Get Active, Get Moving

Tips on how men can stay fit and healthy

By Rayna McCann

International Men’s Health Week is from June 10 to 16, so what better time to knock it out of the ballpark when it comes to physical fitness? Let’s talk fundamentals.

In my counseling sessions as a registered dietitian, I am always emphasizing the importance of being active. After all, exercise is to nutrition as Lebron is to the NBA, you can’t have one without the other, right? With the tips below, I hope to get you into a regular exercise routine.

Move the goalposts

Try committing yourself to a time when you feel most motivated. If morning workouts aren’t your thing (hello snooze button), try going in the evening. Can’t get motivated after getting home and sitting on the couch? Then bring your workout clothes and go straight from work. It’s essential to give yourself the resources you need.

If you are not looking to spend money on a gym membership right now, go for a run outdoors, walk your dog, play tag with your kids or simply search for free workout videos online. You could even rally up your neighbors and form a softball, kickball or soccer team.

Don’t bench yourself

Don’t forget that every moment counts. We’ve heard the suggestions to park farther away and to take the stairs, right? Well what about some other moments, make it personal to your lifestyle. Watching a baseball game? Do an ab workout during the commercials. Or believe it or not, NFL halftime is a great opportunity for jumping jacks or even some burpees. There are enough hours in the day, even if you have to sneak it into hidden times.

Don’t drop the ball when traveling

The summer is a common time for traveling, which often calls for hours on a plane, in a car or a train. Next time you’re standing in an airport, don’t sit before the plane. Walk up and down the terminal and get your legs moving before getting on that plane. Remember, every moment counts. Once you’re at your destination, scope out the hotel gym or a relaxing place for an outdoor run. Remember to stay on track even when your routine changes.

Pursue your passions

I say the same thing about exercise that I do about kale. Find what you love. Guys, if you hate kale but force yourself to eat it, you’re going to hate eating vegetables. There are tons of other choices to meet the recommended daily amount. The same goes for exercise. If you hate running, don’t force yourself. Find other activities that are calling your name and actually enjoy what you’re doing. Trust me, it’ll make the world of a difference.

The ball is in your court. Stay motivated, stay committed and get active. Make yourself proud and remember, it’s never too late to implement an exercise pattern.

Rayna McCann, MS, RDN, CDN, is a Clinical Registered Dietitian at a local hospital where she focuses on oncology nutrition. She also sees clients for private counseling through Laura Burak Nutrition. Follow her on instagram @HappilyHealthyAfter_RD.

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