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Men's Health Australia July 2021

Men's Health is the go-to magazine for Australian men looking to improve all aspects of their lives, from fitness and health to relationships, career and nutrition. If you're looking for expert advice and tips on the best workouts, cooking a tasty, nutritious meal in 15 minutes, reducing stress levels or updating your wardrobe, you'll find it here, all written in Men's Health's intelligent and humorous tone.

Paragon Media Pty Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min

★ There’s a reason our transformation issues are among the most popular we produce. Despite what popular culture may have us believe, we, as Aussie men, enjoy seeing others succeed and we admire hard work and commitment. We do want to lift each other up, to see each other grow and to share that knowledge to help each other. Let’s call it Small Poppy Syndrome. Incredible transformations command a certain level of respect. It takes courage to embark on a transformation, physical or otherwise. The decision to transform, in itself, involves awkward, often confronting inward reflection. ‘What about myself needs improvement?’ The process is no picnic, either, involving months of commitment, sacrifice, sweat and more often than not, tears. I’ve recently commenced my own transformation based on some quite brutal self-reflection. While…

2 min
the big question

- HT ★ Don’t let yourself be discouraged by that little groan you make when you get out of bed – there’s no reason why you can’t outmuscle fat in middle age. But to tip the scales in your favour, you need to know what you’re up against. When you hit your thirties, your body starts to self-sabotage: testosterone, progesterone and human growth hormone (HGH) begin their slow decline, causing a reduction in muscle mass that makes your metabolism stutter. By the time you reach 40, your T-levels are deteriorating at a rate of 1 per cent each year, making muscle gain more difficult. Meanwhile, an enzyme in fatty tissue converts lingering testosterone into oestrogen, causing your waistline to expand, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol begin to rise. High cortisol…

1 min
ancient solution to a modern problem

Q I keep getting burnt by online relationships. Why not just give up and be single and free? A Every heart sings a song incomplete until another heart whispers back. – Plato; b. 428 BC TEXT A PHYSIO MY KNEE HURTS. CAN I RUN THROUGH IT? – GW Today 6:14am I’ve just about made this new running habit stick, but now my knee hurts. Should I grit my teeth and keep going? Not so fast. It depends on the pain and whether you have any other symptoms. If it’s a dull ache, you could try a short run. If it’s a sharp, severe pain, you need to rest. It’s an ache that started just after I bought new trainers... Could they be to blame? Trainers alter your gait – the way you walk and run – by slightly changing…

2 min
ask the girls in the office

The fuss around consent has me spooked. How should I go about initiating intimacy in the early stages of a relationship? -TM Becky: I don’t love the word “fuss”. I don’t think people who want more clarity around consent are fussing. But the fact you’re asking the question suggests you’re thinking about it and cautious about it – which means you’re probably halfway there already. Lizza: Why does it spook you, TM? Are you worried about some past actions? It’s a bit worrying. Nikolina: I think this all comes down to open communication. I think if you’ve reached a point in your relationship where you feel sex might be close, then it’s probably something you should talk about. Lizza: Yeah. And read the body language, right? If you’re going in for a kiss and she’s…

2 min
make gains under the winter sun

YOUR MONTHLY DOWNLOAD OF THE LATEST LIFE ENHANCING RESEARCH IT SEEMS THAT trendy indoor boot camps – even with their strobe lights and thumping house music – are no match for simple workouts in the local park. Of course, we support a post-COVID return to the gyms. But if the steep asking price of a boutique class feels like an expensive hurdle to your long-term goals, simply bring your training plan into the light. That’s because, in the colder months, your health could probably use some extra vitamin D. The sunshine vitamin isn’t just crucial for maintaining healthy skin and bones. It’s also a natural ally in your quest for better body composition. When scientists at Kyung Hee University in South Korea studied the effects of a circuit training program with and…

2 min
beans, beans, they’re good for your heart

THE SUPERFOODS aisle at a health shop might seem like your safest bet if you’re hoping to eat your way to a longer life. Yet you’ll find the most effective life extender at your local corner shop. According to epidemiologists working for the World Health Organisation, bean intake is the best predictor of longevity, beating fruit, veg and wholegrain cereals. For every 20g of beans that the subjects in their study ate per day, their chances of dying from any cause fell by 8 per cent. The study focused on four countries well known for having long-lived inhabitants: Japan, Sweden, Greece and Australia. The first three of these are committed bean-eating cultures. Legumes are present in Japanese cuisine in soya, tofu, natto and miso; they also feature heavily in the Scandi…