Men’s Health October: Up Your Own Game

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  We asked 860 airline pilots how they avoid feeling run-down on the runway.  80% Drink more on the job than they do off Water, that is. That dry air in the cabin dehydrates you and contributes to fatigue, brain fog, and other symptoms of jet lag. And booze, sorry to say, does the same. Pack your Nalgene Aim to drink 250ml of H2O every hour you’re in the air, says Dr Smith L. Johnston, head of NASA Johnson Space Center’s fatigue management team.   69% Spend as much time as possible outdoorsYour circadian clock, which is located ...

Post in Health on October 20th, 2014
Gyro: Greek for Delicious

This Greek sandwich’s combo of spiced meat and garlicky yogurt sauce outmuscles the flavours of traditional cheeseburgers and hot dogs. 450g boneless leg of lamb (lamb steaks are a suitable substitute) 1 cup            red wine ½ cup           sugar 3 cloves        garlic , smashed 2                  shallots, sliced 2                  bay leaves 1 tbsp          dried oregano, plus extra for seasoning the pita 2 tbsp          kosher salt 3 tbsp          cumin seeds 2 tbsp          yellow ...

Post in Nutrition on October 17th, 2014
Jump Off The Band Wagon

Sometimes a cool look doesn’t work: Wristbands that contain negatively charged ions do not appear to boost endurance. In a Belmont University study, athletes’ VO2 scores were no better when they wore one of these bands than when they wore a sham band or none at all. Other research has suggested that breathing the ions (which are naturally present in air) can impact aerobic capacity, says lead study author Patrick Sells. “But we didn’t find any benefit to wearing the bracelets.” To amp up your VO2 max, try adding twice-weekly intervals ...

Post in Fitness on October 3rd, 2014
Best Exercise To Improve Your Tennis Backhand

Blasting a backhand like Djokovic isn’t about arm power—it’s about core strength and good posture, says Brad Minns, a certified tennis coach based in Orlando. “You must twist your body so your nondominant hand can lead when you strike the ball,” he says. That means your hips, shoulders, arms, and core muscles should all work together. So build balanced strength with perpendicular medicine ball throws, which mimic the shot, says Minns. Practising with a partner is also a good way to simulate the complexity of a real game.   Image ...

Post in Fitness on October 1st, 2014
Know Your Dark Chocolate

The wrapper is your Rosetta Stone. First, scan the front for the percentage of cacao, an indicator of antioxidant flavonols. As little as 10g a day of 70% cacao chocolate can improve heart health, Portuguese research reveals. Next, read the ingredients. Avoid dark chocolate that specifies “alkalinisation” (a.k.a. dutch processing), which strips out flavonols. What you do want to see is sugar and vanilla to balance out the bitterness of the cacao, and cocoa butter to hit that sweet spot of creaminess.   Image by Levi Brown

Post in Health, Nutrition on September 30th, 2014
How Running Makes You High

  Nature’s incentive programme still isn’t fully understood. Dr Greg Gerdeman, an assistant professor of biology at Eckerd College, explains the current theory.   1  You get in the groove   When you run past your comfort level (ie. after 30 minutes or so at about 80% max heart rate), specialised cells secrete two mood modifiers: endorphins—which are opioids—and anandamide, which is similar to THC, the active ingredient used to treat nausea and vomitting.   2 Endorphins come knocking Your blood carries the two chemicals ...

Post in Fitness on September 29th, 2014
Win passes to catch a special screening of Love, Rosie!

Rosie (Lilly Collins, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) and Alex (Sam Clafin, The Hunger Games) have been best friends since they were five. When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies. One awkward turn at 18, one missed opportunity and life sends them hurling in different directions. But somehow, across time, space and different continents, the tie that binds them cannot be undone – besides disastrous love affairs, marriage, infidelity and divorce. Based on Cecelia Ahern’s bestselling ...

Post in Contests & Promos on September 29th, 2014
Win a 3D2N stay at the Vivanta by Taj – Rebak Langkawi worth RM2860!

The  Vivanta by Taj – Rebak Island, Langkawi, is the  only resort located on a privately owned island. The resort nests on the Rebak Island, named after the native Rebak tree, in one of the 99 isles that make up the legendary Langkawi. Take a short 10 min drive to Port Cenang from the airport delighting in backseat surprises then cut through the water for 15 short minutes to be welcomed at the resort by yachts from all over the world that are docked at the only fully equipped Marina in Malaysia. Traditional Malaysian architecture marks 94 rooms ...

Post in Contests & Promos on September 29th, 2014
WIN A PAIR OF HI-TEC ZUUK SHOES WORTH RM179!

 The Zuuk is an incredibly lightweight multisport shoe, designed with instant comfort in mind. They are ideal for slipping into after you’ve been for a workout or a run, or simply fold them up and carry them around in your backpack, to relieve tired feet after an epic hike. They feature a highly breathable performance mesh upper which keeps your feet cool, with a ghilly and toggle lacing system allowing an easy to manage, secure fit. The Ortholite® sockliner delivers long lasting comfort, with unique spring-back technology to help it retain ...

Post in Contests & Promos on September 29th, 2014
Win a bottle of John Richmond X Man fragrance worth RM230!

Milan based fashion label John Richmond launches a new fragrance duo for men and women this month. Aptly named Richmond X Woman and Richmond X Man, the fragrance for men is a modern and aromatic. It opens with lemon, bergamot, black pepper and violet leaf. The heart of lavender, lavendin, pineapple and cashmere is laid on the base of patchouli, tonka bean, cedar and cypriol. The campaign for the pair of fragrances is fronted by Italian celebrities Belén Rodríguez and Stefano De Martino and will be available to the public this month. Prizes: We’re ...

Post in Contests & Promos on September 29th, 2014

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