Health & Fitness
Australian Men's Fitness

Australian Men's Fitness September 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.

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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
the smart man’s cheat sheet

Do this Short bouts for smarts • Studying for a big test or prepping for a work presentation? Do a short, sharp bout of HIIT. Neuroscientists from Oregon Health & Science University, US, have discovered that a short burst of exercise directly boosts the function of a gene that increases the connections between neurons in the hippocampus, the region of the brain associated with learning and memory. Know this Sit tight • Being stuck at a desk all day might not be as bad for you as you thought. Research from Columbia Uni, US, studying more than 3500 people found that leisure-time sitting while watching TV – but not sitting at work – was associated with a greater risk of heart disease and death. But if you do binge Netflix, don’t fret: the study also…

1 min.
train for a brain boost

Anyone who trains for a marathon knows single running workouts will add up over time to yield a huge improvement in fitness and endurance. It turns out exercise can also improve your brain function, one workout at a time. “There is a strong and direct link between physical activity and how your brain works,” says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. “People think about fitting into a bikini or losing that last kilo, not about all the brain systems that they’re improving and enhancing every time they train.” Researchers at the Uni of Iowa, US, studied a group of participants who underwent brain scans and memory tests before and after single sessions of light and moderate intensity exercise and after a 12-week long training program. Researchers found that those who saw the biggest improvements…

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Fire up your warm-up Let’s face it, no-one loves the warm-up part of a workout. But if you add a plyometric element to the start of your session, you’ll make it more fun and – according to a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research – you’ll get more out of the rest of your session, too. When subjects did a warm-up that incorporated jumps, they experienced a 39% increase in rate of force development over those who did a steady-state warm-up. More power to you • Prolong your life by increasing your muscle power. That’s the message of a new study from Brazil. “Rising from a chair in old age and kicking a ball depend more on muscle power than strength, yet most weight-bearing exercise focuses on the latter,” says…

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A tangled web The internet has changed a lot – online dating means you don’t have to leave your house to meet someone; telecommuting lets you work all day in your PJs; Instagram has given skinny yogis on juice cleanses a whole new way to annoy people. But it turns out the internet could be changing something far more important – our brains. An international team of researchers has found the internet can produce acute and sustained alterations in specific areas of learning and understanding, which may reflect changes in the brain, affecting attention, memory and social interactions. For example, endless notifications from the net means our attention is often divided, which decreases our ability to focus. And given that we now have most of the world’s information literally at our…

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Tax is the ticket The data is in: a tax on soft drink is an effective way to get people to cut down. A 10% tax on sugary drinks has cut purchase and consumption of sugary drinks by an average of 10% in places it’s been introduced, a review has found. Researchers from the University of Otago, NZ, combined evidence from settings where a sugary drinks tax had been applied and evaluated it into a meta-analysis. “This review presents compelling evidence that sugary drink taxes result in decreased sales, purchasing or dietary intake of taxed beverages,” says lead author Dr Andrea Teng. “It shows taxes on sugary drinks are an effective tool to reduce consumption.” It’s known that the high consumption of sugary drinks increases the risk of obesity and diabetes, and…

1 min.
clocking off

Disruptions to our “body clock” may be a factor behind the global diabetes, obesity and heart disease epidemics. Paul Zimmet, professor of diabetes at Monash University, says studies suggest circadian disturbance may be a feature of the cluster of heart disease risk factors – obesity and high blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol – collectively called metabolic syndrome. As an example, shift workers who have deranged time clocks are much more likely to develop diabetes and high blood pressure.…