Everyone wants to stay healthy and happy. But sometime we are resigned to external circumstances that impact our health and happiness. Everyone, regardless of gender, can develop some healthy habits to improve quality of life.
Most of the health-related articles floating on the internet are about Tips for Women. Men are, unfortunately, often neglected when it comes to health tips. In this blog, we will provide some simple but amazing health tips for men. However, these tips are not gender-sensitive and so will work for women as well.
Spend Time with Family and Friends
Don’t cook an excuse for not going a night out with your family or friends. Hanging out with friends and family members works like a magic tonic for our physical and mental stress. Experts suggest that social ties work like a panacea for people with health problems. It makes people happy and prolongs their life.
Eat Nutrition-Rich Diet
Take-out foods are a fashion these days. They are delicious and easily available. But it is important to be smart about your food choices when it comes to quick food. Foods high on fat and sugar raise the risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease and even cancer. You will end up taking in more calories and it will show on your weight machine. Avoid packaged and fast foods; instead, switch to leafy vegetables, fruits, whole grains and proteins.
Give up Smoking
According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and woman, accounting for 25% of all cancer deaths. Smoking is one of the major risk factors for lung cancer. Studies find nicotine increases the risk of breast cancer lung metastasis.
In addition, smoking is also associated with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), stroke, cardiovascular diseases etc. Around 50% of long-time smokers will die of tobacco use. Do you need more scary information to be convinced why you should quit smoking? It is a smart way to cut down the risk of developing chronic and/or life-threatening diseases.
Take a Break
Stress is an excellent motivator to bring the BEST out of you but as long as it remains within control. As soon as stress lingers and spirals beyond control, you start feeling low on energy and confidence.
Stress kills you from within by causing and/or acerbating both physical and mental health problems, including diabetes, poor gut health, insomnia and depression. Take some time off your crammed schedule, meet your friends, travel with your family and do some exercises to unwind yourself.
Regular exercise is a great stress buster. Exercises promote good health by preventing cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, some types of cancer and other health issues. It also helps burn fat, lose weight and keeps extra pounds off. With regular exercises, you will be able to sleep better, feel more energetic, sharpen your creativity and logical thinking and live longer.
Make sure to commit yourself to moderate-intensity physical exercises for two and a half hours. It might be jogging, riding a bike, doing yard work or anything else that breaks sweat.
Get Enough Sleep
According to a survey, 25% of Americans have sleep deficiency. Lack of enough sleep is responsible for obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression. Sleep deprivation is often associated with drowsy driving which, in turn, puts people at a higher risk of car accidents.
Sleeping for 6-8 hours every night promotes your immunity and overall health. It also improves your safety, energy and work performance.
Drink in Moderation
A great way to enjoy with friends is to visit bars during happy time. But heavy drinkers are always at a higher risk of suffering injuries, high blood pressure, cancer, psychological issues and disturbed relationships. If you cannot quit drinking, at least, drink in moderation.
The risk of squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma (the commonest types of carcinomas) is twice in men than in women. This is because, men are exposed to the sun 10 hours more every week than women do. The best way to prevent skin cancer is to use a sunscreen lotion with an SPF of 30 or more.
Studies establish that lending a hand can lower blood pressure, chronic pain and stress levels. It cuts down the likelihood of developing depression. You can join an NGO, run for charity, donate to a fundraising campaign or take part in a health awareness program.
Visit Your Doctor
Even if you have no problem, regular check-ups and screenings are important to be sure if everything is fine inside. Several health parameters such as, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides, LFT (Liver Function Test), KFT (Kidney Function Test), urea, creatinine, CBC (Complete Blood Count) help spot the symptoms of serious diseases. Early diagnosis increases the chance of quick and complete recovery.
Regular visits to your doctor will help you identify problems much before you experience bothersome or painful symptoms. You will be able to live a healthier, happier, longer and more active life.
Staying healthy is not a Herculean Task. Just embrace some healthy habits once and for all. Health is real wealth and you need to protect it in every possible way. Take a resolution to follow these simple healthy tips to live a long life full of fun and happiness.