Three reasons to get active for every gay man

A guest post by Paul, who is the curator for the @urbangay twitter this week, follow him, interact and talk to him on twitter until Sunday!

This week I’m taking over the @urbangay twitter account for a week. My interest is mainly in being healthy and active, and I think it is something really important. Not just because of the obvious and well-known health reasons (and making for better sex!). But there are three more reasons why it is especially important for gay men. Here they are:

1) It’s great to make you feel good
Engaging in sports and eating a healthy diet to help you fuel your activities has an unbelievably great influence on how you feel about yourself and your life. Simply engaging in regular exercise has the same effect on you as taking antidepressants, but with only positive side-effects. With gay men much more likely than straight folks to have mental health issues for many reasons, exercise can be a key to make us happier and healthier. Of course, you don’t have to feel down, or even start an overwhelming exercise program: even small steps will have a great effect, at least when you do them regularly. So start and get active today and within a week you will see how much better you feel!

2) It will improve your body image
Not just your mood and how you feel about yourself and others around you will improve: but your body image will also become much better. Body image problems are endemic in the gay community. I used to hate my body when I was a teenager, and even into my twenties. Only when I started exercising regularly did I start to love me and my body. And I’m not saying this because I became muscular and looking like a sex god (I didn’t!). But because exercise influences how you feel about your body!

3) You can make so many new friends!
Finally, I found that exercise is a big benefit for a great social life. It binds together like nothing else. I love joining in with LGBT-sports groups or events, and I bet you’d love it, too! If you live in or near a bigger city see if there are any gay sports organisations you can join. There are lots of these around and many organisations have something for every taste: from yoga to rugby. And don’t forget outdoor sports away from the big cities like skiing and hiking, too! You won’t believe how it changes your social life!

Let me know what you think about sport, being active and healthy and gay! Tweet to me and follow my tweets @urbangay all this week!

Day 30: Make a Plan [Happy]

For today: Make a plan. Any plan: small excursion tomorrow or a major life change!

Rob:
Neat one. I’m guilty of not taking time to plan much and this gave me the opportunity to


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Day 29: Dance and sing! [Active]

For today: Dance and sing. With whomever you like!

Alex:
My other half seemed to enjoy anticipating


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Day 28: Cheat Meal! [Healthy]

For today: Have a cheat meal!

Javid:
I noticed that by being on the challenge I started to be more conscious of what I eat and do. So this was a lovely break from the routine, and


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Day 27: Treat yourself [Happy]

For today: Treat yourself! Buy or better do something … just for you.

Rob:
Nice task! My first problem was coming up with something though. Then I settled for


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Day 26: Clean… [Active]

For today: Clean something in the house that has been bugging you for a while.

Alex:
Oh the cupboard in the attic! It has


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Day 25: Wash the linen… [Healthier]

For today: Wash the linen!

Alex:
An easy task. And I’m still perplexed why this


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Day 24: Learn… just because you can! [Happy]

For today: Learn something new (no matter how small!)

Rob:
Where to start with this one? My first thought was to look for something big, but then


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Day 23: Give… a massage [Active]

For today: Give a massage

Javid:
I love receiving them. I’m ok with giving them. But my


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Day 22: Meditate [Health]

For today: Make some time for a quiet mediation. (Hint: there are guided meditations available on YouTube)

Rob:
This is definitely not something I generally do, so it felt a bit strange. I looked


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