The older you get, the harder it gets to climb a flight of stairs. Even standing takes a toll after a few minutes, because we are now too used to sitting – behind a desk, in traffic and in front of the television. Our muscles begin to lose rigidity because they are lying dormant or turning into jelly.
But it’s not too late to make a comeback. You can still have the healthy body you always wanted, and all you have to do is choose one (or more) of these sports to become your newfound hobby.
These are some of the best sports for men looking to build a great physique.
I have two words for you: Michael Phelps. Possibly the luckiest man in the world because he gets to guzzle a whole cow per day and still look terrific!
Everybody knows that swimming is the best sport for total muscle development, as it exercises every muscle in the body. Not only is it great for a healthy body, it is also one of the easiest to practice.
All you need to take up swimming is a speedo and access to a pool. If you happen to have a swimming pool in your home or have a gym nearby, this is worth committing to. The best thing about swimming is you can do this on your own, unlike team sports that depend on the availability of others.
There is a reason dogs are man’s best friend – give us both a ball, and we can chase it around all day long. Football has the benefit of making you jog, while also building some muscle. The mixture of short sprints and constant movement helps you burn calories and strengthen muscles.
If you get serious enough about your football to join a league, you would then be inclined to also hit the weights room, to give you the strength you need to compete better. Plus, because you use your legs a lot, you don’t have to worry about looking like Johnny Bravo, as many gym enthusiasts do. Taking up football is a great way to ensure you never skip leg day!
The wind at your back, the sea beneath your feet and the kite on your arms are the perfect recipe for a healthy body — as well as a great tan. People new to kitesurfing might wonder how they are supposed to learn a new sport at their age, but it is a lot easier than most people think.
Kitesurfing is a great family sport because, unlike some other games, parents and kids can participate at the same time. The main benefit of the sport is that it develops the whole body, as every part of you is fully engaged once you get on the board, thus giving you the physique you have always wanted.
Here is another great sport for your heart, head, and health. Whether you’re mountain biking or cycling up and down the street, cycling gives your body a great workout that burns up the calories while also helping you keep cool.
Again, this is another sport that keeps your legs strong, without compromising the muscle tone in your arms. You might not get ripped from doing this, but you certainly will look very sexy in shorts.
From strong legs to strong arms, rowing is another watersport you can enjoy in person or as part of a team. If you happen to live near a canal, a lake or a quiet stream, this is a great sport to dig into.
Rowing does an excellent job for your biceps, triceps, glutes, abs, and hamstrings, to mention a few. That is why rowing machines are always fully-booked at the gym. Don’t forget, rowing is fantastic cardio, so its benefits extend beyond developing your muscles and making your friends envious.
Before Usain Bolt came along, the fastest sprinters were physically intimidating specimens that made you wonder how they could move so fast with so much muscle.
Unlike jogging, sprinting relies heavily on strong muscles, so you have to develop these to move faster. While a lot of attention is paid to improving the legs, other exercises are mandated for the top half of the body in order to maintain balance and create a perfectly sculpted body.