By: Christine King Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
Over the last week, I asked many men their top three health concerns. Not surprising, they were all quite similar.
- Heart Disease
- Mental Health (Including Alzheimer’s)
The CDC reports the top three as:
- Heart Disease
They report the diseases are a result of lack of healthcare and continue to say many of the top ten are preventable.
It also appears men avoid the doctor. Web MD reports, “Women are 33 percent more likely than men to visit a doctor in general”.
The solution to prevention is no secret. Change of lifestyle, activity level and dietary habits along with proper guidance from the doctor.
Statistically, men are less likely to work out than women. The reasons are no surprise. They report; no time, busy career, children…excuses we hear every day.
It’s disheartening yet at the same time inspiring to hear stories about men completely changing their lifestyles after a health scare. They begin eating healthy and exercising. If this transformation occurred before the health incident, there’s a high chance it would have never happened. So guys, one way or another, you must get moving!
Infusing activity into your daily schedule isn’t as difficult as it seems. No gym membership required. Some tactical planning, scheduling, and thought will do the trick.
Here are some thoughts:
-Walk before work (while it’s still cool)
-Conduct walking meetings when appropriate. Remember the famous man well known for this practice? Steve Jobs.
-Ask around your children’s school or your circle of friends to see if there’s a basketball league. Many public and private schools allow the parents to use the court at night.
-One hour “Sit Limit.” Set an alert on your phone to remind you to GET UP every hour. Walk around the office, go up and down the stairs a few times, or use the time for a walking meeting.
-Golf. Studies show that golfing with a cart two times per week as your only activity places you in the sedentary category. Solution: walk and use a caddy. You’ll play better and be more active.
-Involve your family. Get in the pool, go to the beach, play games, build sand castles, ride bikes, throw the football around…in a nutshell, DO something.
Every small amount of activity you include in your daily schedule makes a difference. As this becomes habitual, you’ll feel better, stronger and likely increase your activity level over time. Every small action makes a difference.
Regarding dietary adjustments, your doctor will indeed have some do’s and don’ts. However, common sense will guide you to some better choices. Most people we work with understand healthy vs. unhealthy food selections. Your job is to tip the scales over to the healthy side.
Being proactive is always more effective and efficient than being reactive. These are straightforward measures that could save your life!
Always consult your doctor prior beginning any activity or exercise program.
Christine King is a Medical Exercise Specialist, Fitness Expert, and Founder of YourBestFit. The health and wellness company has helped thousands of clients recover from injuries, look and feel better and improve their overall well-being. www.YourBestFit.com