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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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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!)
  3. 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.
  4. Incorporate weight training into your schedule: having higher levels of muscle burns higher level of calories during the day!
  5. Don’t be too proud to have the prostate check – it could save your life!
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night, this is when your body recovers both physically and mentally
  9. 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!
  10. 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.