According to an article by Nancy Churnin in the Dallas Morning News men don’t exercise enough…or at all. More than 60% of American adults are not regularly active, and 25% are not active at all. This heightens the risk of a multiple of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and dementia (from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Many men have an all or nothing attitude about exercise. When in high school or college they may have participated in a competitive sport, which required rigorous training. When they leave that sport and the competitiveness, they feel if they can’t do a sustained amount of vigorous exercise, then they’re not going to do anything. (from Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times columnist and author of THE FIRST 20 MINUTES: SURPRISING SCIENCE REVEALS HOW WE CAN EXERCISE BETTER, TRAIN SMARTER AND LIVE LONGER).
Dr Rosemary Bates, an internal medicine specialist in Plano Texas, tries to persuade male patients who believe that they can’t exercise if they don’t have two hours a day for a workout that there is another way. “Walk away from your house for 15 minutes and walk back. It will be beneficial.”
So, men…do you walk? If you have a male partner…do you walk together?