Men are often not greatest about looking after their health. Sure, they may make an effort at the gym and try to eat healthily, but beyond that they can be pretty bad, skipping visits to the doctor and ignoring symptoms until they become sick. If that sounds familiar, to you, there are a few health tips, as a guy, you might need to hear right now.
Checkups And Screenings Are Not Optional
Okay, so technically they are optional, but if you’re serious about looking after your health then routine screenings and health checkups are essential. These will help catch potentially major problems before they get to a point that they will affect your life. According to paulmanoharurology.com.au one of the worst things that you can do is ignore a health program and hope it goes away. Even if you are traveling, it is often better to seek a local doctor than wait weeks or months hoping that it will simply get better. You need to schedule routine health checks, dental exams, and things like cancer screenings, Why? Because the sooner the problem is dealt with, the less catastrophic it is likely to be to your health and your life. Give yourself the best chance by being proactive and seeing a doctor sooner rather than later.
STI Checks As Standard
Practicing safe sex is really important. While married men might not to do this as frequently - or at all - depending on their relationship status. However, single and especially recently divorced men may need to consider this step again as a standard part of their healthcare routine. When you start hooking up with a new partner, you should both ideally get an STI check to ensure that you are both free from disease and free to make any sexually-related decisions from there. STIs are alarmingly common, and although an STI check might not be the most fun activity, it will help to protect you and any partners you may have, so get on it.
Get Rid Of The Gut
A lot of men who are otherwise in good shape and who make an effort to eat healthily, end up with a bit of a gut due to their love of beer. If this is you, you need to start making some serious efforts to bust that beer belly because weight gained around the waist is more dangerous for your health than weight gained elsewhere. It can increase your chances of developing diabetes and heart disease amongst other things, and it isn’t exactly the most attractive look either.
Learn How To Lift
Both weights and boxes. Lifting weights is good because it burns more calories and helps you to maintain a decent level of muscle mass as you age; learning to lift boxes and other heavy stuff correctly, by bending the legs, will help you avoid back injuries, which are all too common in men over-40.
Wear Sunscreen On More Than Just Arms and Back
Most men these days wear sunscreen because they know it is good for their skin and because a lot of makeup contains some SPF protection. Even though many men consider it something important when going to the beach or out hiking, many men don't consider using a daily face cream or lip balm with sun protection. This is a big mistake because skin cancers are common and they can and do kill. Additionally, if you will be out in the sun for an extended period of time, you should consider hats, gators, and other clothing that will provide physical protection from the sun as well. Chemical protection will help, but if you can physically protect the skin then that is even better.
Take Care Of Your Mental Health
Men often feel like they need to be strong and just get on with things so they often neglect their mental health and end up seriously unwell, often suicidal. Don’t let this happen to you and wee a therapist, take up meditation and talk to loved ones when you’re struggling. It could save your life.
You only have one life, so start taking better care of yourself now.