Mens Health Week starts on the 11th June, we thought we’d compile a short list of things you can do to look after your health.
- Try to drink 8 x 8oz glasses of water per day (roughly 1.8 litres) and if you are exercising, increase this. HYDRATION IS KEY!
- Try to do at least 75 minutes of intense exercise, or 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week (That’s only 1.5% of your entire week!)
- Mix up your training – even the best in their field (i.e. ultrarunners) make sure they do many different types of exercise to avoid over training certain muscles and over-impacting certain joints.
- Incorporate weight training into your schedule: having higher levels of muscle burns higher level of calories during the day!
- Don’t be too proud to have the prostate check – it could save your life!
- Reduce the ‘white foods’ in your diet – i.e. white bread, sugar, pasta etc. Although when you look at the nutrition on the food packets it looks similar to wholegrain – they are much more highly processed, and they will drive up your blood sugar levels.
- Don’t panic so much about the BMI – the minute you have any muscle mass it skews the measurements – instead use the waist to hip ratio. Measure your waist about 1 inch above your belly button, and your hips at their largest point (you can take a few measurements to find this). Divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement. Abdominal obesity is classed as a result of more than 0.9
- Aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night, this is when your body recovers both physically and mentally
- Try to maintain close ties with friends and family – your mental and social health is just as important as your physical health. Not feeling mentally great is nothing to be ashamed of, we just need to talk about it more!
- Try to do something you enjoy every day, life is too short to work, sleep, repeat! Don’t save up all of your fun times for holidays – even if it’s having a game of golf, spending half an hour on a video game or enjoying the occasional beverage.
It’s Asthma Awareness Day – Breathe Easily with a Capnograph appointment
What is asthma ?
A respiratory condition marked by attacks of spasm in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. It is usually connected to allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity.
This has become more and more common and also is effecting a younger population.
What causes asthma?
Exposure to various irritants and substances that trigger allergies (allergens) can trigger signs and symptoms of asthma. Asthma triggers are different from person to person and can include: Airborne substances, such as pollen, dust mites, mould spores, pet dander or particles of cockroach waste.
Air hunger can be one of the most disturbing feeling a patient can undergo.
The Good Health Centre now offers patients the opportunity to have a capnograph test to assess their breathing pattern, rate and other components related to the respiratory system with our osteopath, Josh McCollum.
What can a capnograph help?
Josh will spend an hour with you assessing how you breathe, efficient breathing is something which is essential for our everyday living and wellbeing. Most of us take our breathing for granted and breathe too quickly which can lead to:
- Panic attacks
- Asthma attacks
- Musculoskeletal Symptoms
The capnograph assessment will also include an osteopathic assessment to analyse your musculoskeletal functions such as your rib cage, thorax and diaphragm; from this your osteopathic treatment plan can be orientated to teach you how to optimise your breathing patterns. Controlling and maintaining breathing has a direct effect on your nervous system and may help you to synchronize your autonomic nervous system resulting in improving the efficiency of your organs which in turn can help you manage various stress factors more easily promoting a sense of wellbeing.
Who would benefit from a capnograph?
Patients with a variety of breathing disorders in addition to asthma
Patients with chronic pain
Patients in a stressful situation
Patients who get out of breath easily
Patients with persistent upper back, neck and shoulder pain
Patients who want to use breathing to improve quality of life
Patients suffering from upper spine, neck and shoulder pain
Those with high stress levels
Patients suffering from chronic conditions such as chronic low or mid back issues
Book in for a capnograph consultation