Each year, the nation celebrates Men’s Health Month by focusing on health and wellbeing. This year we encourage you to make your health a priority. Learn about the small steps that you can take to improve your health for a lifetime.
- Get regular checkups – Men take responsibility of protecting and providing for loved ones; however, many fail to protect themselves. According to a 2014 survey performed by the Centers for Disease Control are half as likely to go to the doctor over a 2-year period. Don’t wait!
- Manage stress – If a situation is making you feel overwhelmed, take a break. Use exercise to relax your body and mind. Stretching can also improve muscle tension and ease your mind.
- Stop smoking – There are a few long-term benefits to quitting, including lowering your risk of heart disease, cancer, and lung disease.
- Focus on fitness – Get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week and weight training or muscle training on two or more days a week. According to Harvard Health, walking 30 minutes a day can lead to an 18% decrease in coronary artery disease.
- Get a good night’s sleep – Many older adults find it hard to fall asleep. It is a known fact that adequate sleep lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes, improves mood, and aids in weight loss. Make sure you are getting between 7-9 hours of sleep.
Be a better father, son, grandfather, or friend and take care of yourself. We urge you to continue these good habits, not just this month, but for all the months to come.
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014). National Health Interview Survey. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_260.pdf
Harvard Health (2009). Walking: your steps to health. Retrieved from: http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Walking-Your-steps-to-health