The big secret to feeling ‘manly’ lies in how physically fit you are
The big secret to a man’s essence is fitness. In other words, if you feel physically fit, you generally have more confidence and feel more ‘manly’.
As you know, fitness is the ability of a person to do their normal everyday tasks with full alertness and vigour, without worrying about fatigue afterward, and with extra energy in reserve which can be useful when emergencies arise or during periods of relaxation.
Overall fitness should be the primary goal for everyone to achieve. No one is ever too young or too old to keep fit, get in shape or start looking after themselves.
Fitness can be improved by engaging in aerobic exercises and through strength training.
However, there are three components of overall fitness that every man must focus on working out in order to be in healthy, tip-top shape. These are:
1. Cardiovascular/Aerobic Exercise
2. Strength Training
3. Healthy Diet
Flexibility exercises, strength training and cardiovascular exercise all help to boost a man's fitness and should be part of any workout regime.
However, cardiovascular exercise is the most important. This type of exercise conditions and develops the cardiovascular system as well as working out large muscle groups.
If you’re busy with work, family and other commitments that prevent you from focusing for a long time on exercising, concentrating on cardiovascular and aerobic exercise are a good second choice.
You may have to forego ripped biceps, but by doing aerobic exercise your blood pressure, heart and cholesterol levels should stay at the right levels to keep you happy and healthy.
Ideally, a man’s fitness regime should include strength training exercise, which aim to build the muscles.
Aging causes a decrease in muscle mass of five to seven pounds (2-3.2 kgs) of muscle for every ten years in one's adult life given that he lives an inactive lifestyle. Scary thought, huh?
The saying "use it or lose it" is so true of muscle tone and strength.
Fortunately, there is a good solution to this. Loss of muscle mass can be replaced by engaging in strength training.
A good, healthy diet is essential for everyone.
In general, it is best to eat whole and natural foods frequently, rather than do it in large amounts in one to three sittings.
By aiming to keep your diet varied, especially when it comes to doing the weekly shop, you can try to you are getting most, if not all of the nutrients and minerals needed by the body to keep fit and healthy.
You should always include the three most important macro-nutrients in the diet: fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
You should also aim to prioritize proteins over carbohydrates, but never exclude any one of the three on some fad diet.
Top tips to keep your fitness levels on track
1. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially when working out
2. Do exercises properly using the correct techniques, whether it's weight lifting or aerobic exercises. Always follow the instructions outlined by your personal trainer, or class instructor
3. If you go to the gym, always ensure there is always a spotter when lifting weights
4. Challenge your muscles, but make sure that you keep safe
5. Always stretch and warm-up prior to working out and cool-down gradually after sessions
6. Check the equipment for safety before using them
7. It is better to do less than overdo it. Overtraining will kill your enthusiasm and minimise performance
If you’re interested in learning more about Combat Arts, the specialists in over-40 fitness training, email Gordon to enquire about availability in our small group training classes or personal 1-2-1 sessions.