Men's Health December 2020

A lifestyle magazine dedicated to showing men the practical and positive actions that make their lives better, with articles covering fitness, relationships, nutrition, careers, grooming, travel and health issues.

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10 Issues

in this issue

1 min
meet the men’s health advisory panel

BRAIN HEALTH: P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.D. David Perlmutter, M.D. CARDIOLOGY: John Elefteriades, M.D. David Wolinsky, M.D. DERMATOLOGY: Brian Capell, M.D., Ph.D. Adnan Nasir, M.D., Ph.D. EMERGENCY MEDICINE: Jedidiah Ballard, D.O. Robert Glatter, M.D. Travis Stork, M.D. ENDOCRINOLOGY: Sandeep Dhindsa, M.D. EXERCISE SCIENCE: Martin Gibala, Ph.D. Mark Peterson, Ph.D., C.S.C.S.*D Brad Schoenfeld, Ph.D., C.S.C.S. GASTROENTEROLOGY: Felice Schnoll-Sussman, M.D. INTEGRATIVE HEALTH: Brenda Powell, M.D. INTERNAL MEDICINE: Keith Roach, M.D. MENTAL HEALTH: Gregory Scott Brown, M.D. Thomas Joiner, Ph.D. Avi Klein, L.C.S.W. Drew Ramsey, M.D. NUTRITION: Chris Mohr, Ph.D., R.D. Mike Roussell, Ph.D. Brian St. Pierre, R.D., C.S.C.S. PAIN MEDICINE: Paul Christo, M.D., M.B.A. SEX & RELATIONSHIPS: Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., M.P.H. Shamyra Howard, L.C.S.W. Justin Lehmiller, Ph.D. SLEEP MEDICINE: Mary Carskadon, M.D. W. Christopher Winter, M.D. SPORTS MEDICINE: Michael Fredericson, M.D. Dan Giordano, D.P.T., C.S.C.S. Bill Hartman, P.T. TRAINING: Lee Boyce, C.P.T. Mike Boyle, M.Ed., A.T.C. Ben Bruno, C.F.S.C. Alwyn Cosgrove, C.S.C.S.*D David Jack Mubarak Malik David Otey, C.S.C.S. Don Saladino, NASM UROLOGY: Elizabeth Kavaler, M.D. Larry Lipshultz, M.D. WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., FACPM, FACP Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., FAAP, FACP, FAHA, FTOS Jeff Volek, Ph.D., R.D.…

1 min
this winter… get outside!

Cabin fever is real—even if you live in a city. The cure: setting out for adventure.We compiled a list of 23 mostly outdoor expeditions—within a day’s driving, no flight needed, from just about anywhere—on page 35. And then we asked you: What’s your plan for beating the stircrazies this winter? What? We’ve literally been locked in our houses for 7 months. You think we can’t handle a few weeks of winter? GTFOH. @JosephWoodrow I XC ski. Skate skiing twice per week. I effin hate winter, but love XC skiing. It helps. @WayneLittle Reading. Exercise the body’s biggest muscle. @michael.aves Live in Florida. Winter is when we leave the house. @TateYeatman In Phoenix, we go stir crazy over the summer and come out of hibernation to enjoy lovely winter. @RichardMitchell You don’t need a big plan, just…

4 min
q+a with the e.i.c. can working out help with depression?

—@fabulicioussam A FAIR QUESTION for right now. The shortest and easiest answer is yes. Study after study after study has shown that exercise (cardio, resistance training, walking, whatever) fills your bloodstream with endorphins, boosts serotonin, and helps brighten your mood, and it’ll also raise your energy level and dampen your occasional desire to punch things. Research has even shown that exercise can lead to new neuron growth in the part of the brain most associated with depression—in mice, anyway—meaning there may be some depression-fighting longtail action at work here, too. But the longer answer is more complicated, because it’s kind of hard to go for a run when you can’t get out of bed. It’s tough to lift weights when you lose your appetite and can’t hold down food. And there is…

4 min

MEANWHILE, ON INSTAGRAM. Rapper Common joined Drew Ramsey, M.D., and Gregory Scott Brown, M.D., for the first edition of (M)ental (H)ealth Live this fall. Here are some words of wisdom from Common. When I’m taking care of my spiritual self and my physical self, it just helps build up my emotional self to deal with these personal struggles.” “I think it’s a process, but the start is to find something that really resonates with you, and you feel peace when you do it.” NEW FROM MH The Less-Meat, More-Muscle Diet “Plant-based” doesn’t have to mean vegan, and our new book, Men’s Health Plant-Based Eating, proves it. We talked to the smartest minds in food and nutrition to deliver a simple approach to eating that goes heavy on plants without skipping animal proteins. The book comes…

5 min
twist and shred!

YOU’VE PROBABLY done pushups, pullups, squats, and situps, but chances are you’ve never done a move like this: Kneel on your shins, abs tight, a single kettlebell held overhead in your left hand. Eyes on the kettlebell, twist your torso and bend forward, letting your right elbow scrape the ground. Then press back up. You’ve just done a windmill, a little-known (and diabolical) exercise that has as many muscle-building, fat-blasting benefits as numerous better-known moves. The windmill also makes you do something you probably don’t do enough: rotate. “Your everyday life demands constant rotation,” says David Otey, C.S.C.S., a Men’s Health training advisor. “Nobody walks robotically in straight lines; you’re twisting, turning. You bend over to the side to pick up a bag or twist to grab that thing you left…

4 min
the 8-move smash-stress forge-muscle workout

PART 1: DECOMPRESS Directions: Do 3 rounds of this circuit, resting 20 seconds between each move, then do Part 2. Tight on time? One round will loosen and relax your body. 1 Supine Spinal Stretch You’ll loosen your lower back and your hips, too! Lie on your back, arms and legs outstretched. Raise your right knee to your chest, and place your hands on it. Keep your shoulder blades on the floor as you allow your knee to fall to the floor on the left side, turning your head to the right. Hold for 45 to 60 seconds, then repeat. Do 3 reps per side. 2 Low Lunge to Half Split You’ll relax your hamstrings and hip flexors and loosen your hips. Start in pushup position. Step your right foot outside your right hand and…