How to Celebrate Men’s Health Month
How To Celebrate Men’s Health Month
June marks a number of different things. The first day of Summer, Father’s Day, and, possibly most importantly, Men’s Health Month.
Though we love the emphasis that is placed on women’s health, it sometimes feels as if men don’t always get the attention they deserve. Because their health is equally as important.
Thus, we are thrilled to celebrate Men’s Health Month this month.
Not sure how you can go about celebrating this month? Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered.
Here are the top ways to celebrate Men’s Health Month.
How You Can Celebrate Men’s Health This Month
1. Wear blue clothes
Show your support of men’s health by wearing blue throughout the month. Friday, June 14 marks the official Wear Blue Day for this year, but there’s no reason you can’t support men’s health throughout the entire month by rocking your blue clothes.
2. Check your blood pressure
High blood pressure is one of the biggest health issues for men that lead to a whole slew of problems. Not knowing your blood pressure could put you at great risk. So, don’t roll the dice with your health and go get your blood pressure checked this month.
If your blood pressure test results come back stating that you are in the high levels, or if you’ve already gotten it tested and know it is high, you must proactively work to combat it. If you don’t, you will likely find issues pop in your heart, your arteries, your kidneys, and more.
Exercise is a great way to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range, so talk with your doctor about how exercise can help you lower your blood pressure.
3. Speaking of exercising . . .
A fabulous way to celebrate Men’s Health Month is to get out and exercise. Physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your body. Whether your health and skill set allows for that exercise to be a half marathon, or if for you that means a walk around the neighborhood, that’s great. As long as you get out there and get moving, you will see great benefits to your health.
Also use this time to find ways to work exercise into your daily life. Instead of driving to get your morning coffee, walk or ride your bike. Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs.
You don’t have to spend 2 hours in the gym every day in order to see benefits of exercise — by adding a bit more working out into your life and by finding other ways to get moving, you will be doing your body a whole lot of good.
4. Watch your sodium intake.
You may be surprised to find that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends people take in less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. Per the CDC website, if you eat a bowl of cereal with milk for breakfast, a turkey sandwich and a cup of soup for lunch, and a slice of pizza with a salad for dinner, that will put you nearly 1,000 mg over the daily average.
As you can see, sodium adds up fairly quickly, so you need to make a conscious effort to watch what you are putting into your system.
Sodium is found primarily in snacks such as chips and crackers, so work to find alternate snacks such as fruits and vegetables that won’t spike your sodium levels quite so much.
5. Do your research.
Even if you’re not a male, we still suggest you do this research. Chances are good that you have a guy in your life that is important to you, and you want to make sure that someone keeps himself in good health.
6. Pay attention to your body.
The number one killer for men in the United States is heart disease. Keep from adding to that statistic by staying ahead of the game and making sure your heart remains healthy. This includes visiting a doctor at the first sign of foul play.
Men’s Health Month is an important time for us to recognize the health and future health of all men. Stay informed about the potential risks and preventative measures, and the role that you can play in keeping men healthy.
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