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Men's Health Singapore

Men's Health Singapore April 2019

Men's Health Singapore is the authority on men’s fitness, health, sex and relationships, grooming and style, a “100% Useful” monthly guide for the sophisticated and active man who is vibrant, financially secure and who seeks an editorial product that is presented in an approachable and professional manner.

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In this issue

1 min.
april fool’s day, every day

We all know that laughing feels good. It’s a bonding, endorphin rushing sensation that can actually boost your brainpower. Einstein always attributed his brilliant mind with a childlike sense of humour, and he was right. An Austrian study found that funny people - particularly those who enjoyed a darker sense of humour - show signs of high IQ. It’s thought it’s a ‘heritable trait’ that signals mental, emotional and intellectual agility to a prospective mate. Still need convincing? Regular laughter can protect your recall ability. It reduces the production of stress hormone cortisol, high levels of which not only eat away at muscle but, “can cause damage to your hippocampus, the area of the brain that deals with memory,” says Loma Linda University’s Dr Gurinder Bains. He advocates a daily chuckle…

2 min.
face off

We don’t always understand how a facial works. And most of what the therapist tells us eventually comes to nought midway through the massage. But if you have had a facial before, you would know that the most intense part would be the “extraction”. This is when pores are pressed, probed and squeezed to expel the gunk trapped beneath your skin. While this clears up your complexion, it’s also when one experiences the most discomfort. TRIPLE ACTION At Thomas D’Esthetique, a men’s only aesthetics and wellness centre, the signature Aqua Peel treatment does away with the pain but retains similar, if not better, results. The three-step therapy begins with the Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) solution that is said to target wrinkles and slow down the signs of ageing, while firming up and toning…

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The Full Body Travel Workout You Can Do On A Holiday Sitting for a prolonged period of time on a plane can take a toll on your body. When you finally get to your destination, try these simple workouts to loosen up. https://www.menshealth.com.sg/fitness/full-body-travel-workout-plane-holiday/ What Is The IIFYM Diet & Is It Good? Can flexible dieting (or “If It Fits Your Macros”) actually be good enough for you to see results? https://www.menshealth.com.sg/weight-loss-nutrition/ if-it-fits-your-macros-iifymdiet-flexible/ The Most Useful E-mail In Your Inbox Sign up our you register to be a member on Menshealth.com.sg and receive free expert advice and tips delivered straight to your inbox. Each week, you’ll learn how to upgrade your muscle gains, look like a million bucks and get the girl. www.bit.ly/1YHEeSA • MH VIDEO • Mock Meat On Pizza: Does PizzaExpress Verde Vegan Pizza Taste Like…

2 min.
do you have fat dna? here’s how to fight it.

We’d like to say “fat chance”, but if your parents are packing a few extra pounds the odds are good that your double helix can predispose you to a double chin. Research in the International Journal Of Obesity estimates that around 79 per cent of your body mass index (BMI) is determined by your DNA, with environmental factors making up the rest. But don’t panic. According to Harvard University research, if you make sure at least 25 per cent of your calories come from protein, you may lessen the effects of certain obesity-related genes. Plus a study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US found that men who ran 3km to 6km a day reduced the influence of genetics on their BMI by 29 per cent. So what if your…

2 min.
ask men’s health

IS IT POSSIBLE TO EAT TOO MUCH PROTEIN? — TOM As the macro of the moment and so-called building block of muscle, protein is fetishized as much by supermarket giants as it is by pneumatic gym bros. While devouring a whole chicken in one sitting has long won you judos in some circles, now you can’t move the supermarket without being sold protein ice creams and cereals. Sadly, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. According to the Reference Nutrient Intake, you need 0.75g of protein for each kilogram of your bodyweight, so an 80kg man requires around 60g a day – roughly three salmon fillets. But the greater the physical stress placed on your body, the higher its demands. For a man of the same size who…

1 min.
yes/ no/ maybe

ARE TWO-MINUTE WORKOUTS AS EFFECTIVE AS 30-MINUTE WORKOUTS? – PAUL There has been a lot of news lately about the value of extremely short workouts. And while there is interesting new research to suggest that as little as two minutes of high-intensity exercise can stimulate local changes in the metabolic function of muscle, this kind of exercise shouldn’t be confused with an alternative to regular, lengthier aerobic or anaerobic workouts. Why? Your body has both acute (short-term) and long-term responses to exercise. Acute responses are the physiological changes that happen as a result of the individual exercise. Long-term responses are a result of the body recognising the stress associated with a single bout of exercise, by gradually increasing its ability to withstand the stress associated with that stimulus. Think about training for…