In celebration of Men’s Health Week, every man and boy must bear in mind that investing in health is similar to investing money. The more you invest, the higher your return rate will be later. The returns will come in the form of avoiding cardiovascular diseases and many types of cancer, preventing the onset of diabetes, maximizing energy levels during exercise, and preserving the joints even as the body ages.
Here are some ways to invest in your physical health:
- Stay active – It is normal for men to lose muscle mass after age 40. You can slow the muscle loss by performing regular resistance training. Exercise not only arrests muscle loss, but it also decreases the risk of many types of illnesses.
- Get enough sleep – Sleeping at least seven to eight hours each night is critical. Inadequate sleep could lead to many kinds of diseases and conditions.
- Eat for heart health – Minimize your intake of saturated fat sourced from animals, such as fatty red meat, butter, and cheese. Even if you have normal cholesterol and blood pressure levels, the accumulation of saturated fats in your body could lead to heart ailments.
- Control alcoholic drinks – Avoid turning to the bottle when you are under stress. Excess alcohol will adversely affect your weight and overall health. Alcohol could interfere with your sleep, elevate your blood pressure and triglycerides, and increase the risk of many diseases.
- Don’t forget to eat – You may find yourself getting busy at work and skipping lunch. This often leads you to overeat when you get home because you feel famished. When you eat big portions late at night, excess calories can be stored as fat.
- De-stress – Men have the tendency to keep their stress inside. Studies have shown that men who deal with chronic stress tend to die earlier than men with lower stress levels. Take time to unwind after stressful situations. Go outside, get some fresh air, and enjoy a brisk walk to clear your head and relax your body.
- Decrease the risk of prostate cancer through a healthy diet – Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. You can lower your risk by exercising regularly and eating well.
- Go meatless – You may love meat, but it should be eaten sparingly. Plant-based foods can significantly lower your risk of cardiovascular diseases and some forms of cancer. Try getting less of your protein from animals and more of it from plants.
- Lighten up dinners out – Instead of ordering steak when you are out to eat for business or pleasure, opt for lighter offerings such as a garden salad and grilled fish.
- Get regular health screenings – See your doctor regularly and get recommended scheduled screenings such as colonoscopies after the age of 50. Most diseases are highly manageable when detected early.
By paying more attention to your health today, you will reap the rewards of your investment in the future.