Take charge of your health and be a role model by making your health a priority. Here are simple tips to be your best self.
GET A YEARLY CHECKUP: Having a yearly wellness checkup can help you keep track of important numbers like blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol. That way, if any of your numbers are above normal, you can work with your doctor to make healthy lifestyle changes to help lower your risk of developing a chronic illness. Your doctor will also help you stay on top of testicular, prostate, skin and colorectal cancer screenings.
GET MOVING: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men. Combat this by exercising at least 150 minutes a week. Break it up over 7 days, and it’s not so daunting—just remember to include aerobic and strength exercises. Exercise helps when you want to lose or maintain your weight. To lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke, keep your waistline at 40 inches or less.
GET HEALTHY EATING HABITS: Eat with awareness and limit food and drinks that are high in calories, fat, sugar, salt, and alcohol. Everything in moderation!
GET “DE-STRESSED”: Stress can have a negative effect on your health. It’s important to find support, stay active and stay connected socially. Talk with a health professional if you are feeling particularly overwhelmed.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP: Your body rests and repairs itself while you sleep. If you don’t give it enough time to do this, it can lead to many health issues and diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and depression. The CDC recommends at least 7 hours a night for adults.
GET RID OF BAD HABITS: Smoking, excessive alcohol use, and recreational or habitual drug use can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, heart disease, increased risk for many types of cancers and even strokes. Find support and break these bad habits before it’s too late.
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