Every man should try his body in shape by using some tips and tools. Here are our favorite tips and tools for staying in shape.
Be growing acceptance in your whole body you can push up—hands on the ground, knees off the floor, and push—still be in use. Because it works out, it’s better for your back than crunches, and you can use your raw push up count as a graduated curve toward fitness, as with the Hundred Push Ups program. Some things about getting in shape never get tired.
When you get out the door and it’s hot out, you should try drinking a slushy (a great excuse if we’ve ever heard one), avoid falling for hydration myths, and stay in shape despite the heat.
You should touch your toes, bending at the waist, and other exercises that stretch your muscles don’t help much, if at all, according to a study of thousands of runners of all ages. Instead, try gradually moving up from a fast walk to a run, swinging your arms and legs a bit, and other dynamic stretches before you head out.
Can you pull off 20 pull-ups, 100 crunches, and a three-mile run in under 18 minutes, within the same two-hour span? Congratulations, you just scored 100 on the Marine Corps Fitness Test. If not, you’re in good company, and you can use the points of the armed forces to keep track of your fitness.
If there’s anything worse for workout willpower than the summer heat, it’s the deep cold of winter. But take heart: the average blast of cold air can’t hurt your lungs, and if you take the right precautions, slippery roads and even bronchial symptoms can be overcome in a cold rain.
You’ve heard some more gym-rat friends discuss and Switching up your routine, using new tools, and picking up a different fitness plan can stretch your body and skills in helpful ways that don’t require a whole new set of gym equipment to get started.
You might just think of shoes as a fancy cover for your foot, but people run very differently in shoes than barefoot. What’s more, running barefoot isn’t just a natural kick—it’s usually better than wearing expensive, engineered running shoes. There’s more to it than just kicking off your shoes, of course.
You think that if you drop $1,500 on that elliptical machine, you’ll be honor-bound to spend some serious hours on it. But it doesn’t work that way. Instead, try some of the no-equipment roster of fitness moves explained by the Zen Habits blog, or a similar set of no-stuff-needed workouts outlined by Dumb Little Man.
If you don’t mind bringing your Smartphone with you while you’re working out, you can do a lot more with it than just listen to music. Apps like RunKeeper, CardioTrainer, and other great mobile fitness apps can serve as great motivators.
Creating the right soundtrack for your run, bike, or other exercise is part art, part science. You can read up what the New York Times’ interview experts have to say, but you can also use some tools and techniques to pick out the right pace. Having great, high-energy music won’t make you a marathon runner, but it can keep you moving toward the finish line with determination.