Did you know that June is National Men’s Health month? Yeah, I didn’t know that either, but I think we should focus on men’s health for more than just one month anyway.
I think it’s safe to say that when the topic of men’s health is brought up, the first thing that comes to mind is Men’s Health magazine, along with Viagra-esque ads, GQ articles on men’s fashion tips (which I personally find to be helpful), and how-to articles on getting quads like the gods. But this blog on men’s health will be a bit different than all of that. Here are some handy health tips so you can enjoy all-around good health.
Mind Over Platter
There’s a reason your mom told you to eat your greens. Consuming a diet rich in a variety of fruits and veggies offers many health benefits.These foods are loaded with powerful vitamins and minerals that may help protect you against chronic diseases. A healthy diet with lean proteins, beneficial fats, and non-refined carbohydrates can also help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. And who doesn’t want that?
One tip for eating better: get rid of the junk food in your house. If the powdered donuts and potato chips aren’t staring at you from your pantry, you won’t be tempted to give in and eat them. Your waistline will thank you.
Don’t Lose with the Snooze
Everyone knows that it’s important to get enough sleep, but we may not know the reasons why.
One surprising benefit of sleep is that it may help to improve memory. Your mind is pretty busy while you sleep, cleaning out the brain junk we accumulate throughout the day and storing what’s necessary. This is a unique process called “consolidation.” Research shows that we actually perform better on memory tests and are able to remember information more accurately after getting a good night’s rest. So go ahead and catch up on the Z’s.
Your body is meant to move, and getting regular exercise may help contribute to your overall physical fitness and health. And there are tons of benefits to exercise—it can help lower your risk for developing chronic diseases, reduce stress, elevate your mood, help you sleep better, and even make you millions of dollars. (Okay, not really. But that would be cool, right?) Plus, you’ll not only feel better but you’ll also love the results you see.
Different types of exercise offer different benefits. Aerobic exercises like biking, swimming, and running can improve your stamina and train your body to use less energy for the same amount of work. Weight-bearing exercises, on the other hand, can strengthen and tone your muscles. Yoga and stretching can improve your flexibility, which may reduce the chance of injury and help you feel more relaxed. So dust off your old gym bag and try out a combo of different exercises to find what you like best.
Although most men may hate the “turn and cough” checkups, visiting your doctor or nurse regularly is an important part of maintaining your health. There are certain health conditions that may not have symptoms, and these checkups can help to identify any issues before they become a problem.
Keep track of your numbers for blood pressure, BMI (Body Mass Index), blood glucose, and cholesterol. Your doctor or nurse can explain what your numbers mean if they are high or low and what you can do to get to a healthier range. Be sure to also keep up with your vaccinations.
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So let’s focus on men’s health for more than just one month. Try incorporating these healthy habits into your daily lifestyle so you can celebrate more than just the six-pack abs promised in men’s magazines. Because staying healthy should be your focus all year long.
|*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.|
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