The very essence of a man is being fit. The ability to do regular, everyday activities with complete vigor and alertness without the worry of fatigue, whilst still having more left in the tank is more useful than you might think. It's certainly something some of us take for granted, especially when we're younger. When emergencies arise, whether during recreation or leisure, overall fitness will shine through when you least expect.
Nobody is ever too young or old to be fit. If you're reading this, your fitness can be improved in a variety of ways no matter what background or situation you come from. Engaging in aerobic exercise or strength training, or both preferably, are the main keys. In order to stay in tip-top shape, you'll need to combine this with a healthy diet as well.
The part to remember is that it really isn't all that hard. Unless you're extremely out of shape and have a lot of weight to lose or have health problems such as severe asthma, it will only come down to how much you're willing to put in and what you want out. Even with many challenges, a man can strive to live an active lifestyle in whichever way suits him best.
1Build More Muscle
No one's saying you need to become a gym rat or become a body builder. It's all about staying strong: your fitness regimen needs to include a routine that aims at building muscle. Every ten years of one's adult life, aging causes you to lose between five to seven pounds of muscle mass, given you live an inactive lifestyle. The saying "use it or lose it" applies here. The simple solution to this is to regularly do something that's going to build strength.
Flexibility, strength and cardiovascular fitness are the tenets of a man's fitness and you should work on all of these. But cardiovascular is the most important by far, as focusing on this will make strength and flexibility even easier to build and maintain. If you're one of those guys who hates running but sports like basketball or soccer, there's your solution. If you feel like you don't have time to work out, devote some free time to simple aerobic exercise. Walk when possible, rather than driving. Take the stairs. The little things you do will make sure your blood pressure, cholesterol and heart levels stay in check.
Chuck Meriwether is a resident of Tallahassee, FL, and is a public relations manager. It brings him great joy to share his experiences - there are a lot! Some of Chuck's passions include aquatic biology, basketball, and jazz.