Obviously, some men love working out. For instance, if you take a stroll to fitness centres in most cities in the country you will find men who get real pleasure out of pushing themselves hard at the gym. These classes of men understand that regular physical activity and its health benefits would always be a part of their life. However, on the other side are those class of men, some with pot belly (after consuming in most cases bottles of beer) who give a thousand excuses like stress, lack of time and other reasons, and so the idea of working out do not appeal to them at all.
According to a research, men who get regular, moderate exercise, such as walking or cycling 20 minutes daily, seem to have a lower risk of heart failure than inactive men or those who have higher levels of activity. The researchers found that those who exercised by walking or cycling at least 20 minutes a day had a 21 percent lower risk of heart failure. Exercising more than an hour a week decreased risk by 14 percent, the study found.
Indeed, exercise is often regarded as one of the best ways to improve one’s health.Whether it is golf, football, basketball or another sport, exercise increases your flexibility, speed, strength, and endurance to perform better. It is important to note that only a few minutes of moderate activity a day can have a tremendous positive impact on your health generally.
In Nigeria like in any other part of the world exercising is down to individual choices. For most men going to the gym is probably the last thing you want to do after a long day at work. But do you know that staying active throughout your life is the single most powerful way to remain healthy and live long enough to enjoy your family and all the things you have worked for?
Currently, studies have shown that women still have longer life expectancies than men. Men are simply more likely than women to smoke, drink, feel stressed, and be overweight. So, working out for at least 30 minutes a day can turn your life around and help you lose a few pounds. Thus, regular exercise helps you to lose weight. In turn, this will also keep your blood pressure and glucose levels in check and help keep diabetes and heart disease away.
Aside this, exercise has been found to reduce stress, depression, anxiety, and anger because it triggers the release of endorphins, or “feel good” hormones. And as strange as it may sound, exercise can also help you feel less tired. It can boost your energy levels and help you sleep better.
Again, another benefit for men who exercise is that it will keep your testosterone levels in the safe zone. Even a moderate amount of physical activity will do. Testosterone levels decrease with age, and this can cause a number of problems: diminished sex drive, erectile dysfunction, decreased muscle mass and strength, hair loss and increased body fat.
So for the men folk, next time, think twice about skipping that sweat session. It might just be the highlight of your day.