MEN’S HEALTH: Spring Forward to a More Active Lifestyle! Part 1 of 2 Parts

mh-5.jpgThose over 50 who desire physical health and wellness require movement to stay youthful, but this doesn’t mean you have to join a gym on your personal campaign for men’s health. Part 1 of 2 parts.

As we age, our bodies change. Men’s health needs change. Our metabolism slows down, hormonal levels shift and we don’t heal as quickly as we once did (have you noticed?). One thing doesn’t change — our need for movement and exercise.

The benefits of exercise are not just aesthetic. A toned body is beautiful, but a body that receives regular exercise and the proper supplements stays well longer, avoids many common health problems (like heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and depression), and lets us enjoy life more.

If you play golf, swim or go to aerobics, you want to continue these activities for many years to come. Those who’ve let themselves ‘slip’ and added a few extra pounds, or who’ve lost their lean muscle tone can equally benefit from an active lifestyle.

Our bodies need to move to stay healthy and remain youthful at any age. If moving your joints causes you pain, you might benefit from natural glucosamine sulfate and MSM to reduce the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis, and keep your soft tissues (tendons, ligaments and cartilage) supple. Unlike drugs that just mask pain, these help to heal any damage to a joint’s cartilage.

Youthful Movement

Because of the negative mental association many of us have with the term ‘exercise’ (also known as ‘torture’), let’s officially rename it youthful movement!

No desire to go to the gym or ‘pump iron?’ No problem! There are many exercises that you can do at home daily to stay fit and active. Some exercises are more efficient, giving maximum benefits in the least time. We’ll start with the most basic youthful movement that can make a real difference, is adaptable to every level of athletic ability, and safe for all ages. Walking.

Walking

What could be simpler? If you’re out of shape, your walks should start at a slow pace. Gradually work up to a fast clip, arms swinging, until you’re mildly short of breath. Increase the distance on your daily walks as time and your stamina permit.

Walking gives positive stress to the heart, lungs, brain and long bones of the body. It helps to prevent osteoporosis while improving cardio-vascular function, an important issue in men’s health. This youthful movement burns 500 calories an hour, so taking a brisk half-hour walk daily can also aid weight management by burning off unwanted pounds.

When you first start your daily walks, you can get relief from sore muscles with a calcium/magnesium supplement just before bed. Walking (or any other youthful movement) breaks down muscular tissue, which heals again while you sleep. Magnesium helps the tissues to rebuild, and calcium aids in the absorption of the magnesium.

In Part 2, we’ll cover seven specific ‘youthful movements’ designed to maintain men’s health in every phase of life.

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