National Men’s Health Week takes place from June 13-19 this year, and while you should be paying attention to your health every week of the year, this is a time to reevaluate your current health and see if any changes need to be made. Here are a few things to get you started.
Schedule a Check-Up
Even if you feel perfectly fine, it never hurts to get a clean bill of health from your doctor. Schedule a check-up so that a professional can detect any illnesses or problems before they become too severe, especially since some serious conditions can be asymptomatic at first. Stay current with all your vaccinations and take advantage of free preventive screenings whenever possible.
Get Plenty of Sleep
When you are caught up with your career, family and other responsibilities, it can be easy to lose out on sleep. You should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. If you consistently fail to meet that minimum, then you are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Exercise More Often
Do you have a job that requires you to be behind a desk all day? It becomes imperative as you get older to exercise frequently. You should get about 150 minutes of exercise every week, which equals about 30 minutes, 5 days a week. This can include light jogging or lifting weights, cycling, gardening, walking, or just about anything else that you enjoy—the key is to just make sure you’re doing something.
Everyone feels stressed out at some point, but it is crucial that you manage your stress wisely. Do not overwork yourself to the point of exhaustion. Do not try to “mask” stress by excessively drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco. There are plenty of positive ways to lower your stress, such as yoga classes, meditation exercises, group therapy, or spending time with a hobby you love.
Your body is the only one you will ever have. Take care of it so that you can have a long, healthy and productive life. Get started this week, next week and every week after.