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Men’s Health Awareness Week: Five Tips for a Healthier You

Men’s Health Awareness Week is the perfect time to focus on your wellbeing. Taking care of your health is more than just physical fitness; it encompasses mental and emotional wellbeing too. Here are five tips to help you on your journey to a healthier you.

1. Start Talking

Talking about your feelings and health concerns is crucial. Many men tend to bottle up their emotions, leading to unnecessary stress and potential health problems. Find a trusted friend, family member, or therapist to share your thoughts with. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

2. Get Moving

Regular exercise is vital for maintaining good health. The NHS, recommends for those aged between 19-64 to exercise for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week; along with muscle-strengthening exercises on two or more days. Whether it’s a morning run, a gym session, or a game of basketball with friends, find an activity you enjoy and make it a part of your routine.

3. Prioritise Sleep

Quality sleep is often overlooked but is essential for overall health. Adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Establish a regular sleep schedule, create a relaxing bedtime routine, and make your bedroom a comfortable environment for sleeping. Avoid screens and heavy meals before bed to improve your sleep quality.

4. Eat Healthy

A balanced diet is key to maintaining good health. Focus on eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Limit processed foods, sugary drinks, and excessive amounts of red meat. Eating a well-rounded diet will not only boost your physical health but also enhance your mood and energy levels.

5. Spend Time with Loved Ones

Spending quality time with family and friends can significantly impact your mental and emotional wellbeing. Strong social connections can help reduce stress, improve mood, and even increase lifespan. Make time for regular social activities, whether it’s a family dinner, a weekend outing, or simply a phone call with a friend.

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