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Men's Health Australia

Men's Health Australia February 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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in this issue

3 min
save the world, save yourself

As I write this letter, the view from Men’s Health HQ is a sickening yellow haze, a scene evocative of the Chernobyl mini-series. It’s a result of 140 fires currently ravaging bushland across the Eastern States of Australia, and by all projections will continue long after this issue hits newsstands. According to official readings, the air in Sydney this week has a PM2.5 reading of 734 micrograms (PM2.5 is the global fine particle matter measure). To put this seemingly random number in perspective, the average cigarette registers at 20 micrograms, meaning a trip outside is the equivalent of smoking 37 darts. There’s surely no remaining doubt that the environment directly affects our health. The smoke currently infiltrating the office air conditioner is a reminder of that delicate relationship. And what’s happening…

3 min
ask mh

THE BIG QUESTION Will my sweet tooth sabotage my New Year workouts? BW Not necessarily, BW. Sugar has rightly been vilified in recent years. It is addictive, as shown by the fact that many of us can’t quite get through our 3pm cuppa without the accompanying chocolate digestive – or four. But as you commit to the “New Year, New Me” eating plan consisting of chicken, broccoli and brown rice, you’ll be pleased to know that sugary treats don’t have to be off the menu. Nor chocolatey ones. In fact, they could feed your progress. Make the swap from milk chocolate to modish cacao and you can feast on post-workout brownies that will fire up your fat-burning potential. According to an animal study published in Lipids in Health and Disease, the antioxidant…

1 min
wash away insomnia pre-bed

SLEEP IS THE TRENDING area of health research, and for good reason. According to a recent survey, only one in seven Australians can manage to sleep through the night, with nearly 20 per cent waking four times or more. Aside from millions of pairs of bleary eyes, the potential consequences of this are dire. Insufficient sleep increases your risk of obesity, diabetes and even alcohol abuse. Perhaps the most eye-opening statistic, however, is that it can raise your odds of an early death by 12 per cent. Fortunately, scientists in the US have found that adding a hot shower to your bedtime routine can put you on the fast track to the Land of Nod. That it’s a comforting end to a long, challenging day is a bonus – as is…

1 min
schedule in more shut-eye

T – 15 HOURS Get some sun in the morning. It helps to regulate your circadian rhythm and trigger sleep hormones after dark. University of Michigan T – 4 HOURS At the end of the working day, write tomorrow’s to-do list. Those with a sense of purpose in their lives report better sleep. Northwestern University T – 1 HOUR Not too hot? Put on some woolly pyjamas. It’ll keep you in the “thermal comfort zone” better than cotton. You can count on sheep. University of Sydney T – 10 MINUTES Set up a diffuser on your bedside table. Lavender oil increases the quality and duration of sleep for those with anxiety. Chronobiology International…

1 min
your all-new muscles from brussels

LOVE THEM or loathe them, the small but mighty sprout is an impressive source of fibre, folate, potassium and vitamin C. More impressively, scientists have linked eating brassica vegetables rich in glucosinolates – such as cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts – to pumped up muscle gain. Italian researchers found eating these underappreciated vegetables can stimulate the development of stem cells in your muscles, helping them to repair and grow. What that means is you can fuel extra muscle gain this summer by pairing your chicken with more than just another handful of spinach. The chemical compound sulforaphane in sprouts also reduces cell death, which is crucial to sustaining muscle mass and facilitating fast recovery after a heavy session. A tasty bit of nutritional science, we’re sure you’ll agree. And sprouts needn’t resemble…

1 min
the career path to longevity

BURNING THE CANDLE at both ends, working yourself to an early grave – few idioms about hard graft offer much hope for longevity. But research suggests that your perseverance could earn you the last laugh. A long-term study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine analysed the lives of almost 700 people, categorising them based on their level of success in their careers. Its first conclusion was unsurprising: a high level of attainment (defined by job prestige, leadership roles or a respectable annual income) lowered mortality risk during the study period. After all, it makes sense that you’re likely to be healthier and happier if you can afford to treat yourself. However, the researchers found that a psychological trait also confers some protection, regardless of whether or not you’re an office…