Man up! June is Men’s Health Month.


Men’s Health Month is a great time to encourage the dudes in your life to make health a priority. It’s easier to get healthy and stay healthy with a little encouragement. So here are few words of encouraging advice from Good Days.

First of all, get good sleep.You need between 7-9 hours of sleep. Without it you are at risk of  diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression.

Also, if you haven’t already, it’s never too late to quit. Toss out the tobacco, improve your health and lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses.

And keep moving. At least 2 or more days a week, you should be getting about 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, along with muscle strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

You are what you eat. If you want to be healthy, eat healthy. Be sure you’re eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables have many vitamins and minerals that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.

Try to relax. Sometimes stress can be good. But when it is severe enough to make you feel overwhelmed and out of control, it can be a killer. Take control of your life by avoiding drugs and alcohol. Get support. Connect socially. Stay active.

Getting healthy means getting help. See your doctor or nurse for checkups. Checkups help identify issues early or before they can become a problem. Pay attention to signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, and problems with urination.

Keep track of your numbers for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), or any others you may have. If your numbers are high or low, your doctor or nurse can explain what they mean and suggest how you can get them to a healthier range. Be sure to ask him or her what tests you need and how often you need them.

Getting and staying healthy isn’t always easy but the more you make it a priority, the easier it gets. Here are a few links to additional information from the Center of Disease Control that can also help you get focused and stay on track with your health:

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Tips from Former Smokers

Physical Activity and Disability

Nutrition for Everyone

Managing Stress

Excessive Alcohol Use and Risks to Men’s Health

Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age (AHRQ)

Heart Disease Signs and Symptoms

High Blood Pressure

The more you know about your health, the better you’ll feel. At Good Days, we’re dedicated to helping people achieve a healthier and happier life. Helping people live good days, every day. That’s Good Days.

Source: Center for Disease Control