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Men's Health South Africa January 2019

Men's Health is South Africa's best-selling men's magazine. And no wonder: each page is packed with expert tips and easy-to-implement, actionable advice on everything the modern man needs to feel fitter, happier and healthier. Through its award-winning content and design, Men's Health improves every aspect of a man's life, from physical and mental health to food, style, sex, stress, gear, grooming, tech, relationships, wealth, career and beyond. It's an essential read for any guy who wants to live his best life right now. That's you, right?

South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
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12 Issues


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man of action

“Despite overwhelming odds and violent weather, enduring gale force winds, thunderstorms, pouring rain, hail, mud and near-hypothermia, we achieved the greatest number of summits of Sani Pass in 12 hours on a mountain bike ever documented.” – JAMIE MARAIS, EXTREME ADVENTURE ATHLETE BUMPY RIDE. According to the World Health Organisation, the Early Child Development stage is the most important developmental phase in anyone’s life. That’s why Jamie Marais, extreme adventure athlete, teamed up with HeadStart Kids NPC to raise awareness about just how important the first 5 years are. HeadStart Kids provides children between 3 and 5 years old, from low-income families, with an ECD programme that meets their emotional, social, health, physical, nutritional and psychological needs. But how did Jamie do this? “Our primary objective was to break my own…

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it’s time to pay the man

Yip, that’s right. Pure, old-school grunt work and sweat. No matter how smart your watch has become, how clever your phone is, or how #motivational that Instagram post is, the real results still come down to the effort you – and only you – are willing to put in. The one rule you want to remember this year (and don’t call it a resolution): the more risk, effort or change you make this year, the bigger the reward. Simple. And we’re not saying you must do something drastic for the sake of it; you can change your life on a big scale, by making just small changes. The best news for you? This issue has been created to provide those small – but significant – changes. Don’t get us wrong here;…

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start your year right

1 Sign Up As An Organ Donor It will take you a few minutes, and it costs you nothing. The upside: you can literally save lives. It might be a little tough to think about your death now, but get over it. Sign up here with the Organ Donor Foundation: www.odf.org.za. 2 Race For A Charity Got some big challenges for 2019? We’re hoping you do. But besides just getting fitter and stronger as a result, we’d like you to collect some cash for charities. Here are few apps and services you can use: backabuddy.co. za; charitymiles.org; and gemproject.org. And one future-looking app that’s very smart: snapdonate.org. We’re hoping it takes off here. 3 Start Donating Blood There’s always a shortage, especially of the less common blood types. Sign up, and do the right thing…

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the exchange

AS LONG AS I’M GETTING EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP, DOES IT MATTER WHAT TIME I GO TO BED? Doug, Joburg Not if you’re consistent. If you always turn in at 2am and rise at 10am, you’re good. Or 8pm to 4am, also good. But if your bedtimes and wake-up times vary wildly, you may be setting yourself up for sleep problems, says Dr. Rodney Radtke, a neurologist specialising in sleep medicine. These irregular sleep patterns can mess with your body clock over time, making it harder to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up when you want to. Late night? Be sure to get up at your usual time, says Dr. Radtke: “That sets your clock.” HEALTH Can I actually predict if I’ll go bald? Sihle, Germiston That’s an unfortunate no. Sure, your ancestors play a…

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mh world

FITNESS TRAIN LIKE APHIWE DYANTYI Just weeks before Aphiwe Dyantyi was named the 2018 World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year in Monaco, he let us in on how he trains. And it’s not what you think: he’s not just about hitting the gym hard and doing explosive moves to get power and speed. Rather, for Aphiwe, it’s all about balance. The 24-year-old Springbok had a stellar 2018. He’s made us proud, and is a star athlete who doesn’t do the bare minimum. From high-intensity workouts to recovery, there’s lots to learn from this talented flyer. MH.CO.ZA/FITNESS GUY SKILLS CATCHING UP WITH SÉBASTIEN LOEB We spoke to the best driver in World Rally Championship (WRC) history. Sébastien Loeb retired in 2012, but he’s never been busier. He made time to catch up with MH days…

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go with your heart. or not.

It’s the last day of the ABSA Cape Epic, which starts in Wellington and finishes at Val de Vie. It’s most definitely not all downhill from here, as the day starts with a brutally long climb right to the top of Du Toitskloof Pass. I give it absolutely all I have on the uphill, sweat pouring down my face, panting with the effort. I’m on the proverbial limit. Not a new experience, this week; however, a quick look at my heart-rate monitor, and the readings are very different from what they were in the first few days of the race. Alarmingly, my heart rate is only 135 bpm – at this level of intensity, my heart rate would normally be closer to 165 bpm. Thankfully, experience has taught me that this is one…