Men's Fitness: General Info

Men’s fitness focuses on the health of the male body. With the prevalence of heart problems, high cholesterol, obesity, impotence, back problems, and cancer, men today suffer from a wide variety of health concerns. Fortunately, it is never too late to start exercising and eating properly in order to reap health benefits. Exercise is important for men because modern society and culture has them spending increasing amounts of work and leisure time in a seated position. Regular exercise makes the male physique stronger, more flexible, and healthier. Along with diet, it makes weight more manageable, reduces stress, and increases a sense of well-being. It decreases diabetes, heart attack, and stroke risk, in addition to assuring that good muscle tone, balance, coordination, and bone density -- all of which can become an issue with age -- are maintained. And if that isn't enough, proper men’s fitness can even remove the need for impotence medications.

The key to men’s fitness is 20 to 30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week. This can be at a gym, or may include walking, running, biking, or hiking outdoors. The most important thing is to pick activities you enjoy, and to stick with them. Aerobic activities like running, rowing, and cycling are good for the cardiovascular and lung systems. Anaerobic exercises, like weight lifting, are good to build muscular size and strength. Stretching, like yoga and Pilates, develops and maintains flexibility and offers components of both aerobic and anaerobic exercise.

Proper diet is another key element to proper men’s fitness. This means eating a diet high in whole grains, with a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as lean meat. It is a good idea to take a vitamin supplement that is high in anti-oxidants. A healthy diet also entails reducing or eliminating fatty- and sugar-filled foods, which offer little or no nutritional benefit, from the diet. Saturated, hydrolyzed, partially hydrolyzed, and trans-fatty acids found in fast food, packaged food, and vegetable oils are toxic, and should be replaced by the good healthy fats found in olive oil, avocadoes, eggs, flax, and fish oils. These good fats detoxify the body, provide sustained long term energy, and reduce arthritis and the risks of heart disease. And of course, fitness is always easier to maintain if you quit smoking and moderate alcohol consumption.