You know Mens Health Magazine, its the one with the shirtless man on the cover with rock hard abs. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an issue without a shirtless man on the front and in some ways the content of the magazine has to struggle to overcome its own cover. A new issue is published every month. I don’t buy it every month but I probably do buy it 4 or 5 times a year.
Over the decade or so that I’ve been reading Mens Health it has changed in many ways. There was a time when no issue could be published without an article about women. How to pick up women, how to satisfy women, and the articles would come with an accompanying picture of a beautiful woman, usually in her underwear. It was always a cringe moment on public transport. There you were on the bus, reading recipes for a high protein diet, only to turn the page to what could be a picture from Playboy, and quickly try to turn the page again to the next article lest you look like the early commute pervert. These type of articles disappeared long ago.
Yes the man on the cover probably helps sell issues as a body type men aspire to, but the contents of the magazine are wide ranging. There are articles on travel, the latest tech gadgets, healthy diets, recipes, interviews, gym reviews, fashion, and lots more besides.
Three specific things worth mentioning.
Number one. Over the last number of years Mens Health magazine has taken a big step towards focusing on mens mental health. I would go as far to say that they are one of the leading advocates of mens mental health and do a lot to raise awareness of mens mental health issues. The last issue I read had a full feature on the effects of covid-19 on mental health and covered issues like the effects of social isolation, the effects of having had covid, and the effects of the shutting down of mental health resources as a non-essential service.
Number two. The workouts they give you in the magazine. My workout routine is fairly well established at this point and I’ll usually glance at the in-magazine workouts and if I don’t see how they can be incorporated into what I already do, I skip over them. But in the current times, with covid having shut down gyms and classes, the workouts offered in Mens Health are a welcome break from my usual routine. It prevents my routine from becoming stale and boring by throwing in a wildcard workout from Mens Health every once in a while.
Number three. The magazine has a newfound focus on building a body for life, not just one that is swole. So its less about looking the part, more about sustaining long-term health, but there is an overlap between both of these.
I don’t love the magazine enough to subscribe to it or buy every new issue, but its a good read and worth picking up once in a while to keep yourself aware of current trends in mens mental and physical health. Take care of yourself.