It can be easy to neglect your health when life gets busy. But keeping your health in top shape is a smart way to make the most out of your life.
Men are more likely than women to smoke, consume risky levels of alcohol and eat a poor diet. These unhealthy habits can lead to diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
When it comes to maintaining good health, you should make sure that you eat right and exercise regularly. This can help you avoid illnesses and diseases and improve your energy levels.
You should eat a diet that is high in fiber, vegetables, fruits and nuts and low in saturated fats and cholesterol. This will reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Men should eat at least two to three servings of fresh fruit per day. They should also choose fresh or frozen veggies (especially dark green and red).
The foods that you eat should be nutritious. They should contain protein, calcium, iron, vitamin B12 and other essential nutrients.
You should avoid saturated fats that are found in fatty meats, fried foods and cheese. These foods can lead to clogged arteries and may increase your risk of heart disease.
Exercise has been shown to help boost energy levels, enhance your mood and reduce feelings of depression and stress. It also reduces the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
But many men don’t exercise regularly for a variety of reasons. These include lack of motivation, time and resources.
A great way to get the most out of your workout is to set triggers – times, places and cues that make it easy to do your daily routine.
For example, if you wake up early in the morning and notice your sneakers by your bed, it will be much easier to leave work and walk to the gym before heading home.
General guidelines suggest a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity five days a week. This can be achieved by walking, cycling or swimming – or even just doing household chores like sweeping and mopping. If you can, add 30 minutes of strength training two or three days a week.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is essential for your health and well-being, but many people have trouble getting enough sleep. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you may be at a higher risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, poor mental health, and even early death.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to help yourself get the sleep you need. These tips include establishing a realistic bedtime, avoiding caffeine after noon, sticking to a regular exercise routine during the day, and making sure your bedroom is dark, cool and quiet.
If you are having trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor. They can help you rule out any medical or psychiatric conditions that might be causing your sleep problems and recommend treatment.
Manage Your Stress
Stress is a normal part of life, but chronic stress can be damaging to your health. It increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, and other chronic health conditions.
Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to manage your stress and maintain good health.
One of the most important things you can do is to talk about what’s causing you stress, whether that’s work, family or personal issues. This will help put things in perspective and may even be the catalyst to reducing your stress levels.
Another way to reduce stress is to be more physically active. This can be as simple as going for a walk or jogging, but it is important to do something that makes you feel good and releases endorphins (the body’s natural pain relievers).