This is a statistic I have a hard time believing, but it is true. Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality and it causes 3.2 million deaths globally. Physical inactivity is literally killing us.
41% of men don’t get enough exercise and that puts us at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, obesity and certain cancers.
From the American Cancer Society research shows that being physically active helps reduce the risk of a variety of cancers. Physical activity also helps to reduce the risk of developing obesity-related cancers because of its role in maintaining a healthy weight.
Being active is thought to reduce the cancer risk by improving energy metabolism and reducing circulating concentrations of insulin and insulin-like growth factor.
Carrying an excess amount of abdominal fat has been shown to increase your risk of colorectal cancer and may be related to a higher risk of pancreatic cancer.
Also, more evidence is being shown that obesity increases the risk of cancer recurrence and decreases survival rates for several cancers.
So men, we have to get on the move. We are in a fight for our lives. Here are 3 ways that you can find some motivation to get off of the couch and into the game.
1. Find your why: Have a transcendent cause greater than yourself. Weight loss is a great goal, but when you tie your health to a deeper why it is much easier to make sustainable lifestyle changes.
2. Come up with goals that have meaning to you: Come up with goals that are realistic, but also challenging.
3. Have accountability and support: The number one reason people make lasting lifestyle changes is because they have accountability and support. Find a group of fellow brothers that will encourage, support and hold you accountable for getting more movement in your life. Go to the gym together, play some basketball or simply go for a walk.
Men, we need to be healthy for ourselves, for our family and ultimately to serve God. Without our health, we won't have the energy and vitality to live the life we were created to live. Let’s be purposeful in our movement.
If this is an area you are struggling with, I am here to help in any way I can. As a personal trainer and men’s health coach, I specialize in helping men get off the couch and back into an active and healthy lifestyle. Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be honored to be a part of your tribe.
Troy Ismir, MS
Personal Trainer and Men’s Health Coach
Helping men have faith in themselves through faith in God.