Happy Father’s Day to all dads! I hope your day will be has enjoyable as mine.
This is also a good time to remember that June is Men’s Health Month. If you haven’t had a physical exam for a while, it’s a good time to get checked out. After all, your kids and other family members would like to celebrate many more Father’s Days with you!
Here are 5 things that can quickly improve your health and help you live longer.
1. Lose the Smokes
We all know that smoking can lead to cancer. It also leads to heart disease and respiratory problems. So, if you smoke, stop.
And while you’re at it, cut back on alcohol. No need to grow a beer belly or enlarge the one you have. Besides, alcohol is a depressant, and that doesn’t help your mental or emotional health.
2. Eat Healthy
Summer is the time for steaks on the grill, but don’t forget the veggies. Increasing green vegetables while reducing the size and frequency of red meat will do wonders for your health, your waistline, and your mood. And it wouldn’t hurt to limit intake of carbs such as bread, potatoes, and processed snacks. Eat fresh!
3. Exercise Smart
Couch potatoes and guys who sit at desks all day shorten their lives. Don’t succumb to the so-called “sitting disease.” Stand up, move around, even a little. Go for walks. Start a cardio workout routine (check with your health care provider). Include strength-building activity.
Also remember that smart exercise includes stretching, flexibility, and meditation. As we age, we begin to lose flexibility and mobility. Yoga and controlled breathing can help to increase and preserve a higher quality of life.
4. Get Quality Sleep
More men than women have difficulty breathing and, therefore, sleeping at night. Many suffer from sleep apnea, a very serious and potentially deadly disorder. You might not even know that you have it. Snoring is a common symptom, and your spouse or partner can probably tell you if you snore. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, have a specialist examine you immediately.
Beyond that, you can follow a routine that will result in better quality sleep. Go to bed at the same time each night. Reduce screen time on computers, mobile devices, or TV before bedtime. Avoid alcohol and caffeine late at night. Many other suggestions are published online that people have found helpful.
5. Get Checked Out
Finally, guys, when did you have your last medical checkup? More than a year ago? Then you’re due for a visit to Kathy’s Urgent Care!
Get a thorough physical exams. We’re open 7 days a week and during evenings. No appointment needed! And we accept most insurance plans. So don’t put it off any longer. Give yourself and your family a great gift during Men’s Health Month and let us help you enjoy better health this Father’s Day and for years to come!
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Authored by Dr. Tom Brown