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8 Reasons Why Men should do More Exercise

8 Reasons Why Men should do More Exercise

There’s probably at 100 + good reasons for men to do more exercise but these are our top 8.

A sedentary lifestyle can lead to a whole host of health problems and you know, that really big health problem called death.

People are bad at assessing how our actions now have a greater impact on us in the future.

Men, in particular, seem to take the ‘She’ll be right mate’’ attitude to the extreme. A few more beers, a burger for lunch another missed trip to the gym spent in front of the TV.  

In isolation, these aren’t such a big deal but’s the compounding nature of the poor diet and lack of exercise overtime that suddenly leads us to wake up and we’re 120kgs.

Our chest hurts, we need medication for cholesterol…If only we’d taken the time to look after ourselves.  

Well, it’s not too late gentleman, let’s get healthy.

Help to Beat Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease kills far too many people in Australia die as a result of sedentary lifestyles.

’An estimated 1.2 million (5.6%) Australian adults aged 18 years and over had 1 or more conditions related to the heart or vascular disease, including stroke, in 2017–18 the prevalence of heart, stroke and vascular disease among adults (based on self-reported data): was higher among men (6.5%) than women (4.8%).

Cardiovascular disease refers to disorders of the heart, to help you have a stronger heart, engage in cardio-based exercises such a jogging, swimming, or bike riding. 

 

Get your heart rate up with cardio exercises like swimming or running.

You’ll Have More and Better Sex

Exercise can help sexually by improving both stamina and blood flow, both crucial for a quality sex life. For us men, blood flow is crucial for stronger and longer-lasting erections.

 ‘’Analysis of diary entries revealed significantly greater sexuality enhancements in the exercise group (frequency of various intimate activities, reliability of adequate functioning during sex, percentage of satisfying orgasms, etc.). Moreover, the degree of sexuality enhancement among exercisers was correlated with the degree of their individual improvement in fitness.’’ 

The Stress-reducing elements of exercise will also help to put you in the mood more frequently.

Better Mental Health

How you view yourself, shapes your view of the world.  While exercise is not going to cure serious mental health issues, it can go a long way in improving how we as men feel about ourselves. ‘’Men show higher self-esteem and psychological well being with higher levels of exercise.’’ 

When you start to see yourself fitting into an old pair of jeans, being able to run an extra kilometre or lift an additional 10Kg’s, you’ll naturally start to see yourself in a better light.

Your improved view of yourself will help improve both your mental health and your relationship with others. 

Weight Loss

You might actually be surprised to learn that exercise is not that great for weight loss.  This isn’t to short change exercise, as you’ll see in this list, there are a staggering amount of benefits to exercise, it’s just that weight loss is not one of them.

What we want here is to look at FAT loss, not weight loss. Your total body weight includes things like your organ, bones, and muscles, so when we only focus on weight loss, we miss that we may be losing muscle as well. 

By shifting our focus to fat loss, we can see exercise in a more practical and beneficial light. Weight loss will mainly come from your diet, while exercise will help you burn calories, allowing you to still burn fat while seeing benefits in toning and size of your muscles.

Reduced Risk of Cancer

Bowel Cancer is a big killer of men in Australia.  The cancer council has stated that ‘’Up to one hour of moderate activity daily or 30 minutes of vigorous activity is recommended to cut your cancer risk.’’

Vigorous activity is anything that gets you sucking in air like it’s soup. Focus on getting your heart rater up through aerobic interval training or explosive exercises like boxing.

Both weights and resistance training can reduce the risk of broken bones

Healthy Bones

Features and Broken bones can be a real issue for your health. Not only does the initial injury cause a lot of pain, but the long recovery times can also affect both your mental and physical health.

To avoid this, use weight-bearing and resistance training exercises. Bones are just like muscles, in that they are living tissue and will respond to training by becoming denser to meet the needs of your ongoing weight training. 

The best cure here is to avoid the problem in the first place. Grab some dumbbells and get lifting.  

Better skin and Hair

As we get older, our skin and hair can start to lose some of it’s luster. While this is natural, a lack of exercise speeds up the loss of hair and increases your fine lines.

By improving blood flow in the body, you help to move nutrients to the skin, as well as promoting your body to increase the production of collagen, which helps our skin stay toned and our hair with more body.  

Enjoy Awesome Endorphins High

Your body is literally built to move, every time we elevate our heart rate and put our body under stress, we get an endorphins release. Endorphins are naturally produced in our body as we exercise. 

They are located in our central nervous system and help to reduce pain and increase pleasure. 

Endorphins are part of our natural reward system and since we collectively as species enjoy pleasure over pain, we naturally seek this high.

The trick is to convince your mind that you acquire endorphins by exercise, not chocolate bars. Some theories of why we have endorphins range from it enabling us to chase down our prey to helping us form social bonds.

Either way, if you can wire your brain to associate endorphins hits with exercise, you’ll be all the happier and healthier for it.  

Obtain a better view of yourself though ongoing exercise

Isn’t Exercise Tiring Though?

During exercise, especially when you’re starting out you’ll definitely feel tired but after you exercise, you’ll actually have increased focus and energy throughout the day. After working out, you’ll have more energy because of the release of endorphins.

Even moderate to low exercise has been shown to increase energy levels. ‘’we have shown that regular exercise can actually go a long way in increasing feelings of energy — particularly in sedentary individuals.” Link

If you only take one thing away from this article, it’s that the most important thing to do is to start. A one-off 5-minute run a month is not going to prevent a heart attack but consistent, ongoing exercise is where the benefits lie.

Increased blood flow through the heart, getting more oxygen to your lungs, and making your bones stronger will pay off over time. Combine this with proper nutrition and you’re on your way to a happier and healthier lifestyle.  

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