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Men's Health Australia August 2018

Men's Health is the go-to magazine for Australian men looking to improve all aspects of their lives, from fitness and health to relationships, career and nutrition. If you're looking for expert advice and tips on the best workouts, cooking a tasty, nutritious meal in 15 minutes, reducing stress levels or updating your wardrobe, you'll find it here, all written in Men's Health's intelligent and humorous tone.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Pacific Magazines Pty Ltd
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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strong-arm tactics

In the 1970s, my father worked in London as a children’s book publisher. I never got the chance to ask him why he suddenly quit the profession. But I suspect this abrupt move may have had something to do with the fact that he turned down the chance to publish the Mr Men books (current sales: 100 million worldwide). In a cruel twist, as a small boy I promptly became obsessed with the Mr Men, which must’ve made bedtime stories a bitter ordeal for my dad. Mr Strong was always my favourite. This square-headed superman could walk through walls, hammer in nails with his finger and eat a hundred fried eggs. For a five-year-old, what’s not to like? Mr Strong would, in fact, be the ideal cover guy to front our first-ever…

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jilt the jitters

SWITCH YOUR BREW Drink smarter, not less: green tea packs a caffeine punch, but it’s also high in the relaxant L-theanine, which works quickly to reduce your heart rate. SWEAT IT OUT A tough workout will cut through the excess adrenaline. With a 15-minute cap, perform as many rounds of 10 deadlifts and 10 over-bar burpees as you can. SWEETEN THE PILL The next time you sleepwalk into a cafe, grab a fruit salad. Oranges, strawberries and kiwis will help restock the vitamin C depleted by caffeine.…

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i can’t function for much of the day without coffee. am i screwing myself long term?

Cool your boots, DB. As vices go, a taste for the bean isn’t quite up there with a crystal meth habit, so don’t be too quick to ditch your double espresso. Instead, examine why you might be using caffeine as a prop. If it’s the only thing keeping you alive after repeated nights of missed sleep, we’d advise attending to the source of the problem (our story “Wellbeing With Your Eyes Closed” on page 28 is a good place to start). But if, like many men who take their fitness seriously, you simply enjoy the taste and use it in place of less salubrious vices, you probably have nothing to worry about. In fact, by cutting out caffeine altogether, you could be doing your workouts a disservice. “A pre-training coffee is…

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text a physio

I can only manage a 15min workout at lunch. If I do just one move, what should it be? You’re expecting me to say deadlifts, right? Well, no. To boost strength, mobility and posture, try front squats. Actually, I thought you were going to say stretches . . . Look, I’m not saying go heavy. But front-loading the bar pulls you forward, so you have to focus on keeping upright. This builds strength in your core and upper back – the same muscles that become weak sitting at your desk. I’ve never done front squats. What can I do to ease myself in? Right, start off with kettlebell goblet squats, then progress to double-dumbbell front squats. Got it. So is there a particular workout I should try? For 15min, do six front squats at the start of every…

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i consider myself fit, but i’ve never been able to touch my toes. does that really matter?

That depends on your goal. This sounds like poor hip mobility – something plenty of men struggle with. If your primary concern is sculpting a beach body, it’s unlikely to prove a big hindrance. But let’s assume you’re after more than just aesthetics. For power, agility and eye-catching PBs in big compound lifts such as squats and deadlifts, flexible joints do matter and a lack of mobility will hold you back. Movement coach Ollie Frost advocates a little-and-often approach during training: “Pick a few key exercises and incorporate them where possible – whether that’s before bed or between sets of heavy lifts,” he says. “It can take several months to remodel your connective tissue, so start now and you will rebuild your body before the year’s out.” Sounds fair. Still unsure where…

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02 WEEKS TO CUT 3CM FROM YOUR WAIST OVER BREAKFAST WELLNESS GURUS love a goji berry. As fruits go, they’re very double-tappable. But wellness gurus like a lot of things, not always for reasons that are verifiable by science, and will frequently throw anything in their smoothies so long as it sounds good. (Just what is ashwagandha powder, anyway?) So, assuming it had been lumped in with a load of other NutriBullet nonsense, we never really gave the goji berry a fair hearing. But now it’s time to admit that we were wrong. Recently discovered fat-burning properties have given the fruit’s credentials a scientific bump. Not only will it help you lose weight, it also has the power to spot-reduce fat from your waist. And that’s the kind of benefit we can…

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