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Why Physical Activity Is Key for Men's Overall Health

Updated: Mar 7

Exercise is often seen as a way to lose weight or get in shape. However, exercise can also be a great way to boost your energy levels, get the blood flowing, and even improve your mental health. If you're feeling tired or sluggish and don't exercise, then some type of physical activity may just help you feel more alert and energized along with other added benefits.

There are a few different exercise strategies that can help you get back into exercising without discouraging you.

Focus on Short, low-intensity workouts to start

You don't want to jump straight into the deep end without getting your feet wet first. If it's been a while since you've broken a sweat from any type of exercise, try easing your way back into it.

man stretching before a low-intensity exercise

You can focus on exercises that improve your flexibility. Flexibility exercises can help you improve your range of motion and reduce your risk of injury if you want to do more high-intensity exercise. They can also help you feel more relaxed and energized.

These types of exercises can get the body warm and improve blood flow throughout your body. Even if it's just a static stretching session, it's a start!

From there, you can move on to actual exercises with or without weights that are low-intensity, then moderate-intensity, and so on. It's important to listen to your body and see what you can handle to start out and go from there.

Go For a Walk

When it comes to improving your health, one of the simplest and most effective activities you can engage in is going for a walk. Walking offers numerous benefits you may not have known, such as:

  • improved cardiovascular health

  • Improved mental health

  • Weight management

  • Bone health

  • joint mobility

  • Longevity

Compound Exercises

Another strategy is to focus on compound exercises. These exercises engage multiple muscle groups at once. They can help you build muscle and strength.

man performing a squat with a kettlebell

Common examples of compound exercises include barbell squats, deadlifts, bench press, farmer's walk, and push-ups.

Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue, so building muscle can help you boost your metabolism and burn more calories at rest.

The Importance of Diet

If you're trying to improve your energy levels, diet also plays a huge part in that.

With an effective exercise program comes good nutrition. Exercise and diet go hand-in-hand, which is why it's important not to overlook what you eat. We're not saying go vegetarian but pay attention to the foods you put in your body to ensure that you feel your best.

If you want to partake in exercise on a regular basis, you can't overlook giving your body the fuel it needs to perform. Try to focus on whole foods and meals with whole ingredients. Whole meaning natural: such as meats, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, whole grains, etc.

healthy whole foods for a balance diet

Just above 40% of American adults have obesity, with just under 40% of men having obesity. We want all our members and participants to understand the importance of exercise to boost energy levels and to be the best man that you can be.

If you're looking for ways to boost your energy levels, exercise is a great option. And it's something we should all strive for on a daily basis, even if it's just brisk walking or stretching to improve your blood flow. There are also higher-intensity workouts like strength training and CrossFit exercises to put your muscles to use.

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