Jumpstart Men’s Health in June!
Hey guys, it’s time to take the leap to the next level of fitness! Not only is June traditionally National Men’s Health Month, but this week, June 12-18, is National Men’s Health Week. So choose to use the days leading up to Father’s Day to accelerate the journey to your healthiest life—with #0to60 and www.0to60fitness.org!
How can you move the ball?
- Get enough sleep. That means 7-9 hours a night.
- Move more. Get at least 2 ½ hours of moderate intensity aerobic activity a week, and muscle strengthening activity at least two days a week.
- Eat healthy. Consume a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. Limit salt, sugar, saturated fat, and alcohol.
- Manage stress. Find support during difficult times; connect socially; consider adding yoga or meditation to your routine.
- If you smoke, stop. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.
- Know your numbers. That means blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, and body mass index (BMI).
- Get and renew your vaccinations.
- Pay attention to symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, and problems with urination. If you experience these warning signs or have any other concerns, see your doctor.
And guess what: Men’s Health Week isn’t just for men! Whether it’s your husband, partner, dad, brother, son, or friend, you can make a big difference to the men in your life as they make strides toward a healthier life.
- Model the behavior you want to motivate. Exercise, eat well, avoid tobacco and other drugs, limit alcohol, and recognize and reduce stress. In this way, Men’s Health Week is an opportunity for all of us to live healthier!
- Remind men to see a doctor for regular checkups. Encourage men to understand and write down their family health history.
- Someone in the United States has a heart attack every 43 seconds. Make sure you know the signs of heart attack and depression. Depression is also one of the leading causes of disease and injury for men—and for women.
One health risk unique to men is prostate cancer. It’s second only to skin cancer in the number of men affected. A family history of prostate cancer can multiply the chance of getting it by two to three times. And it’s more common in African-American men.
One key to prevention is cancer screening. This cheat sheet provides a quick and easy guide for which tests to get, for what type of cancer, at what age—plus more good advice on how to lessen cancer risk.
Finally, check out more inspiring information on how to feel and look better with these ten tips for men’s health—and show us how you’re putting them to work! Share your pictures and stories with us on social media using #0to60. We love to see and hear how you’re taking action to achieve your healthiest life. At www.0to60fitness.org, it’s all about winning the game of good health with passion, persistence, and the power of knowledge. Keep up the good work!