If Arnold’s not too good for it, neither are you: I know cardio doesn’t sound like a testosterone fuelled activity. Jane Fonda aerobics and rocking the Stair Master probably don’t have a whole lot of appeal. But gentlemen heart disease is more prevalent in you than in the ladies, and if having a strong ticker or not dropping dead prematurely aren’t motivation enough (not dropping dead should be pretty strong motivation!) perhaps one of the first signs of lack of vascular health is: when the organ than relies on vascularity to perform won’t salute consider cardio over blue pills. And hey, your overall performance will impress if you’ve got a little cardio endurance backing you!
If it’s good enough for Russell Brand…. Never mind! When you think of stretching and images of Russell Brand doing yoga in Forgetting Sarah Marshall come up, you may not feel inclined to add stretching to your routine (I think he’s hot, but I get that he may not be your image of ideal). But it’s also good enough for Matthew McConaughey, and you’d probably feel pretty good about it if you woke up and looked down to see his body tomorrow morning. Maybe you do cardio, maybe you don’t, but stretching is likely low on your list of priorities. I can carry on using better sex as a motivator, because you know that if you could move better and had greater mobility you’d have to worry less about whether you could do that position or if you’re going to cramp up by staying in such a position, I can also tell you that your back will probably hurt less if you stretch you quads and chest. You’ll be a champion on the ice, on the court, and on the trails when doing your recreational sports. And you’ll be far less prone to time off of sports, and work, and sex if you are limber. You don’t have to do yoga, but you can, and you don’t have to get to being able to wrap your feet behind your head, unless you want to, but do yourself, your team, and your partner a favour, and spend even 10 minutes stretching after your workout or sport to see and feel more mobile.
Eight Glasses vs. Eight Bottles: Eight glasses of water a day seems to be the magic number that’s been thrown out there for years, and if you eat a plant-based diet it’s likely enough, but otherwise it’s probably not. To compound the difficulty it’s just so dang easy to sit down and drink 8 bottles of beer on a Sunday evening! I don’t know why it’s so hard to do the latter and not the former. But both, the not drinking enough water habit and the drinking too much beer/alcohol habit are not serving your belly, and therefore your back, nor your blood sugar levels, nor your body’s ability to remove waste efficiently. Whether you don’t drink enough water, or too much alcohol, or both, now is the best time I can think of to devise a plan and ensure you change these habits.
Your Greatest Masterpiece! Some men grow out of sharing their masterpieces with their moms, buddies, wives, and kids. I know though there are some that don’t. I urge you to consider stopping sharing it, but it’s good that you’re aware of it, if you still are. Yes, I’m talking about your poop! Knowing what your normal and your regular and even if your “fragrance” is normal or off can be critical to your health. So if it’s been a while, take a quick peek and get to know what your normal business is like, or if you know that it’s not been quite right for a while consider some of my previous tips and talk to your doctor about anything that’s persistently off.
Hey Buddy! I get that men are wired differently and that you don’t have the same gabby friendships that women do. Women actually spout off on average almost twice as many words as men on a daily basis. And we talk so much about our feelings. I get it. But men are often very isolated and don’t have close male relationships when they need someone to talk to, particularly in North America. Whether it’s a brother, friend or cousin, having a close friend or two that you can talk to about anything is very important to wellness and has even been associated with longevity.
Introduction of these few things can greatly increase your fitness, health and wellness, and therefore your quality of life and feeling awesome every day. And last but not least, 2 things you know: eat breakfast guys, and get your prostate checked (starting at 50, 40 if you’re of African descent or you have a family history of cancer).
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