Men’s Health Awareness Week and National Health and Fitness Day
The past year has been hard for all of us. Instead of the freshman 15, it has been said it is now the COVID 15. People are either going to come out a hunk or a chunk. If you are coming out a hunk, good for you! If you are the latter, this month is all about health and fitness as well as men’s heath awareness. It is about encouraging us to take the steps to improve our overall health.
In the past, you would assume these dedicated awareness dates only meant your physical health. In today’s world and climate we are in, your mental health is also just as important. Canada has always had some of the healthiest people worldwide, however, not all men are as healthy as they could be. Statistics from the Men’s Awareness site show that 29% are obese, 82% do not meet physical activity guidelines, 76% do not eat health food and 35% do not get enough sleep.
Not having healthy habits can create issues that take a quick turn in your overall well being. Not eating healthy, sleeping well or getting regular exercise can lead to obesity. Obesity can cause high blood pressure and diabetes. High blood pressure and diabetes can cause heart disease. Heart disease can cause a heart attack. You get the picture. It’s a domino effect that can be controlled very easy just by eating well, not smoking and incorporating a little exercise into your life. This will also reduce your stress levels and allow you to sleep better each night.
The weather is starting to get better which is perfect timing to get outside and moving, or better yet, trying out a new physical activity. Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your body. It is a powerful tool and not only improves your overall health, but also helps with your mental health. Your body automatically releases good endorphins when you exercise. This creates better mental clarity and just makes you feel good about yourself in general.
If you’d like more information on some of the virtual activities that will be held, click here. There are also endless resources with a great amount of valuable information on this site as well.
If you are going to be starting a new activity or sport that you haven’t participated in before, read next week blog on how to prevent injuries!