June is not only the kickoff of summer but also the start of Men’s Healthcare Month. During this month, it is vital to raise awareness and encourage young boys and men to live a healthy lifestyle. Some healthy habits that one can implement into their routine are exercising, eating healthy, and going to the doctor regularly.
Exercising is one of the best things to do to get your health on track. It is especially beneficial for men in that it lowers risk for certain diseases, helps with the longevity of life, and keeps testosterone levels high. In addition to its physical benefits, exercising also improves mental health by helping relieve any anxiety or tension. It is suggested that men get at least 75-150 minutes of exercise each week. Adhering to this recommendation can ensure that you will feel better physically and emotionally.
Eating a healthy diet is also a crucial component of living a healthy lifestyle. A balanced diet helps you maintain a healthy weight. Implementing a healthy diet also reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high cholesterol, to name a few. However, many men don’t know what a healthy diet is comprised of. According to the USDA, you should fill half your plate with fruits and veggies and divide the remaining half between grains and lean protein. Although eating junk food and fast food can be tempting, moderation is key when treating yourself.
Lastly, visiting the doctor at least once a year is extremely important for your overall health. It is recommended that men receive an annual screening to ensure that your blood pressure, and cholesterol, are under control. Also, it is crucial to be checked for prostate cancer as it is one of the leading causes of death among men. If you have a yearly physical with your doctor, you can build your health history and catch symptoms of severe conditions earlier.
It is our hope that all young boys and men make sure to take extra care of themselves not only this month but for many months to come. Ensuring that you maintain a healthy lifestyle, eating a healthy diet, visiting the doctor regularly, and exercising, will set you on a path to success!