Why is Exercise Important for Healthy Masculinity?

Written by: Finn Marenakos

It is the beginning of a brand new year, and with that comes resolutions great and small. Many guys “vow to get in shape this year,” only to find their gym memberships canceled by February. If you are a man with any health concerns at all, you need to make your commitment to the gym not just a temporary month-long endeavor, but a lifelong habit – and what better time to start than right now?

Exercise is essential for fixing men’s health problems, looking good, and feeling strong. It is a well known fact that people who exercise 3 to 5 times every week have an average lifespan that is 10 to 20 years longer than those who do not. For men, weight training is the perfect exercise, and especially when the aim is to achieve muscle hypertrophy, or increased lean muscle mass.

Benefits of increasing lean muscle mass

  • Increased testosterone 
  • Increased metabolism
  • Lower levels of stress  
  • Improved energy levels
  • Better immune function 
  • Increased endorphin production
  • Improved mood
  • And of course, Increased Strength

Lifestyle and Its Effects on Health

Men used to hunt food in the wild, work the farm, chop wood, and go fight in wars, but now we go to cushy desk jobs that are devastating to our physical and mental health because of how unnatural that is for our physiology. This is one reason we have seen such dramatic increases in heart disease, diabetes, and “Dad Bods.” By making exercise a priority and staying physically fit, we can look, feel, and act like men that our ancestors would be proud of. 

I highly recommend listening to Dr. Andrew Huberman’s podcast on the effects that working out has on the body. You will have a better sense of what is needed to get the full range of benefits from lifting weights. While it is important to optimize your routine in the gym, the most important thing is to just start going… Today!

Watch Now: Huberman Lab on building muscle

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Dr. Kimbi, DNP is CEO of The Wellness Loft and an experienced healthcare professional. TWL is a health and wellness practice located in Charleston, SC providing virtual & in-office services.

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