June is Men’s Health Month!
Are you in the best health of your life? Let’s turn our attention to men’s health this month, reminding you that keeping yourself healthy is good for you and good for business.
There are many low-cost ways to think and act healthier.
Get out and run, shoot hoops, or go to the gym.
Staying active even for a few minutes every day helps to keep you healthy. Take a run on your lunch hour or stop at the gym on your way home from work. A bike ride through your neighborhood after dinner also counts. Find a few minutes and get active!
Each mile a man runs burns 105 calories. Just shooting hoops burns about 300 calories per hour – play from half court and burn about 558 calories. Go to the gym for some strength training and burn about 90 calories for a 30-minute session of weight training.
Take advantage of preventative care by getting your annual doctor visits.
Employees that come to work sick expose everyone to illness. Get medical treatment if you need it, and get an annual check up to catch any health issues before problems turn into serious conditions.
Get your hearing and vision screenings annually.
As we age, our hearing and vision can gradually erode. Sometimes, it’s hard to notice that you’re not hearing entire conversations or you’re missing written details. In fact, slips and falls can be the result of not seeing clearly.
To catch any issues early, arrange to get your hearing and vision tested.
Do you need a hearing test? Go here to take the quiz!
Review safety guidelines and rules
Has it been awhile since you had a refresher course on safety in the workplace? Use of power equipment such as jacks, basic lifting procedures, and ergonomic guidelines should be reviewed at least once per year. Encourage your employer to spend a few minutes reviewing any updated company procedures.
Falls account for a large number of workplace injuries every year. Remove or report hazards that might cause slips and falls and please – watch where you’re going.
Review what’s in the company kitchen of your workplace. Is the vending machine stocked with sugary treats or snacks that contain a day’s worth of sodium? Bring and eat healthier snacks such as fruit, nuts, and granola bars to reduce sugar and salt intake. Avoid soda and drink plenty of water or iced tea.
Eat fruit and yogurt a few hours before your workout to load up on carbohydrates, vitamin C, and protein. Eggs are a great source of quick energy with a multitude of nutrients, vitamin A and B12 and lutein for eyes and skin.
According to Cooking Light magazine, after your workout, recover with meals stuffed with protein and carbohydrates. A great choice is a Grilled Turkey and Ham sandwich, filled with sliced meats, veggies, and a light mustard spread. Find the recipe here.
If you’re working out in the morning, dish up an egg sandwich after your training. Add some cheese and veggies to round out restoring your tired muscles and prepare for the day.
Stay healthier and get more fit. During Men’s Health Month, adopt a healthier lifestyle, eat healthy food, and get together with your co-workers for a game of basketball.
Time and good health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until we’ve run out of both. –Denis Waitley