Men face slightly different challenges when undergoing a new health regimen.
It can be difficult for some men to change habits that have been established after years of repetition.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” seems to be the unconscious position of the male psyche. The question becomes, how do you define “broke” when it comes to self-improvement?
Does “broke” mean “my doctor just told me I might die soon if I don’t change?”
Or, does “broke” mean, “I seek to improve myself for the sake of becoming even better than I am now?”
The motivations for what motivates men to change habits are as varied as the men themselves:
- Some want to become healthier so that they have will have more time and energy with their future grandchildren.
- Some want to perform better – to become stronger and faster.
- Some are inspired by prevention – they want their joints to remain supple, their spine limber, and their posture tall, even as they age.
- Some want to look better naked – they want to be able to see washboard abdominals when they look in the mirror.
All of these reasons are good reasons to pursue improved health.
Mistakes Men Make
In the area of physical fitness, a common mistake men often make is training their upper body slightly more than their lower body.
Usually, this isn’t done or purpose and many men would be surprised – if they counted the number of exercise sets they complete for chest and arms versus for legs – to discover that there is an imbalance.
Even just training the upper body 10% more than the lower, will produce compounded results as the years pass and leave a man with an asymmetrical body and weak-looking legs.
Unlike women (who sometimes value the look of soft shoulders), men generally prefer to have their shoulders be strong and powerful.
This must also include the often neglected posterior deltoid (the rear shoulder muscle) to create the perfectly shaped shoulder cap.
If the lats are trained properly (the side back muscle “wings”) then these strong shoulders and back muscles will create a V-taper that narrows to a tighter-looking waist at the bottom.
Physique Proportions for Men
Genetically, men come in all shapes and sizes – and that’s a good thing. However, many men feel their best when they achieve shoulder development that is 1.618 times larger than their waist.
Theoretically, an aesthetically pleasing male physique has a waist size that is close to 46% of standing height, with arms that match the neck size, and calves that match the arms.
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