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Men's Health Australia

Men's Health Australia January 2020

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.

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14 Issues

in this issue

2 min
stretching the truth

I learnt a new term this month while jumping on The Game Changers bandwagon: “flexible morality”. For those living under a rock – or without access to your wife’s Netflix account – The Game Changers is a new pro-vegan documentary produced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron and Jackie Chan. Before you turn the page in a meat-fuelled fit of annoyance, this isn’t a letter dedicated to plant-based eating. While I’m awakened, I’m still firmly on the cow juice for the time being. But this concept of “flexible morality” caught my interest. It refers to our tendency to justify our decisions and actions as ethically sound, based on our own circumstances, despite having knowledge to the contrary. It’s something we’re all guilty of from time to time. We know the salad is…

3 min
ask mh

THE BIG QUESTION Even when it’s not injured, my lower back hurts. Is this something I just have to live with? DC There are few things we just have to live with, DC – and chronic lower-back pain isn’t one of them. If you’re a tallish guy who’s been sporty all your life while simultaneously holding down a desk job, some grating in your lumbar spine is almost inevitable. But a new meta-analysis by Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition has confirmed the value of being proactive when it comes to keeping back pain under control. The world-first study found that active treatments, including Pilates, stabilisation moves and weight training, were the most effective forms of exercise for managing mild-to-moderate back pain with a non-specific cause. “In contrast, the least…

1 min
text a pt

I’m tired of the same old weights moves. Can you suggest a change-up? Sure. But this move isn’t newfangled. It was a staple of the golden era of bodybuilding that’s fallen out of favour. It’s called the straight-arm dumbbell pullover. Oh yeah, I think I’ve seen it in Arnold’s encyclopedia. Maybe it disappeared for a reason? Well, no good one. It’s a great upper-body exercise that hits your chest, triceps, lats and abs like no other. I see the difference in clients’ physiques when they add 3-4 sets of straight-arm pullovers to their routine. OK. Any performance tips? Control the weight on the way down, really feeling the stretch in your lats at the bottom. Go for relatively high reps: 15-20. I’ll give it a crack. You won’t regret it. And you’re right to mention Arnie by…

1 min
swipe left on your cravings

IT’S NO SECRET that we’re all slaves to our screens, but some of us might want to keep under the covers just how far it goes. In Australia, as many as 70 per cent of adults take their smartphones to bed with them* and many continue to check it through the night. But this isn’t yet another story warning of blue light’s ability to sabotage sleep. Rather, it’s about how your late-night habits, whether scrolling, streaming or sliding into DMs, could be to blame for your slowly expanding waistline. According to a rodent study conducted by the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, exposure to blue light is directly linked to sugar cravings and, as a result, your inability to keep your hands off the fridge door. The researchers found…

1 min
hit snooze on your sweet tooth

THREE SQUARE Eating regular meals that have a good macro split between protein, quality carbs and healthy fats will help to maintain satiety and prevent your blood-sugar levels from plummeting. SNACK RIGHT The magnesium in nuts and dark chocolate improves cells’ sensitivity to insulin and maximises the amount of sugar that your body can metabolise to cut spikes and crashes. EXTRA HELPINGS Add spices, such as cinnamon, to your meals and snacks. Studies have shown that they could help to improve blood-sugar control. Sprinkle a spoonful on your morning oats. GET MOVING Combat stress with regular exercise. Not only will this reduce anxiety, it will also top up your energy levels, which is a major factor in why people seek out sugar in the first place.…

1 min
carve out your best-ever body

BRO SCIENCE HAS LONG ENDORSED the value of sweet potato to your fitness-and-nutrition regimen. All those vitamins and minerals in a tasty, low-GI package make it a winner on your plate. But sweet spud isn’t the only Trump-coloured side worthy of a place in the vegetable hall of fame. Pumpkins are rich in lutein, a carotenoid that helps to protect your eyes from the damaging components of sunlight. Less well known is its ability to stimulate muscle cells and enhance your appetite for physical activity. Lutein boosts levels of AMPK, an enzyme that stimulates muscle cells to develop when they’re running low on energy. A study published in Plos One found that lab rats covered twice as many kilometres on a treadmill after being fed a combo of lutein and milk.…