“Does my gut look big in this?”

If you ask that question in front of your partner, you know the answer will be honest perhaps even brutal. If the answer is “yes”  then perhaps it’s time to find another fashion consultant or possibly ask yourself a hard question or two about your nutrition and activity, or rather lack of it.

I’m not going to badger you about nutrition or exercise.  Rather we are going to just highlight some of the reasons you may overindulge in the former and starve yourself of the latter and what to do about.

Even if you don’t read the rest of this have a gander at the graphic and take it in.  Good health isn’t that difficult.

Men’s health is not rocket surgery

Men’s Health Week – June 11th – 17th, 2018

Feedback Loops

Cycles that are setup with say  poor sleep habits due to overindulgence or work stress, may persist leading to general malaise and inactivity.  Inactivity in and of itself is fine, we need about 6-8 hours of it at night during sleep.   Most of us get something approaching that. We do not need to enhance our inactivity levels with hours behind a desk (as I am doing now – an hour in the garden later to compensate 🙂 or daily TV induced comas.

As we all know, keeping physically active reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, depression, and etc.  When physically tired (*Note: not exhausted) sleep comes easier.  You wake refreshed and ready to go and do ‘stuff’.  Doing ‘stuff’ means you’re getting exercise, improving mental health meaning you are less likely to unwittingly self-medicate with food or ferment, which in turn improves sleep and keeps our other systems functioning better.  (*Exhaustion, in my experience leads to a fitful few hours sleep followed by ‘pain’).

For me sleep is the most important part of the cycle, there is a saying that goes along the lines that each wakening is a rebirth of sorts and so it is.   In my humble opinion it begins with sleep it is our opportunity to start afresh when we wake.  So what is it that is your blocker? Why don’t you sleep well? 

Stress

Do you consistently have trouble nodding off in bed? Do you toss and turn? Do you wake in the middle of the night with worries gnawing away at your sleep (and making making you tired during the day)? Do you wake in the morning with stiff shoulders and neck? A positive response to these would indicate that you are carrying stress and might benefit from chilling more before bed.

Some tips:

  • Make time well before bed to make a list of all the things you have to do tomorrow.  (Clears your mind and now you won’t forget them ‘cos ‘list’.)
  • Make time to develop a routine around going to bed – this helps train the body and mind to shutdown.
  • Make time to meditate – it has been shown to help with stress relief.
  • If your partner has Reiki or other energetic healings skills – let them practise on you. What will it hurt: you both benefit and spend some quiet time together.

Physical issues

cartoon man with cigarette penis

Smoking Gun …

Of course there may be physical issues that affect your sleep: sleep apnea, twitchy legs, nicotine addiction, back pain and so on can all disturb your sleep.  Age can also play a role as we tend to need less sleep as we age but still think we are teenagers and want 10-12 hrs a night. That can actually be quite frustrating so it pays to know how much sleep you need and accept it.

Some tips:

  • find out how much sleep you need
  • get treatment for physical issues that affect your sleep and cardio vascular health – snoring, sleep apnea. Don’t have time? Make time or you will have plenty of time on your hands when you ‘crash’.
  • meditation, as well as reducing effects of stress, can help with pain relief (except for teeth & testicles – see your doctor if pain persists).
  • get chronic pain sorted: muscles/backs – massage, Emmett therapy, physio-, chiro- whatever works for you.

Conclusion

The graphic at the top of the page pretty much summarises the current research around men’s health and illustrates that good health isn’t that difficult.  Hell, who wants to live 9 uncomfortable years in  poor health especially when a few small lifestyle changes will help. Can you imagine the amount of stress you and your family will experience if you have a near death experience with a heart issue?  Give yourself permission to get things sorted.  Make the changes: one at a time is ok, it doesn’t have to be all at once.

 

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