About a hundred good reasons exist to begin an exercise program when it comes to health. Most men know this. Still, many have reservations about starting an exercise program or are may even be concerned about what will happen to them as they become more active. This blog post addresses four of the most common reasons why men may have concerns about becoming more physically active. Maybe they’re even some of your concerns. Knowing these concerns can help you better address them and find activities that fit into your life.
If you’re like many men, the thought of spending several hours a week at the gym is overwhelming. You hardly have time to address work and family obligations, it may be challenging to imagine yourself making even more time for exercising. The good news is that physical activity can happen anywhere. You don’t need a gym. Talking a walk around the block during a 15-minute work break or riding your bike to work or to the grocery store count as just a few of the ways to get more physical activity into. You can even include family on your walks if you are concerned about more time away from them.
You may not exercise because you’re just not interested in exercise. You wouldn’t be alone in this. Many people don’t enjoy physical activity. The key to getting the most out of your physical activities is to find ones you like. For example, you may not enjoy the gym, but love hiking or mountain biking. These are also perfectly good activities to get your heart going. More importantly, you like them so you’ll likely do them.
Some men - you may be among them - are concerned about how physical activity may affect their sex drives. According to Shape.com, exercise can have a positive effect on libido. The more you exercise, the higher your libido. If anything, exercise should improve your sex drive. Further, there is now some evidence that exercise can even improve conditions like erectile dysfunction. However, if you have concerns about ED, then it is still recommended that you talk to your doctor about it.
Issues like asthma, heart disease, and cancer may make men feel reluctant to exercise. They’re not sure if it’s safe to do so with such conditions. Overall, evidence suggests that those with chronic issues will benefit from exercise. That said, it’s best to start an exercise program with your doctor’s go-ahead if you’re concerned about how it might affect certain conditions in your life.
Adding exercise and physical activity to your life doesn’t have to be difficult. Activities as simple as taking the stairs can get you moving. It’s also okay if you don’t like the gym very much. Riding your bike to work gets your heart pumping and does your body good. Finally, you may feel more motivated to exercise once you understand the many ways it benefits you, including helping you recover from serious illness and increasing your libido.