What the World's Healthiest Guys Know

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    What the World's Healthiest Guys Know

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    We collected reams of research to find the fittest, healthiest, and happiest men in the world. Steal their strategies and you'll outlive them all.
    By Laura Ongaro, Men's Health

    Our first ranking of "The World's Best Countries for Men" turned out a lot like the World Cup. Though there were no international head-butting incidents and all our scoring was done with stats instead of soccer balls, a few countries dominated the field while the United States stood on the sidelines—just like in the Cup. The upside? We don't have to wait 4 years to turn our team around.
    In order to arrive at our rankings, we began by conducting a worldwide survey of more than 20,000 men. Then we delved deep into data from such sources as the World Health Organization, Euromonitor International, the United Nation's International Labour Organization, and the Durex Global Sex Survey. After days of mind-numbing number crunching, we had our winners in five categories.

    Start transforming yourself today with the secrets we've gleaned from the countries where men have the most muscle, the least stress, the best sex, the healthiest bodies, and the smartest diets. And yep, you can use your hands.

    Nutrition

    Where Men are Well-Fed

    Portugal
    Spain
    Canada
    Italy
    Greece
    Worst Diets

    Ukraine (#20)
    What went into the scores: We looked at each country's per capita consumption of fish, vegetables, fruit, breakfast, tea, sweets, and take-out and fast food.

    Greece :Make Vegetables a Main Event

    Greek Orthodox men eat their greens religiously: Some go meatless half the year. "So they create tasty vegetarian dishes," says Elena Paravantes, R.D., of the Hellenic Dietetic Association. Since these dishes are popular, so is produce.

    What you can learn from Greece : "Stop trying to eat all your vegetables as sides," says Paravantes. To that end, try this Greek stew, called ladera. Boil a pound of frozen green beans for 3 minutes, and then drain. Sauté a chopped onion in olive oil, and add a can of crushed tomatoes, a pinch of sugar, and some parsley. Cook for 10 minutes, add the beans and simmer for 20 minutes. Top with feta and serve with whole-grain bread. For more recipes, go to MensHealth.com, keyword world.

    Portugal :Keep a Stash of Seafood

    Thanks to their country's endless coastline, Portuguese men eat a serving of fish a day. That's enough omega-3 fatty acid to reduce their risk of heart disease and possibly prostate cancer.

    What you can learn from Portugal : The hardest part of eating more seafood is the forethought needed to buy and prepare it. Supplement the times when you cook or order fish with a cache of ready-to-eat tuna in your desk drawer. We like Bumble Bee's Easy Peel Sensations in Lemon and Pepper and Spicy Thai Chili.

    Fitness

    Where They Work up a Sweat

    Netherlands
    Canada
    Poland
    Ukraine
    United Kingdom
    Most Sedentary

    Romania (#20)
    What went into the scores: We crunched obesity rates, strength (from situps and pushups), time spent exercising each week, and six-pack prevalence.

    Canada : Adopt a Reason to Exercise

    Most of Canada 's biggest cities are 50 percent green space, which may be why men there exercise an average of 5.2 hours a week. Living near a park makes you twice as likely to exercise, says the American Journal of Health Promotion. "It's easy to be motivated when you see activity around you," says Craig Ballantyne, C.S.C.S., a personal trainer in Toronto .

    What you can learn from Canada : Don't live near a park? Tap into canine inspiration. A Canadian study found that dog owners exercise more—5 hours per week—than their poochless peers. Labrador retrievers and German shorthaired pointers both make good running buddies.

    Netherlands : Cycle to a Six-Pack

    One in five Dutch men can see their abs, and that's nearly the number who ride a bike to work. "Cycling is great for core strength. Everything is done on a bike here," says Asker Jeukendrup, Ph.D., Men's Health Netherlands ' fitness advisor.

    What you can learn from the Netherlands : If your commute is impossible to pedal, do like the Dutch and run errands on two wheels. Trips shorter than 3 miles can be biked in 15 to 20 minutes. If you're sans cycle, consider the 3-speed Kona AfricaBike ($325); it's rugged enough for urban errands.
     
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    Work/Stress

    Where Relaxation Reigns

    Spain
    Canada
    Australia
    United States
    Romania
    Most Stressed-Out

    India (#20)
    What went into the scores: We surveyed workweek hours, vacation time, happiness, commutes, spending on leisure, and whether men check work e-mail at home.

    Spain :Take Meetings Outside

    Afternoon siestas aren't the only reason a scant 19 percent of Spaniards consider their jobs "too stressful." "Spanish men build in breaks and social interaction throughout the workday," says Patricia Ramirez, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Andalusia , Spain . "They also have the habit of leaving the office a few times during the day. Instead of drinking the company coffee, they'll go out with a colleague and brainstorm over espresso."

    What you can learn from Spain : Skipping out to Starbucks at 3 o'clock will help, but you also need a longer break, a.k.a. a bona fide vacation. In Spain they take off the entire month of August. In the United States , you should shoot for two 1-week vacations a year. If you can't swing two, at least try for three consecutive long weekends, says Ramirez. "That's enough to feel like a break without requiring a lot of time off." And if you think your R & R makes the boss unhappy, consider this: In a survey of executives, over half said employees were more productive after a vacation.

    Sex and Relationships

    Where the Sex is Spectacular

    United Kingdom
    Poland
    Netherlands
    Romania
    Philippines
    Worst Sex Lives

    Italy (#20)
    What went into the scores: We analyzed marriage rates, divorced population, sex partners and frequency, masturbation habits, number of friends, sexual satisfaction, and affairs.

    Poland :Charm Her Pants Off

    Men in number two Poland are monogamous and happy with their sex lives. "The Polish way of approaching women is still chivalrous," says Beata Dzugaj, an editor at Men's Health Poland . This fosters more committed relationships than casual hookups in the long run. And commitment equals more sex.

    What you can learn from Poland : Date the way your parents did. "Make the first call, and invite her out for a real date," Dzugaj says. "Bring flowers, kiss her hand, open the door for her." These gestures make her feel like a potential partner rather than a conquest.

    United Kingdom :Speak Up in the Sack

    There's a good reason why English men were the most sexually satisfied men in our survey: They know how to use their mouths. "British men aren't scared to ask for what they want in bed," says Emily Dubberley, a British sex expert.

    What you can learn from the U.K. : If you're eager to try something new, ask on a night when she's feeling confident and you've complimented her endlessly. Pleasing her in return will also help your case, says Yvonne K. Fulbright, Ph.D., author of Touch Me There! "Anything you do—whether kissing, licking, or touching—do it in circles."

    Health

    Where Men are the Healthiest

    Australia
    Netherlands
    Spain
    Canada
    United States
    Unhealthiest

    Ukraine (#20)
    What went into the scores: We considered death rates for heart disease, cancer, and stroke; the prevalence of diabetes and smoking; and data on life expectancy, cholesterol, blood pressure, sleep, and alcohol.

    United States :

    Here's an area where the United States kicked butt: Only 19 percent of American men smoke, as opposed to more than half the men in South Africa , China , and Ukraine . And 70 percent of U.S. workers are covered by smoke-free rules.

    What you can learn from your brothers: Still one of the 19 percent puffing? Set a quit date and rally support. A study published in Tobacco Control reports that people who received daily text messages encouraging them to quit were twice as likely to stop smoking 6 weeks later, compared with those who went textless.

    Australia :put a Steak Through Hypertension

    Go Down Under if you want to duck heart disease, cancer, and stroke. "Men here strive to be stereotypical muscular Aussies playing volleyball in Speedos, and their health improves as a result," says Christopher Semsarian, Ph.D., a professor of medicine at the University of Sydney .

    What you can learn from Australia : Hypertension rates are low among Aussies. Exercise will do that for you—as will eating more steak. In an Australian study, people who traded a daily serving of starch for red meat reduced systolic blood pressure by 4 points in 8 weeks.

    World Leaders

    Where men are happiest: Mexico

    How men rate their happiness, on a scale of 1 to 10: 7.61
    Runners-up: Netherlands 6.97 Brazil , Ukraine 6.94
    Where life's a vacation: Germany

    Number of weeks per year the average guy takes off: 6.12
    Runners-up: Poland , Romania 5.25 Spain 4.97
    Where friendship is sacred: Philippines

    Number of close friends the average guy says he has: 3.23
    Runners-up: China 2.89 Portugal 2.87
    World Losers

    Where cancer is killing men: Poland

    Cancer deaths per 100,000 men: 250
    Runners-up: Netherlands 203 Ukraine 198
    Where men are lighting up: Romania

    Percentage of the male population that smokes: 62.87
    Runners-up: Ukraine 62.54 Philippines 58.21
    Where hearts are breaking: Ukraine

    Heart-disease deaths per 100,000 men: 543
    Runners-up: India 268 Romania 232
    Where men eat the most junk: China

    Number of take-out or fast-food meals consumed per week: 5.51
    Runners-up: Malaysia 3.53 India 3.47
     
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    Thanks Italian978! That's fascinating to read. I'm really surprised the US ranked so high given our rates of obesity and considerable lack of leisure time.
     
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    Looks like we Canucks are doing pretty well everywhere but the sack.

    Waddaya expect? It's cold up here! Damn near frigid!
     
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    The Polish guys are #2 for sex, but #1 for cancer. At least they're enjoying themselves.
     
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    I am very happy to be in the UK :biggrin1:
     
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