8 Ways to Celebrate National Men’s Health Week
Did you know that it is National Men"s Health Week? Every year, we celebrate it from June 10 to June 16 to raise awareness regarding male health issues. This is a reminder for men to take a look at their daily habits, and see what can be improved or maybe even overhauled. Here are eight healthy habits that will contribute to a longer, healthier life: Always get restful sleep We are all guilty of staying up late. Getting restful sleep with sufficient REM cycles is crucial to the body’s healing and rejuvenating processes. Aim for a bare minimum of 6 hours. 8+ hours, if you seriously exert yourself or are under stress. End the tobacco addiction This is the perfect time to kick the habit. Smoking is known to cause cancer, emphysema, heart attack, stroke, and – yes – death. Quit so you can live longer, period. For the people who need you most — your friends and family. Move around more Play ball with the kids, bike ride with your spouse, or get some daily exercise in--anything to stay active and move around! Sometimes all it takes is standing up – instead of sitting for hours – to improve your health. “Cleaner” eating habits Avoiding processed foods, eating more veggies, and reducing red meat consumption may be one of the most health promoting decisions you can make. Reduce and neutralize your stress Stress causes the release of harmful chemicals in your body. Having ways to combat stress, such as meditation, regular exercise, and fellowship, will keep you not only feeling better every day, but actually being healthier. Preventive medical check-ups Don"t ignore those check-up reminders! Schedule regular, at least annual, visits with your doctor to make sure everything is in working order, and for the best chance at detecting signs of illness at an early stage. Consume less salt Lowering your salt intake is another way to contribute to your health; overconsumption of sodium can cause blood pressure to rise, which harms the heart and other key organs. 2,000 milligrams of sodium daily is now considered too much – read all your food labels and do the math! Having affordable healthcare It all starts with making use of affordable healthcare. Don"t be afraid to use "walk-in" health center clinics for urgent matters, either – a good introduction to taking better care of yourself.
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