There’s nothing sexier and more appealing than to lay eyes on a physique that speaks life to a band of fibrous tissue. Yes! Fitness speaks life to our bodies and can truly enhance the male specimen.
It doesn’t matter how old or tall you are, or whether you’re bald or rocking dreads, healthy looks good on everyone. From an athletic jock running out of the ocean waves to a well-dressed, corporate executive in a three-piece suit toting a briefcase and scaling an escalator, a physically fit man can capture the attention of spectators walking by and might even require a long glance or a little rubber necking, if you know what I mean.
Unfortunately, every man does not fit that description. What about those men who aren’t taking care of themselves? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that African-American men have among the highest rates of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. So, it’s time to think about being fit on the inside and out.
Looking good is often a true benefit of being fit, but feeling good and living a long life trumps what everyone can see. So, don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of getting yourself in shape if that body of yours has laid stagnant for too long.
Here are a few tips to give you a little push in the right direction:
(1) Go see your Primary Health Care Physician. Get up to date on all your tests (prostate, stress, cholesterol, diabetes, dental exams, etc.)
**Each test will depend upon your age and genetic background.
(2) Get plenty of rest (on average 6-8 hours a night).
(3)Drink at least half your body weight in water every day.
(4) Cut back your meal portion sizes.
**You won’t believe the difference this will make.
(5) Try to carve out at least 20-30 min of exercise 3-4 days a week.
Before you know it, you’ll start feeling better and looking better, and then you may try to figure out how you can get more of the same! The next thing you’ll know is that your jumpstart has turned into a full plunge into the pool of a healthier lifestyle.
Jenise Wooten is the founder of CW3 Fitness. You can learn more at DMVFitnessAndWellness.net.