Six ways to start living a healthier lifestyle

It may seem daunting to make even the smallest of changes to your lifestyle, but being healthy, both physically and mentally has never been more important. 

Did you know, only 30% of a man’s overall health is determined by genetics, whilst 70% is controllable through lifestyle? 

Now, we’re not suggesting you have a complete overhaul and make drastic lifestyle changes, no. Just simple changes you can start making today that will have a positive impact so you can be the best version of yourself. 

1. Sleep time 

Men who sleep 7-8 hours a night have about 60% less risk of fatal heart attack than those who sleep 5 hours or less*. We know sleep is important, but sometimes getting enough hours can be difficult when you’ve got work, kids and everything else in the mix. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day also helps you to sleep better and regulate your sleep pattern.

2. Look after your mental health

Practice self-care. Take time out for yourself and learn to manage stress, including work stress. When ever possible, try to leave your work at work and learn to know the signs of stress and ways you can help to de-stress which can include, exercise, meditation or a massage.

3. Limit screen time

In a digital world, this is a tricky one. Your work commitments might also mean spending most of your day online. In your spare time, instead of scrolling, replace it with a book or another activity you enjoy, eliminate phones at meal times, family time and just before bed.

4. Get moving  

Try to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. Get your body moving by going for a walk, a light jog, some strength training, or even join a sporting team to exercise and also socialise.

5. Watch your diet

This is a no brainer but we all know it’s not always easy to maintain every day. Try to cut down or avoid processed foods altogether as it contains high amounts of sugar, unhealthy fats and additives. Eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fibre rich foods and lean cut meats.

6. Pencil in routine check ups

Life’s busy, things come up, but it’s important to put the effort into scheduling regular check ups for yourself and for your long term health. Try scheduling appointments a month or two in advance, that way, you’re more likely to go if it’s already booked in.

*https://www.menshealthweek.org.au/events/resources/male-health-infographics

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