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Men's Health UK

Men's Health UK

January/February 2021

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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11 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
the expert panel

SHAUN STAFFORD PERSONAL TRAINER Don’t resign yourself to a dad bod. Follow Spencer Matthews’s lead and overhaul your physique with Stafford’s 10-week plan p53 STUART PEIRSON NEUROSCIENTIST Glasses that filter out blue light are trending among bio-hackers – but will they really enhance your sleep, asks Peirson? p42 EMMA REDDING DANCE SCIENTIST Ballet demands strength, mobility and an athlete’s stamina. Redding shows how the latest sports science is transforming the art form p96 DHAVAL BHANUSALI DERMATOLOGIST Skip your post-training shower at your peril: sweaty skin can quickly lead to infections. Streamline your wash with Bhanusali’s tips p46 MAX PEMBERTON NHS PSYCHIATRIST The coronavirus may be a respiratory syndrome, but it has also triggered a new crisis in mental health care. Pemberton investigates p78 WENDY VAN WYK BIOKINETICIST Remote working is now a way of life. Avoid bad habits and repetitive strain with workspace tweaks from van Wyk…

3 min.
editor’s letter

Shall we start again? It’s a question that we routinely – if rhetorically – ask our readers as we conclude our orbit of the sun. But this year, we’re doubling down: this time, we really mean it. The whole “new chapter, new you” sentiment is well worn, but it’s no less poignant for it. Following a succession of short days, long nights, expanding guts and vitiating livers, the beginning of January marks a natural turning point when goals are reset, objectives refreshed and factory settings restored. We purge, we cleanse, we cross our fingers and tell ourselves that this one will be different. But for 2021, turning a new leaf isn’t simply about atoning for a fortnight of Quality Street on IV or excess eggnog. It’s about setting out a positive stall…

14 min.
body for life

Men’s Health editor Toby Wiseman: When I first met you, I thought you were half-superman, half-madman. You’d just completed your first WOD marathon. Twenty-four Hero WODs over a day and night – a day and night that also happened to be dark, dank, cold and wet. With the last WOD to go, the gruelling Murph, you were blistered and knackered, yet you still blasted your way through pull-ups, press-ups and squats faster than I could hope to do on a good day. I was in bewildered awe. I thought, “This isn’t normal.” Andrew Tracey: I’ll take that as a compliment, I think… What I’m saying is that you struck me as different – or just beyond. Well, thank you, but that’s just not true. I have no natural physical advantage. I would say…

2 min.
for smarter fat-burning, gain weights

01 TURN UP THE BASE 02 FUEL FOR FIRE New Year cardio is a proven strategy for those chasing a leaner physique – after all, you’ll burn a lot more calories on the treadmill than you will pumping iron. But there’s a smart, biological reason not to stray too far from the weights rack this January, as epidemiologists at Harvard have demonstrated. They analysed data gathered from 10,500 middle-aged men over the course of 12 years, hoping to discover how different types of physical activity affect waist measurements as we age. The participants’ waists grew by an average of 6.6cm during the study period, but that increase was halved by regular weight training, regardless of aerobic activity levels. The researchers calculated that if the group had swapped 30 minutes of daily cardio training…

2 min.
jump-start your 2021 fitness plan

03 BOUND FOR GLORY The equation for a successful fat-loss workout is simple: sky-high intensity plus maximum muscle fibres equals hundreds of melted calories. And you can accomplish this with a single exercise. But simple doesn’t mean easy. It takes a twisted mind to look at a burpee and think, “Let’s make it harder,” but the results you’ll earn with the travelling burpee are well worth the extra effort. Instead of doing a small, vertical jump during your burpee, launch into a big, horizontal broad jump. “It’s a potent fat burner because you’re asking so much from your body,” says elite PT Scott Laidler. Demanding more of the larger muscles in your legs fires up more muscle fibres for a greater metabolism boost. “And by propelling yourself forward with such power, you…

3 min.
how to lose weight with comfort food

MONDAY STEAK AND CHIPS By Roberto Costa, founder of Macellaio RC restaurants When it comes to meat, it’s all in the breed. Hunt down some Fassone beef (available in select butchers and larger branches of Tesco and Waitrose), which is proven to keep your cholesterol levels in check. A rogue gene gives the Piedmontese cattle a condition called “double-muscling”, which makes their meat lower in cholesterol and fat than salmon or chicken, while still packing the fatty acids of grass-fed beef. It cooks like a marbled, juicy rib-eye, too, and comes in at under 500kcal when served with baked sweet potato chips. TUESDAY SHEPHERD’S PIE By Brian Partridge, former head chef at Albion in Tate Modern A slab of cheesy mashed spuds slathered on top of fatty minced beef will come in at more than 750kcal, with…