Flirting With Hot Chicks is Good For Your Health

Flirting with an attractive woman is not only fun, it’s also good for your health. That’s the finding of a new study that measured the hormonal impact of flirting on men.

Researchers at the University of California studied 149 male students between 18 and 24 years old. A third of the group talked to a male researcher while the others interacted with coeds aged 18 to 22. The psychologists then took a saliva sample from the men to measure hormone levels.

The scientists discovered that a mere five minute talk with a hottie boosted testosterone levels by 14 percent and cortisol – an anti-stress hormone – by a whopping 48 percent. Both testosterone and cortisol are associated with alertness and well being.

In contrast, the guys who spent time with the male researcher showed drops in both hormones.

Researchers have long known about a similar effect in animals, called the “mating response”. The University of California scientists carried out their study to see if humans experienced the same hormonal boost.

Other studies have shown that married men or those in long-term relationships have lower testosterone levels than those still searching for a mate. Scientists believe that when men find women attractive, their brains send signals to the pituitary gland, boosting production of testosterone.

So you might just be better off chatting with your hot women friends than hanging out at the bar with your buddies.…

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Free Running for Fitness

The next time you see a guy running through the town center and leaping over the couple sitting on the bench, don’t automatically assume that he’s just stolen a purse from a helpless old lady. It could be that he’s one of these new-fangled freerunners.

What is a freerunner?

Remember the opening sequence in Casino Royale when that extremely limber fellow was giving Daniel Craig a run for his money by legging it through buildings, over walls and up a giant crane? That’s freerunning. But freerunning isn’t just useful for running away when you’re hijacked by assassins, bomb makers and the like. It’s also an ideal alternative to paying for a gym membership and having to put up with all those bloody New Year newbies.

So – do you want a strong core, great balance, agility and an amazing ability to make people go ‘wow’ when they see you leap from building to building? All you need is nerves of steel and a pair of trainers. Oh, and clothes are advised too!

The freerunning basics

You may already know that I’m a huge advocate of bodyweight exercise. Well freerunning is all about lifting your own bodyweight and learning to use it as efficiently as possible. There are lot of climbs and jumps, which means your core needs to be carved from stone. Here are a couple of exercises to get you started.

Hanging hip raises

  1. Hang off a bar or a high rail with an overhand (palms facing forward) grip and arms about shoulder width apart.
  2. Bring your knees up to your chest, hold for a second, and then lower them steadily. Focus on the contraction of the stomach to really work your core.

If you’re starting to feel cocky, you can do this exercise with straight legs too for an extra challenge. This exercise is advised for freerunning because it also strengthens your upper body and improves your grip (which helps prevent you falling to your death from great heights).

Do 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions. Once that’s easy for you, move on the straight leg raises. If even that is too easy for you, add weight to the exercise by holding a dumb-bell between your feet.

The plank

  1. Lie on the floor with your upper body resting on bent elbows.
  2. Raise your hips so you’re in a rigid press-up position on your forearms and toes.
  3. Hold for one minute and repeat three times.

If you can’t manage the full minute, perform mini-sets of 15 seconds with 5 seconds rest between each.

This will strengthen the core muscles needed to support you as you run and swing from things like a gorilla (in the mist).

Muscle ups

  1. Hang from a bar or high rail with your arms extended and overhand grip.
  2. Pull yourself up, flicking out your elbows so that you can push your torso up and over the bar.
  3. Then, lower yourself back down slowly and repeat.

It’s the same principle as when you climb out of …

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