5 Exercises That Men Should Be Doing Each Day

Squats

Squats

Guys, you've gotta do squats. You don't need to be one of those massive weightlifter-type dudes - squats come in many forms, and a versatile enough so that you can do them without any equipment if you need to. What this means is that there are also no excuses not to do them. You've just got to do them with the correct form, of course.

With your arms out in front or on your sides, and body positioned so that you neck and spine are aligned above feet shoulder-width apart, slowly move down as though you're about to take a seat. Make sure you stay upright and anchor your heels. "Form is everything"!

Lunges

Lunges

Yeah, we're getting the legs involved here, aren't we? The core too with this one. Again, it's all about form. It should be pretty self-explanatory but just make sure that you try and keep your chin up and the rest of your body should fall in line with where it needs to be, following the chin's lead.

Come down far enough so that your back knee almost touches the floor, while your front knee stays right above your planted foot. If it gets too easy, you could always throw in a bicep curl to shake things up.

Cardio

Cardio

Does this seem like an odd one to mention? If so, then good for you, as you're probably one of the good guys who gets some form of cardio in everyday. But if you dread the thought of it, this is directed squarely at you. Maybe jogging isn't enough. The good news is it takes less time than jogging!

You've got to get that metabolic rate up and make things a little more intense. Get some anaerobic activities involved. Jumping perhaps? Sprinting is even better! Anything intense that will boost your metabolism and make it all worth while. You can't walk around lifting weights and looking at yourself in the mirror all day! Well, you can, but...

Yoga

Yoga

You might be one of those people for whom there is a New Age-y stigma attached to yoga and totally overlook the benefits. If so, bear with me for a second. Many pro athletes have come to include yoga in their routines.

If nothing else, intense yoga will help your body learn to breathe better, which increases output. It also stretches your muscles that don't get used in such a way all the time. Inflexible muscles can lead to all sorts of problems, including lower back issues.

Planking

Planking

We can all be thankful that the ridiculous fad that was planking is behind us. But strangely enough, it did bring greater awareness to the benefits of incorporating planking in to a workout routine. It's clearly all about strengthening your core. The benefits are many for this one and quite obviously, you need no equipment. See how long you can do it, then try and beat that the next day. Before you know it, your whole body will feel more on the same page...and stronger!