Men's Health Week - Basics on Taking Care of Things
Men's Health Week
Whether you are a guy reading this or a partner, spouse, even friend reading this that loves or lives with a guy, I know you know most of this stuff. Still, it bears repeating, at least once a year. Since this is Men’s Health Week, here we go. And please, pass this on to the men in our lives.
Basic Men's Health Tips
For overall health, including men's reproductive health, here are the basics of the basics.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. See a dentist, twice a year or as directed.
- Have a physical; make sure that everything is in correct working order.
- Work out regularly, five times a week. Cardio is important, so is weight lifting. It all has positive impact on your overall health.
- Avoid recreational drugs. Especially marijuana, which stays in your system and affects your reproductive health for an extended amount of time.
- Don’t smoke cigarettes. If you are a smoker, get some help to stop. There are quite a few methods that can be helpful. Ask your doctor for resources that they trust.
- Sleep a minimum of seven hours a night. Try, as much as possible, to have a regular bedtime and wake up time. Try, as much as possible, to shut off all electronics at least one hour before bedtime.
- Eat three meals a day and two small snacks. Eat good, healthy foods. Foods that do not come in a box are a good way to start. Foods that are colorful, fresh and vitamin dense. Balance your meals so that you are eating lean protein, a good fat, a healthy carbohydrate, veggies, and a fruit. (See a nutritionist for a check in; Carolyn Gundell is here at RMACT and can help you create a healthier way to eat and live.)
- Moderate your alcohol and caffeine intake. Ask your doctor at your physical what they recommend.
- Talk to your friends. Have a strong support system that you can rely on for those times when you need emotional support.
These are the most basic of the basics. General care of our bodies, minds, hearts and selves.
We all deserve to be healthy. It starts with us.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.