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Men, you can be fit as a fiddle


A healthy diet and exercise regime are the basics of keeping fit and staying in shape, but here’s how you can do more

It’s been about a week since Chinese New Year has ended and, for many of us, it’s the time when you feel that all that snacking has done your midriff no good.

Keeping yourself fit with your regular exercise regime as well as eating healthy is, of course, crucial to a healthy lifestyle but here’s how you can achieve optimal health for your body.

Sports & Fitness for Health

Exercise is a vital component of good health. Whether it’s regular sessions at the gym, cycling to work or exercise DVDs that you can follow at home, every little effort helps to keep you fit – from push-ups, sit-ups and various other static exercises you can do in the comfort of your home to a nice jog or run after you come back from work.

Some men choose to support their exercise regime with sports nutrition supplements such as whey protein or creatine, which are usually consumed in the form of a milkshake. This is easier with the use of a handy shaker bottle. Other popular sports nutrition products include amino acid supplements like L-Arginine Capsules and L-Glutamine Tablets.

Protein Power for the Male Body

Whey protein is a natural by-product of milk. As well as being a popular nutritional supplement used by body builders, it is also suitable for any adult wishing to increase his daily protein consumption.

Protein is an important part of the male staple diet, due to the genetics that make up the male body, which differs from that of a woman by a significant extent. It has various uses that are important to the function of a healthy male body.

Protein makes up the structure of all cells and tissues in the body, including muscle tissue, internal organs, tendons, skin, hair and nails and also contributes to the maintenance and growth of muscle mass and normal bones.

Whey Protein is an excellent source of protein for any male body and the ease of making it makes it that much more convenient as a staple protein intake for your daily requirement of protein, especially for those who are working out and living a more active lifestyle.

It’s easy to mix and tastes great so you won’t have to bear with any bitter taste.

Essential for the Body

Creatine occurs naturally within the body to supply energy. It is mainly produced in the liver from the amino acids glycine, arginine and methionine. It is then transported from the liver by the blood to the muscle cells.

The precision-engineered Holland & Barrett Creatine Capsules are derived from the purest, highest quality creatine monohydrate available.

Creatine increases physical performance involving successive bursts of short-term, high-intensity exercise and this beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 3g of creatine.

The amino acid arginine has a few roles in the body, such as assisting in wound healing, helping to remove excess ammonia from the body, stimulating immune function and promoting secretion of a few hormones, including glucagon, insulin and growth hormone. L-Arginine can be converted in the body into nitric oxide which promotes the widening of the blood vessels to allow greater blood flow and thereby enhancing athletic performance.

Alleviating Amino Acids

Glutamine is the most abundant free amino acid in muscle cells and is involved in more metabolic processes than any other amino acid. Glutamine is converted to glucose when more glucose is required by the body as an energy source.

It serves as a source of fuel for cells lining the intestines. Without it, these cells waste away. It is also used by white blood cells and is important for immune function. Double-blind trials having given athletes glutamine reported 81 per cent as having no subsequent infection, compared to 49 per cent in the placebo group.

Intense exercise lowers blood levels of glutamine, which can remain persistently low with over-training. Glutamine supplementation raises levels of growth hormone at an intake of 2g per day, an effect of interest to some athletes because of the role of growth hormone in stimulating muscle growth.

Holland & Barrett L-Glutamine tablets give you an excellent source of this precious amino acid that helps you in more ways than one, so that you can achieve that desired fitness level you’ve been chasing after.

A Healthier Sex Life

Having a fulfilling sex life can be an important element to many men’s lives. This comes with the maintenance of good sexual health. Holland & Barrett has a range of specialised products, all of which have been designed to help to increase your sexual health and satisfaction, as well as that of your partner.

Holland & Barrett Prelox tablets, consisting of various supplements and vitamins designed and streamlined to cater to the average male body, will give you that extra “oomph” in your sex life.

Prelox is a patented combination of two naturally-occurring substances, L-Arginine and Pycnogenol.

L-Arginine is an amino acid found in many foods, whereas Pycnogenol can only be obtained from an extract of the French Maritime pine tree (also known as Pinus pinaster). Pycnogenol supports normal blood circulation throughout the body, including the genital area.

Do seek medical consultation if you are undergoing any treatment or medication and are unsure if these supplements will affect your treatments.

Holland & Barrett supplements are available at all Holland & Barrett stores, subject to item availability. Visit any Holland & Barrett store for more details on health supplements and promotions.