For the past 10 years, Movember has been synonymous with the mo. While the iconic moustache is still a symbol of Movember, this year the foundation is encouraging people to MOVE.
“While we’ll always be about the moustache, now there’s more than one way to champion men’s health in Movember.
“For Mo Sistas, MOVE is a way to do something tangible in the name of men’s health, and for Mo Bros it’s a new challenge. Grow your Mo, MOVE, or take things to the next level and do both.”
Sign up at movember.com to set yourself a MOVE challenge. How you MOVE is up to you. Test yourself, set goals, break personal records and commit to a month of MOVE-ing. Movember wants to encourage people to be brave and ambitious, push boundaries and support Kiwi men in living healthier lives, both mentally and physically.
Being active is one of the best things you can do for your health. Too many of us spend far too long sitting in front of a computer, a TV, or in transit. Our bodies weren’t designed to sit for that long and studies show that all this sitting is taking a major toll on our health – sitting has become the new smoking.
The good news – moving on a regular basis can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer by up to 50 percent and lower your risk of early death by up to 30 percent. It’s also one of the best ways to stay mentally healthy and one of the best treatments for mild to moderate depression.
Consultant Urologist and New Zealand project lead of the Movember Foundation funded Prostate Cancer Outcomes registry (PCOR-ANZ) Stephen Mark says, “there is no doubt that being physically active is one of the best preventive tools for not only prostate cancer but all cancers, it is also hugely beneficial for a person who is about to undergo cancer treatment to be as fit as possible, this will increase their chance of a great outcome and a more successful recovery”
This Movember, tune into dedicated MOVE station on Pandora, featuring some of Maz Quinn, Brodie Retallick, Jay Reeve and Ed Dawkins’ favourite tunes to MOVE to. If you’re Auckland-based, join MOVE ambassadors Lydia O’Donnell and Richie Hardcore at their running group “One Step” – kicking off on October 31 at Victoria Park. “We all know that exercise is good for us, but MOVE isn’t just about fitness. It’s about shaking up the routine, trying something new, challenging yourself and getting your mates involved. We want people to MOVE in Movember but then keep that going past the month as well, creating a positive lifestyle change that is going to have a real impact on men’s health within this country” says Robert Dunne, country manager for Movember New Zealand.
HOW TO JOIN THE MOVEMENT
1. Sign up at movember.com and join the movement.
2. Make your MOVE challenge for the month
3. Challenge your friends to match your MOVEs.
4. Share updates throughout the month.
5. Raise vital funds for men’s health initiatives.
To register to participate in Movember or for more inspiration, visit movember.com