Health & Fitness
Australian Men's Fitness

Australian Men's Fitness June 2019

Men's Fitness is your personal trainer, dietician, life coach and training partner in one package. It's about fitness of the mind and body. Covering fitness, health, nutrition, participation in sport, relationships, travel and men's fashion, the magazine drives its readers to be fitter, stronger, healthier and ultimately, happier.

Odysseus Publishing PTY Limited
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in this issue

1 min.
the smart man’s cheat sheet

Do this Lift weights for abs • Direct abs exercises like crunches build your muscles, but they won’t help you show off a six-pack, because they don’t shift the layer of belly fat hiding it. A six-week Southern Illinois University, US, study showed no reduction in body weight, body fat, abdominal fat or waist circumference. A better strategy is to use heavy total-body exercises such as deadlifts and squats, and do an abs move at the end of your workout. Eat this Nuts! • Feel free to indulge in your daily dose of almonds. Long-term, high nut consumption could be the key to better cognitive health in old age, according to new research from the University of South Australia. In a study of 4822 Chinese adults aged 55+ years, researchers found that eating more than…

1 min.
nosin’ around

Dogs are good at sniffing stuff, and we’re not just talking about other dogs’ bumholes. Specially trained medical detection doggos have been able to detect diseases like Parkinson’s and diabetes. Now, New Zealand’s University of Otago and K9 Medical Detection NZ are working together to investigate using dogs as a diagnostic tool to sniff out prostate cancer. Medical detection dogs are trained to identify volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are released from tumours. There’s growing evidence that elevated levels of a “signature” of VOCs are associated with disease growth. Research has shown that dogs can be trained to detect these odours and identify the “signature smell” associated with cancer. But rather than sending dogs out to stick their noses into random people’s crotches (which they do already), researchers will base the trial…

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Go harder for longer Ever wondered why Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger” got Rocky moving? Research published in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology found that song lyrics and their associations can affect your emotional and physiological arousal, acting as a free and legal stimulant to keep you training harder for longer. And a recent study at Brunel University, UK, found that participants who cycled in time to music required seven percent less oxygen to cover the same distance as those who didn’t, suggesting that music can prolong your performance in the saddle. Mental muscle • It’s not just your muscles that benefit from lifting weights: resistance training twice a week improves blood flow in the brain as well, according to a study in the journal Neurobiology of Aging. MRI scans showed…

2 min.

Technoference An Australian survey of mobile phone users has found one in five women and one in eight men are losing sleep due to bad phone habits. The study identified other rising “technoference” impacts, including a loss in productivity, taking more risks while driving and physical aches and pains, and found that 24 percent of women and 15 percent of men are now classified as “‘problematic users”. Latte logic • Those of us who love coffee know how great it can be to get us going in the morning. But a new study from Canada has found that even just looking at something that reminds us of coffee can cause our minds to become more alert and attentive. Across four separate studies and using a mix of participants from western and eastern cultures,…

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sweet lies

While sweet foods are indisputably delicious, they might not be so good for your mood. Researchers from the UK and Germany have found that sugar doesn’t improve mood and can make people less alert and more tired after eating sugary foods. They claim that the “sugar rush” is actually a myth without any truth behind it. While anyone who has enjoyed a gooey piece of mud cake or a tub of ice cream after a hard day might beg to differ, the researchers insist that – rather than making you feel good – sugar will probably make you feel worse.…

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Eat carbs, live longer Still think a high-protein, low-carb diet is the way to go? New research from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute has found new evidence to show that high protein diets are unhealthy – and may shorten your life. “Science has known for some time that eating too much, in particular protein, reduces lifespan; and now we know why,” says study author Professor Christopher Proud. “Our team demonstrated that increased nutrient levels speed up protein synthesis within cells. The faster this process occurs, the more errors are made. It’s similar to everyday activities like driving – the faster you go, the more likely you are to make a mistake. The resulting build-up of faulty proteins within cells compromises health and shortens lifespan.” Gone fishin’ • Fats not only…