However, men are prone to unique illnesses such as prostate cancers, which most of the times are due to genetics that increase their chances if it runs in the family. Such health risks can be avoided or mitigated by following a healthy lifestyle, quitting smoking, reducing stress and having regular checkups. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle would involve you focusing on both your mental, and physical health.
Taking good care of your physical health as well as maintaining a clean diet is a great way to staying healthy. Did you know that people who exercise report fewer symptoms of depression? So if you’re stuck at home, here are some exercise routines you can do to get your day started:
- Jumping Jacks: This exercise works your whole body. It helps maintain and even build up some of your muscle, is great cardio, and helps strengthen your heart. It’s also a great way to relieve any stress or worry that you might be building and definitely gets you ready for the rest of your day!
- Walking: Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life. For example, regular brisk walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, as well as prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
- Planking: This exercise strengthens your abdominal muscles, along with strengthening your arms and legs.It requires very little space to do and can be done intermittently throughout the day.
- Squats: Squatting helps strengthen your lower body strength. This exercise is simple, and when paired with the rest our aforementioned exercises, can give you a full body workout.
- Eating Healthy: Apart from exercising, it is generally recommended that men follow a well-balanced, and clean diet, especially when they deal with jobs that involve them sitting behind a desk for hours on end. Maintaining a healthy diet will not only help with digestion, but will also help uplift your mood and maintain your stamina for your daily exercise routine.
While this may seem like a very touchy topic, mental health is a serious problem that can affect men in many ways. It can inhibit itself in his stress, lower his mood, and bring about depression and hopelessness. Here are a few tips we recommend to maintain your mental health:
- Recognize your stress: Once you find out what exactly is stressing you out and what is adding to your stress, you can find ways to cope with it. Mindful meditation is a very interesting way to help with this problem.
- Make time for yourself: Setting a small goal, like exercising 30 minutes a day, reading a chapter of your favorite book or treating yourself to a nice and healthy meal, will build up self-satisfaction and can increase your empathy towards yourself.
- Don’t hide your feelings: Bottling up all those emotions can only add to one’s stress and make you feel even more depressed and isolated. If you or your loved ones are having trouble with this, then it is highly recommended to seek professional help from a trained psychologist or psychiatrist if necessary.
These unprecedented times can be hard on all of us. Taking good care of your health should be a priority for men and women alike. Major health risks for men can be prevented and treated with simple lifestyle changes, regular checkups and screening tests. Even when it comes to feeling ill, most men do not seek medical advice unless they are in need of some dire help. New technologies and services such as the “See A Doctor” feature on the MyNextcare app helps you seek medical advice at the touch of a button. So let’s start dropping the tough guy act and begin looking forward to getting healthier together!