Make Health a Top Priority
Your health should be your number one priority, but we often get so busy with our careers and families that we overlook it. You may think you are invincible or that there is such a good medical system that any health issue can be addressed with a pill or surgery. It should also be remembered that mental health is as important as physical health. The healthier you are, the healthier and more engaged you’ll be with your family, friends, and career.
Everyone should see a doctor regularly. Sometimes men make a variety of excuses for not going to the doctor sooner. With telehealth, you can get a consultation with a doctor without stepping foot in an office. They can even order labs and prescribe some medications. Several options for in-person visits exist as well. More practices and clinics are even offering same-day appointments to see your healthcare professional.
Smoking, drinking alcohol, engaging in high-risk sexual behaviors can lead to health problems. Smoking cigarettes or vaping is still bad for you. Future complications from smoking can include not only cancer but erectile dysfunction. Heavy drinking can lower testosterone levels and increase estrogen levels. Alcohol also is a depressant and has negative effects on reproductive health.
The American Heart Association is one of several health organizations that recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. Getting in 10,000 steps a day may not be enough. You still have to engage in activity that gets your heart rate up. Get moderate exercise (power walking, jogging or swimming) for 150 minutes or vigorous exercise (intense cardio or muscle- strengthening activities) for at least 75 minutes a week.
Most people start dieting by focusing on restricting calories. Most of the time, they aren’t eating enough. When you limit your nutrient intake, your body starts going into conservation or starvation mode. It’s taking whatever you put in it and saving it for later. Instead, take in more of the right calories, and you’ll be stronger and healthier. If you’re not sure where to begin, see a nutritionist, at least to get you started on what changes to make since there are many different diets.
Seven hours of sleep is needed to help your mind and body relax and rejuvenate. The only way to reset is with your eyes closed, comfortably sleeping in bed, naturally going through your sleep cycles. A great way to help with your sleep is by avoiding exposure to TV, phone and computer screens an hour before retiring. Sleep is vital to your body’s ability to adapt to stress and change.