When it comes to health care, men can be considerably stuck in their ways. With UK researchers finding men on average 40%* less likely than women to visit the doctors regularly, take health symptoms seriously or adhere to their nutritional needs - BBC study.
It's no surprise that women have a seven-year longer life expectancy than their male counterparts
So ahead of Men's Health Awareness Week on 13th - 19th June 2016, here is some help aimed at focusing men on such things as reducing mental issues, such as stress or lack of sleep, to maintaining an overall balance in fitness, diet and working life,
Five 'Wellness' tips for keeping healthy:
Enhance your Lunch
If 3pm strikes on a hectic day and you're feeling drawn to the office vending machines, you may need to reconsider exactly what you're eating for lunch. Recalling a recent meal can not only enhance awareness of how nutritious your food really was, but in the long term, even help you eat less.
Tip: Heading to a big meeting this afternoon? Stock up on non-starchy, carb-dense foods such as sweet potatoes and brown rice, as these will help to improve mood and mental performance; just one sweet potato provides over 300% of your daily vitamin A needs! If you struggle with your portions, try snacking on low-calorie vegetables before a main course, such as carrots or celery, as these will keep your hunger at bay and calorie intake in check.
Stretch Like a Cat
Did you know that regular stretching can be just as important as regular exercise? When we don't stretch, we continue to overuse and fatigue our muscles, leaving our bodies feeling tired and stiff. A stretch first thing in the morning could be just as fulfilling as hitting a mental reset button, improving posture, blood flow and even concentration.
Tip: Instead of hitting the snooze button, try sitting on the end of your bed and start by taking in a deep breath. Raising your arms to the ceiling, place your hands above your head with your palms facing upward. Elongate your spine and feel the stretch in your ribcage and arms, holding the pose for 10 seconds. Gently relax and repeat three times, focusing on your breathing throughout.
Sleep On It
We're all guilty of a late night at the office from time to time, but it's important to know where to draw the line. Clocking out late every night won't give your brain the time it needs to switch off from problems faced during the day and puts your body at risk of stress and disrupted sleeping patterns, which in turn lead to increased risk of heart disease. Get a good night's sleep and you might be surprised to find your eureka moment may arrive
Tip: Create a clear association between your work and your sleep. it's OK to read in your bed, but be careful to avoid your computer, doing paperwork or texting on your phone, as these activities stimulate your brain. I recommend setting aside at least one hour of pre-sleep time to properly relax your body ready for bed.
Work Out Fast
People who want to get a lot from their workouts tend to spend a lot of time in the gym. The truth is however, that after 30 or 40 minutes, the benefit isn't as great. Cap your session at 30 minutes-you have the whole day to stay active. A shorter session at a high intensity can not only improve muscle gain and fat loss, but over time can even relieve feelings of tension, anger, and overall mood.
Tip: Maximize the time you spend in a workout by doing exercises that work out multiple muscle groups at once. Why not try booking in to a HIIT class at your local gym? This will not only help build up your endurance but with correct instruction, quickly step up the effectiveness of your workouts.
Take Some Me Time
Sometimes life can feel like one long to do list, so always take some time out for yourself. When you focus on an activity just for you, stress levels go down and you have time to recharge your batteries.
Try taking up a hobby, like learning to play a musical instrument or experiment cooking up some new and delicious recipes. For something a little more relaxing however, don't leave a day at the spa just to the girls! With the New Time Out Spa Day, developed especially for men in need of a little TLC, The Spa at The Midland knows that every man deserves to be pampered from time to time. With an array of 50 minute spa treatments to choose from, each specifically designed to suit men's needs and skin type, a light lunch in the private spa café, an ESPA Discovery collection gift worth £23 and full access to the Spa's state of the art relaxation facilities and thermal suites, a spa treat at The Spa at The Midland is set to relax even the most stressed out and
Helena Grzesk, Spa Director of Manchester's luxury award winning city-centre spa 'The Spa at The Midland' shares her tops tips on achieving integrated health and vitality, for men at any age.
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