Wallethub’s Fattest Cities in America 2018

Wallethub’s Fattest Cities in America 2018

Each year, the online consumer financial company Wallethub weighs in on the state of health in the U.S. Depending on whether you view this list as fat shaming or a shout-out to chubby chasers, it’s still noteworthy to assess the overall health of our nation’s cities. 

But don’t let this list bring you down, around 40% of the United States is considered overweight or obese. 

So, without further ado, here is the list of the fattest cities in America:

1. Little Rock-North Little Rock, Arkansas 

2. Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana 

3. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas 

4. Memphis, Tennesse, Mississippi, Arkansas 

5. Mobile, Alabama 

6. Knoxville, Tennessee 

7. Jackson, Mississippi 

8. Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama 

9. Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

10. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 

11. Columbia, South Carolina 

12. Chattanooga, Tennessee/Georgia 

13. Lafayette, Louisiana 

14. Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina 

15. Lousivlle/Jefferson County, Kentucky/Indiana 

16. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Frankloin, Tennesse 

17. Canton-Massillon, Ohio 

18. Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

19. Tulsa, Oklahoma 

20. Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina 

To see the rest of the list visit WalletHub.com

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month: Check Em’

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This week’s blog we are going to go balls deep about your testicular health because April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.

Each year, approximately 8,000 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer which is a relatively low number when compared to other cancers. However, what most guys don’t know is that this form of cancer is most prevalent in guys that are young and between the ages of 15 to 35 years-old.

So, what are your risk factors and what the heck are you supposed to do? Well, for starters, keep an eye on the ball. No seriously. If you notice the following signs or symptoms get your ass  or testicles to a doctor asap. And also feel free to have your partner or girlfriend double check for you.

Warning signs:

  • Swelling in one or both testicles (even if it’s a very subtle change)
  • Heaviness in the scrotum area
  • A painless lump small or big in one or both testicles
  • Groin pain or an aching sensation in the the lower part of your abs or back
  • Unexplained fluid that showed up suddenly in your scrotum
  • Sudden and unexplained pain in your testicles

Risks vary but are higher for guys that were born with a testicle that failed to drop, an HIV infection(always use a rubber), a history of testicular cancer, or plain old genetics.

One last risk factor: most men that are white or Caucasian tend to be diagnosed the most with testicular cancer. 

Now, for the good news. By being aware of your risk, checking your testicles each month for lumps and adding a testicular exam as part of your annual well visit with your doctor means you can catch it early. The earlier you catch it the more curable it is.

If you Drink Bottled Water You Are Also Drinking Microplastics

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I just found out this week that all those bottles of water that I’ve been buying by the case and grabbing before hitting the gym are filled with some bad shit.

A study released this week showed that microplastics are present in 93 percent of the most popular brands of bottled water. Basically, it’s the unknown of what consuming microplastics will do to your body or what amount is harmful. NOAA points to health and beauty products as the culprit.

Either way, it’s better to be safe than sorry and you wouldn’t want to find out that these little bastards measuring 0.2 inches long would interfere with your sexual stamina and overall health. 

Now would be a good time to switch to a good sports bottle for guys. Here’s a few of the best ones on the market that won’t make you look like you are performing fallecio or have a pattern of daisies.

Hydro Flask Water Bottles—These bottles are aluminum-based so your water will stay cool and they come in a variety of manly/earthly colors and have a wide mouth so you can swig your water not gently sip it.

MiiR Wide Mouth Bottles—Points for color, a wide mouth and its vacuum insulation means you will not be drinking warm water. In fact, MiiR boasts that liquids stay hot or cool for 24 hours or more. The overall design is sleek and doesn’t leak.

Hydracy Fruit Infuser Water Bottle—We’ve talked about the benefits of eating fruit for better sexual performance. With this water bottle, you can continue to eat your fruit with your water thanks to a handy diffuser in the center.

4 Ways to Get Your Upper Body Ripped Fast for Summer 

 

4 Ways to Get Your Upper Body Ripped Fast for Summer When was the last time you took a good look at your upper body and biceps and even considered offering tickets to the gun show? Before you even open up that ticket booth for business get to work on beefing up those biceps and triceps with these arm exercises and tips.

Triceps:

The is the muscles towards the back of your arms and tend to be the most neglected since most guys put more time into their biceps. Think of strong triceps as a way to balance out the size of your biceps and overall arm muscles. You may be tempted to reach for a weight, but triangle pushups aka diamond pushups will get you the best and fastest results. Here is a video of how to do perfect triangle/diamond pushups.

Biceps:

The biceps are the most obvious arm muscle and the one that most guys notice and girls for that matter. There is no shortage of bicep exercises out there but with Spring around the corner, you will want to get ripped—fast. The standing barbell curl is still considered the quickest and simplest way to boost your biceps. Ideally, you will want to begin with a weight that challenges you at only three sets of ten reps. Check out this video on the proper way and form for doing standing barbell curls.

Consume more calories:

One of the biggest mistakes that most guys make when trying to gain muscle is not gaining enough calories in their daily diets. Muscle growth depends on the energy and fuel that you give it. Here’s a link to a handy blog on how many calories you should be consuming in order to grow your new muscles.

Rest:

If you plan on hitting the gym every day, you should also plan on slowing down your muscle gain. Your resting phase allows your muscles to rest and grow as well. Trainers recommend giving your muscles 48 hours or two days of rest time before hitting the weights again. By following that formula you will grow muscles at a faster pace.

Lastly, NEVER begin ANY new diet or exercise program without consulting with your physician FIRST.

Guys are NOT Being Big Babies When They Get Sick Suggests Study

Guys are NOT Being Big Babies When They Get Sick Suggests Study

Ask most guys how they feel when they catch a cold and they will describe it as being more intense for them than their female counterparts. Ask a woman and they would describe guys as “big babies” when they get sick. Sorry ladies turns out they might be right.

Commonly and not-so-affectionately known as the “man flu” is a phenomenon when a guy gets sick and seems to suffer more than a woman, according to Dr. Kyle Sue.

Dr. Sue arrived at this conclusion by compiling a mix of prior studies, a little science, and a little speculation. “I do think that the research does point towards men having a weaker immune response when it comes to common viral respiratory infections and the flu,” said Dr. Sue in a British Medical Journal article.

Apparently, guys hang onto those viruses a bit longer and even experience symptoms that are more intense than women. So, what’s the culprit and what makes guys different when it comes to the flu? Testosterone, of course! Well, at least that what some lab rats have suggested.

Guys can also expect to be hospitalized with the common cold or flu while women at the same age have an easier time fighting it at home.

The study’s results also focused on the length of time guys would also be sick which can last TWICE as long as women.

Some minor details that might have been overlooked didn’t take into account the overall health of men and women at the time of illness. Instead, it looked at the same type of viruses and the age of men and women with the flu.

Dr. Sue (who happens to be a man as well) admits that more studies need to be conducted before the “big babies” debate can finally be put to bed. Either way, go easy on your man when he gets sick—testosterone and our cave man ways still get in the way.

6 Urinal Etiquette Rules for Guys

6 Urinal Etiquette Rules for Guys

I went to visit a client last week and made a quick pit stop for a piss before heading back to the office. I pushed the door open and glanced at one occupied stall, one open stall and walked directly to the wall of three unoccupied urinals.

I grabbed the urinal farthest away from the guy in the stall that sent me a reminder of his presence with a forced courtesy cough.

Apparently, I really had to pee to the point of enjoyment through the relief of relieving myself until I heard the creak of the door. Like most guys, I did a little prostate push to finish off the job.

In walks this guy who was maybe in his early twenties and looked fairly normal but being in mid-piss I didn’t want to make eye contact. Instead, I used my peripheral vision to make sure he knew the unspoken rules of the men’s room. He didn’t. He not only moved to the middle urinal which was next to me but he made the mistake of attempting to strike up a “how’s the weather” conversation.

In one quick motion and with practiced precision, I zipped up my fly and turned on my heels to the sink behind me. You know, thinking that he would stop talking to me after I forced out a mumble agreeing with how cold it was this morning and how it might get warmer later. All I knew is that it was getting too damn hot and uncomfortable in that cramped space. Halfway during my cajoling about the mood of the barometer, the occupant of stall number one let out another gurgle which signaled my expected exit. I’m not sure if my friendly urinal mate picked up on that cue—I was too busy getting the hell out of there.

This annoying experience made me think that I need to talk about today’s urinal rules for guys. Some of these rules should be obvious and some are new rules based on technology.

Rule 1.  If another urinal is available, make sure it’s not next to an occupied one.

Rule 2.  No striking up a conversation with a stranger at the urinal even you’re separated by an unoccupied one. Think of it as the elevator and step back and stay quiet until you know it’s ok. 

Rule 3.  No texting or talking on your phone while taking a pee. It’s not o.k.

Rule 4.  Don’t spend 30 seconds “shaking the dew off the lily.” Any length of time longer than 5 seconds turns into another favorite activity you do alone. 

Rule 5. The urinal is not a trash can.  I don’t want to see you hock up a loogie, spit out your gum or even chewing tobacco. And even if I don’t see you do it, I don’t want to look down to see it sitting on top of a urinal cake.

Rule 6.  WASH YOUR HANDS. I’ve been known to call out restaurant employees that try to bolt out the door without hitting the sink first. I don’t think I have to explain this one. WASH YOUR HANDS.

Did I miss any?

Penis Shrinkage is a Real Thing for Guys

Penis Shrinkage is a Real Thing for Guys

There is a famous episode of the sitcom, Seinfeld where the character George Costanza literally gets caught with his pants down. Actually, it was his swimsuit following exposure to cold water. In case you were wondering this unfortunate function is caused by the sympathetic nervous system.

But can your penis actually get smaller without help from freezing water or a cold breeze? The answer is just as frightening as a flaccid penis and that answer is, kinda. In fact, there is also a medical term for a fully-erect penis called, tumescence. 

So, besides a cold shower what else could lead to penis shrinkage? Well, erections are fueled by blood flow which can wane a bit as you get older and also impact the production of testosterone. Guys with heart disease, diabetes, and thyroid conditions could be seeing changes in the length of time they can hold an erection, not the actual size.

If you are concerned there are some simple steps you can take to combat every guy’s worst nightmare. For starters, hit the gym. Exercise is good for your heart, blood flow, and testosterone.

You can check out this blog on the best exercises you can do to perform better in bed

Of course, a healthy diet is always a good idea. Find out what food you should be eating to boost your overall health and stamina in the blog 11 foods that boost your health and stamina

Lastly, keep in mind that having sex at the right time of day does play a factor in your performance and tumescence.

Don’t freak out if you are having shrinkage issues. Call your doctor, make an appointment to get everything checked out and while you’re at it, get cleared before introducing any new diet or exercise program mentioned above. 

Four Masturbation Mistakes Every Guy Needs to Avoid

Four Masturbation Mistakes Every Guy Needs to Avoid

Masturbation is good for your health according to several studies. However, most guys have been known to take it a bit too far. And yes, there is such thing as too much of a good thing.

For instance, the 55-year-old moron that allegedly dropped his pajama bottoms and decided chafe the carrot during a half-marathon race in Emerson, New Jersey last week. Reportedly, he was not a runner or participating in the race which would have been much healthier and not ended in an arrest. 

Clearly, that mistake is a very obvious one: masturbation needs to happen in privacy and with consenting adults if they are willing participants.  

In all seriousness, here are four things that you should not try at home or at all when masturbating:

Behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Sure, it’s a long road trip and you are tired and that urge just kinda creeps up on you. What happens when you have to stop suddenly to avoid hitting another driver or a squirrel? Well, according to a study conducted by the Canadian Urological Association Journal, you can actually break your penis. And if it’s an actual accident, you might even snap it off. 

Don’t choke your chicken. Wanking behind the wheel is not the only way to break your penis. That’s right, squeezing can lead snap your willy. No one wants to show up in the emergency room and be officially diagnosed with a penile fracture. So yeah, the wrong stroke and too much compression will and can cause a rupture. 

Too much of a good thing. One twenty-something dude found himself in the emergency room suffering from a nasty infection from masturbating so much that he opened up fissures on his shaft. Some nasty bacteria found its way into those cuts and this poor bastard ended up with skin grafts on his penis. True story.

Keep your penis out of receptacles. We’re not talking about an electrical socket (although, I’m sure that’s been tried) but other urban legends that are actually true. Remember hearing about the guy that got his penis stuck in the pool? No shit, that has actually happened. Ask any ER nurse and I’m sure they have many more stories to tell. You could do serious damage to your urethra by trying to cram your penis into say….the opening of a water bottle. Yeah, that has happened too. 

These stories and masturbation advice would not exist if it not for the dip shits that made the above mistakes possible. Take heed and learn from their pain. 

Should Guys Get Regular Manicures and Pedicures

Should Guys Get Regular Manicures and Pedicures

I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to my fingernails with the exception of making sure they are absent of dirt or debris from dinner. I’ve avoided getting a manicure even at the insistence and invitation of female friends.

I have never been able to even picture myself sitting in a crowded space in a strip mall breathing in acetone and conversations about the drama at work or the checkout line. The other scenario is that my barber Jimmy would bring someone in to go to work on my hands. The later of the two is not likely. Jimmy bitches about trimming my ear hair so dealing with my nails– not gonna happen.

Typically, my grooming habits involve just gnawing down the nail before it bleeds out near a cuticle. Not out of some nervous habit but more out of necessity. Yeah, I know…it’s gross.

There were in such bad shape that a female co-worker remarked on how one of my nails was so crudely ripped off that it had signs of prior bleeding. She then went full on Forensics Files describing how detectives scrape out what’s underneath our nails as evidence.

I decided to do my own detective work and Googled the words, nail biting bacteria. Apparently, if you swallow your nails (I avoid doing that) you can end up with stomach problems. There is also a shitton of nasty bacteria that could cause you to lose your finger. Missing fingers are not a good look.

Also, trying it on your own is not a good idea until you actually go to a reputable salon and learn some basics. So, I bit the bullet instead of my nails and went on an off-day when the nail salon is pretty empty. FYI, Sunday, Mondays, and Tuesdays are the least crowded days and when they first open mid-morning is the best time of day.

Here are some tips for first-timers. The place stunk of acetone or nail polish remover. Seriously, if you have allergies, your day at the nail salon will be short. Secondly, a good manicure will cost you around thirty bucks plus tip. Tip costs vary but three-to-five bucks are considered fair and decent.

Speaking of tips, be sure and ask for some to keep your nails neat and trimmed between manicures. You also don’t need to get any polish on your nails, but a clear coat will help with chipping and breaking. It took some getting used to, but I actually enjoy and look forward to getting my nails done. It also gives me some confidence while dating or at least keeps me from shifting the topic from sex to whether there might be the E-coli under my cuticles.

They did discover some fungi under my toes, but I wasn’t ready to have them go to work on my feet just yet—baby steps.

Scent of a Woman: Guys Smell Like What They Eat According to Study

Scent of a Woman: Guys Smell Like What They Eat According to Study

Put down that cheeseburger and turn off the Xbox. A new study found that what a guy eats may actually change his smell and make him more attractive to the opposite sex.

Turns out, a healthy diet is not just good for your sex drive but is a turn-on for women. The study, conducted by the Department of Psychology Macquarie University in Australia used something called, The skin spectrophotometry measure (CIELab b*) to test what you smelled like based on what you eat.

Basically, you are what you eat and whatever you are eating is seeping out of your pores whether you’re sweating it out in the office, gym or bedroom. Turns out, when guys eat a shit ton of fruits and veggies it leads to pleasant-smelling sweat when compared to guys that chow down on doughy and carb-loaded foods such as lots of bread and pasta.

The male study participants were asked to fork over information about their diets and some sweat—freshly wicked. The guys with the healthier diets had sweat that was described as more floral, seat and even….fruity smelling. Again, this is feedback from women. Guys that also ate meat, egg and other protein sources were part of the better-fragrant group as well. The more carbs you take in, the more guys will stink to women. The study did fail to elaborate on what women thought the carb-eater sweat actually smelled like but you could always ask—or not.

And before you decide to opt out of garlic, it’s your breath that gets it the worst, not your sweat. Wanna smell your best?

Here is a list of recommended foods to add to your daily diet to make your sweat smell sweet:

-Dark, green leafy veggies such as spinach or romaine lettuce (kale if you can stand it), beets and eggplants

-Fruits high in antioxidants such as blueberries, pomegranates, strawberries, oranges, cherries

-Lean proteins such as fish and chicken

And avoid asparagus if you want to keep your urine from smelling. Well, only if you’re not into that kind of thing.