4 Simple Steps For Promoting Men’s Health
Following a healthy lifestyle is important for all of us, and the general advice for healthy living applies to both men and women equally. As we age, however, gender plays a larger role in the health issues we experience, and how we address them. If you are a man, consider this your “to do” list or pass it on to a male loved one!
- Lose The Extra Pounds. Research shows that, among men who are overweight to any degree, losing 5-10 percent of your body weight can significantly improve your health. Stored body fat acts as an endocrine-system organ, producing hormones that can promote inflammation, diabetes, osteoarthritis and heart-related health issues. Reduce your daily calories by 25 percent per day; start exercising regularly (ideally mixing in weight training and/or cardio intervals); eat an anti-inflammatory diet; and regularly practice stress-management techniques.
- Keep Your Prostate Healthy. Prostatitis – inflammation of the prostate – can be a painful problem at any age, and the risk of prostate cancer increases about 10 percent per decade beginning at age 60. Get regular checkups, follow a healthy diet, get regular exercise and consume lycopene-rich foods, such as tomatoes and watermelon, to help reduce prostate risks. Be sure to also remain hydrated throughout the day to promote regular urine flow.
- Stay Flexible. Men’s joints can become less flexible with age, and this inflexibility can lead to falls, a major cause of disability for older people. Flexibility and balance training should be integral parts of your daily fitness routine – try practicing yoga or tai chi to help improve balance and flexibility, and make it a point to incorporate gentle stretching into your daily fitness routine, which can help maintain a full range of motion.
- Be Social. Longevity studies looking at people living in areas where entire populations lead long, healthy lives demonstrate the health value of connecting with others. A good recipe for both quality and quantity involves connecting with uplifting and meaningful people in a purposeful way. Because men are generally less inclined to socialize than women, the tip is particularly important for males. Seek out groups participating in activities you enjoy.