Men’s health.

Father’s Day is around the corner, so this week I thought I would focus on men’s health. Although I am not a man, I do have loved ones that are men and their health and well-being are important to me, even if they don’t always want to hear it! 

Ladies, please do take the time to read this because the probability is that many of the men reading this will already have stopped at the suggestion that they should be doing things differently. So, what I will do in this blog is simply give you my suggestions on how men can improve their health and why that might be important to them.

At the end of the day, there is only ONE person who can get us well, heal us from illness and improve our health… yes that person is YOU!

Why should you be focusing more on your health? Over the last few years there has been a lot of media focus on health and avoiding illness, however, there has been little sound advice on how to actually be healthy. 

Reading that may cause a bit of discomfort inside, but I raise the topic because I genuinely care about you and your health. Getting healthy is simple but sometimes it is NOT easy. It is far easier to choose convenience and comfort than exercise and nutritious food. So, to help us make the right choices we must go further than just focusing on the choice…

We have to ask ourselves WHY do we want to try and be healthy in the first place? 

Here are some of the most common reasons men want to be healthy and to make changes to their health. 

  1. To enjoy my retirement, to move freely, and explore.
  2. To be fit to play with my kids as they grow, not just when they are young, and to play with any future grandchildren.
  3. To avoid having to take sick days from work and support my family.
  4. To be able to keep up with your partner and enjoy life’s experiences together.
  5. To look and feel better in yourself, for yourself. 

Whatever it is that motivates you, think of that reason the next time a chocolate bar and a salad are having a standoff in your mind. But for men in particular, what are some areas of focus?

Here are my Top Tips for men’s health:

Be aggressive.

Men need to be physical. A naturally occurring hormone in men, as I am sure you know, is testosterone.

It is important for men to be physically active and use their aggression as a natural regulation of this hormone. If not done, it can lead to hormonal imbalances and emotional disturbances.

Make a conscious choice this week to exercise and exert your testosterone. 

Here are my top 3 exercises!

– Running
– Weightlifting
– Cycling

Choose something that is within your capability but push your comfort zone to get the best results.

Switch off a little. 

One of the biggest barriers to health and healing is our emotions. Yes, you heard that! Your emotions can be the reason for your physical pain or the reason you’re not out of pain yet. If we are living a stressed life, feeling stressed, or constantly on the go, our body never has the chance to recharge and recalibrate. Speed up your recovery and take 5 minutes each day to breathe and switch off.

Talk about it.

“Recognising and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters. Men’s health is truly a family issue” Bill Richardson.

I see this all the time and I want to let you know it is ok to ask for help!

I so often see the women in the family ‘convince’ or refer the men of the house to see me. Men are often too stubborn to ask for help!

Conversely, I see a lot of men who come to seek my help but request I keep it from their loved ones.

I want to shine the torch on both these issues today and say, if you are struggling, it is ok to ask. Not seeking help could have far worse consequences.

Have an amazing week.

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