Health & Fitness
Australian Men's Fitness

Australian Men's Fitness October 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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1 min.
the smart man’s cheat sheet

Do this Tweak it Iron out any weaknesses by tweaking your form: with the deadlift, take a snatch grip, where your hands are double shoulder width apart, to aid grip strength. With the squat, push your knees out slightly as you near the lowering phase to help recruit your glutes. With the pull-up, squeeze your glutes before you pull up – this will help you recruit as many muscles as possible. Eat this Your greens Hate broccoli? Maybe you should give it another chance. New research from the University at Buffalo, US, has found that changing your diet changes what proteins are in your saliva. And the proteins in your saliva change how you taste. So, with repeated exposure to bitter foods like broccoli or the dreaded Brussels sprout, those greens you hate will start…

1 min.
one size fits few

Preliminary results from an extensive study into individual metabolic responses to food suggest a standardised approach to nutrition is rarely best for everyone. The study, done by researchers from the UK and the US, involved more than 1100 people, including 479 identical twins, who were given meals that were heavy in either sugar or fat in an effort to see how they responded. The results so far contradict the concept of a universal “healthy” diet. Identical twins, who share the same DNA, did not metabolise foods in the same way, the researchers said. In fact, they found no similarities between the way identical twins metabolised meals that were high in fat and only about a 30% association in the way they metabolised sugar. Based on these findings, knowing how a person…

2 min.
weight loss

500 club Five hundred. That’s the number of extra calories you can expect to scoff if your diet is full of ultra-processed foods. A recent report published in Cell Metabolism found “ultra-processed diets tend to have foods in them that are more calorically dense and with less water content”. In other words, you’re getting more calories, but feeling less full, than you would with a diet full of fresh food. In the study, researchers found that subjects who ate ultra-processed foods ate about 500 calories more per day and gained more weight than subjects who ate unprocessed foods, despite the two groups being provided with meals that were identical in calories, sugar, fat, sodium, fibre and carbohydrates. Both groups were also allowed to eat as much or as little as they…

1 min.
all in the timing

Researchers have discovered that diet strategies like intermittent fasting or eating earlier in the day appear to help people lose weight by reducing their appetite rather than burning more calories. The study claims that coordinating meals with the body’s circadian rhythms may be a powerful strategy not just for reducing appetite, but also for improving metabolic health. “These strategies appear to curb appetite, which may help people eat less,” says Dr Courtney Peterson, lead author of the study.…

2 min.

Run down your risk If running a marathon is on your bucket list, you might find some newfound enthusiasm to chase that goal when you learn that training for those 42 kays could benefit your heart health. A report by the European Society of Cardiology revealed that novice runners who trained for six months, running 21km per week, and then completed their first marathon, experienced a four-year reduction in the age of their blood vessels and a 4mmHg drop in systolic (the top number) blood pressure. The results translate to an approximate 10% lower risk of stroke over a lifetime. Which is just the motivation you need to lace up those trainers and hit the road. 3 ways to ramp up recovery 1 ) Tap into heat therapy Alternating temperatures in the shower could speed…

2 min.

Kiss off In 2016, there were 87 million people diagnosed with gonorrhoea, the most antibiotic resistant of all sexually transmitted infections. There is a global rise in gonorrhoea rates and, until now, no-one has understood why. New research from Monash University, Melbourne, has released data which indicates that a significant, and previously unrecognised, route of transmission of the bacterial infection is kissing. Researchers found that the transmission of the disease is high in people who kiss only, and was higher in those who have sex with kissing compared to those who have sex without kissing. “If transmission by kissing is a key route of transmission, then it’s important to investigate new methods of control, such as antibacterial mouthwash,” says Monash’s Professor Kit Fairley. Left holding the baby Cuddled any kidlets lately? You probably…