Men's Health UK

Men's Health UK November 2019

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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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1 min.
the expert panel

AVI KLEIN PSYCHOTHERAPIST Can sharing your woes with a robo-therapist protect your mental health? Klein assesses the apps that promise a digital cure p46 ADAM PEATY GOLD-MEDAL SWIMMER Dive into the deep end of serial record-breaker Peaty’s total-body training plan to build a gold-medal body of your own p36 ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER HOLLYWOOD ICON The ultimate action hero and fitness legend looks back on a life of trailblazing success p52 DAVID RYLEY ENDOCRINOLOGIST Start-ups are offering to freeze your sperm to put age-related declines in fertility on ice. Ryley gives the science a check-up p49 RICHARD WRANGHAM ANTHROPOLOGIST Calorie-counting has long been touted as the surest route to weight loss – but the reality is more complex, argues Wrangham p78 MIKE ROUSSELL NUTRITION CONSULTANT Creatine can supercharge your strength gains, but which kind works best? Roussell identifies the most effective scoop p41…

3 min.
editor’s letter

For most of my life, I have defined myself by my attitude to work: coursework, career work, housework, general human travails. It doesn’t matter how you do, my dad would say, as long as you try your best. A well-meaning, honest and seemingly innocuous position to take, you might think. It has taken me places, too. Yet, in all honesty, it has probably fucked me up. Not because I have toiled with a Calvinist work ethic on everything I’ve applied myself to since I was a schoolboy (though plenty of it has been like that). But rather because when I’m not trying my best, when I’m trying to enjoy a holiday, or even on a business trip, I tend to experience that gnawing anxiety that comes with a dereliction of duty,…

1 min.
optimal health is an outside job

It turns out that your ex was right all along: you do need to get out more. A study published in Scientific Reports suggests that spending two hours per week in nature is a prerequisite for optimal health. Sifting through the data, the researchers found that those who regularly spent time in parks, in forests or on the beach were significantly more likely to report good health and life satisfaction, whether they were exercising or simply enjoying a peaceful respite from the city. And you needn’t appear on Escape to the Country to benefit. Just 120 minutes per week was found to be the optimal amount of time you need in the great outdoors. We have long known that immersing yourself in nature has measurable health benefits: a study by the…

2 min.
shoot for total-body strength

The season of mirror muscles has passed. With long sleeves a necessity for the foreseeable future, now is the time to train for strength, not size. Think of it as laying strong foundations for future gains. But before you set your sights on a double-bodyweight back squat, allow us to suggest a move that doesn’t require queuing for a free rack and is a lot gentler on your joints: the weighted rolling pistol. “Along with the full-body flexion, it’s a very advanced single-leg squat variation,” says PT Andy Vincent. The full-body flexion means you’re using every muscle to stand up. Plus, by working on one leg, you engage all the smaller stabiliser muscles, as well as the large ones in your legs. You have to go slow, too. Vincent warns against blasting…

4 min.
the health snob’s guide to gin

01 GREAT SHAKES Where once the simple G&T was your only option, creative mixologists and an influx of small-batch gins are mixing things up. That’s a good thing: distillers use botanicals to create unique flavours, while infusing the drink with health benefits, too. Let Massimo Serpelloni at Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals* show you how. A SAKURA The Japanese sakura flower, known here as cherry blossom, has potent anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory qualities. It’s a key ingredient in Roku gin, so think of it as your new elixir. B CORIANDER Whether you find it zesty or soapy, this herb will freshen up your fitness, courtesy of nutrients such as iron and magnesium, which are associated with improved athletic performance. You’ll find it in the Belgian gin Copperhead. C LIQUORICE The liquorice root, one of the botanicals used in…

2 min.
…i become a father?

01 NIGHT LIFE As other fathers will no doubt have warned you, lack of sleep is inevitable. Your baby’s midnight feeds have significant effects on your body: your ghrelin levels rise, making you hungry, and your body produces less of the “satiety hormone” leptin. Your cortisol levels also spike, increasing anxiety. So far, so exhausting. 02 ON THE BRAIN Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater just yet, as there are beneficial hormonal changes, too. A review of studies from Princeton University found new fathers have a surge in oestrogen and oxytocin, creating an emotional processing network in your brain geared for vigilance, bonding and motivation. Basically, you change at a chemical level to become a more protective dad – even on three hours’ kip. 03 WEIGHTY ISSUES Once you’re back at work, balancing…