Men’s Health Month is here and is meant to educate men and boys throughout the country on how to practice better health habits and promote a healthy lifestyle for men, young men, and boys. Nobody wants to deal with high blood pressure, diabetes, or other issues that affect your health with age.
Today, you’ll learn all about heart health, men’s health, healthy diet options, and what kind of physical activity you should pursue at any age. Healthy habits can offer better health with age. Are you interested in learning about preventive screenings, how to maintain a healthy weight? If so, you have absolutely come to the right place.
It’s men’s health month, and it’s about time to discuss a healthy lifestyle for men as they age. You can support good health with age using these helpful tips.
Check Out These Tips During Men’s Health Month For Men To Support Good Health With Age
Let’s start with tips for men age 50 and up. To start, meeting your nutritional needs in a healthy way is key for all men, but it means even more for older men. Of course, you want to make sure you are avoiding lectins in your diet — the proteins that can wreak havoc on your digestive system and cause physical discomfort in the form of bloating, gas, stomach upset, and more.1
You also want to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs. Increasing your fiber intake with foods like resistant starches can be key for maintaining your health.
Recent studies show that the consumption of resistant starch can have positive effects when it comes to limiting risk factors for certain diseases (like diabetes) and helping to manage weight as men age.2
Vitamin D is another essential nutrient. Vitamin D plays a big part when it comes to the maintenance of a healthy mineralized skeleton. So you want to consume a decent amount of vitamin D in order to support bone and joint health.3
Additionally, vitamin D has been touted recently as an assistant to healthier male sexual function. So, if you suspect you may be challenged by erectile dysfunction, try upping your vitamin D intake.4
Exercise For Men After 50
Now, regardless of whether or not you already workout or live a sedentary lifestyle, the older you get the more you’ll come to rely on low-impact exercise. And there’s one exercise that is fantastic because (A) almost anyone can do it and (B) you really won’t need any special type of gear or equipment: walking.
If you’re not already walking for exercise, now is the time to add this sustainable exercise to your daily routine. One recent study mentions that participants who walked a total of 10,000 steps a day were able to lower their body weight, decrease their waist circumference, diminish their body mass index, and decrease their percentage of body fat.5
One final tip for men in this age bracket: Visit your doctor regularly for preventive screenings. It’s increasingly important to be “in the know” about your body so that you can prevent potential health concerns from sprouting and getting worse.
If you follow the simple tips listed here, you’ll be helping give yourself a shot at more precious quality time with the people you love. When you take your health into your own hands, you might be giving yourself the gift of enjoying a more active life for years to come.
Young Men’s Health: A Healthy Lifestyle for Men in Their Early Adult Life
If you’re a man in your 20s to late 40s, there are things you can do to ensure better health now and later on in your life. Start by making sure you consume the right vitamins and minerals. As you’ve likely heard before, good health starts from within. Treat your insides well — put good, healthy foods in your belly, and you may be easing your path toward future good health.
These foods are great examples of things to eat to maximize your nutrient intake:
- Avocado (full fo good-for-you monounsaturated fats)
- Olive oil (also full of monounsaturated fats)
- 72% Dark chocolate (or higher)
- Cruciferous veggies
- Green bananas
- Wild-caught salmon and other wild-caught fish
And the list of great foods for better health goes on and on. There are also foods you’ll want to avoid like legumes and whole grains. To check out the Dr. Gundry Diet preferred food list, click this link: (DR. GUNDRY DIET PRINTABLE FOOD LIST).
A Healthy And Doable Workout Regimen For Younger Adult Men
Exercise at any age is important, of course. But as a man in his 20s to mid-40s, you want to make sure you’re getting a good dose of exercise at least 5 days each week. As a younger adult male, you really can pick your pleasure.
Strength training is popular and effective — as is yoga, cardio, and interval training. But no matter what kind of exercise you choose, don’t forget to warm up, cool down, and stretch in order to protect your muscles.
And don’t forget, even if you’re the picture of health in your 20s and 30s, start seeing your doctor for regular checkups. Creating a medical record of your family history is important. That way when you do get older, if you run into any health concerns, your doctors will have more information about you specifically. This will help them choose the best paths when it comes to helping keep you healthy later on in your life.
When you reach 30 years of age, make sure you add vision testing, heart health monitoring, and prostate evaluation to your general practitioner’s list of things to check on.
Men’s Health for Middle-aged Men: Make Sure To Eat A Healthy Diet, Exercise, And Rest
Men in their 40s and early 50s should take care to add the following vitamins and minerals to their diet if they don’t already consume such nutrients:
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D6
Also, men in this age bracket should be careful not to overdo their animal protein intake. When exercising, you’ll want to up the amount of stretching you do and continue to focus on cardio. Furthermore, you should not be exercising without hydrating. Drinking water is as important to your health as is exercise.
Watch Out For Heart Health Issues As You Age: Have Your Doc Monitor Your Heart
Heart health issues can be a serious concern for people of both genders, but as men age, they do face a higher risk of heart health issues than women do.7 Theories exist that suggest biological factors aren’t the reason for the gap.
In one recent study, men’s scores were much too high on risk-factor stress tests… especially when it comes to psychosocial risk factors like isolation from peers and exhaustion. Men tend to face these risk factors more than women do as well:
- Excess alcohol consumption
- Smoking in excess
- Fewer healthy coping mechanisms in the face of stressful life events
The study suggests men are less adaptive physiologically, behaviorally, and emotionally. And these factors can increase their heart health risks as they age.8
Maintaining Overall Health And Well-being As Men Age
This month, try to educate yourself about the ways in which you should be taking better care of yourself. Do your best to understand health risks that might lead to a heart attack or diabetes and take every precaution. Read about better dietary patterns, focus on the right kind of exercise for your age group, and get good rest in an attempt to keep mentally healthy.
And remember, get annual checkups — no matter your age. Preventive screenings can help your doctor identify any potential health risks you may face as you get older.
Men can be proud of well-lived, long, healthy lives if they pay attention to their diet, exercise regimen, and overall well-being. Live long and prosper.