International Men’s Health Week: 10 health tips for men to live by
Take care dear men!
The men in our lives are the real-life supermen. They handle multiple responsibilities, fight off high-pressure situations, and save the day for us too when we are going through a particularly bad phase in our lives. With a lot on their minds all the time, it is important that they take care of their health too. International Men’s Health week is on. This is the perfect time to remind the very special men in our lives to take care of themselves. Here are 10 health tips men can use to lead better lifestyles,
Find a doctor
Find a doctor you’re comfortable with. You should be able to discuss all aspects of your life without any inhibitions – physical, sexual, and mental. Don’t go in denial when you encounter a telling physical symptom. Consult a specialist immediately as early diagnosis is the key to effective treatment.
2. Get good sleep
A recent survey said that with an average of 6.55 hours of sleep in a day, Indians are amongst the poorest sleepers in the world. It is important to make sure you get seven to nine hours of sleep every day to ensure a healthy lifestyle.
Men are required to undertake at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, or 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity each week. Brisk walking is an example of moderate aerobic activity while intense aerobic activity constitutes of running, swimming, playing tennis, or cycling. Include muscle-training and stretching to your workout routine as well to create a healthy variation.
4. Quit tobacco
Quitting tobacco comes with a variety of benefits including a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. If it’s a task to quit on your own, explore programs that can help you do that. Seek assistance. It would help you maintain a healthy lifestyle in the long run.
5. Eat healthy
Stay off packaged or processed foods. Try and include at least 2 cups of fruits and 2.5 cups of vegetables in your daily diet to make up for your body’s vitamin, mineral, fiber, and phytochemical requirements. Get an energy boost and build your immunity with options like whole wheat bread, pasta, brown rice, cereal, beans, and lentils.
6. Reduce Stress
Stress in work or at home can expose you to a lot of health problems, including heart diseases, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Take out time to unwind, try and open up with friends or a loved one if you are going through a difficult phase in life, and do not skip your exercise routine. Exercise is said to be related to the release of serotonin in your brain which can improve mood and can make you happier.
7. Drink water
As they say, no matter what happens, staying hydrated is the key. This is especially important when you are highly active during hot or cold climates, running a fever, vomiting or suffering from diarrhea. One easy way to check if you are properly hydrated is to see if your urine is clear.
8. Clear your head
Talking about mental health is considered a big taboo in our society. It becomes even a stickier topic when it comes to men. If you think you’re drinking too much, or there are signs of depression or bipolar order, or if there is a history of mental illness in your family, you should immediately talk it out with someone or see a professional therapist.
9. Get regular checkups
In the hotchpotch of our daily lives, regular checkups take the last position in our priority list. Don’t do that mistake, as it’s important to be well aware of your blood pressure and cholesterol levels on a regular basis. There should also be regular screenings for colorectal and prostate cancer as well as regular checkups to gauge your daily health status.
10. Prioritize loving relationships
No material pleasure can make up for the joy of spending time with your loved ones. Take your eyes off the laptop and mobile screens and give your attention to the bonds you cherish in life. Be kind. Help others. Smile often and stay grateful.