Tips for men’s health

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Ask someone if they have a plan for financially surviving retirement and around 72 percent will say they have.

Ask if they have a plan for how they will physically survive, slash, enjoy retirement and only around 42 percent will have that figured out.

Which means around 30 percent of people will have the financial capacity, but perhaps not the physical capacity to walk to the car and get to the airport for that world trip.

Irrefutably, men are worse at fronting up for health screening and regular check-ups, with most of those waiting until well after they are 50 years old before even considering it.

Statistically more women seek out information regarding illness prevention than men, and men die on average four years younger than women, so this article from here on in is unapologetically sexist in the month of men’s health week.

Factors nominated by men to influence that health were lifestyle (92 percent) and environment (80 percent) – both of which are arguably able to be changed.

So when 70 percent of hospitalisations are for somewhat preventable diseases, why are men not making the choices and decisions that prolong their quality of life so retirement and the freedom of opportunity can be fully recognised?

From a purely exercise and nutrition point of view here are some thoughts;

Playing one game of squash a week and following that up with a beer does not count as a healthy lifestyle. Training several times a week with a soccer team with a game on Saturday, and buying a sandwich instead of a pie for lunch is.

Skipping breakfast and working through lunch is neither necessary nor healthy.

Sitting down to take the time to eat a balanced breakfast with fibre, protein and a glass of water or milk will speed up your metabolism by more than five percent a year if you haven’t had this routine before.

Just a couple of carrots a day will provide almost all your daily Vitamin A needs which as well as supporting the immune system, is vital to reproductive capacity in men. There is a reason man (kind) cannot survive on steak alone.

The role of work-related stress in blood pressure statistics, points to maladaptive coping strategies such as increased alcohol consumption, excessive consumption of food or cigarettes, and a lack of physical activity in men, implying it’s not the stress of the job, but the negative measures taken to cope with it that are the problem.

So the change has to involve either the job or the actions.  Denial that there is stress in the first place also factors in increased blood pressure.

Still smoking? Quit now. There is a 60 percent increase in surviving past sixty-four if you do and if there was a financial investment that created a 60 percent return would you not invest in that?

Adding life to your years as opposed to uncomfortable years to your life, with what they’re calling ‘successful ageing’ and ‘active life expectancy’ by taking preventative measures, getting check-ups, pursuing positive changes in lifestyle, exercising and eating well, and creating a healthy positive environment around yourselves, boys, is a very sound investment.

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