Go The Dis­tance

Men's Health (Australia) - - Ed’s Letter - Luke Bene­dic­tus Twit­ter: @Lukebene­dic­tus Email: men­shealth@paci­fic­mags.com.au

Life is a hec­tic busi­ness that you must at­tack on mul­ti­ple fronts. You work hard to sup­port your fam­ily and pro­pel your ca­reer on an up­ward tra­jec­tory. You sweat it out to stay phys­i­cally fit and men­tally chip­per. You strive to keep your part­ner sweet (happy wife, happy life) while try­ing to squeeze in the odd schooner with old mates. In short, it’s a re­lent­less bal­anc­ing act per­formed at high speed with cum­ber­some pieces – small chil­dren, sud­den dead­lines, strange rel­a­tives. Oh, and there’s never any­where near enough time.

Signs of wear and tear are the in­evitable price of this full-con­tact life­style. Per­haps it’s hunch­back pos­ture from your desk-bound job or that weird twitch you get in your eye­lid when you’re par­tic­u­larly fraz­zled.

But whether it’s back pain, run­ner’s knee or a bal­loon­ing waist­line, these health and wellness as­sas­sins sneak up with nin­ja­like stealth. You don’t give them a sec­ond thought in your 20s. Then one day you find that when­ever you get up from an arm­chair you now make an au­di­ble groan.

Luck­ily, help is at hand. Our story on page 83, 32 Ways to Undo a Decade of

Dam­age is full of quick-fix an­ti­dotes to a glo­ri­ously neg­li­gent youth. We’re not claim­ing that you can turn back the clock com­pletely. But we do be­lieve you can give the snooze but­ton the oc­ca­sional nudge.

“Health and wellness as­sas­sins sneak up with ninja-like stealth”

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