A week runs for 168 hours. Assuming you spend eight hours a night in bed and 40 hours a week at work, you still have 56 hours to use as you please. So if men’s fitness routines seem intimidating, remember this: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, you only need 2.5 hours of exercise per week to keep your heart and body strong.1
More is better, of course. But 2.5 hours is the number to aim for. And that sounds easy, right? Perhaps — but if you don’t find the time every week to work out, you’re not alone: Most men still don’t set aside time for fitness. Fewer than 20% of adults actually follow through with the government's exercise recommendation.2 And that may be one of the reasons why obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are so prevalent today.
The truth is, exercise is one of your biggest weapons against weight gain and poor health (of course, eating a healthy diet is just as important!). It works better than any pill on the market, with known benefits that include weight maintenance, disease prevention and better sleep. Exercise might even make you feel better: The Mayo Clinic reports that it may simultaneously boost your mood and give you more energy.3
If you’re just getting started with a weight loss program like Jenny Craig, you’ll want to start by focusing on your diet. (We have the best foods for men’s health right here.) But once you’re committed to better health and weight loss, you’re going to want to include fitness into your regular routine. Here’s how to get started and a few of the best workouts for men.