Health & Fitness
Men's Health Australia

Men's Health Australia November 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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in this issue

2 min.
your tribe determines your vibe

It’s been a huge month of goal kicking here at Men’s Health Australia. Our small but mighty team has dominated on the tennis court, smashed personal Olympic lifting records in the gym and no less than five of us recorded personal best times in the Blackmores Running Festival. Fitness director Todd Liubinskas has also been dousing us all with inspiration, hurtling through the Far North Queensland jungle in the very first Australian iteration of Red Bull’s notorious Defiance race this month. The croc-dodging odyssey saw our very own man-mountain taking on the 150km run, bike and kayak with some of Australia’s top athletes. And while this letter is reading like a brag-fest of Kanyeesque proportions, it’s incredibly hard to hide the pride I feel in the team and the inspiration I draw…

2 min.
ask mh

THE BIG QUESTION I’m losing my hair in my late 20s. Is that because I have high testosterone and a rampant sex drive? –JS Believe that if you want to, JS. But you’d be largely kidding yourself. Like a lot of myths, this one’s traceable to an old study that has been misinterpreted. Back in the 1940s, Yale psychologist James Hamilton found that 21 boys undergoing castration were less likely to develop baldness in adulthood. This led many to believe that the less testosterone you have, the lower your risk of premature hair loss. “But the idea testosterone determines baldness is simplistic,” says Dr Russell Knudsen, past president of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and founder of The Knudsen Clinic. Testosterone plays some part, he says, but it’s the conversion…

1 min.
text a pt

My wife can touch her thumb to her middle finger while encircling my wrist. Right. So you have, um, delicate wrists and forearms. And you’d like to grow them? Yes! Fast. For a lot of guys, just training back- pull-ups, rows - will build up your lower arms. Not me. My back’s decent. My upper arms are decent. My forearms are pencils. OK. That’s genetics, so don’t beat yourself up. You just need to hit them with targeted moves. Tack this routine onto your upper-body days. 4 sets of each move with a minute’s rest between sets. Farmers walks (go heavy – for you). Dead hangs (for time). Barbell reverse curls. That’ll do the trick? Sure will, Popeye. As long as you take each set to near-failure. Gotta let those muscles know you mean business. Ben Williams PT, pymble@northshoregym.com.au…

1 min.
rock’n’roll for longer life

JAGGER, RICHARDS, WOOD AND WATTS: these legends of live performance continue to fill out arenas and gyrate with unfathomable intensity well into their seventies. But the secret to their snake-hipped durability may have finally been revealed. Previous research had proved that music positively impacts the autonomic nervous system, which controls your blood pressure and heartbeat, and the limbic system, responsible for your emotions. Put simply, it can lead to feelings of mental and physical euphoria. But now, a study by Goldsmiths, University of London, has reported that regularly going to gigs can also significantly amp up your lifespan. The researchers performed psychometric tests on subjects who had participated in various “wellbeing” activities and found that feelings of happiness increased by 21 per cent after watching a live music performance, whereas yoga and…

1 min.
play it by ear

EXTRA STAMINA “Original Nuttah” by Shy FX, UK Apache. One study* found that listening to upbeat songs raised participants’ endurance while performing cardiac stress tests. EASY WEIGHT LOSS “Weightless” by Marconi Union. The University of South Florida revealed that ambient music encourages you to make healthy eating choices, while loud settings can motivate you to pig out. A SECOND DATE “So What” by Miles Davis. Head to a jazz bar. Women are more likely to perceive men as attractive after listening to complex and stimulating tunes, Austrian scientists found.…

1 min.
see the light at work with some blue sea thinking

STRIKING A WORK-LIFE BALANCE is the modern-day Sisyphean ordeal. So once you switch on your “out-of-office” for a holiday, a looming work project is the last thing you want to think about. Yes, muting your inbox is a sound strategy, but the latest research suggests that burying your head in the sand entirely may not be such a smart move. Researchers have found that spending time at the water’s edge in between sunbathing has a significant effect on your brain’s creative processes. That means a walk along the shoreline could provide the inspiration you need for a promotion-worthy idea. Looking out to sea presents your mind with a simplified field of vision, while the rhythmic sound of the waves replaces the onslaught of visual and auditory stimuli that the brain has…