You’re already putting in 10 hours a day at the office, cheering from the sidelines of your kid’s soccer game, and spending all your spare time doing yard work. Something’s gotta give! And we’re willing to bet you’re inclined to push the snooze button rather than hit the gym or make a healthy lunch.
Hey, we’re not here to point fingers. Life is busy, and it’s easy to push your health goals to the bottom of the list. But there’s no time like Men’s Health Week to finally take your health seriously.
Men’s Health Week is all about bringing awareness to preventable health problems and the importance of early detection. From cancer to heart disease, so many issues can be avoided with the right health habits. And men’s health isn’t just about men — it also impacts the lives of wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters.
Wondering what you can do to honor Men’s Health Week? Here are a few ideas:
Put down the doughnut! One of the most important aspects of physical health comes down to how you’re fueling your body. Protect your health by eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and brown rice. Try to eat a rainbow of colors, since colorful meals contain a wider range of vitamins and nutrients.
Blah — tired of all those lectures about getting to the gym? We’ve got some good news for you. Yes, you should be spending about five hours a week engaging in moderate to vigorous physical activity, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. But if you dread the thought of spending hours on the treadmill, don’t worry. You’ll enjoy just as many benefits if you get your heart rate up while doing something you actually like.
If you’re new to regular exercise, think about altering some of your daily habits to ease yourself in. Park your car at the far end of the parking lot. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go for a walk during your lunch break. And once you’ve started making those small lifestyle changes, you can add in exercise that you enjoy, such as hiking, biking, playing pickup basketball with friends, or hitting a round of balls at the batting cages.
Sorry, buddy. You’re getting older every day, and there’s just no way around it. But what if there was a way to fight the negative elements of aging? If you’re paying attention to your cellular health, you’ll be able to do just that.
When most people think about physical health, they think about exercise and eating right. But cellular healthcare is one of the most important ways of improving your immune system, maintaining your cardiovascular health, boosting your digestive enzyme production, and more. You can ensure your cells continue to do their job with the help of redox signaling molecules, which keep cellular communication strong.
No conversation about Men’s Health Week is complete without touching on mental health. Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental illnesses in the U.S. — more than 40 million adults suffer from anxiety, while about 17.3 million adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2017. But luckily, these types of mental health issues are highly treatable with a combination of therapy, lifestyle changes, and in some cases, prescription drugs.
If you’re ever feeling depressed or anxious, it’s crucial to talk to a trusted friend or family member about what’s going on. Get the help you need before it spirals into a bigger issue. You can also prevent many mental health issues by getting daily exercise, spending time outdoors, practicing medication, keeping a journal, and making sure you take time for daily connection with loved ones.
Celebrating National Men’s Health Week
Take advantage of Men’s Health Week, June 10 -16th, and do something to improve your physical, mental, or cellular health. Prioritizing your health will allow you to live a longer, happier, more productive life. We’re cheering you on!