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Flexing Your Way to a Longer Life

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Men's Health at 12:26 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
Bicep CurlIf you want to know the truth, women are undeniably attracted to a well-defined bicep. I don’t mean a frightening, I-could-crush-you-with-my-pinky-finger bulge but rather a nice-looking, toned flex. There’s something about that muscle mass that just makes our stomachs flip. So it couldn’t hurt, female-wise, if you built a little bicep, but don’t let that be your only reason for lifting.

Muscle mass does more than increase your odds with the girl next door;  it lengthens your life, too. A recent study of 4,107 men between the ages of 60 and 79 found that those with bigger biceps had a lower mortality rate.  They were less likely to die over the course of the six-year analysis. And if their waists were tiny, their lives were that much longer.  So clearly, you want to bulk the arms and slim the waist, but how do you do it with limited time and no clue where to start?

You turn to an expert for advice. No, I’m not alleging that that’s me. It could be a trainer at the gym, your bodybuilding neighbor or your overly muscular brother. I’m sure they can offer you more guidance than you could ever want. However, if you don’t even have time to talk to them, check out the workout from Men’s Health, designed to burn fat and build muscle with the following timesaving moves:

• Dumbbell Sumo Squat – With your feet six inches wider than shoulder-width apart, hold a dumbbell vertically between your legs. Place your hands under the top of the weight. Slowly squat down until the dumbbell touches the floor. Pause and return to the starting position.
• Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift – With your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent, hold a pair of dumbbells in front of your thighs. Push your hips back, lowering the weights just below your knees and keeping your head and chest up. Pause and return to the starting position.
• Push Press – Hold a pair of dumbbells at your shoulders with an overhand grip. Keeping your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent, push up with your legs as you push the dumbbells towards the ceiling. Pause and lower your arms.

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