Benefits of Exercise for Men!
Exercise has many more gains for men than working on a six pack and bulging biceps.
Being physically fit and active helps men live longer, lowers their risk of certain diseases, improves quality of life and can even help maintain testosterone levels.
Research suggests that exercise may help counter the drop in testosterone that occurs as men age. One study suggested that even a modest boost in physical activity increased testosterone levels. This was true as well for men who hadn't been exercising before.
Regular physical activity can improve overall quality of life by helping relieve tension, depression, anxiety and anger. Most people report improvements in general well-being when they include physical activity in their routines. Research shows that as little as 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day can boost energy levels, the ability to sleep soundly and self-image in both men and women.
Men who are physically fit in middle age have lower cancer risks as they age. Research has found that men who were the most physically fit in middle age were less likely to have lung or colorectal cancer as they got older. Other research has also shown that physical activity helps lower the risk of other certain cancers.
It is an unfortunate truth that men are more likely to have a heart attack than women are, and men's death rates from heart disease are also greater than women's. The good news is that regular exercise improves blood circulation, which reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. Moderate exercise also improves many risk factors for heart disease, including lower blood-cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and improved blood-sugar levels.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which you frequently stop breathing during your sleep, and it's associated with an increased risk of diabetes. For men with sleep apnea and diabetes, moderate exercise decreases the risk of death from both conditions.
Finally, if you still need a reason to stay fit, how about a longer life? For men, fitness levels can predict length of life even better than body mass index (BMI) can. According to a study of more than 14,000 men,. As a man's fitness improved, his risk of death from all causes dropped 15 percent and his risk of death from heart disease was reduced by 19 percent. Changes in BMI didn't show the same benefits.