Tips For Busy Men Who Want To Improve Their Fitness

PHILADELPHIA - American adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, yet men juggling a career with family responsibilities may struggle to keep up. If they stick to a sedentary lifestyle, they put more stress on their bodies and are more likely to develop chronic illnesses. In fact, simply being a man increases your risk of developing heart disease at a younger age—about ten years earlier than women.

Tips For Busy Men Who Want To Improve Their Fitness

Despite the demands of a busy life, men must stay healthy through a sustainable lifestyle. Below are five simple tips for busy men who want to improve their fitness:

Take Advantage Of The Outdoors

Hiking is a popular hobby among men, and it's especially convenient as a weekend hobby for the busiest among us. Taking advantage of the great outdoors is one way to make the most of your free time. Philadelphia is home to some of the best hiking trails in the country—Wissahickon Valley Park and Valley Forge National Historical Park. These parks are lined with miles of designated hiking trails with scenic endings, perfect for a fun weekend with the entire family. Hiking outdoors is also an excellent way to burn calories and build muscle mass, especially if you feel that spending time in a gym isn't a good fit for your busy schedule.

Follow A Customized Diet

When it comes to improving fitness, it's also worth considering what you eat and drink. Busy men like you should eat foods that are good for your body. Following a customized diet based on your lifestyle and food choices is one of the easiest ways to do so. After all, nutritional requirements differ between men and women due to their physiology. For instance, men should get about 56 grams of protein daily to help their bodies function at their best. To this end, it's crucial to have a list of food items, such as lean meat and eggs, that fit your recommended macronutrient levels. A customized diet will enable you to manage your caloric budget without feeling deprived of comfort meals after a long workday.

Join A Fitness Group

Social isolation is one of the biggest struggles that many men face. Joining a fitness group or a sports club can help in this aspect and allow you to meet other like-minded men who wish to enhance their fitness levels. There are weight loss social networks online that cater to men and enable them to share updates and track each others' progress. Being part of a tight-knit community online will help you stay accountable while fulfilling the need for camaraderie and friendships. On the other hand, sports clubs such as The Merion Cricket Club in Haverford or the Athletic Baseball Club of Philadelphia offer regular lessons for beginners and a team to start the journey of a new sport. Online or offline fitness groups can help you stay more committed than working out alone.

Use A Fitness Tracker

A fitness tracker is a device that tracks your movements throughout the day and provides feedback on how active you've been. Smartwatches by Apple or Google combine the functionality of fitness trackers with personal assistant devices—helping you stay productive at work while tracking your fitness progress throughout the day. Most trackers on the market have features such as sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, and even stress management apps specifically tailored for men. They can even count the number of steps you've taken, perfect if you've decided to walk to work or run through Franklin Square before heading home.

No matter what your schedule looks like, there's always a way for you to stay active. By setting aside a few minutes each day for fitness, you are investing in a healthier and more productive future for which you'll thank yourself.


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