Next week marks National Men’s Health week from the 15th -21st June 2015 and this year focuses on healthy living.
There are a variety of focuses for mens health this year, primarily on the difficulties of healthy living that are currently challenging men today. These cover a range of points, including looking after relationships and wellbeing, smoking, drinking, fitness, weight and the NHS health check.
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It is widely thought that men, compared to women, are less likely to lead a healthy lifestyle, leading to and creating a higher risk of serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease and strokes. The mens health manifesto challenges men and healthcare providers on these issues.
ONE MAN IN FIVE DIES BEFORE THE AGE OF 65 – TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THAT. (Mens Health Forum, UK 2015)
It is important (for anyone) to seek professional advice before embarking on a new healthy regime, diet or fitness routine to prevent new injury or old injuries flaring up. Seek advice on nutrition to ensure you are eating enough to keep you going and don’t overlook the role this will have in motivating you to maintain this exciting new fitness routine you have chosen to take up (everyone loves “cheat” day!). Our advice is to start slow, and give yourself manageable goals. The best way to achieve this is to make small changes to your everyday routine that will make huge impacts to your current lifestyle. For example, swap out one unhealthy element of your meal, for a healthier version- why not try sweet potato instead of regular chips!
When making changes to your activity levels, it is important to wear sensible shoes and suitable clothing to make sure you feel comfortable (you don’t have to spend mega bucks, just make sure your clothing is activity-appropriate) – and drink more water! First off – make achievable goals such as – walk ten minutes around the block after every meal, and then build on these goals by increasing the time or distance. Make changes with friends, colleagues or with the entire family to help keep you motivated. Buy, hire or borrow a bike! Borrow a friends dog! Go swimming (Don’t borrow swimming trunks or bikinis though!) Join a fitness class or go salsa dancing and meet some new people!
If you do acquire a new injury, apply an ice pack on the affected area wrapped in a tea-towel to help reduce swelling and inflammation; in return this helps quicken the healing process. You can also take paracetamol to reduce the pain and swelling. If an old injury has flared up, please consult a health care professional. The best advice we can give for injuries is injury prevention!
Listening to your body and reading the signs can significantly reduce the risk of serious illness and disease as you are more likely to visit a health care professional who is trained to recognise symptoms and can refer you for appropriate treatment. It is important when starting a new regime that you keep motivated so it is even more important to prevent injury. As a chiropractor, we explain to our patient
s that just like brushing your teeth is good dental hygeine, adding simple stretches into your daily routine is good “spinal hygiene!” Keeping flexible and mobile will significantly reduce the risk of injury (or tooth decay in the case of dental hygiene). In turn, daily stretches will also improve your posture, increase your mobility, strength, balance, coordination and general wellbeing. If you are getting the entire family involved in this new fitness regime, then we highly recommend parents teaching the younger generation to take care of their backs through simple exercises. Ever heard of a spine transplant? Neither have we! We only have one spine, with limited possibilities of repairing or replacing it – so take care of the one you have. Above all, prevention is better than cure, especially in the case of back pain. As part of the care we give our patients, we have specially adapted resources to help manage and/or prevent back pain or injury. We’ve got your back!
As part of men’s health week – Why not get a Man-MOT or woMAN-MOT today with your award-winning Emsworth Chiropractor Philippa Oakley. Phone the clinic on 01243 379693 to book your appointment today. If you are unsure whether chiropractic can help you please call or email our principal chiropractor Philippa Oakley on firstname.lastname@example.org.