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Australian Men's Fitness December 2018

Men's Fitness is your personal trainer, dietician, life coach and training partner in one package. It's about fitness of the mind and body. Covering fitness, health, nutrition, participation in sport, relationships, travel and men's fashion, the magazine drives its readers to be fitter, stronger, healthier and ultimately, happier.

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the smart man’s cheat sheet

Know this Nice to meat you. Burn for you We’ve all heard about how BBQing meat can increase the risk of cancer. Now it turns out it could cause diabetes too. Researchers from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, US, have found that people who frequently use high-heat cooking methods like barbecuing to prepare beef and chicken are 1.5 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. But note the word “frequently” – an occasional barbie is fine. Just let us know what time to show up. Do this Take a seat Haven’t upgraded to a standing desk yet? Hold on to your chair a little longer. Research in Ergonomics has linked prolonged standing while working with lower limb pain and deteriorating mental reactions, with test subjects who…

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bad booze news

Some sobering news as we head into the silly season: even light drinking increases risk of death, says research from Washington University, US. Analysing data from more than 400,000 people, the researchers found that one to two drinks or more four times per week increases the risk of premature death by 20 percent, compared with three times a week or less.“It used to seem like having one or two drinks a day was no big deal, and there have even been some studies suggesting it can improve health,” says study author Dr Sarah Hartz. “But now we know that even the lightest daily drinkers have an increased mortality risk.”Although some earlier studies have linked light drinking to improvements in heart health, Dr Hartz says this study shows that those…

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Jump to it In the pursuit of gaining muscular size and strength, most people fixate on lifting weights. And that’s why most people fail to achieve their muscle mass and raw power potential. Including body-weight plyometric moves – such as box jumps or clap push-ups – in your training is a highly effective way to increase both muscular size and power output, according to a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. And the best bit (apart from not needing any kit) is that subjects who did plyometrics just once a week saw greater improvements than those who did four sessions. Choc up your pump Get ahead with choc. We’ve been enthusiastically munching on dark chocolate for years after reading a study that claimed the…

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total recall

Can’t remember where you left your car keys? Take off for a quick jog around the block. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, US, and Japan’s University of Tsukuba have found that even very light workouts can increase the connectivity between parts of the brain responsible for memory formation and storage. “Even short walking breaks throughout the day may have considerable effects on improving memory and cognition,” says study co-leader Dr Michael Yassa. ■…

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A bit fishyOmega-3 fats have garnered an excellent reputation as being good for you, especially with regard to heart health, but a new piece of research has called the reputation of omega-3 supplements into question. A Cochrane systematic review combining the results of 79 randomised trials has found that taking omega-3 supplements like fish oil has little or no effect on cardiovascular health. Cochrane reviews really are the gold standard for research into important health questions like this, so this is one bit of health news to take note of. “We found that omega-3 probably makes little or no difference to coronary heart events and arrhythmia,” says Cochrane lead author Dr Lee Hooper of the University of East Anglia, UK. A better bet? Eat a healthy diet that includes…

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whole lotta love

All wholegrains can prevent type 2 diabetes, says a study from Sweden. Most studies on wholegrains and diabetes have been done in the US, where people mostly get their grains from wheat. This study looked at other grains, and found it made no difference which type of wholegrain product people ate – rye bread, oatmeal and muesli, for example, all offer the same protection against diabetes. What’s more important is how much wholegrain people eat, with the highest wholegrain consumption linked to the lowest likelihood of type 2 diabetes. ■…