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Health Tips for this Men’s Health Month

by Sabrena Gartland |

June is Men’s Health Month, and there’s no better time to take a look at your health than during a time when you’ll be out in the sun and tempted by all of the delicious things offered your way. It’s barbecue season, sure, and while we all deserve to enjoy ourselves, it’s good to take a moment and look at our overall health. This isn’t about losing weight or looking different, it’s about being aware of the health risks and statistics that make men’s health important enough to dedicate a month of awareness to. 

Get a Physical

Statistically, men die five years younger than do women, and out of the top ten causes of death, men are more likely to die of nine of them. Getting a proper physical from your doctor is the first, best option for screening for common diseases and conditions that could shorten your life. Getting your blood pressure checked, screenings for prostate cancer risk, having your cholesterol measured and others will help you assess where you are, and what you might need to do differently.

Exercise

Regardless of the results of your physical, the majority of people are going to benefit from increased, regular exercise. Not only will it keep you toned and help burn calories in a healthy way, but for most people it outputs endorphins, helping us get that rush that keeps us wanting to exercise. If you’re not one for exercising on your own, find a group to do something with. Also, a simple walk is as good a bit of exercise as any.

Listen to Your Body

Our bodies give us signals all the time, but men are trained societally to ignore a lot of them. “Pushing through the pain” is one of the more toxic things we pick up over time. We’re told that all pain results in something positive, “no pain, no gain,” and even dumber things. There’s a difference between the burn you feel when your muscles are getting a good, measured workout and the pain you get when you tear or twist or pop something. Learning when you stop and, importantly – that you’re allowed to stop – is hugely important to staying healthy.

Listen to the People You Care About

Men are statistically less likely to visit doctors than women are. If someone is concerned for your health (not just your weight), talk to them about it. Listen to them and see if this might be a genuine concern you should look into. Some people have experience with medical conditions and might notice signs you don’t see. Simply listening can help a lot.

Summary

It is important to pay attention to how you feel. Sometimes we don’t know exactly how we feel, especially if it’s just our everyday feeling. If something changes, or if we aren’t feeling at our ideal, it’s always good to think of our health, in addition to our basic “body maintenance.” Eat well, exercise frequently, and pay attention to your body’s signals.