science into a shopping list is Kimberley Wilson, Chartered Psychologist and author of the brand new book How To Build A Healthy Brain. Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Kimberley Wilson on Instagram: @foodandpsychHave a goal in mind that you want us to put to the experts? Shoot on a DM on Instagram - we're @womenshealthuk. Or drop us an email on womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk.Topics: What is nutritional psychiatry? What are cooled carbs, and why are they so useful? What’s the perfect meal to eat for brain health?How does alcohol affect the brain?PLEASE NOTE: This episode includes a mention of where to buy your tickets for Women's Health Live. Since this episode was recorded, the event has been cancelled, due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19. For full details on this decision, and information on how to get a refund, click here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/03/2028m 52s

How To Have A Better Sex Life – On Your Terms

You can read books about female desire on the Tube and buy a vibrator from Boots. But the statistics tell a different story about the sex lives of UK women. We’re having less sex than we were a decade ago, and we’re having less satisfying sex than men. This matters, since the research is clear that regular, satisfying sex has a positive impact on your mental and physical health. With that in mind, we’ve called upon the expertise of a real life sex doctor to tackle the goal of building a more satisfying sex life. This week, Senior Editor Roisín Dervish-O’Kane chats to Dr Karen Gurney, a clinical psychologist, psycho-sexologist and the author of the brand new book <Mind The Gap: The Truth About Desire And How To Futureproof Your Sex Life>. Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Dr Karen Gurney on Instagram: @thesexdoctor Have a goal in mind that you want us to put to the experts? Find us on Instagram @womenshealthuk and drop a voice note into our inbox, telling us your name and your goal, and it could be the subject of a future episode.  Topics: Why good sex is so good for your healthHow mindfulness can deliver better orgasmsHow to manage anxiety for better sexThe secret to good sex in a long-term relationshipPLEASE NOTE: This episode includes a mention of where to buy your tickets for Women's Health Live. Since this episode was recorded, the event has been cancelled, due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19. For full details on this decision, and information on how to get a refund, click here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/03/2032m 40s

How To Quit Perfectionism - And Why It's Holding You Back

It's the personality trait that comes with a cultural stamp of approval. Working hard, striving for better results, never settling - these qualities aren't just socially acceptable, they're actively encouraged. But while your perfectionism can indeed reward you with success, it can also compromise your emotional wellbeing. Research has linked perfectionism with a whole host of health issues, from raising your risk of anxiety and depression, to putting you on a path to burnout. This week, Senior Editor Roisín Dervish O’Kane hears from one of the foremost researchers on perfectionism, Dr Thomas Curran, Professor of Psychological and Behavioural Science at London School of Economics, and Clinical Psychologist Dr Jessamy Hibberd, author of The Imposter Cure, to find out why perfectionism can be so damaging, and how to manage it for the sake of your wellbeing. Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Dr Jessamy Hibberd on Instagram: @drjessamyJoin Dr Thomas Curran on Twitter: @thom_curranHave a goal in mind that you want us to put to the experts? Find us on Instagram @womenshealthuk and drop a voice note into our inbox, telling us your name and your goal, and it could be the subject of a future episode. Topics: What are the different kinds of perfectionism? How does perfectionism hold you back? How do you know if your perfectionism is unhealthy? What’s the 80% rule and how can it help you?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/02/2030m 45s

How To Make The Most Of Your Mornings

It’s getting lighter in the mornings - news that will either make you want to leap out of bed and do a few laps of the park or remain as committed to your duvet as ever. Mornings are...Marmite. But consciously making the most of them is a goal that even the most dedicated of night owls can strive for. This week, we’ve recruited the help of two women for whom mornings are a matter of professional importance to help you get more out of yours, whatever that might look like. Joining Senior Editor Editor Roisín Dervish-O’Kane this week are sleep scientist Dr Sophie Bostock (https://www.thesleepscientist.com) and Adrienne Herbert, PT, and host of the Power Hour podcast (https://adriennelondon.com)Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Dr Sophie Bostock on Instagram: @drsophiebostockJoin Adrienne Herbert on Instagram: @adrienne_ldnHave a goal in mind that you want us to put to the experts? Find us on Instagram @womenshealthuk and drop a voice note into our inbox, telling us your name and your goal, and it could be the subject of a future episode. Topics: What’s social jet lag and why is it so damaging?What’s a chronotype and how do you find out yours? Can a night owl ever become a lark? What’s the healthiest way to wake up?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/02/2031m 55s

How To Build A Healthy Dating Life

It’s Valentine’s Day - three words guaranteed to trigger an emotional reaction, be it a warm fuzzy feeling, an eye roll, or something in between the two. So this week, we’re talking about a goal that will feel pertinent to many at the moment, that is, building a healthy dating life. On paper, it’s never been easier to meet someone, but digital dating and mental health don’t always go hand in hand. How do you deal with rejection in a world of blue-tick politics? How do you know when it’s time to stop swiping? And how can you put your mental health front and centre of your dating strategy? Joining Senior Editor Roisín Dervish-O’Kane to discuss all this and more are Dr Sophie Mort, a former NHS Clinical Psychologist who now has her own private practice, and Louise Troen, a brand consultant and former International Vice President of Marketing at the dating app Bumble. Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Dr Sophie Mort on Instagram: @_drsophJoin Louise Troen on Instagram: @louisetroenHave a goal in mind that you want us to put to the experts? Find us on Instagram @womenshealthuk and drop a voice note into our inbox, telling us your name and your goal, and it could be the subject of a future episode. Topics: The evolutionary psychology of dating The gamification of dating apps and the impact on the brain Boundary-setting - and holding yourself to accountDating with intention  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/02/2032m 49s

How To Be More Productive - And Have More Time For You

Productivity. Box-ticking. Getting more done. A sexy topic, it isn’t. But tackling your to-do list in a timely fashion is a goal worth shooting for - and not just to keep your boss happy. Focusing a little more on how you can best power through your professional obligations can free up precious headspace for the stuff you really want to do. But where do you start? How do you go about changing your habits? And how - in today’s chaotic and changing working world - do you strike a healthy balance? In this episode, Senior Editor Roisín Dervish-O’Kane discusses all this and more, with Caroline Webb, behavioural economist and author of How to have a good day: Harness the power of behavioural science to transform your working life. Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Caroline Webb on Twitter: @caroline_webb_Have a goal in mind that you want us to put to the experts? Find us on Instagram @womenshealthuk and drop a voice note into our inbox, telling us your name and your goal, and it could be the subject of a future episode. Topics: Why taking your annual leave is key to successHow to stick a pin in procrastinationHow to pitch new ways of working to your bossWhat’s single-tasking, and why is it useful?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/02/2033m 21s

How To Meal Prep And Spend Less On Food

Oh the sweet relief of the first pay day of the year. But before you gift a chunk of your hard-earned salary to Pret, Eat and others, we have important news: it doesn’t have to be this way. This week, we’re talking meal prep, and why it’s about so much more than having something to eat at lunchtime. It’s a statement of intent about the kind of week you want to have; a way of supporting good nutrition, along with your financial and psychological wellbeing. Been there, done that and bought the Tupperware? We hear you. So, on hand to help you turn your meal prepping aspirations into a weekly habit are Dr Hazel Wallace, an NHS doctor and founder of The Food Medic (thefoodmedic.co.uk) and Emilie Bellet, founder of Vestpod (vestpod.com). Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Dr Hazel Wallace on Instagram: @thefoodmedicJoin Emilie Bellet on Instagram: @vestpodHave a goal in mind that you want us to put to the experts? Find us on Instagram @womenshealthuk and drop a voice note into our inbox, telling us your name and your goal, and it could be the subject of a future episode. Topics: What is financial wellness? How can meal prepping support good nutrition? How can you carve out the time to prep your meals when your schedule is packed?What basics should you keep in your cupboards and freezer?Links:Study on meal prep and healthy eatingThe Roasting Tin by Rukmini IyerYou're Not Broke You're Pre-rich by Emilie BelletThe Food Medic For Life by Dr Hazel Wallace  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/01/2029m 20s

How To Become An Ethical Eater

Veganuary is in full swing, and whether you’ve gone cold turkey on animal products, adopted a flexitarian approach or you’re giving Meat Free Monday a go, eating in a way that supports planetary health will be on the minds of many at the moment, following recent climate events. But the deeper you delve into ethical eating, the more confused you can become. The recent news that almond milk production is to blame for wiping out millions of honey bees is just the latest blow for those striving to eat sustainably. In this episode, Senior Editor Roisín Dervish-O’Kane is joined by Rosemary Green, Assistant Professor in Nutrition and Sustainability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, to discuss the latest in sustainability science, the nuances and contradictions involved in attempting to eat ethically and how to do so without neglecting nutrition. Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneHave a goal in mind that you want us to put to the experts? Find us on Instagram @womenshealthuk and drop a voice note into our inbox, telling us your name and your goal, and it could be the subject of a future episode. Topics: What are the different strands of ethical eating? Why are animal products so harmful for the environment? What is the planetary health diet?How does eating ethically marry with eating healthily? How can labels be useful when attempting to eat more ethically?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/01/2029m 52s

How To Build A Healthy Social Life

The bumper-to-bumper busyness of December feels like a distant memory now we’re all doubling down for the annual January hibernation. But while your body and bank balance will thank you for some quiet time, positive social interactions are vital for your emotional wellbeing. So how can you build a social life that aligns with your health goals? How do you make plans you can’t wait to keep? And how can you make the most of your precious free time? In this episode, Senior Editor Roisín Dervish-O’Kane discusses all this and more, with Dr Jessamy Hibberd, Clinical Psychologist and author of The Imposter Cure (drjessamy.com) and Toni Jones, journalist and founder of Shelf Help, a personal development collective and book club (shelfhelp.club). Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Dr Jessamy Hibberd on Instagram: @drjessamyJoin Toni Jones on Instagram: @ms.toni.jonesHave a goal in mind that you want us to put to the experts? Find us on Instagram @womenshealthuk and drop a voice note into our inbox, telling us your name and your goal, and it could be the subject of a future episode. Topics: What role do social connections play in supporting your mental health? What’s a social audit and how can you do one?What are boundaries and how can you set them?What’s intentional drinking and how do you do it? How do you walk away from a friendship that’s no longer serving you? Links:Sober Curious by Ruby Warrington (rubywarrington.com/i-am-an-author/)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/01/2033m 30s

How To Fall In Love With Fitness

The gyms are packed, the streets are lined with joggers and good luck bagging a spot in an exercise class. Whether it’s for weight loss, getting out in nature or the endorphins, doing more exercise is on the minds of many at the moment. But as the fizzy pep of the new year wears off and reality bites, it can begin to feel like a chore. So how can you find a form of exercise you really enjoy? How do you get yourself out of bed for a workout on the days when your brain has other ideas? And how can you turn good intentions into the habit of a lifetime? In this episode, Senior Editor Roisín Dervish-O’Kane discusses all this and more, with Dr Tara Swart, neuroscientist-turned-executive advisor and author of The Source (£8.99, Vermillion) and Nesrine Dally, Muay Thai boxer and Nike trainer. Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Dr Tara Swart on Instagram: @drtaraswartJoin Nesrine Dally on Instagram: @nez__healthhubHave a goal that you want us to put to the experts? Record a voice note telling us your name and your goal then send it to womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk, putting ‘GOING FOR GOAL’ in the subject line - and your goal could be the subject of a future episode. Topics: Why do so many people fail to keep their fitness resolutions?How do you find a form of exercise you enjoy?What is neuroplasticity and how can it help us reach our goals?How do turn a new hobby into a habit? How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to train?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/01/2030m 7s

How To Lose Weight Healthily - Without Crash Dieting

Weight loss will likely be on the minds of many at this time of year, despite it becoming an increasingly controversial topic within the wellness world. But if you do want to lose weight to improve your health, what does smart, sustainable weight loss look like? What tactics do you need to use in order to achieve it? And what approaches should you steer well clear of? Senior Editor Roisín Dervish-O’Kane discusses all this and more with NHS GP Dr Zoe Williams (who you’ll recognise from TV shows including Trust Me I’m a Doctor and This Morning) and Renee McGregor, a sports dietician specialising in eating disorders. Join Women’s Health on Instagram: @womenshealthukJoin Roisín Dervish-O’Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokaneJoin Dr Zoe Williams on Instagram: @drzoewilliamsJoin Renee McGregor on Instagram: @r_mcgregorHave a goal that you want us to put to the experts? Record a voice note telling us your name and your goal then send it to womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk, putting ‘GOING FOR GOAL’ in the subject line - and your goal could be the subject of a future episode. Topics: Why does healthy weight loss advice matter?What is a crash diet?How do people track their progress?When is it helpful to think about calories?How do you spot the signs of disordered eating?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/01/2031m 58s

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Welcome to Going for Goal – the brand new podcast brought to you by Women’s Health. As we enter a new decade, Women’s Health is re-branding resolutions with holistic health in mind. Each week, Senior Editor Roisín Dervish-O’Kane will call upon the expertise of professionals in health, fitness, nutrition and emotional wellbeing, to bring you the goals worth shooting for this year, along with actionable advice on how to achieve them. Want to know how to master meal prep? Become a productivity ninja? Or become one of those people who thrives in the morning? Stay tuned. Hit subscribe now to make sure you never miss an episode and look out for episode one - in which we tackle healthy weight loss - on Jan 2.Have a goal in mind? Let us know. Record a voice note telling us your name and your goal and send it to womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk, putting ‘GOING FOR GOAL’ in the subject line - and your goal could be the subject of a future episode.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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