When I arrived at Men’s Health in 2008, I thought I’d stick around for a year or so. The magazine, I figured, would be a stopgap – the stepping stone to a better job.
So I was way off the mark (again). Now that I’m leaving, what I’ve since come to realise is that Men’s Health was actually the stepping stone to a better life.
Today, I’m certainly fitter and healthier than I was 10 years ago. I’m more confident at work, I’m a fully engaged father and my hangovers are both rarer and less traumatic.
Now I’d love to say all this was down to my good intentions and relentless quest for self-improvement. But that simply wouldn’t be true. What’s really happened is that just being immersed in the MH universe has rubbed off on me. Trust me, I’ve still got a hell of a lot to work on, but this brand has infiltrated my life for the better. And if it can work for a cynical journo like me then, who knows – maybe there’s something in it for you, too.
What Men’s Health offers is a friendly nudge to take control of your mental and physical wellbeing. Sure, you’ll get a drip-feed of expert tips to empower you in every area of life from the boardroom to the bedroom. But more importantly, you’ll also get a jolt of inspiration to try and raise your game.
Personally, I’ve found that to be a genuinely helpful influence. It’s pushed me out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to try and become happier, healthier and more complete. As I wave goodbye, I’m extremely grateful for that. So thanks for having me. I’ve had an absolute blast.
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