Achieving a sense of balance in our lives is easier said than done. Being healthy is more than just exercising and eating well - it’s a lifestyle … it’s about making the time to pursue the activities we enjoy, whether that’s connecting with mates, going to the park with the dog or playing and watching sport.
A report from the Men’s Health Initiative of British Columbia showed that only 30% of a man’s overall health is determined by his genetics which means sorry fellas – having a Y chromosome is not an excuse for unhealthy lifestyle choices!
Here are some simple tips that may help you towards a healthier and happier path.
PRIORITISE YOUR SLEEP
Replacing sleep with coffee and/or energy drinks it not at all sustainable. A good night sleep not only makes you feel refreshed but it also helps to manage stress & restore your body. While we all dream of achieving the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night, try working with your body clock by getting up at the same time each day, reducing the use of electronic devices before bed and aiming for a minimum of 7 hours at least of sleep per night, to rest your body for the day ahead!
BE A MATE
was the last time you discussed some of the bigger things in life beyond the international soccer leagues and swapping Netflix series suggestions with your mates? You may not know what your friends are going through, so make it a mission to catch up with your mates away from the distractions of the footy or the pub every now and then. Sometimes we don’t need advice, we just need someone to listen.
GETTING ENERGIZED – THE RIGHT WAY
Don’t rely on the temporary boosts of sugary energy drinks or caffeine to get you through the day. Fuel your body with a wholesome breakfast, cereal, yogurt & wholegrain toast for longer lasting energy. B vitamins are also a great way to start the day as they can help support energy production, the body’s response to stress and contribute to a reduction in tiredness & fatigue.
Regular physical exercise not only boosts endorphins (the feel-good hormone) but it also has a positive impact on sleep quality. Set aside time to visit the gym, walk your dog, start up a social weeknight basketball team or try to swim a couple of laps before work at the local pool. Anything you can do will work towards helping your mind stay in check, as well as all the other health benefits that come with regular exercise!
SUPPORT A HEALTHY PROSTATE
As men age, they experience a gradual reduction in testosterone levels. By midlife, this slow reduction can manifest into physical symptoms. Like many changes with your health, regular check-ups at the doctor are important, so take the time finding a doctor you feel comfortable to talk to and be honest with. Find out which health screenings are recommended for your age group.