Men’s Health Week: Healthy Aging
This past weekend, I hit a milestone… The big 40 (probably why I was asked to write this)! I think a lot of us still think we are younger than we actually are. I know I am guilty of that. Aches and pains come more frequently and last longer than they used to, etc. So I wanted to remind everyone that it’s Men’s Health month, talk about some simple facts and provide a reminder for us guys to pay attention to our bodies, get active and either start or maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I am the father of two active boys, and like my father, I want to be around and involved in their lives as long as I can! I love being in my boy’s lives, not only as a father but as a coach as well. Seeing my father interact with his grandkids, something that may not have been possible had he not changed his lifestyle almost 20 years ago, helps inspire me. Heart problems run in his family, and when a co-worker of his had a heart attack, he became motivated to get healthy. Using his grandkids as motivation, he started to change his diet and started exercising. Now he is in some of the best shape of his life. We all have something that can motivate us, why not patronize it.
This may come as a shock, but men are stubborn (duh!), especially when it comes to their health. We are less likely to seek help because we think we can handle it on our own. We think we are invincible. The truth is, we are more likely to suffer from:
- Heart Disease (the leading cause of mortality)
- Back injuries
- Osteoporosis (yes this happens to men)
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Shorter life expectancy
Some of the ailments we suffer or deal with are easily managed or eliminated with just a few simple, easy things, like diet and exercise. Benefits of regular exercise include:
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Lowers High Blood Pressure
- Reduces inflammation
- Lowers the risk of diabetes
- Keeps your bones strong
- Increases your life expectancy
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), recommendations for exercise for men include:
- Adults aged 18–64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.
- Aerobic activity should be performed in bouts of at least 10 minutes duration.
- For additional health benefits, adults should increase their moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes per week, or engage in 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.
- Muscle-strengthening activities should be done involving major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week.
Exercises and activity don’t have to be a chore, or boring. They can be fun and a great way to connect with your family, friends, and nature! Get out there and start living your best life so you can help inspire your children and others!