Healthy Habits for #MensHealthWeek
Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year from the 15th of June, leading up to Father’s Day on the 21st.
This week is a reminder for the fathers, husbands, and brothers to get up and start to look at their lifestyle, and for the rest of the family to support them in the process.
Men, here are some healthy habits to adopt.
The most important things to avoid are sugar, fat, red and processed meats, and excess calories.
Healthy foods include vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, healthy fats, and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise boosts both physical and mental health and even lowers the risk of several cancers.
Try to clock in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.
- Stop Smoking
Stopping smoking altogether will start to heal the damage done to internal organs within the first few years.
By stopping smoking, you are also setting a healthy example for other people to follow.
- Moderate Alcohol Intake
Limit alcohol intake to moderate, which is defined as between 5 and 30 grams per day for men and 5 and 15 grams per day for women. This can be inferred as 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men.
- Limit Stress
This is an understated yet important habit. Too often we get carried away by trivial problems: start to deal with problems from a place of relaxation rather than stress.
Healthy practices to start relaxing include yoga with family or meditation sessions every day.
Consistency is one of the most important things to keep in mind; by adopting healthy practices consistently, you are not only increase your potential lifespan but are starting to make your body independent from external need, such as seeking happiness in drinking or over-reliance on drugs for health.
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.
- Harvard Health Publishing, ‘Healthy lifestyle: 5 keys to a longer life’, official website (accessed on 11th June, 2020)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ‘National Men’s Health Week’, official website (accessed on 11th June, 2020)