Health is a priceless gift. The responsibility to conserve health lies in our own hands. Failing to do so can lead to irreparable loss. Fortunately, many of the ailments that are the leading cause of death amongst men are preventable if you lead a healthy lifestyle. After all, prevention is better than cure. Let us take this International Men’s Health Month to raise awareness about a healthy lifestyle and encourage men to be particular about their wellness.
Here are a few guidelines that can help in preventing adverse effects of disease amongst men:
- Sitting is the next smoking: Most men have desk-bound jobs, long working hours, and prolonged couch spells, all leading to a sedentary lifestyle. Statistics show sitting for long periods is as detrimental to your health as smoking. Pro-active habits spike the rate of metabolism, help reduce obesity, promote blood circulation, and save you from Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
- Maintain a healthy diet and a healthy weight: Obesity is considered the mother of all ailments. Take out the “junk” from your food and replace it with “healthy”. Keeping a diet balanced in good carbohydrates, high proteins, and moderate fats can help maintain your ideal weight and replenish the body with essential nutrients.
- Incorporate consistent exercise in your routine: Regular physical activity helps promote immense physical and mental benefits. Even if you cannot attend the gym regularly because of your busy schedule, ensure that you remain active on your feet.
- Park your car farther from your destination:
- Avoid sitting at the desk, try a standing desk
- Find an excuse to walk around the workplace
- Try pacing while talking on your phone
- Take the stairs to skip the elevator
- Quit smoking and alcohol: Smoking destroys the lungs, healthy functioning of the heart, and overall wellness. Alcohol can severely damage the liver and nerve functions.
- De-stress: Stress can cause heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. If you are a workaholic, take a break from your busy routine, try deep breathing, and check your posture. Take time to indulge in your hobbies, plan a vacation and spend time with family.
- Schedule annual checkups with your healthcare provider: Visit your physician for routine medical checkups and get your baseline health assessments sorted.
If you have concerns about your foot health, contact Step By Step Family Foot Care. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Debra B. Manheim, can help you on your journey of transformation. You can call us at (973) 917-3785 to schedule a convenient appointment or visit our office in Parsippany, NJ.