Taking charge of your own good health is important at any age – and it’s never too late to start developing healthier habits. Like women, men need to have regular visits with the doctor, take steps to manage stress, make nutritious food choices, and engage in physical activity.
Regardless of your age or general health, if you’re ready to focus on a healthier you, the following men’s health tips checklist provides a foundation from which to begin:
One of the best ways that men can promote their own good health is to have a physical or wellness check each year – regardless of age or health concerns. Besides a general once-over, the physical should include cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure evaluations. It’s also important to see a doctor if you have noticed changes in your sleep or bathroom habits, have a cut or sore that doesn’t seem to heal, notice changes in your moles or birthmarks, or if you’re experiencing unexplained weight fluctuations or sexual dysfunction.
Ideally, you should exercise at least 30 minutes a day. But if you’re having difficulty squeezing in a workout, remember that even a brisk 20-minute walk a few times a week with your spouse, or regular play outside with your kids, can provide heart healthy and stress-relieving benefits. Exercise has great benefits in the long run.
You’ve heard that you are what you eat, and science has consistently backed it up. Diets that rely heavily on processed foods are fuel for conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. While your own dietary requirements may vary based on age, size, and health, a healthy diet will generally consist of lean meats, fruits, and vegetables. Quit bad habits like smoking which will have good impact on your health.
Get involved in spreading the awareness regarding men’s health. Participate in different sports or hobbies to have a stress free healthy life. Spend quality time with family and friends to take a break from your hectic schedule. Get some ‘you’ time with some grooming or pampering.