Great Health Tip of the Day: National Men’s Health Week

June 11, 2014

Young African American Man Exercising In ParkWith Father’s Day just around the corner, now is a great time to recognize ways in which men can improve their health, or ways in which they are healthy already! Here are some tips for improving men’s health:

Quit smoking. This is the best to improve your health. Tobacco has been linked to multiple health problems such as lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Secondhand smoke has also been seen to cause health problems to those around you. Quitting smoking will not only help you but your loved ones as well.

Be safe. The third leading cause of death in men is unintentional accidents. Be sure to wear protective gear when performing sports and put on your seat belt when driving.

Stay active. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate activity 5 days a week. This will help decrease your risk of developing heart disease, keep you energized, and boost your self-esteem. Take a bike ride, toss a ball with friends, or take your dog for a walk.

Monitor your alcohol intake. Chronic alcohol consumption has been linked to cirrhosis, depression, and nerve damage. The recommendation is to limit intake to no more than 2 drinks a day for men.

De-stress and get enough sleep. Too much long-term stress can cause health consequences such as high blood pressure, chronic headaches, and depression. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night can help with de-stressing as well as listening to your favorite music and spending time away from electronics like your phone and laptop.

Eat healthfully. Enjoy a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for protection against chronic diseases. Limit your salt, red meat, fat, and sugar intake while exploring your favorite ways to cook vegetables.