My husband and I have this on-going joke whenever I pester him about taking better care of himself. I slap the fifth cookie or second handful of Hersey’s kisses out of his hand and remind him that men who are married live longer. The reason is simple: their spouses force them to mind their health.
“Yeah,” he says, “but with a nagging spouse, do we want to live longer?”
It never gets old, but my husband, like many men out there, is getting older. He turned 40 a few years ago and often, still lives like an 18 year old. He doesn’t go to bed when he’s tired. He’ll eat tons of treats with the kids. He’ll jump into physical activity without warming up and then hurt for days after. And, like a fair number of 18 year olds, he won’t listen to authority. Namely, me.
(Who am I ? Your friendly community Content Manager/writer/personal trainer/nutrition coach. I introduced myself a while ago but you can learn a bit more about me here. Today, it’s all about the guys, and I want to move on.)
Seeing as it’s Father’s Day, we here at BodyRock would like to take this opportunity to remind men that Peter Pan syndrome and jokes aside, they matter.
Just like one pair of shoes won't fit you from childhood to adulthood, neither will one diet. You change. Men go through hormonal changes, just like women — granted, not as many as women. As you get older, usually around 40 years old, your testosterone decreases, which can lead to fat gain (particularly around the middle), difficulty gaining lean muscle mass, decreased sex drive, as well as depression. The decrease of this hormone is also linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and osteoporosis. Colloquially known as MENopause, this change happens to men as they crest the hill of 40 and can be depressing, and for some, devastating.
The brunt of societal aesthetic ideals definitely fall harder on women, but this doesn’t mean men are exempt from expectations. Developing a gut at 40, seemingly out of nowhere, can take the ploom out of even the most proud peacock.
Don’t get discouraged guys, there’s lots you can do about the trials and weighty tribulations of your change of life — but you’re going to need to evolve. The truth is MENopause is going to happen, no matter what you do, but you can mitigate the effects it has on your mind and body by adopting these strategies.
Ultimately, intermittent fasting can help balance hormonal disruptions and a healthy hormone balance has been shown to improve quality of sleep, bolster mood, and even enhance sex drive and sexual pleasure.
Here’s one of the incredible plant-based recipes from the book. Healthy and hearty, it’s bound to hit the spot.
(makes three servings)
Because it’s Father’s Day, we’re going to make these lean, testosterone boosting gains come easier (or at least more affordably) for our best guys. When you buy our Sculpt Bar, you can score the intermittent fasting ebook, A weighted black vest and A black thing for FREE. This is a great gift to give yourself, or bestow upon your boo. With a capacity for up to 90lbs of weight, the Sculpt Bar can build muscle on every inch of your body, and the IF ebook provides expert guidance for optimal results. Just add this bundle to your cart and use code 'STRONGDAD' during checkout. The price of FREE gear will be deducted automatically.
You don’t have to abstain entirely if you don’t want to, put if you want to lose the gut, you’re gonna have to cut back. Time to trade in the 24 for a 6-pack, fellas.
So guys, just remember, today and every day (and whether you’re a father or not), you matter. Take good care of yourself!Buy the Sculpt Bar & get FREE Fast & Furiously Fit eBook, Black Vest and A Black Thing now! Simply add this bundle to your cart and use code 'STRONGDAD' during checkout to get the FREE gifts.
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