There are things you can do every day to take control of your health and feel your best. Making healthy lifestyle choices can go a long way in helping you stay productive, keep up with your family, and take care of yourself to ensure you’re feeling good.
1. Exercise Regularly
Incorporate regular exercise into your normal daily routine. If you’re sedentary, start small by taking a daily walk. Mix up your workouts, so your body doesn’t get comfortable with the same movements. Men who exercise are healthier and less likely to deal with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and depression.
2. Quit Smoking
Smoking harms almost all aspects of your health and well-being. Quitting smoking will help you reclaim your health and put you on a path to total wellness. If you or a man in your life is trying to quit smoking, there are resources available to help. Smokefree.gov offers tips and strategies for quitting. There’s a smartphone app that has a texting support program. Remember: it may take you several attempts to quit tobacco products for good, but don’t ever give up. Each attempt brings you closer to staying quit and being healthier.
3. Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet
Getting proper daily nutrition is so important for your overall health and well-being. Ensure you get a variety of fruits and vegetables and healthy proteins throughout the way. Limit foods high in calories, salt, sugar, and saturated fats.
4. Get Good Sleep
Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night for optimal health. Sleep allows your body to rest and recharge. Chronic inadequate sleep is associated with health issues such as diabetes, depression, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Getting enough sleep helps you keep your stress levels lower, decreases your cravings for junk food, and helps keep your body in tip-top shape.
5. Mental Health Matters
Are you feeling low? Don’t ignore those feelings. Pay attention to the warning signs of depression and anxiety. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms, and find healthy ways to cope with the stress in your life, such as exercising, spending time with loved ones, and meditation.
6. Drink in Moderation
According to the CDC, men are almost two times more likely to binge drink than women. Drinking more than two alcoholic beverages a day can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Excessive drinking is associated with increased risks to health and safety. It can lead to the risk of injury or even death. If you feel you are drinking too much, speak to your healthcare provider for strategies and support in quitting or cutting back.
7. Look Out for Prostate and Testicular Cancer
As you get older, your prostate grows. It is essential to schedule regular exams with your healthcare provider. Monthly testicular self-exams are important, too. Feel around for any bumps or abnormalities, and see your doctor right away if you find anything out of the ordinary.