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Men's Health Australia

Men's Health Australia September 2018

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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2 min.
daddy issues

My father-in-law, Allan, wasn’t there for the birth of his daughter. He planned to stay by his wife’s side, but was forcibly shooed out by the nurses. “They just told me to come back in a few hours,” he recalls. “That upset me.” Standing outside the hospital, Allan didn’t know what to do with himself. So he ended up at the cricket. At the MCG it was Day 3 of the Centenary Test and matters were evenly poised. An eventful session saw Rick McCosker become a national hero when he returned to the crease with a heavily bandaged head after his jaw was broken by a Bob Willis bouncer. Yet Allan’s mind was elsewhere. By the time he returned to the hospital, Sarah (my wife) had been born. That was back in the…

1 min.
take the wind out of hard-to-shift blubber

Aerodynamics aside, that gut isn’t necessarily slowing you down. While too much abdominal fat can indeed be a marker of excess blubber around your organs – or even of metabolic syndrome – it’s entirely possible for it to be harmless. In fact, you can be at once obese and yet still metabolically healthier than your doctor. Things like internal inflammation and cardio fettle count for far more than the belt notch you use. Your gut girth is just a sign. But it can be an unsightly one. Work out whether you’re fit-fat or just fat-fat by investing in a body composition monitor, like those sold by Harvey Norman. This will tell you if you’re carrying more subcutaneous (benign) or visceral (risky) fat. You can check your waist-to-hip ratio at home,…

1 min.
text a doctor

Sometimes I forget why I went into a room. My mates joke it’s early-onset dementia, but deep down I worry it could be. Don’t fret. We all occasionally lose our train of thought – it’s probably just a blip... It’d be more worrying if you were struggling with recall and problem-solving in a way that affects everyday life. My forgetfulness is starting to grate on me, though. Is there anything I can do right away? Check your diet. Combat “brain fog” with turmeric: it’ll help you think more clearly. I don’t eat enough greens. Is that related to my mental blanks? Yes. Eat more veg, nuts and fish – the Med diet, basically – to load up on vit B12 and omega-3, both linked to good memory. What about my red wine? I do like a glass.…

1 min.
why do some men strut around naked in the locker room? makes me feel a little awkward.

You too? We’ve always assumed they were just showing off. Some men might feel more comfortable that way. But for others, there may be more to it – an unspoken challenge. After all, the gym floor is sometimes about establishing dominance and assessing each other through weights and reps, says sociologist Tristan Bridges. This tacit competition can continue in the locker room, he says, where being at ease naked signals masculinity. Of course, certain guys might do it without guile, but there are some who know it puts others on edge. “There’s a social power in being comfortable with it when others are not,” Bridges says. It’s also something of an easy victory. You might not be able to bench the most, but you can stand at the sink and…

4 min.

60 MINUTES TO LET OFF STEAM AND PROTECT YOUR HEART HEALTH WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME you had a bath? Not an ice bath, but a nice bath. Weeks? Months? To many, it’s an indulgence you can do without. But, a Uni of Oregon study found there are genuine benefits to a long soak. Regular hot baths can lower blood pressure, which, when too high, is a common precursor to heart disease. “Passive heat therapy” – or bubble bathing, as we prefer to call it – raises the concentration of nitric oxide in your blood to dilate vessels. Separate research suggests that repeated exposure to hot water improves endothelial function, which means the lining of your blood vessels works better to stifle an increased CVD risk as you age. Similarly, Loughborough University…

10 min.
alive & kicking

“Carter believes in never settling, never hiding from expectation” IT’S JUST AFTER LUNCH on a pristine winter’s day in Auckland as Dan Carter holds court on the grounds of St Paul’s College. If you think that sounds like a fancy-pants school full of privileged kids, you’d be off the mark: most of those assembled are Polynesian and all are beneficiaries of Carter’s iSport Foundation. A speech becomes a masterclass, with Carter rifling passes at a target board and taking placekicks on a boggy field. You notice with the kicking that while there’s really nothing at stake, Carter follows the same routine you might have seen countless times on TV. The results are familiar, too: every strike soars into the cloudless sky and sails between the posts. Decked out in hoodie and sweatpants,…