Health & Fitness
Men's Health UK

Men's Health UK June 2019

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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in this issue

1 min.
the expert panel

JAMIE REYNOLDS STRENGTH COACH Forget egg whites and chopping wood in Siberia. Reynolds explains how he preps Anthony Joshua to be the modern boxer p52 HARRY SUMNALL DRUGS RESEARCHER Cocaine is cheaper, purer and more popular than ever. Sumnall unpacks the troubling history of the drug’s usage in the UK p82 BEN COOMBER SPORTS NUTRITIONIST Don’t let weekend burger binges undo the good work of a healthy week. Let Coomber bring a bit of balance to your plan p15 CHRIS BROWN SCHOOL COUNSELLOR Talking is a cure – and it’s Brown’s job to help young men to open up. He shares his insights on the school mental health crisis p64 RICHARD TIDMARSH MOVEMENT TRAINER Scale up your lunchtime sessions with a new move from Tidmarsh that gives equal weight to aesthetics and functionality p21 TREVOR KASHEY BIOCHEMIST Kashey runs a scientific and sceptical eye over adaptogens, the…

2 min.
editor’s letter

As a rule, we’re not given to dedicating many column inches to kids in Men’s Health. The clue’s in the name, really. We’ve done parenthood, (in)fertility and family finances, but never has a teenager graced the cover of this magazine until now. It is a watershed. So, why the change of heart? Over the past five years, we have increasingly devoted our (and hopefully your) attentions to the parlous state of mental health in men. We have been single-handedly responsible for that wretched statistic – that for men under 45, the thing most likely to kill you is you – becoming common knowledge. And we sincerely hope that the work we’ve done has made some kind of difference, even if only to make a small dent in the public consciousness. Recently, however,…

2 min.
ask mh

THE BIG QUESTION Q WILL CARDIO CAUSE MY HARD-EARNED MUSCLE GAINS TO WASTE AWAY? IAN, YORK You’re not the first man to struggle with this misapprehension, Ian, and doubtless won’t be the last. Folk wisdom has long held that chasing stamina will burn away muscle. It’s nonsense. For a start, this takes a hopelessly narrow-minded view of what cardio is. It’s not just long runs, weekend sportives and mind-numbing sessions on the Versaclimber. By definition, cardio is any exercise that raises your heart rate for an extended period, increasing your endurance and expanding your lung capacity. And it includes everything from Hero WODs to sex. “Too many people look at training as cardio or strength,” says PT Jonny Jacobs. Sure, focusing exclusively on running means you’ll end up losing muscle mass. However, doing nothing…

2 min.
ask mh

AM I NORMAL? Q I EAT WELL ALL WEEK BUT GO TO PIECES AT WEEKENDS. CAN I BREAK THIS CYCLE? CHRIS, LEICESTER You’re not alone. The weekend cheat day is becoming a staple of gym culture. Case in point: the Rock and his giant pancake feasts. But, like those 4am wake-up calls, not everything Dwayne can handle works for the rest of us. A famine-and-feast eating pattern can play havoc with your blood sugar levels. Studies show that a day of undisciplined eating can cause “rebound sadness” two days later. But eating “clean” all the time can also end in tears: “Most people binge when they find their diets boring or restrictive,” says nutritionist Ben Coomber. He advises working non-optimal foods into your diet through the week, ensuring they don’t exceed 20% of your…

1 min.
text a pharmacist

Please have mercy! I’m horrendously hungover. Can anything ease my suffering? Ah, poppet! Drink lots of water – sounds obvious, but it works. Add a rehydration sachet like Dioralyte to replace minerals. Will a bacon sarnie help? Not if you feel sick, no. Just stick with water until you’re over the worst of it. My head is killing me too… Try soluble paracetamol. It’s faster than a tablet. Aspirin might irritate your stomach. Is Berocca any use to me? It won’t “cure” you, but it will replace the B and C vitamins, which you lose after drinking. TBH, though, it’s all a bit late now. To dodge a hangover, you really need to have done all this after drinking but before going to sleep. Next time, eh? Rita Ghelani, pharmacist ANCIENT SOLUTION TO A MODERN PROBLEM Q I’ve given up alcohol,…

1 min.
seriously spicy strength gains

01 FRIENDLY FIRE 02 FEEL THE BURN MUSCLE NEWSFEED 06/19 If you’re the type of man who disregards the consequences of ordering his madras with added chillies, or douses his Nando’s with extra hot sauce, we applaud you. No matter how unflattering the immediate aftermath, your bravery is laudable and, according to new science, you will be rewarded. According to researchers at the Tianjin Medical University, a compound found in chillies can fire up your muscles at the cellular level. In a study, men who ate chilli peppers several times a week performed better in strength tests than those who opted for a lemon and herb dressing, an advantage that could translate to extra pull-ups or a double-your-bodyweight deadlift. The more chillies they ate, the more force they were able to demonstrate. Be warned, however,…