Men’s Health Week: A Great Excuse to Get Fit

The week of June 15, 2015 celebrates Men’s Health Week. This annual celebration is organized by the Men’s Health Forum, an independent organization that aims to help men by raising awareness about issues that affect their health. The theme for this year is “Healthy Living for Men”.

Achieving a healthy body is more attainable than you may think. By focusing on lifestyle and changing some old bad habits, men can take advantage of Men’s Health Week to get fit and healthy. Here are a few tips:

You are what you eat

Opt for whole grains like whole wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal, and whole grain cereal. Stick with lean sources of protein, like chicken, beans and fish (especially fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and trout). To avoid excessive snacking, consider this rule: Only eat when you are seated. This avoids mindless “grazing” as you stroll through the kitchen or past a cookie plate at work. Also, make sure that healthy snacks are readily accessible. Chop veggies and fruit in advance so that they are easy to grab for as an alternative to less-healthy processed snacks.

Stay away from tobacco and alcohol

Few things can hasten bad health like smoking and alcohol. And while there has been news in the past about potential benefits of drinking alcohol in moderation, note that the health risks of excessive drinking far outweigh the benefits.

Do the drill

Exercise is a crucial part of your health. A lot of ailments and conditions can be prevented with regular exercise. Build in at least 20 minutes of strength training twice a week. Increase your cardio/aerobic activity (30 to 60 minutes of moderate activity such as walking, jogging, or dancing is a good goal). And finally, build in interval training –an extremely efficient and productive way to exercise. Interval training may consist of adding a couple of minutes of jogging to your morning walk at regular intervals or jumping rope between weight-lifting sets. You can find plenty of interval training workout routines on You Tube—many of which are short and sweet. Got 15 minutes? Hit You Tube and do a quick interval-training workout.

Sleep tight

Getting good sleep is an essential key in feeling refreshed and alert during the day. During rest, our body restores itself. A good night’s sleep helps us cope with stress, recover from illness, and wake with a sharp mind to take on the world. Eight uninterrupted hours of sleep is what an average adult requires to have and maintain proper mental and physical health.
Remember that our capacity to live longer and stronger is not simply an issue of good genes or fortune. Will you make a change in celebration of Men’s Health Week?