Movember is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health. The Movember Foundation raises money for research and support programs that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives.
It’s also led to a renaming of sorts for the month of November. During “Movember,” men are challenged to grow a mustache, and men and women can be physically active or host a fundraising event. All of this is done to raise awareness about men’s health issues like prostate cancer.
But it’s also a great time to talk to the man in your life about his overall health. Men often put their health and related issues in the backseat. They’re typically focusing on career and family responsibilities, which can be taxing.
So, let’s take a look at how you can develop a total men’s health plan for you or that special man in your life. He can apply it to Movember and then use it all year long.
It may take some creative planning to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you’re investing long hours in the pursuit of career goals. You might think that putting off all else in pursuit of greater future security will pay off, but it’s best to work toward always living a balanced life.
Blood pressure and cholesterol are important to track. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 103 million people in the United States are battling high blood pressure. And researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report more than 100 million Americans aged 20 or older to have total cholesterol levels that are considered too high.
Healthy eating habits are tested in the midst of a busy life. You may be tempted to skip breakfast, grab a quick lunch (instead of a healthy lunch), snack too much, and eat too much at dinner. Or maybe trips to convenient fast food places will begin to take the place of healthy balanced meals.
It’s important to maintain healthy eating habits and, if you’ve got kids, to pass those habits along to your family. Your kids will learn that healthy meals served at the family dinner table are what is normal and to be expected, and in the process, you can teach them about good nutrition.
Numerous studies show the DASH diet consistently lowers blood pressure across a diverse range of people with hypertension and prehypertension. DASH is an acronym for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.” Basically, the DASH eating plan requires you to increase the consumption of healthy foods and cut back on foods that are detrimental to your blood pressure.
Though you may find it increasingly difficult to carve out time for physical exercise, don’t give up on your running, workouts, or sports activities, even if you have to wake up a little earlier or hit the gym during lunch hour. And don’t let cold weather slow you down.
Incorporate some of your exercises with family time and share a healthy habit! Measuring and being aware of your physical activity intensity level is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. And remember that all movement matters.
Don’t smoke, or give it up if you do. Quitting smoking may be one of the hardest things you’ve ever done, but it’s well worth the effort. Just because you’ve tried to quit in the past and failed, it doesn’t mean the fight is over. Keep trying. Your body will thank you.
Compared with those who continue to smoke, if you quit smoking, you’ll cut your risk for cardiovascular disease risk by 38% within five years. You’ll also cut your cancer risk, improve circulation and benefit from improved lung function.
In the end, it’s especially important to keep up a good diet and exercise. It will not only help you to maintain a healthy weight, but it will also help you keep your stress levels low.
It’s also important to schedule regular checkups with your doctor so any problems can be diagnosed early and treated if needed. Our guide “Midlife Health Screenings For Men And Women” can help. Inside you’ll find the tests you need right now and at every age, so you can always stay ahead of your health.