Health & Fitness
Australian Men's Fitness

Australian Men's Fitness January 2020

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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in this issue

1 min.
the smart man’s cheat sheet

Do this Keep up the cardio • Men with moderate versus low cardiorespiratory levels have 47 percent less risk of lung cancer, according to the first study that assessed the effect of fitness on site-specific cancers, published in the European Journal of Cancer. Interestingly, men with high cardiorespiratory levels showed minimal or no decrease in cancer incidences compared to the moderate group. Know this Fit for sex • Higher fitness levels have been linked to arterial stiffness required for erectile function. A study in the American Journal of Men’s Health tested 177 adult men, measuring VO2 max, grip strength, ability to stretch forward from a seated position and erectile function. A relationship was found suggesting that high physical fitness may offset the ageing-induced deterioration of male sexual function. Eat this Get in the Q • Quercetin – found in…

1 min.
never too late

Old people with absolutely no lifting experience have the same ability to build muscle as those of a similar age with a long history of strength training. That’s according to research conducted by the University of Birmingham, UK, which found “master athletes” – people over the age of 70 who had lifted weights all their life – and healthy people of the same age who had never followed a structured training plan were able to build muscle mass at similar rates. Dr Leigh Breen, one of the chief scientists involved, says: “Our study clearly shows that it doesn’t matter if you haven’t been a regular exerciser throughout your life, you can still derive benefit from exercise whenever you start. “Obviously a long-term commitment to good health and exercise is the best approach…

2 min.

Hard luck Aerobic exercise protects your heart, boosts wellbeing and, according to new research, can improve your chances of getting it up. The study, in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, recruited participants from running, swimming and cycling clubs: amateur athletes who exercise more than average. Among the results, it was found men who ran a seven-minute mile pace for four and a half hours per week – quick runners who train a lot – enjoyed 23% reduced odds of erectile dysfunction. Lead author Dr Benjamin Breyer did admit the study was only exploratory, as it relied on self-reported levels of exercise and sexual dysfunction, but as no man has ever made exaggerated claims about his sex life, we’re willing to assume 100% accuracy... Brain drain Overtraining? It’s not just your body you’re taxing. •…

1 min.
mash up

Looking for a cheap energy source to fuel your workouts? How about some mashed potato? Consuming potato purée during prolonged exercise works just as well as a commercial carbohydrate gel in sustaining blood glucose levels and boosting performance in trained athletes, according to a study from the University of Illinois, US. “Potatoes are a promising alternative for athletes because they represent a cost-effective, nutrient-dense and whole-food source of carbohydrates,” the researchers reported.…

2 min.

Your daily dose An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Try an avocado. A study from Penn State Uni, US, suggests that eating one avocado a day may help keep “bad” cholesterol at bay. According to the researchers, bad cholesterol can refer to both oxidised low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and small, dense LDL particles. In a randomised, controlled study, researchers found that eating one avocado a day was linked to lower levels of LDL and oxidised LDL in overweight adults. Avocado eaters also had higher levels of lutein, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive and anti-cancer benefits, as well as being great for the eyes. Avocado is also a fantastic source of folate, potassium and healthy fats, as well as vitamins K, C and E. So if you don’t eat them, maybe…

1 min.
tub thumping

A diet high in fibre and yoghurt could also be associated with a reduced risk for lung cancer, says a study in JAMA Oncology. The study divided participants into five groups, according to the amount of fibre and yoghurt they ate. Those with the highest consumption had a 33% reduced lung cancer risk as compared to the group who didn’t eat yoghurt and consumed the least fibre. This association was consistently seen across current, past and never smokers, as well as men, women and people with different backgrounds.…