People, turn off the game on television and enjoy the exercise’s many benefits. This promotes cardiovascular health, prevents cancer and diabetes, and enhances the sex life.
Listing the fitness benefits sounds a little like launching an infomercial late-night for a men’s wellness product. Would you feel more happy? Live longer? Avoid loss of memory and improve cancer prevention? But it’s true… and all this could be yours for only three 50-minute weekly workouts!
Although weight loss is an important result of exercise for many people, exercise has far wider effects on overall health; knowing its effects can only inspire you to become a better friend with your membership to the gym
More Energy and Better Sleep
The lack of energy is a common reason for not exercising. This can be a difficult barrier to cross, but once you get the first few workouts under your belt, it’s much easier to keep going. Physical activity creates physical capacity, which ensures that in the future, the more you train, the better it will be for those same activities. Outside the gym, this also ensures that when you go about your daily activities, you will feel less exhaustion. This implies, of course, that you will have that much more energy to exercise at the end of the day!
Another important factor stopping certain people from becoming more involved is pre-existing disability or widespread discomfort. Although exercising with injuries requires extra care, physical activity may reduce the pain and the limitations it may pose.
Chronic back pain is one condition that exercise-based therapy can significantly improve. Musculoskeletal pain, however, is not the only discomfort that exercise can relieve. A recent study into the role of aerobic exercise in men with chronic prostatitis found that pain rates in the study group were significantly reduced.
The exercise’s protective benefits often apply to other body systems. Engaging in daily exercise in just 20 minutes has significant impacts on the immune system’s strength and activity. Improved immune control reduces the risk of respiratory infections such as the common cold.
Intensive exercise has been shown to minimize immune function, but since this is only of interest to professional athletes, this is no excuse to skip the gym!
If you need another excuse to become involved, could you be inspired by the prospect of a more fulfilling sex life? Regular activity builds stamina and energy, making it easier for all other physical activities. A survey of people with sexual dysfunction found that they increased their satisfaction with their sex lives by exercising for 180 minutes per week. Specifically increased erectile function in active participants in a similar study. It has also been shown that regular exercise reduces the risk of sexual dysfunction before it starts.
Pelvic floor exercises, or Kegel exercises, play a key role in the sexual health of men. Having introduced exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, men dealing with sexual dysfunction following prostate removal show significant improvements. Beginning these exercises shortly after surgery intensifies their value (check first with your doctor). Several experts recommend that all men do daily Kegel exercises in order to maintain and develop their sexual function.
In addition to encouraging a healthy and happy sex life, regular exercise will also help preserve men’s function as they age as another organ of concern: the brain. Daily moderate-to-vigorous lifetime exercise decreases by as much as 40 percent the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Training at least three days a week can reduce the risk of dementia by 21%. While it is not yet fully understood the link between these conditions and exercise habits, physical activity is protective.
Even if Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is not diagnosed, cognitive function continues to worsen over the lifespan. Regular physical activity may improve the ability to perform mental tasks over time, such as remembering dates and locations. Introduce a moderate exercise plan to increase memory and benefit brain function if you notice deficiencies in your memory.
Movement for mood
Other key brain functions will be supported by simple, but regular exercise strategies. Committing to an ongoing physical activity routine can reduce your risk of developing depression. If depression has already been diagnosed, regular activity can provide substantial support for other care that you may receive. Endorphins and other brain chemicals released during physical activity are believed to be the mood-balancing effects of exercise.
Therefore, physical training affects the reaction of the body to psychological pressure. Compared to their untrained counterparts, trained athletes have lower rates of heart, lower levels of cortisol and a calmer state of mood in the face of pressure. Blunting the response to stress through exercise will protect the body from chronic stress effects.
Quality and Quantity of Life
In addition to helping with particular issues such as depression and life stressors control, exercise has important and positive effects on the overall quality of our lives related to health. Research shows that the more time a person spends in leisure time, the more likely they are to have better mental health, less discomfort, and a higher level of social functioning. Those who do not exercise show similar decreases in quality of life metrics.
Exercise your heart
The cardiovascular health benefits of aerobic exercise are well established, and a sedentary lifestyle is a known risk factor for heart attack and stroke. A recent study brings this into perspective by showing that having both a vehicle and a TV raises the risk of heart attack by 27%. Including moderate physical activity in your life on the flip side will significantly reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by up to 63 percent.
Many risk factors contribute to cardiovascular risk, but cholesterol with high blood pressure (hypertension) and elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) are commonly referred to as culprits. While pharmaceutical therapies such as beta blockers or statins will address one of these goals at a time, exercise may simultaneously modify several factors (but don’t stop your medicines without consulting your health care practitioner).
In addition to causing a decrease in body fat, a recent study using recreational soccer drills as a treatment (one hour, three times a week for three months) showed significant reduction in blood pressure and LDL. Of course, it’s more fun than drugs.
Collectively, all forms of cancers are the leading cause of death among Canadian men. Cancer does not discriminate: it affects men of every age and ethnicity. Furthermore, certain risk factors are within your power, and the risk of getting cancer may be significantly reduced. One of these considerations is exercise.
Exercise is an important part of a recovery strategy in men who have cancer. Brisk walking can lead to delayed progression in clinically located cancer of the prostate, although regular activity reduces the likelihood of colon cancer death. Exercise can reduce fatigue and other related side effects during the treatment of prostate cancer.
Regular workouts help protect against other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, apart from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Type 2 or late-onset diabetes occurs when the body becomes insulin-insensitive and glucose enters the cells. Left untreated, high blood sugar levels can lead to severe complications such as blindness, loss of limbs, and failure of the kidneys.
Diabetic therapy’s goal is to reduce blood sugar levels. Exercise can significantly reduce the blood glucose regulation of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). A renewed responsiveness of body cells to insulin will cause this change.