Celebrate ‘Men’s Health Month’ This June! Check Out These Healthy Tips You Can Use, All Year Long!June is 'Men’s Health Month’! Celebrate by working towards a healthier you, and sharing information with your loved ones, too. <3
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.
Check out these tips for making your health a priority for yourself and others in your life, not just this June, but all year long:
-- EAT RIGHT --
Eating a nutritious diet with proper portions can improve men's health and help them maintain a healthy weight. There are also specific foods that don’t just improve men’s health generally, but also help stave off cancer, reduce the risk of heart disease, and boost overall energy.
*Eating Right For Men: https://www....ating-for-men
*Heathy Recipes You’ll Love: https://www....nner-recipes/
*Fast & Easy Recipes For One: https://www....egg-in-a-hole
*Healthy Versions Of “Comfort Food”: https://cook...food-recipes/
-- SEE YOUR DOCTOR --
Men tend to forgo the annual physical, and what’s more, typically won’t go to the doctor when they feel ill or have any medical concerns. Be sure to talk with your parents, siblings, etc about any family history you should be aware of.
*Get checked for colorectal cancer. If you are age 50 or older and have not been screened for colorectal cancer, you should. Of the various cancer screenings available to men, this one is the best deal because it can prevent, not just diagnose, cancer. A colonoscopy or similar procedure can find and remove precancerous colon polyps. If you have a sibling or parent who had a polyp removed before age 60, or had colon cancer at any age, it’s a good idea to start these checks sooner.
*Know your blood pressure. If you don’t know your blood pressure, get it checked—and do whatever you have to do to keep it in a healthy range. High blood pressure, the proverbial “silent killer,” stalks systems throughout the body. Widespread damage occurs in the arteries, heart, kidneys, eyes, and brain. The ideal blood pressure is less than 120 over 80. Exercising more will have an immediate beneficial effect, as will cutting back on alcohol if you have more than one or two drinks a day.
*Cut back on sodium in your diet. The average American man can easily take in 6 grams of sodium a day. That’s more than twice the recommended level. Most of this comes from eating fast foods, processed meats, canned and other prepared foods, and restaurant food. It’s just as important to add high potassium foods—including raisins, bananas, tomatoes, and spinach. Men who consume as much potassium as sodium have lower risks of heart disease. Start by reducing processed and pre-packaged food. Plan to cook some fresh meals during the week that include a vegetable, and save the leftovers for the next day.
*Don’t ignore the warning signs. If you experience an unusual pain, ache, or other possible warning sign or symptom, don’t brush it off—as men are prone to do—as “probably nothing.” Blood in the urine or stool may be harmless, but it isn’t “normal.” It needs to be evaluated by a medical professional. Heart disease remains the leading killer of men and all Americans. Don’t ignore the signs:
*Excessive sweating, shortness of breath, or exhaustion with exertion could be a treatable heart or lung problem.
Many men believe that the pain of a heart attack is felt only on the left side of the chest and moves to the left arm. It isn’t always that cut-and-dried. Heart-attack pain is often felt under the breastbone (sternum) and pain occurs in both arms as often as in the left arm alone.
Chest pain that is triggered by activity but that goes away with rest suggests angina (a narrowing of one or more coronary arteries) while oppressive pain that isn’t relieved by rest suggests a heart attack.
-- GET MOVING --
Most guys know they need to exercise to burn calories and keep weight off to look their best. However, the benefits are more than skin-deep: Being physically fit helps men live longer, lowers their risk of certain diseases, improves their quality of life and can even help maintain testosterone level as they age.
There are so many benefits of regular exercise; Just to list a few, working out will provide you with:
-Better quality of life
- Lowers risk of some cancers
- Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease
- Higher testosterone levels
- Lowers risk of death from diabetes and sleep apnea
- Longer life
**Workouts For Beginners: https://www....or-beginners/
**Workout Routines For Every Age: https://www....ut-every-age/
**Workout Tips To Maximize Your Results: https://www....tips-for-men/
-- MANAGE YOUR STRESS --
Having the right tools in place to manage stress not only helps us deal with day-to-day pressures, but also helps ward off depression. They’re good life skills to have, helping you feel more confident and in control.
*Tips For Managing Stress: https://www....t-stress.aspx
*How Men and Women Deal With Stress Differently: https://www....en-men-cope#1
— While we’re on the subject of stressing less, relaxing, and having better mental health, we’d like to mention how much of a factor creative activities play in this role...
Studies have found that putting your thoughts and feelings around a stressful or anxiety inducing event down on paper may help to reduce the effects. Creating art has been shown to decrease stress in 75% of people in a recent study.
Painting, sculpting, writing, playing music and dancing are all creative outputs which you could explore to relieve stress. Next time you’re feeling stressed, try writing a poem or a short story (even if it’s only a page long). It doesn’t need to be fictional, but perhaps a journal may be a good project to take on to help with daily stress.
Whatever your outlet, creativity is an important mental and emotional outlet and should not be ignored. Find one that you enjoy and it may help to soothe stress and anxiety.
Of course, at Pinot’s Palette, we’re huge fans of painting and can attest to the positive outcome of a 2-3 hour painting class. We welcome a great deal of customers throughout the week, many who are eager to come in and unwind after a long day at work. There’s nothing like painting while you listen to music, drink some wine, and enjoy time with friends to help melt your troubles away. Get creative and express yourself on your canvas… remember there’s no right or wrong way to do it…. Just have fun!
(*) View our schedule on the link below
***Spread The Word!!
There’s nothing wrong with using this month (and every month after) to spread the word about Men’s health and you’re personal fitness journey. Your friends and family will love to see you doing well and likely be inspired to work on their own health, as a result. Creating a post about a workout you loved, a recipe that was healthy and easy, and even encouraging quotes or articles will fill others’ social media feed with positive, healthy, and uplifting content. Be proud!
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