I was raised by two Kinesiology graduates so I consider myself spoiled on being educated from an early age on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. I started my personal fitness journey when I was 13 and have been involved in the Health and Fitness industry ever since. From then to now, I have seen A LOT of things, both positive and negative, when it comes to physical as well as mental health, particularly in men. For Men’s Health Week here are just a few things I have discovered in both my Physiotherapy experience and also my training experience that seriously influence results when interacting with my male clients.
Its never to late to start
I do not care if you are 15 or 75, the excuse of age (YES IT IS AN EXCUSE) does not fly with me. Of course starting abilities will vary, but stating you are ‘too old’ or ‘too young’ to start looking after yourself is a terrible excuse. Changing your mindset goes a long way in finding success.
It takes consistency
Have you ever heard the expression good things come to those who work hard for a week? You have not because THERE IS NO SUCH THING! Gentlemen, if you are serious about your mental and physical improvement, it will not happen overnight or in a week or maybe even 3 months – it takes time and more importantly it takes consistency. Stay focused and stay positive and you will see results.
A little Prehab prevents a ton of Rehab
I hear it constantly “well I’m not in pain so I don’t need to exercise”, “I walk all day for work so my legs are strong enough”, “the pain isn’t that bad so it’ll go away eventually”. While I suppress my gag reflex as I type those direct quotes, I will stress that my gentlemen clients are often the most guilty of saying these words and variations of them. Drop the ‘tough guy’ mentality and get you rear end to a professional if something is bothering you – your future self will thank you.
The mind is just as important as the muscle
Physical fitness is wonderful and very important but often overlooked by us guys is our mental health. Life is stressful, busy, chaotic, you name it, that finding time to calm the mind is more important than ever. Read a book, do something that brings you joy, meditate, go for walk – the number of things you can do far exceeds the excuses you create not too.
Overall, for your mental and physical health you have to find your reasons for wanting to improve. Everyone will have different reasons to improve. Myself I am a husband, a father, a brother, a son, the list goes on and I plan on being around for a while. I want both my mental and physical health to be there with me for both myself and those I care about/who care about me. It is a choice to take positive measures when it comes to your health gentlemen. Do not wait, do not put off being healthy – MAN UP and get serious about your health.
Written by: Matt Rice, Registered Physiotherapist
Check out the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation. There you will find additional information about the importance of Healthy Living.