- Exercise & Fitness
Women's Impression of Men's Fitness
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Physical Differences Between Men & Women
What do woman in a gym notice when men exercise? Rippling muscles? A broad chest? A little hair on the chest? Muscle bound arms? Tight little butts? Maybe, that little smile that comes your way? Most woman aren't looking for those super muscle builder models, just a man that is physically fit with a nice smile. What we might notice but don't like is a man talking to us while staring at our chest. I mean the eyes are above the throat please. Or, a man intently watching you exercise if you are a little self conscious about how you fill out those exercise tights. Men, be smart and peek on the sly.
There are some differences between men and women which affects their ability to do some exercises. First men are about 10-15% bigger than women and 30% stronger, especially in the upper body. I imagine that's why a mans muscular arms feel so good to the touch! Women have fewer slow twitch muscle fibers which are the ones that work best for endurance activities, so men have that advantage as well. Women do have a higher percentage of body fat and Northwestern University indicates in one of their studies woman can supply fuel to their muscles for longer duration, so they are able to break some world time record times.
But, back to the men. Men tend to approach a broad subject area by focusing on an one area at a time while women tend to multitask. This might give men the edge when exercising also. Then, when I think of suddenly being put in a dangerous situation and need police help, I'm sorry but give me a big bruiser over a 95 pound woman every time. I know that's a double standard but survival is a strong instinct.
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Use Exercise Time Wisely
Most woman would be impressed by a man that is doing the high-intensity interval exercise as their cardiovascular training. That means they would be alternating between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intensive activity or even rest periods. You can achieve more progress in 15 minutes of intense exercise done 3 times weekly. Most intelligent men want to use their time effectively. Ultimately they'll live longer, too, because intervals elevate the good cholesterol and lower the bad which will keep the blood in those arteries flowing.
This activity is much more impressive than the young man exercising who jumps up and does a chest bump with his best buddy.
More Than Interval Training
When doing interval training you can quickly use up your body fuel which is fat, then as the body searches for more fuel you lose the ability to flush metabolic by-products from the muscles and that is when you will feel the sore muscle pain from lactic acid build-up, sometimes called the "burn". If you are still exercising at this point it is a good time to stop as your muscles can't contract forcefully and your body needs rest.
That is why the interval exercise is designed to have periods of rest or exercise that is very slowed down in between the intervals. The body will use oxygen more efficiently and blood supply to the muscles will increase. The good news is this will lead to the post cardiac workout calorie burning that we all want.
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Other Ways to Get a Cardio Workout
A vigorous game of tennis or handball can give you a good cardio aerobic workout. Of course, there are numerous types of aerobic equipment available, such as treadmills, bikes, elliptical trainers, Stairmasters, and so on. They all work if you commit the time consistently. Team sports always involve a degree of standing around so you don't typically get that consistent heart rate up for the required amount of time.
Many men like to do weightlifting which is important to increase strength and build muscles. Again, there are machines designed for specific muscles and free weights. If you follow safe practices, progress at a steady rate than you should be able to achieve your goals.
To conclude, all exercise must begin with that thought in your brain aware that, I have a goal and I am willing to do what it takes to achieve that goal. If you are not exercising now, no matter what age you are, decide what type of exercise would suit you and get started. Don't worry about what the woman think, they're going to check you out sometime no matter what age you are! Have fun!
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