One man in five dies before the age of 65 – TOGETHER we can change that.

We’re supporting Men’s Health Week at Abbeycroft and their message to men is a simple one: it’s time for your MOT.

This is an important time to reflect on the benefits of prioritising not only your health, but the health of all men in your life as well. Husbands, partners, brothers, Dads, Grandads, With how busy our lives can get on a daily basis, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself. We often downplay the long-term impacts of taking your body or health for granted. Use this time of the year to reset and make your wellness a priority, no matter how busy you are.

For starters, here are four tips that anyone, but especially men, can incorporate into their health routines.

See your Doctor(s)
Not too many people like going to the doctor, dentist, or optometrist, but attending annual appointments is crucial in keeping up with and maintaining your health. By making the effort to go to these visits, you’re significantly reducing the risk of having a health issue slip under the radar. These checkups are even more important if you do have a health issue as the professionals will be able to monitor how you are progressing over time.

Exercise regularly
Staying active is a huge asset to your health. A lot of people think that exercising is just a physical benefit, however, it helps you mentally just as much. Even if you dedicate just thirty minutes out of your day to work out, you will notice a huge difference in how your body and mind feel. Exercise has been proven to show increased signs of relaxation, better sleeping patterns, increased mental health, and other positive benefits.

Just like going to annual appointments, exercise can immensely reduce your risk of any serious diseases developing within your body. There are also many different ways that you can incorporate workouts into your daily routine with your family, and one of the most exciting ways is to exercise with your kids. Not only do you get to spend more time with your loved ones, but you will also find that having a workout buddy will increase motivation.

Maintain a healthy diet
Making sure to eat nutritious meals over fast food or other quick and easy solutions is extremely important to your health. By fueling your body with fruits and vegetables, you will notice a huge improvement in your energy levels. You may also even notice a difference in skin feeling more refreshed since there are so many other benefits to eating healthy aside from feeling energized.

If you find yourself having difficulty figuring out what to eat, consider making a meal plan or schedule to help keep you on track. There are tons of benefits to prepping your meals ahead of time, so consider what system will work best for your lifestyle. To take this a step further, consider keeping a food diary to gauge exactly how certain foods interact with you. Food diaries just allow you to add some qualitative data to the mix, so you aren’t just counting calories and carbs.

Prioritise mental health
Making sure that you make your mental health a priority is extremely important for your overall wellness. Often, mental health care can be overlooked when it comes to thinking about ways to benefit your general health, especially for men. Your mental state is just as important as your physical one, so you should always make an effort to keep track of it just as you would with other parts of your body.

Implementing a self-care routine of some sort is a great way to keep your mind and body at ease. Taking time to stretch or start a skincare routine will not only help you on the outside, but your insides will feel wonderful as well.

If you find that you need to take this a step further, consider making an appointment with a mental health specialist. Today, there are a variety of online therapy services available to choose from, meaning you can get the help you need, from the comfort of your home.

Active Living Referral

Active Living is our unique, award winning Exercise Referral scheme designed to support people to increase their physical activity levels and improve their health.

Men's Health Forum

We’ve been through a lot these past couple of years. Covid has not gone away – not at all – but we are beginning to live with it.

Why do men need an MOT?
While we’ve been focused on the pandemic we’ve taken our eyes off other serious conditions.