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Exercising for Health

As a male in my mid 20's, I have always been very heavily focused on training to gain muscle. Whilst not "every" younger male exercises to gain muscle, it's definitely a prevalent goal within this demographic. There are many reasons for this, some of which include confidence, self-image, self-esteem, vanity, attracting the opposite sex, instinctual evolutionary dominance and just love of weight training!

Within this category of gym go-ers, I honestly feel that the whole aspect of "exercising for health" is overlooked. Building muscle is one thing, but if you haven't got your haven't got much at all.

I've been guilty of this myself in the past, particularly in my late teens when I first stepped foot into the gym. I guess it is a part of maturing where you realise that you are mortal and that your health is something to be nurtured, especially as you become older.

But this discussion is not focussed on young males. It could be anyone - from extreme contest preparation, to rapid weight loss or over-exercising for a particular event.

Exercising for health encompasses a whole array of aspects including:

  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Mental health & brain function
  • Nutrition
  • Muscle development
  • Recovery
  • Disease prevention
  • Injury prevention
  • General health & well being

I've just thought of these off the top of my head. I'm sure you could think of a whole bunch of other area's that are positively affected by a well balanced exercise regime.

What I'm getting at is this. It's easy to undermine the importance of your health. But abuse your body and you'll very quickly regret taking your health for granted.

3 thoughts on “Exercising for Health”

  • Kek

    I agree - there's not much point looking fabulous if you feel like cr*p.

    You overlooked flexibility....and on that subject: why do so many guys just ignore stretching? Do they think it's too girly? :p

    Improving flexibility can make a huge difference to your training techniques - for example, restricted ankle mobility is a big inhibitor to good squatting. Maybe there's a blog post in that....

  • admin

    Completely agree and thanks for pointing that out Kek. You're on the ball alright :)

    Upon writing the post I considered flexibility to be classified under the umbrellas of injury prevention, muscle development (indirectly through range of motion as you mentoned) and recovery in this context. But I guess it could be easily argued that flexibility could be a standalone point too. Needless to say, stretching is vital and many people overlook the benefits of it.

    I stretch religiously and advise all clients to do the same. I actually assisted in hosting a seminar for exercise professionals, physio's and chiro's a while ago where a physician discussed the three major injury spots - knees, shoulders and lumbar spine. Guess what is the most prevalent reason for injury?

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