Ten Easy Ways for Men to Stay Healthy

June is a time for celebration – the end of school, the beginning of summer, and men’s health. Yes, you read right. June is Men’s Health Month. Did you know that 1 in 2 men are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime? This June, find new, healthy habits to replace current unhealthy ones. The list below offers some great small changes that can produce big payoffs for men’s health.
1. Drink Like A Fish
Did you know that the human body is approximately two-thirds water? Therefore, drinking enough water is an essential part of staying healthy. According to a CDC data brief from 2016, men drink 3.46 liters of water per day on average. The Institute of Medicine recommends that men drink an average of 3.7 liters of water per day. Since water helps our body run more efficiently, drinking the required amount each day is essential to men’s health.
2. Get Moving!
We live in a fast-paced world, and sometimes it seems impossible to find the time to get regular exercise. But if you think about it, there are probably lots of ways you can add exercise into your daily routine. Whether it’s push-ups in the morning, the gym at lunch, a walk after dinner, or parking further from the entrance at work and taking the stairs instead of the elevator, adding more movement into your day will certainly help keep your muscles fit and properly functioning. Not only will moving more improve your physical condition, but the endorphins that are released during exercise will make you feel better mentally as well.
3. Sleep Like A Baby
Okay, maybe not as much as a baby, but try to get enough sleep for you. Whether it’s 6 hours or 8, know what amount is right for you, and try to get at least that amount as often as possible. Sleep repairs and restores us, which helps regulate all of our other bodily functions. So get your recommend dose of daily zzzz’s.
4. All Work And No Play
…not only makes Jack a dull boy, but also makes him stressed out and diminishes his quality of life. Although most of us schedule time for work, meetings and other business, rarely do we schedule regular time to play or engage in fun activities. Most people think that play time is optional or even nonexistent for adults. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. According to Psychology Today, “Recreational deprivation has been linked to criminality, obesity, and declining creativity.” So next time you’re filling in your calendar for the week, don’t forget to schedule some play time to do whatever it is you enjoy doing.
5. Get in Touch With Yourself
I know what you’re thinking – meditation is just for people who do yoga and eat wheat grass. You couldn’t be further from the truth. Meditation has been proven to lower blood sugar, improve muscle strength and even increase happiness in those who practice it regularly. As little as 10-20 minutes a day can having lasting benefits to your physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
6. Shop on The Edge
According to a 2017 article in the Washington Post, men are now the primary grocery shopper in 41% of American households. Additionally, the article states that, “Many male shoppers come to the store without a weekly or even same-day meal plan in mind.” This type of shopping tends to take a man throughout the store to acquire everything necessary. However, shopping on the outer edges of the store is more advisable, as this is the area where the most healthful, least processed foods can be found. Check it out next time you’re in the grocery store. Cereals, boxed dinner mixes, canned foods, crackers, and a host of other processed foods are located in the inner parts of the store on the shelves. So do most of your shopping on the outer portion of the grocery store and you’ll make better, healthier food choices.
7. Check it Out
Having regularly scheduled checkups with your doctors, including general practitioners, dentists, and eye doctors, is essential to staying healthy. Additionally, there are specialists for a vast array of health issues, so having a regular visit with a specialist who can address any specific health issues you might have is a must for your quality of life. Regular checkups can help detect, prevent, or even cure many health issues. So check your calendar and schedule those appointments to help maintain good health and prevent future illnesses.
8. Where There’s Smoke
…there’s a higher chance of heart disease, lung problems, COPD, emphysema, and a host of other health issues. So do yourself a favor. If you smoke, quit. There are many resources available to help you quit smoking, from nicotine gum and patches to hypnosis and group therapy. Pick a system that you feel works well with your personality, lifestyle, and health goals, and go from there. Instead of thinking about what you’ll be missing, think about what you’ll be gaining, such as easier breathing, more energy, better overall health, stronger heart and lungs, and better quality of life.
9. Get Out!
Outside, that is. Now that summer’s here, it’s the perfect time to get in 20 minutes or more of outdoor time each day. Whether it’s pulling weeds in the garden, walking after dinner, or just hanging out with your kids, spouse or neighbor outside after work, getting away from technology and getting a shot of Vitamin D every day will do wonders for your health. Some of the benefits include improved blood pressure, a boost to your mental health, decreased risk of cancer and more. So pull yourself away from whatever screen you’re stuck to and spend some time outdoors.
10. Spice it Up!
Using spices to flavor your food can not only improve the taste, but can improve your health and longevity as well. Take the super spice, turmeric, for example. Found often in ethnic foods such as curry, turmeric is known for its healing properties and can help with issues such as inflammation, brain function, digestive issues, joint pain, and much more. Other spices such as rosemary, oregano, and cinnamon can help prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. So turn up the flavor for added health benefits.
So pick your favorite suggestions from above and start on a path to better health today!