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Men's Fitness UK January 2019

Men's Fitness is for men who want to get more out of their lives and celebrates an upbeat, optimistic, pro-active lifestyle. Men's Fitness recognizes that mental and emotional fitness is vital to balanced living and aims to offer active and aspirational men - entertainment, information and inspiration.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kelsey Publishing Group
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12 Issues

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knowledge is power

Over the past month, I spent a fair bit of time chatting to some of the world’s leading fitness models for this issue of Men’s Fitness. It’s always great to catch up with the guys who have graced the cover of this magazine over the years – but more than that, talking to them crystallised something in my mind. There’s one thing that unites all of them – from Steve Cook, arguably the world’s number one fitness model and influencer, to Toby Rowland, who was on the cover of the first MF I picked up when I was at university about 15 years ago (sorry, Tobes). It’s that they’ve never lost their hunger to keep learning the best ways to train, eat and recover so they keep getting bigger, stronger and…

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instant fit tips

1 Build a V-shape torso with your body To grow a bigger back you don’t need to go heavy with the weights. In fact bodyweight exercises, such as the inverted row (pictured), are better at recruiting the back muscles than barbell moves – and with a far lower injury risk. Find out more p75 2 Boost your mood with a beer A cold pint after a long day can raise your spirits, but it’s about more than just the booze buzz. A certain compound in beer, which comes from malted barley, mimics the feel-good hormone dopamine to lift you mood. Find out more p17 3 Get leaner faster with smoothies You may not think to put chilli in a fat-loss smoothie, but capsaicin – the compound that gives chillies their spice – aids energy burn by ramping…

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get a t-level lift

If you want to increase your testosterone levels, we recommend going for a walk. A farmer’s walk, that is, where you pick up a load and carry it for a set distance or time. According to a study in the Journal Of Strength And Conditioning Research, when subjects did sets of strongman exercises to failure, they experienced a higher post-exercise testosterone spike than a control group who did a mixture of strongman and hypertrophy-style training. The exercises included a tyre flip, chain drag, keg carry, Atlas stone lift and farmer’s walk. Unless you’re training at a strongman facility, you may struggle to do some of these – but the farmer’s walk is accessible to all and it’s one of the most effective exercises you can do. Back health expert Dr Stuart…

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fat loss without the fuss

1 DRINK MORE WATER The quickest and easiest way of reducing calorie intake is to drink more water. A study of more than 18,000 adults found that increasing daily water consumption by just 1% resulted in the intake of 70 fewer calories, while drinking three extra glasses lowered calorie intake by 205. Decreased sugar consumption was a main reason for the calorie reduction, according to the Journal Of Human Nutrition And Dietetics. 2 BE SMART WITH CARBS Carbs still get a bad rap for making people fat. That’s partly because some types – think chips or crisps – are easy to over-eat. But wholegrain carbs, like unrefined brown bread, rice and pasta, can actually help you lose weight, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. Eating wholegrains increases levels…

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keep your juices flowing with fruit

If you want to perform as well in the bedroom as you do in the gym, make sure your fruit bowl is fully stocked. Eating more citrus fruits, such as limes and oranges, can reduce your risk of erectile dysfunction thanks to their high concentration of flavanones and flavones, two antioxidant compounds linked to improved heart health and better blood flow, according to a study from the University of East Anglia. Other fruits can also keep your juices flowing: blueberries, cherries, blackberries and blackcurrants are all high in anthocyanins, another antioxidant with proven blood flow benefits.…

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a vitamin cocktail won’t keep your heart healthy

Taking a daily multivitamin supplement can be a cheap and easy way for you to make up for any nutrient gaps in that day’s diet – but if you’re popping these pills with the idea that it’ll reduce your risk of a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular diseases, you’re wasting your time. That’s the verdict from a major new report published in the American Heart Association journal, which analysed the results from 18 studies involving more than two million subjects and examined the link between vitamin supplementation and heart health. Addressing the key triggers of heart disease – obesity, exercise, diet, high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels – has a far greater impact on improving life quality and longevity than a multivitamin, although the authors were quick to…

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