June is typically the month when we usher in the beginning of summer with outdoor festivals, barbecues and family get-togethers. But it’s also a time of year when we may not make the healthiest food and lifestyle choices.
Let’s face it. It’s hard to say “no” to a juicy hamburger, hot dog or cold beer, which can quickly add up to unwanted pounds and can lead to a general decline in overall health and wellness, especially among men. Poor dieting habits are among many reasons why men tend to have a life expectancy five years less than females.
The focus on overall men’s health and wellness resulted in Congress declaring June as Men’s Health Month in 1994. However, things really begin to heat up the week before Father’s Day when Men’s Health Week kicks in. The goal was and is to heighten awareness of preventable male health issues and encourage early detection and treatment of disease to live longer and healthier lives.
Because of its impact on mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, and partners, men’s health is also a family issue. Here are a few ways to promote healthy habits among the men in your lives:
Get a Physical
For some men, getting a physical is like getting a tooth pulled. In other words, it’s not rated too highly on the “things-to-do” list. Yet, getting an annual physical can often catch a serious illness early when it’s still very treatable.
For example, an estimated 192,000 new cases of prostate cancer occur each year with about 33,330 deaths also occurring annually. Although not 100 percent accurate, a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screen can be ordered as part of a routine physical and hopefully detect if disease is present while it’s still treatable.
An estimated 34.2 million Americans have diabetes, which can result in blindness, limb amputation, kidney failure, and vascular and heart disease. A routine screening for A1C levels made during a routine physical may lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment before serious consequences of diabetes can set in.
Join a Health Club
Joining a health club can benefit your overall health and wellness in many ways beyond losing weight and building muscle mass. Regular exercise can also help with joint flexibility and blood circulation.
Regular workouts can also help maintain better mental health by boosting endorphin levels in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Working out can also trigger positive feelings in the body, helping keep the depression blues away.
If your local gym is open for business, be sure to follow recommended social-distancing and hygiene practices until the COVID-19 threat has passed.
Get Him CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from hemp has been shown to provide a wide range of healthy benefits, such as reducing inflammation and pain, and providing a feeling of overall well-being by reducing stress and anxiety. Hemp-derived CBD can be taken in several ways, including oils, gummies, supplements and topicals without psychoactive side effects or dependency issues. If you are subject to frequent drug testing, hemp-extracted CBD oil will not show up on a drug test.
These are a few reasons why Oliver’s Harvest is committed to making it easier to promote overall wellness during Men’s Health Week by offering 25 percent off of Strong Tinctures (for strong men) ― 2,000 mg to 3,500 mg as well as all Sleep Support products. If you are new to CBD oil products, you may find that it takes a few weeks to experience optimal effects.
Start Riding a Bike
Men can burn between 2,200 and 2,700 calories per day on average. It sounds like a lot but add in a few cheeseburgers, chicken wings or an ice cream cone and it can be easy to rack up calories and gain weight.
A recent Harvard University study concluded that a 185-lb man, bicycling at a moderate pace can burn between 377 and 533 calories per hour. If you’re on a tight budget, you don’t need an expensive bike to reap the benefits. However, you may need to pony up a few bucks to purchase a helmet and riding gear before hitting your favorite trail.
Read About Male Health Concerns
Thomas Jefferson is famous for saying “knowledge is power”. At the time, the phrase applied to political issues but it’s equally important for men to keep current on breakthroughs, studies and issues that apply to men’s wellness because new developments can happen overnight.
Read up on about important screenings you may get during a routine physical ― blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and prostate health ― and learn about acceptable ranges when you get your results from your medical provider.
Know the Signs of a Heart Attack
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, resulting in 347,879 deaths in 2017 alone ―about 1 in every 4 male deaths. Make sure you know the signs of a heart attack:
- Chest pain or discomfort along the center or left side of the chest, lasting for more than a few minutes. You feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
- Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
- Suddenly breaking out into a cold sweat.
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms or shoulders.
- Shortness of breath.
If you feel any of these symptoms, it’s important that you call 911 immediately and have medical professionals assess whether you are in fact suffering a heart attack or if it’s some other ailment.
Encourage Good Mental Health
Men who find themselves under constant stress may find it difficult to concentrate on work and family. Persistent stress often leads to depression and/or substance abuse, which can affect everyone in the family, not just dad.
CBD oil may provide relief by helping to reduce anxiety in a holistic way. You can introduce CBD oil into your everyday dietary routine by adding it to your favorite drinks or keep a supply of gummies at your workstation. Further, if stress causes you to feel completely overwhelmed on a routine basis, don’t be afraid to seek help ― your family is counting on you.
Men’s Health Week is a time to increase awareness of male health issues on a global level about preventable health problems. Men who are encouraged to learn about early detection live healthier lifestyles and may be more willing to seek treatment for preventable diseases. Men who stay healthy are men who are around long enough to be role models in the lives of their children and partners.