The May 2021 Issue of Women's Health Australia Has Arrived Ft. Jessica Alba!

The May 2021 Issue of Women’s Health Australia Has Arrived Ft. Jessica Alba!

There are several equally precious commodities when it comes to wellness. But there’s one that pretty much every woman I know wants more of: Energy. Around the world, countless conversations are being had by scientists, doctors and health-seekers alike on how to get it, keep it and harness its power in everyday life. F rom Arianna […]

by | Apr 7, 2021

There are several equally precious commodities when it comes to wellness. But there’s one that pretty much every woman I know wants more of: Energy.

Around the world, countless conversations are being had by scientists, doctors and health-seekers alike on how to get it, keep it and harness its power in everyday life. F

rom Arianna Huffington’s best-sellers Thrive and The Sleep Revolution, to Aussie energy guru and nutritional biochemist Dr Libby Weaver’s books The Invisible Load (A Guide to Overcoming Stress and Overwhelm) and Exhausted to Energised, thought-leaders and experts have never been so focused on the new science of vitality and what it means for our health.

Women have a lot to deal with, daily. So much so that burnout and adrenal fatigue are some of the most commonly searched terms on Google. But turns out new science could hold the secret to unlocking truly long-lasting vitality.

As you’ll read in this month’s fascinating report on page 74, experts now understand that energy can be divided into three distinct buckets:

Physical (caused by everything from eating the wrong lunch to not exercising enough), mental (blame that messy workspace, too much screen time or even a lack of vitamin B12) and emotional (family drama, money stress or a high maintenance boss). Luckily, some of the tiniest food, fitness and lifestyle tweaks can deliver the biggest health rewards.

Which is exactly why we cooked up this goodness-packed edition, crammed with fast, easy ways to upgrade your energy stores. From the surprisingly simple morning routines some of the world’s most successful athletes swear by (p.36), to delicious plant-based recipes designed to deliver more nutrient density in every meal (p.124), or the gym-free exercise plan that will get you feeling stronger, happier and healthier, in four weeks (turn to p.98).

But, as you’ll read in our interview with actor, producer, mother of three and The Honest Company founder, Jessica Alba, one of the most powerful changes you can make is to your mindset.

“I’d often wake up in the middle of the night with that heart-beating- fast, drenched-in-sweat, three- in-the-morning panic. That was something I just accepted,” she admits. “The pandemic has forced me to be comfortable with things not being completely buttoned up, with allowing myself to not always have the answer, for mistakes to kind of stay as is.”

Amen to that. Hope you enjoy this issue as much as Team WH did creating it for you.

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8 Of The Best Exercise Shorts That Will Power You Through A Summer Of Movement

It’s official: Shorts Season is officially here. While lockdown has seen many of us realise that activewear is less something to be worn for a workout and more a uniform we choose to do any and all daily activities in, when the warmer temperatures roll around, that favourite pair of sweatpants and leggings sometimes don’t cut it. Sure, they might be a staple in any wardrobe, but the Aussie sun doesn’t listen to reason, no matter how comfortable or cute it might be. And when it comes to summer, working out in leggings can feel like being trapped in a sauna, the sweat pooling at your ankles and around the waistband – as well as those other areas we won’t mention here. 

But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 


Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 


Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

Few things are worse than heading out the door for a run and realising your shorts offer no pockets for those essentials you need. You’re left to hold your iPhone, keys, and anything else you might need in your sweaty palm. Thankfully, Naomi Osaka knows what we need when it comes to exercise shorts and these utility shorts from her collaboration with Nike offer all that and more with a relaxed fit and elastic waistband. 


Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 


Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?