Blog by Bearded Dragon Grooming
We all know that staying healthy is important not only for ourselves but also for our loved ones. However, when life gets busy it can become all too easy to put yourself on the back burner. Below are a few ways you can make self-care an important part of your routine and get on track to leading a healthier lifestyle:
Watch your diet
Maintaining a good diet is a huge component of being healthy. You can do this by avoiding processed foods, increasing your fruit, vegetables and lean proteins as well as staying away from foods that are high in saturated or trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars. While this may seem like a daunting list, you can still enjoy your favourites, just a little less than you may have done before or you could even find a healthier alternative.
Exercise is another way that you can get to keep your body and mind strong. You should aim to do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five days a week. If exercise isn’t your thing then a great way you can get started is by recognising what works for you. For example, if you are motivated by smashing goals like reaching 10,000 steps a day then you might consider getting yourself an activity tracker or if you love being social then get a group of friends together and join a team sport.
Check your mental health
Men’s mental health is often negatively stigmatised, but it is important to recognise that this is also a key component of your overall health. Pay attention to any signs of depression or bipolar disorder and don’t be afraid to reach for help. In Australia, you can create a mental health care plan with your General Practitioner who can also help you to organise free therapy and ongoing support.
Regular health checks can help to identify early warning signs of disease or illness. Things like heart disease, diabetes and some cancers can often be picked up in their early stages meaning that their treatment can be more successful if they are picked up then.
Your doctor will be able to decide which things you may need to be screened for depending on your and your lifestyle. If you have any high-risk factors, like family history of a certain disease or any other health condition your doctor might recommend more regular check-ups so they can detect any warning signs sooner.