Exercise is an important daily health activity for all individuals. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
recommends 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity with 2-3 strength training days incorporated. Exercise
helps individuals lose weight and gain strength, while also aiding in reduction of cardiovascular disease, better sleep,
joint pain relief and much more. Exercise also aids in general fitness well-being and moving more efficiently.
Let’s take a closer look at the specific effects of exercise for men. There are more prevalent health risks for men when compared to women, which in most cases can be prevented by daily, regular exercise and physical activity.
• Greater risk of cardiovascular issues
• More at risk for obesity and higher waist circumference measurements
• A long-term effect of inactivity is lower testosterone.
Physical Activity vs. Exercise
Physical activity is any movement that requires an individual to move more than a resting position. Exercise, however, requires physical effort, especially when used to prevent and support health benefits. Starting out, you should try to achieve increased physical activity for health benefits and work your way into physical exercise.
Benefits of Exercise
Along with all of the physical benefits that come with exercise, there are several mental health benefits for men as well. Exercise is a great way to help manage stress, anxiety and depression. Exercise can be an outlet for freedom and creativity for individuals. Exercise is a healthy alternative to work out frustrations while doing something that will pay off dividends as we age. As with any exercise program, there are precautions to be taken. Always listen to your body.
Exercise is Vital
Over all, exercise plays a vital role in reducing physical health risks, controlling current health conditions and maintaining mental health. The key is to find something that you enjoy doing and stick with it. It could be lifting weights, running, swimming or walking. Finding what you love and sticking to a routine is what motivates and encourages increased physical activity.
Lastly, set goals for yourself, both long-term and short-term. Make a long-term goal that is going to take six months or more to achieve. More importantly, make smaller short-term goals that keep you working towards your long-term goal. Short-term goals can be for a week, a month, or a mixture—just make them achievable goals unique for you. Find what you enjoy, create a routine and
the health benefits will take care of themselves.
Dylan Pittman, BS, EP-C, is an exercise specialist who sees patients at LIFT Wellness Center in Jackson.