Your Healthiest Year Ever
Guess what? Settling for average health is a dumb move.
That’s because in the past half century, “average” health has come to mean overweight, sedentary and significantly more vulnerable to illness than men were a generation or two ago.
Fortunately, this isn’t the average men’s magazine. We’ve scoured the latest research and talked to top docs to bring you two dozen strategies that can help you achieve chart-topping vitals.
Follow our advice, and you’ll re-engineer your body for optimal performance – in the bedroom, at the gym and, most important, on the exam table.
So go ahead, dust off your tux. In a few months, you’ll be your own best man.
Improve Your Sexual Health
Flex your sex muscle
While your bulbocavernosus isn’t the kind of muscle you can work in the gym (unless you want to be thrown out), it’s worth training, espe- cially if you suffer from premature ejaculation. “When this muscle con- tracts, nerves send a signal up your spinal cord to suppress arousal and keep you going longer,” says Dr Darius Paduch, an associate pro- fessor of urology at Cornell University. To find the bulbocavernosus, place your fingers behind your scrotum and try to flex the muscle there. (If you feel your stomach contract, you’re squeezing the wrong muscle.) Now move your hand to your stomach and, while keeping your abs relaxed, begin masturbating. When you’re about to reach orgasm, flex your bulbocavernosus. Once you get the hang of it, flex during sex. “This won’t bring you from two minutes to 20 minutes, but you can definitely progress up to five or even seven minutes,” says Paduch.
Practice makes perfect
Ejaculations don’t just feel good – they’re good for you. “I’ve seen men lose up to five centimetres off their erections because they didn’t masturbate and have enough sex,” Paduch says. “Your penis is basically a big muscle – it will atrophy if you don’t use it.” His prescription: mas- turbate as often as you’d like to be having sex. “What really matters is having an adequate outlet. Your penis doesn’t care whether that outlet is sex or masturbation.”
PERCENTAGE OF MEN WHO SUFFER FROM PREMATURE EJACULATION: 18
LENGTH OF TIME A MAN WITH PREMATURE EJACULATION LASTS: 50 TO 60 SECONDS
TIME THE AVERAGE GUY LASTS: 1-5 MINUTES