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Men's Health UK

Men's Health UK May 2020

Men's Health is the UK's best-selling quality men's magazine packed with expert tips and advice on everything today's man needs to feel fitter, healthier, and happier. Every month Men's Health delivers the inside track on the subjects that matter most to men. Naturally there's fitness, weight loss and general health plus the best advice on food, nutrition and meal plans. The award-winning Men's Health also delivers the very best in sex and relationships, gear, style, grooming, travel and wealth. Small steps, big results: It's an essential read for any man who wants to make his life better without turning his world upside down.

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United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
$6.47(Incl. tax)
$48.58(Incl. tax)
11 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
the expert panel

RICH FRONING CROSSFIT LEGEND Learn from the four-time champion of the “sport of fitness” and you can take your functional workouts to an elite level p20 BEN MOUNSEY CHAMPION FELL-RUNNER From medal chasers on the track to conquerors of the British wilds, Mounsey and others lead up the nation’s running tribes p86 STEVE GRANT NUTRITION CONSULTANT Keto or fasting? “Good” fats or fat-free? Grant and co bust the myths and consult the science to make weight loss great again p66 GLENN HAUGHTON MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE With the military facing a mental health crisis, soldiers such as Haughton argue for a seismic change in our attitudes p56 ADI GILLESPIE ELITE TRAINER The RAF veteran and celebrity PT Gillespie explains how training has gifted him focus in times of flux p104 MARTIN TOD CEO, MEN’S HEALTH FORUM Why do we neglect our friendships? As loneliness becomes an epidemic, Tod…

3 min.
editor’s letter

PAGE 117 The classic bowling shirt has undergone an unlikely but welcome rehabilitation. Learn how to slay in your lane PAGE 72 Studies suggest men are increasingly antisocial. But why have we lost the ability to make friends? PAGE 66 Cut through the noise of fat-burning fads and fake news with our expert-backed primer to losing weight PAGE 86 From a Friday track club to a hardcore obstacle course, every run has its tribe. Find yours PAGE 56 Meet the soldiers and veterans redefining the “military mindset” in the war on mental ill-health PAGE 78 Our pick of the top British restaurants that cater to your macro targets and taste buds alike PAGE 104 The RAF veteran and calisthenics expert Adi Gillespie talks us through the importance of training to realise his goals Last October, on World…

2 min.
live longer with a glass half full

01 DOCTOR’S ORDERS 02 LIFT YOUR SPIRITS Where our American cousins are notorious for their exhausting optimism, Brits tend merely to “expect the worst and hope for the best”. But our stiff-upper-lip mentality could prove as fatal as it is fatalistic. According to the latest science, Instagram-worthy positivity is good for your health. We have long known optimists live longer than pessimists, but scientists assumed that a positive outlook was just an outcome of good health, not its cause. Now, researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine have discovered that it works both ways. Their long-term study of 70,000 older people found that, on average, the most optimistic participants lived 15% longer. Though it’s true that the upbeat individuals were more likely to take active steps to overcome life’s challenges – taking…

2 min.
more norsepower for your engine

03 THIGH AND MIGHTY Going all out under a barbell with big compound squats is all very well, but it pays to be specific, too. And if you want to run further or pedal faster, you sometimes need to pump the brakes. This combination of two little-known exercises will slow you down for speedy gains. “The Sissy squat – named after Greek mythology’s Sisyphus – is one of the best quad-isolating moves you can do,” says veteran PT Scott Laidler. “And the Nordic curl works on your hamstrings to balance out your progress and injury-proof your lower body.” Together, the exercises target the two major muscles of your upper leg, building levels of power and speed worthy of an epic hero. Laidler stresses the importance of maintaining good form throughout. Your swift progress…

5 min.
garden herbs

04 HERB YOUR ENTHUSIASM 05 SPICE ODYSSEY 01 REAP REWARDS It’s time to clear the dusty jars at the back of your cupboard and plant the seeds of optimal nutrition. As well as packing the potent flavours you need to make your fitness fuel taste truly gourmet, fresh herbs will add a finishing touch of extra vitamins and minerals to any meal. Allow the experts at Jekka’s (jekkas.com), a Gloucestershire-based herb farm with more than 30 years’ experience, to make your fingers green and your belly full. A MINT Mint does far more than keep bad breath at bay. A study conducted by the University of Adelaide demonstrated that it can improve gut health and alleviate IBS symptoms by activating an anti-pain channel called TRPM8. B BASIL Long-revered for its myriad health benefits and its ability to…

2 min.
…i hit the wall?

06 BREAK ON THROUGH 01 RUNNING ON EMPTY In sporting parlance, “hitting the wall” refers to the moment during physical exercise when you feel like you can’t go on. We often associate it with long distance running: typically, it happens around the 20-mile mark of a marathon, when you’ve torched through the 2,000kcal (500g) or so of glycogen that you usually carry in your liver and muscles, forcing you to downshift to your fat supplies for fuel. 02 STOPPING DISTANCE It comes down to basic maths. The average person burns 100kcal per mile. So, 20 miles in, you’ve used up your 2,000kcal glycogen supply. The solution is carb-loading: a few days before the race, tweak your diet so that 85% of your calories come from carbs, and maintain this to build up your reserves…