Exercise Tips to Stay Fit

Maintaining a good balance between eating well and staying active is important not just this Men’s Health month, but all year around.

Body mass index

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), it’s important to consider your body mass index, or the ratio of your weight to your height. The DHHS website has a helpful chart you can use to figure out your body mass index. You can also simply measure your waist if you want a quick, though less precise, indication of your health. It won’t tell you if you’re overweight, but it can show you if you have some excess fat on your stomach. If you measure more than 40 inches around the waist, you could be at risk for diabetes.

Men who don’t keep their health in check could be risking a number of problems like coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, certain types of cancer and high blood pressure. Keeping up your health means sticking around for family and friends longer.

Sticking with it

Pick an activity you enjoy and keep with it. According to the DHHS, this activity should ” get your heart and breathing rates up, but is not so tiring that you cannot talk while doing it.” This could include briskly walking, weight training, swimming and similar activities.

It’s also important to focus on different types of exercise. Alternate between various parts of your body and various exercises to make sure your muscles don’t get used to any one motion.

Most men can increase their physical activity without contacting a doctor, but it’s important to consult someone before you begin any vigorous workout regimens.

It’s important to remember that there will be roadblocks in your progress, but if you keep yourself motivated, you can push through.