As June comes to a close so does Men’s Health Month. However, the ending of the month does not mean that men should give up on their health and wellness. Living a healthy lifestyle, both with the foods you eat and amount you are active, is extremely important beyond the month of June.
Living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle has many benefits, both physically and mentally, and allows you to meet your full potential. Being the best possible version of yourself includes building up a level of fitness that will help you live well and set an example for those you care about.
Here are 5 reasons why every man needs to maintain their fitness beyond Men’s Health Month.
Keeps Your Heart Healthy
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. In general heart disease includes common issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, and stroke, among many others. While there are many causes for heart disease, lack of fitness and exercise routine is one of the larger culprits.
Exercising on a regular basis and keeping up your fitness level improves your cardiovascular and circulatory systems. The movements you are making when exercising gets your heart pumping, thus increasing blood flow and keeping any blockages from forming. Exercise and overall fitness is also a great way to work out any stress, which is another leading cause of many forms of heart disease.
Enhance Your Sexual Performance
Going along with the improvements to your cardiovascular and circulatory systems that come with being fit, improvements in those areas also help to enhance your sexual performance. Among other tasks, increasing your physical fitness is one small thing you can do everyday to help combat common sex-related issues such as erectile dysfunction and a low libido.
The improvements to your cardiovascular and circulatory systems that come along with being fit increases the amount and strength of blood flow throughout your body. Increase in blood flow makes it easier to get and maintain an erection, thus improving your sexual performance. Fitness also increases your stamina. Being fit means that not only will you be able to get and maintain an erection, but that you’ll be able to last longer too.
Feel Less Achy
Exercising and maintaining your fitness means you are doing more for your body than just sitting at a desk or on a couch. Movement that comes with being fit stretches your muscles and helps with a variety of issues. For those of us stuck at a daily desk job, it can be hard to remember to stretch your muscles. Still, while you’re at work, there are some movements you can do to feel less stiff and get your muscles moving at least a little.
After work, it is important to make sure you are doing something to work towards fitness. This could be as simple as going for a walk or as intense as a full gym session. Either way you are moving your muscles after a long day of essential lack of motion. Conditioning your muscles can increase your flexibility, relieve joint stiffness, and relieve aches and pains.
Help Your Mental Health
Being fit and exercising regularly can also help your mental health. Whether stress, anxiety, depression, or some other form of mental health issue is plaguing you, adding a fitness routine in conjunction with other treatments can really help.
Exercising releases endorphins, the chemical in your brain that makes you feel good and happy. Working together with the routine your doctor suggests, this extra release of endorphins can help you to feel even slightly better. Putting your mind on the workout can help take your mind off whatever other thoughts are plaguing your mind or can even help to work through those thoughts.
Boost Your Mood
Along with improving your mental health, creating and maintaining a fitness routine can help you to just feel better in general. As previously mentioned, exercising releases endorphins. Every time you exercise, you get another rush of endorphins in your system. This makes you feel better and happier.
Fitness, and making yourself healthy, also just makes you feel good about yourself. You know that you are doing something to improve your well being and that is a powerful feeling. Knowing that you are doing something good and healthy for yourself makes you feel better about yourself overall, especially when you start to see results from the fitness routine.