Men are as conscious of their bodies as women are of theirs. Like young girls, young boys too start taking care of their appearance from a very young age. By age 18, boys enroll themselves in gymnasiums and try weight lifting. Some boys dabble in sports, swimming etc till age catches up and along with it responsibilities too. Till 35 years of age, some men neglect their looks, until a paunch rings alarm bells. The question is how often should men workout to lose weight and build biceps?
Men have the added advantage of gaining inches till the age of 21, unlike girls who stop growing tall at the age of 18.
Hitting the gym at age 21 is ideal. Pushups, weight lifting, walking on the treadmill, a few cardio exercises and exercises that flatten the tummy are a must. But, ensure that you do not overdo. Over-exercising has caused more harm than good; it has been fatal too!! An expert instructor will instruct you the kind of exercises you must perform according to your age, weight, height and the kind of ailments you may suffer from.
Along with exercising, following a strict diet is important too. A balanced diet which includes protein, calcium, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates etc is a must.
Simple exercises for men
If you lack the time to join a gym, you could try a few exercises at home too. Simple pushups to a count of 10 will do. Lie on your back, with your palms resting on the ground. Now with the palms to support you, lift yourselves with the elbows. While some men succeed in lifting their entire body off the ground, some can lift only the upper torso.
Benefits– As you stretch your back, legs, arms, stomach, your buttocks get toned too. The stomach loses its belly-fat! The shoulders gain in strength.
Cycling-Most young boys enjoy racing in their bikes.
Benefits-It is believed that the biggest advantage is, cycling enables you to gain inches quickly. It is an excellent toner for the legs and thighs.
Weight-lifting-Most men pretend to lift weighty weights and ping pongs. This tones the biceps and men gain in strength too. While it may be strenuous in the beginning, in due course, you could feel as though lifting a feather!
Swimming-Swimming is ideal for you to shed weight. The strokes you use tone your arms and biceps, stomach, buttocks and thighs and legs. Battling with water current is what gives you additional stamina. Unwanted fat is burnt.
Depending on your age, weight and height, your fitness instructor will advise you how often you should exercise. While you may become lethargic sometimes, motivate yourself to continue. Sometimes it may not be possible to perform weight training etc in a gym. Under such circumstances, you should try simple exercises at home.
Other simple steps you could undertake is walking, running and jogging. This helps you to maintain your weight, tones your muscles and boosts your stamina. However, ensure there is no gap of a fortnight in your exercise regimen!
Joel Newman is a fitness freak who likes to share his experiences with fellow bloggers. His passion for fitness and writing has made him write this post. He is into research on human growth hormone.