Five Ways Men Can Get Fit Now for Men’s Health Week

In honor of Men’s Health Week, June 15 to June 21, FitMed Partners and Charleston Sports Medicine have teamed up to provide you seven critical ways to get fit now. Count the ways you can feel better fast.

1. Save on Your Vo2Max Test
First, schedule your Cardiometabolic Performance Test (VO2Max) screening for 20% off on Men’s Health Day. Appointments are available from 8 am to 5 pm, Friday June 19 at Charleston Sports Medicine’s Daniel Island location with exercise physiologist, Anne Moore. “A Cardiometabolic Performance Test performed on a treadmill or cycle measures key data including peak VO2, anaerobic threshold and the precise number of calories burned at all exercise heart rate zones.This is a great first step to designing a results oriented fitness plan unique to your body,” says Dr. Bright McConnell.

2. Combat Low T with Testosterone Therapy
Men have an unfair advantage over women in the weight loss, fitness category. The simple truth is that men are larger and have more muscle than women due to the hormone testosterone. They are genetically designed to have a higher percentage of muscle and less fat — which works in favor of keeping them fit and allowing them to eat more calories. However, if testosterone levels are low, men can lose this edge and gain abdominal weight, begin to feel sluggish and experience overall muscle loss. Keep your edge and have a comprehensive blood panel to determine if you have low testosterone. http://www.fitmedpartners.com/hormone-replacement-therapy/bioidentical-hormone-therapy-for-men/

3. Thing Greek or Go Caveman
The Mediterranean diet, which is rich in vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, and fish, is associated with physical health and mental acuity in your old age. Or, go back to the caveman days with the Paelo diet. Dr. McConnell likes a PaeloMed hybrid diet for maintaining your health. Not sure what to eat, use the gylcemic index tool http://www.fitmedpartners.com/glycemic-index-reference-guide/

4. Do Not Ignore Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Problems with performance in an intimate setting are a difficult topic for men to address. Do not ignore ED. Make an appointment with your doctor to address. Read this article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/09/erectile-dysfunction-_n_6882636.html

5. Strength Train
Even a little weight training can go a long way. Whether you’re 100 lbs overweight or just need to lose the last 15, strength training is one of the most effective ways to burn fat and build muscle.Lifting has been shown to halt and even reverse sarcopenia – the reduction of skeletal muscle that occurs as we get older – which helps us stay independent (and out of a nursing home) and live longer. It prevents disease and degenerative conditions such as heart disease and the management of cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and mood.