June is National Men’s Health Month. At Travaasa we like to see our guests de-stress, regroup and focus on improving both mental and physical health. However, it’s hard to stay healthy in our everyday lives – so this month we’re focusing on you, Guys! By nature, men have a shorter life expectancy than women and are also at greater risk of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in men. Being aware of these facts is the first step to preventing health problems. There are actions men can incorporate into their daily routines that will improve their overall lifestyle. The tips below are from our experts and offer ways men can beat the odds and live a happy life!
See your doctor often. An apple a day shouldn’t keep the doctor away. Regular check ups help to prevent chronic illness and maintain overall good health. It’s no secret that men generally avoid the doctor’s office at all costs. According to menshealthmonth.org, women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men. Come on guys – swallow your pride on this one. You’ll be glad you did (and so will your wife and children!)
Find ways to cope with the stress of work. You may not be able to avoid working overtime every once in a while, but try not to make it a habit. Overworking yourself can lead to a greater risk of anxiety and depression, which can be detrimental to your overall health. Relieve stress by taking a lunch break outside to get some fresh air, prioritize what is most important and save the rest for tomorrow, or ask a co-worker for help – you would do the same for them, right?
Stay connected. Having a solid network of friends and family is linked to greater life expectancy, so get off the couch and start being social. People who watch a lot of TV in their 20s and 30s have increased risk for heart disease later in life. Grabbing a drink with an old friend is more beneficial than you might think. Moderate your drinking habits, though. Research suggests men consume no more than two drinks each day to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Avoid red meat as much as possible. A meat-heavy diet doesn’t make you manlier – it just increases your risk of heart disease, colorectal cancer and other health risks. Try to limit red meat in your daily diet and replace it with food rich in polyunsaturated fat. Fish is a great source of protein and is loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Exercise. You’ve heard this over and over… and for a good reason! Regular exercise is incredibly beneficial to men’s overall health. Regular aerobic exercise—at least three hours a week— can improve blood flow to the brain and preserve your memory as you age. Aerobic exercise also reduces the risk of depression. Being active provides a way for men to vent stress naturally, improves cardiovascular function, help maintains muscle mass and keeps the mind sharp.