If you’re reading this, you probably understand that fitness is a goal that should be sought by all, no matter our age or current state of fitness.

Anyone considering a new men’s fitness regimen should take the time to consult with their doctor or health care professional, ensuring they are healthy enough for proper exercise.

Having said that, exercise is the elixir of life, when we achieve a level of men’s fitness, our bodies will respond accordingly, performing better and allowing us to be more productive. Men’s fitness is not necessarily about bodybuilding, running or competing in sports, rather a lifestyle choice that allows us to live life to the max.

Generally speaking when healthy and fit, our overall mood and outlook improves. Medically speaking our cardiovascular system (blood flowing to and from the heart) works more effectively, delivering oxygen rich blood throughout our systems. If we are medically able to do so, we should involve strive to improve our conditioning, increase our aerobic activity and achieve an overall more complete state of men’s fitness.

EXERCISE FACT: Exercising regularly is an important element of maintaining men’s fitness, and I heartily endorse it. It’s a medical fact that people who remain active lead fuller, more enjoyable lives, they simply feel more like living, something we should all strive for.

When we exercise and stay fit, osteoporosis is pushed further into the background as we build and repair our bones and joints. While some men will be motivated to exercise for extended periods, 30 minutes of moderate exercise, i.e., walking, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming, bicycling, stretching, weight training, can vastly improve a man’s fitness and make your life more vigorous in every area.

EXERCISE FACT: Exercise has proven instrumental in delaying or preventing diabetes, certain cancers, and as mentioned, improving the cardiovascular system.

There are multiple ways to attain fitness, and it’s not so important which exercise you perform, as finding one you can enjoy and strive to make part of your life.

Since I have no idea of your current fitness level, it’s recommended that you begin slowly, gradually increasing your regimen as you become more fit. It’s much better to exercise for 10 minutes every day, then one grueling session, that leaves you drained and you’re unlikely to continue.

Exercising regularly and obtaining fitness has been proven instrumental in stabilizing blood sugar, increasing overall strength, elevating the mood (endorphins are released in the bloodstream), helping maintain flexibility, reducing stress, and of course helping maintain a healthy body weight.

Exercise is not to be dreaded, rather enjoyed, realizing that for every moment you exercise, you’re helping your body achieve fitness and a healthful state of being.

RISK / REWARD: We were born to be active and fit, and unless we have an existing health condition preventing exercise, some exercise is proven to be better than no exercise. Being active is safe for almost everyone and, according to the CDC (Center for disease control), people without diagnosed chronic conditions do not need to consult with a health care provider concerning moderate physical activity.

Men’s fitness is not a goal, rather a journey. Live long, be healthy, exercise regularly, and learn to spread the joy of life to those you meet along the way.