It’s the time of year when things start to get a little bit hairy with the annual Movember Men’s Health Fundraiser. Movember is on a mission to improve the state of Men’s Health with a particular focus on the areas of suicide prevention, testicular cancer and prostate cancer. The statistics around the current state of Men’s Health are alarming; on average, Men die 6 years earlier than women and in Australia, 3 out of 4 suicides are men.
Generally, Men seem to be less likely to take action to improve their health. It’s not uncommon for men to arrive in the clinic and say something along the lines of “I’m only here because my wife made me come”.
We think this needs to change.
We want to see more men make their health a priority and take an active role in managing and improving their health. Not only to be free of disease or pain, but to live a happier and healthier life.
So, where do we start? What can Men do to improve their health?
It’s simple, exercise can do amazing things for your health. From improving your cardiovascular health, reducing your risk of some cancers, or improving your mental health, exercise may be the simplest, most effective tool available to improve your health. Moving more doesn’t necessarily mean running marathons, it could be as simple as taking the dog for a walk, doing more gardening or catching up with a mate for a game of tennis. For some people, particularly with some health conditions, advice on how to get started from an Exercise Physiologist, Physiotherapist or GP may be beneficial. But in many cases, we can take some simple, safe, initial steps to get moving.
Have you noticed a change in your health? Got a niggle that wasn’t there before? More short of breath getting up the stairs? Noticing more negative thoughts? These things can get better. Reach out to a health professional to get the support you need to help improve your health. There is little benefit to pushing through when something isn’t right, your health care team is here to help you live a healthier life.
Reach out to a Mate
Have you noticed a change in yourself, or in a mate? It’s OK and important to reach out for support. Movember has some great tools available to help when having a tricky conversation with a mate and to identify when to help out. Check out the Movember Conversations page here and familiarize yourself with the ALEC guide; Ask, Listen, Encourage Action, and Check In. There is some great information here to help both when someone comes to you for advice, or if you identify when a mate might need some help.
Take action today to improve your health
Choose to take action today. We all can improve our health in some way. Consider one thing you can do today that will have a positive impact on your health. It doesn’t need to be a major change; start small with a simple action and over time you can make substantial change to your health.