There’s a stereotype out there that men tend to be gym rats, but how necessary is fitness to men? The CDC conducts regular studies on the importance of exercise and human habit, and it was recently determined that just 27.2% of American men meet the recommended guidelines for weekly aerobic and strength training exercise.
We want to hear from you. Guys, how important is fitness to you? If you believe that it is important, do you have a routine? We want to know.
Does Action Equal Value?
Does the fact that less than one-third of men meet the CDC’s exercise recommendations mean that fitness isn’t important to them? Studies state the opposite. While many men aren’t getting the amount of exercise they need, nearly half of all men report having tried to lose weight in the past year.
This leads us to believe that men do think fitness is essential, whether or not they engage.
It seems that men do value fitness and that many have tried to improve their health in the recent past, but are still falling short of the benchmark. Why is this?
The most common reasons people state that they don’t exercise include:
- Being too tired
- Not having enough time
- Being embarrassed to exercise in public
- They’ve tried a routine before and failed
- They can’t afford a gym membership
Remember, this is strictly a judgment-free zone. There are no right or wrong answers, and different fitness routines work for different people. Take the quiz below.