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Men's Health Australia May 2019

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.

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making waves with a legend

menshealth@pacificmags.com.au I first met Kelly Slater four years ago. On our annual pilgrimage to the Mecca of Australian surfing, Bells Beach, my best mate and I were cruising along the Great Ocean Road, gazing out the window at empty waves and pristine beaches. Suddenly, our eyes settled on a lone surfer. The distant figure launched off the lip of a wave, so perfectly in tune with the water that he seemed to be mocking us mere mortals. We pulled over and, awestruck, watched him for 90 minutes. Given his affinity with the ocean, and the way his iconic shaved head caught the setting sun, there was no mistaking his identity: we’d made a rare sighting of Slater in the wild. Unfortunately, this is where the supreme coolness of this story ends. Realising the…

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men's health australia

SCOTT HENDERSON Editor BEN JHOTY Deputy Editor DANIEL WILLIAMS Associate Editor DAVID ASHFORD Creative Director JASON LEE Deputy Art Director KATE FRASER Head Of Pictures – Fashion and Health LAUREN WILLIAMSON Digital Content Manager – Health ALEX PIEROTTI Digital Content Editor TODD LIUBINSKAS Fitness Director CHIEF BRABON Transformation Coach JEFF LACK Style Editor ERIN DOCHERTY Grooming Writer CLARISSA WILSON Brand Solutions Director JESSICA LAY Brand Solutions Manager CALVIN SIMPSON Brand Solutions Coordinator ANDREW CAMERON Executive Creative Director ALEX DALRYMPLE Multimedia Content Producer KATHY GLAVAS Head of Health COURTENAY McDERMOTT Marketing Manager – Health ELLIE FLETCHER Marketing & Events Executive PAUL KING Production Manager ALLAN WEBSTER Print Operations Manager JEREMY SUTTON Group Subscriptions Manager GEREURD ROBERTS Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Magazines GUY TORRE Chief Financial Officer LOUISA HATFIELD Group Content and Brand Director NICOLE BENCE Commercial Director MARK BOORMAN Group Production Manager RICHARD DORMENT Editor in Chief, Men’s Health US SIMON HORNE SVP/Managing Director Asia Pacific & Russia RICHARD BEAN Director…

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the big question

If you have to ask, AK, you might not “like” the answer. Narcissism isn’t simply a matter of self-love: it’s a set of behaviours that includes an exaggerated sense of your own importance and an excessive need for the admiration of others. Social media thrives on these feelings. Though you may know – on an intellectual level – that Instagram selfies aren’t a true reflection of reality, it’s all too easy to compare your daily life to someone else’s carefully curated highlights reel. And self-flagellation of this sort can send your fragile self-esteem plummeting. “This prompts us to search for ways to boost our confidence with likes and comments,” says psychotherapist Ben Bidwell(@thenakedprofessor).“Then we compete by sharing our own, highly selective and filtered images.” Each new like or notification validates us, giving…

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does it work?

If you don’t eat before training, your body will burn fat for fuel instead of carbs: a win-win. Or so the theory behind fasted cardio goes. But nutritionist Chris Lowe says that this is an oversimplification. “When it comes to using fat or carbs for fuel, there’s no on/off switch. You’ll never burn 100 per cent carbs or 100 per cent fat. It’s always a combination.” It gets more complicated. In one study, those who trained on empty stomachs burned more fat than breakfast-eaters immediately after exercise but, 12 hours later, they were burning more carbohydate. The reverse occurred in subjects who had a pre-cardio meal. It pretty much balanced out. Our advice? Do what feels good. If not eating keeps you in a kilojoule deficit, stick with fasted training. A carb-based…

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text a pt

Hi I panned to train my legs at lunch but I’m seriously sore. Do I have a pass to skip the gym? Well, training sore muscles will increase your injury risk, and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to lift as much as in your last session … … but don’t skip it, shirker! Try steady-state cardio on a bike, or head to the pool instead. You can return to your regular routine tomorrow. Fair cop. But how can I stop soreness hurting my progress? Just don’t overdo it: try no more than than eight sets on one muscle group each session. OK. Should I split my training into muscle groups, then? Do two push and pull workouts a week. Squats and leg presses on push days, hamstring moves and deadlifts on pull days, with a day…

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45 MINUTES TO ORDER IN NEW BRAINPOWER AND EXTRA MEMORY WE’VE BEEN CONDITIONED to believe that indulgence, especially when served with a bag of prawn crackers, has few redeeming qualities. But while the kilojoule hit of spring rolls and egg fried rice is something to be enjoyed only occasionally, it should not be avoided wholesale. In fact, scientists at Tottori University in Japan suggest your Chinese takeaway could deliver weighty brain benefits in 45 minutes. According to new research, monosodium glutamate (MSG), a key ingredient of Chinese food, may play a role in staving off dementia, with test subjects who consumed it showing noticeable improvements in memory. Though unclear exactly why, some scientists suggest that it activates the hippocampus (the area of the brain dealing with memory), while others believe that it…