Many men don’t make their health a priority. All too often, wellness is put on the back burner in favor of work or other obligations. In honor of National Men’s Health Month, the doctors at Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) offer some tips for men’s health that you can start implementing today for optimal wellness.
Make sure you’re incorporating regular exercise into your normal routine, and vary your workouts so your body doesn’t get comfortable with the same movements. Men who exercise are less likely to suffer from conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, and depression.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet
Getting proper daily nutrition is crucial to your overall health and well-being. Count your nutrients, rather than your calories, and consume a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Be sure to limit foods and drinks high in calories, salt, sugar, and fat.
Make sleep a priority
Be sure to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night, as this gives your body the chance to heal and recharge. Inadequate sleep is associated with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Logging adequate amounts of sleep helps you live longer by lowering your stress, sharpening your memory, and lowering cravings for unhealthy foods.
Monitor your mental health and stress levels
Pay close attention to warning signs of depression, or if you have a family history of mental illness, talk to your doctor about the symptoms. In addition, try to manage your stress in a healthy way, as high levels of stress can be harmful to the body.
Look out for prostate and testicular cancer
As you get older, your prostate grows, resulting in urinary issues. If you’re experiencing urinary problems, talk with your doctor about scheduling a prostate exam. It’s also important to perform monthly testicular self-exams to look for any bumps or abnormalities.
For more information on men’s health, or to schedule your yearly physical, call the doctors at Pomona Valley Health Centers today at (888) 686-0773 to schedule an appointment.