June 10th through 16th is National Men’s Health Week according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is the perfect opportunity to get outside and exercise, skip fast foods for a few days, or just get a good week's sleep.
The CDC offers simple suggestions on how to go about making your health a priority this and every week.
First, figure out how many hours of sleep is best for your body. Everyone is different. Plus, sleep needs change as we age. Vary your sleeping hours and see how to feel in the morning and throughout the day. Consider visiting a sleep center where certified specialists can conduct testing either in the lab or at your home.
If you’re a smoker, you already know you should quit. If you're not a smoker, avoid being around secondhand smoke. Electronic cigarettes are becoming more popular these days which can help wean smokers off of nicotine all together.
Another tip from the CDC is to move more. "Adults need at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) every week, and muscle strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms) on two or more days a week," the organization advises.
Men who cut out food and drinks from their daily diet that are high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol are amazed at how quickly they lose weight. There are plenty of other healthy yet delicious alternatives that will satisfy hunger and cravings.
It’s hard to find a man who loves going to the doctor but regular checkups can really add years to your life. Certain diseases and conditions may not have symptoms so checkups help diagnose issues early.
Lastly, try to keep relatively calm and relaxed each day to reduce stress in your life. As little as fifteen minutes of yoga or meditation when you wake up or before you go to sleep can really make you feel healthier.
Most Russian women enjoy active lifestyles so in order to keep up with them, strive to be in your best shape. It’s never too late to step up your fitness game and reap the rewards.