Looking after your health is essential for leading a long and happy life. By keeping an eye on your health, you remain active for longer into old age, meaning that you can continue doing the things that you love and spending quality time with family and friends.
However, over recent years, increasingly sedentary lifestyles and greater access to junk food have led to increased health crises like obesity and heart disease. Here are four top tips for men’s health to help you take control of your health and lead a more active lifestyle.
Lose your gut
Although carrying any extra weight puts a strain on your body and health, research shows that abdominal fat is particularly risky. This is because it includes visceral fat, which lies deep in your abdomen and surrounds your vital organs, leaking toxins into your organs.
A waist measurement of more than 40 inches for men indicates an unhealthy concentration of abdominal fat, which could lead to serious health problems further down the line, so get your gut in control by losing weight and exercising. Targeted abdominal exercises like crunches help tone abdominal muscles, and a healthy balanced diet with controlled portion sizes will help you lose weight for good.
Boost your workout with supplements
Dietary supplements are designed to support your daily nutritional intake. Though you should aim to get all your nutrients from a balanced diet, supplements can provide you with extra nutrients that your diet is lacking or if a medical condition causes a deficiency. They could also be used to boost your workout regime.
For example, urtica dioica and testosterone have been linked, which could help you to achieve your muscle strength and weight training goals quicker. This is because urtica dioica could increase your testosterone levels, which stimulates the growth of muscle tissue and helps you achieve your muscle gain goals.
Pay attention to your mental health
Research shows that men in the Western world are three times more likely to die by suicide than women. This could be due to the societal expectation for men to be ‘strong and silent’ and the habit of suppressing their emotions. However, this resilience can soon take a toll on your mental health. Talk to close friends and family, or seek out therapy, if you feel that you would benefit from talking things through with someone.
Watch your alcohol
There’s nothing like enjoying a few beers with the boys; however, too much alcohol on a regular basis can have a detrimental impact on your health. Excessive alcohol can contribute to harmful abdominal fat – the dreaded beer gut – and it can take its toll on your liver function and even result in addictive behaviors.
Try to have a few days alcohol-free a week to give your liver time to recover, and stick to the recommended units in a session – no more than 196 grams per week. Additionally, try to limit binge drinking sessions as this high quantity of alcohol can wreak havoc in a short space of time.