Let’s face it, the older men get, the more their bodies tend to show their age. It’s not our fault; it’s just that the aging process, gravity, poor health choices and even bad habits can turn a once finely tuned body into a not so fit blob. Maybe we put on a bunch of extra pounds, or we just get winded thinking about exercising. Whatever the outcome, it’s time to get into shape and stay there.
So what’s a guy to do?
If you’re one of the ones who would like to get and stay in shape, here are 5 activities that you can do. Follow these and you’ll actually enjoy looking in a mirror.
First up is stretching.
You have to improve your flexibility and balance before embarking on any type of fitness program, and stretching is an excellent way to limber up. You’ll also improve your circulation, as well as the range of motion in your joints. When you lose your flexibility, you’re running the risk of joint injuries, torn muscles, and even a broken bone.
Next up is exercising. And at the top of any fitness guru’s list is swimming. First of all, you’re weightless in the water, so it won’t put a strain on the body’s joints. It’s an aerobic exercise, so it’ll help on the cardiovascular side, keeping the heart pumping to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. And nothing knocks off calories like laps in a pool.
If swimming isn’t attractive to you, or a pool isn’t available, there are many other aerobic exercises you can do. Biking, running, and even walking are excellent ways to keep those muscles moving, and if you spend enough time at it, you’ll take of that excess weight as well. You can simply do pushups, jumping jacks, and other exercises at home. They’re easy, and they help.
While eating healthy isn’t exactly an activity, setting up a nutrition plan is a key to staying in shape. The Internet is filled with nutritional info, guides on healthy eating, and ways to set up specific nutritional goals. Cut back on the carbs, eat more fruits and vegetables, and limit your intake of junk food and sweets so you’re not adding on worthless calories.
Another key to staying in shape is to always stay active. You can’t be in the gym or club ten hours a day, so improvise. Walk up stairs whenever you have the chance. And speaking of walking, if it’s a short distance, leave the car at home and walk. Find weekend activities you enjoy, like playing tennis, hiking with friends, or trying new things like kayaking or paddle boarding.
Finally, start taking care of yourself. That means getting enough sleep every night, especially when you exercise and maybe even learning about TRT. Find others who want o get and stay in shape, and start doing activities together. Organize something – a bike ride, a volleyball game, or anything that sounds like fun and gets your body moving. Maybe you’d like to take a cooking class and learn some healthy cooking ideas. And finally, make time for you – to exercise, to relax, and simply enjoy life. You’ll be happier, and a lot healthier!