5 Health Rules All Men Should Live By

Find out how healthy men do it with these rules.

June is Men's Health Month, a great time to focus on how to be a healthy man, both mentally and physically. Follow our health rules for men, and you will be well on your way to a healthy lifestyle.

Exercise often
Regular exercise is vital to good health. Strive for 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week. Add in strengthening activities on at least two days.

Eat well
It may be hard to lay off the hot dogs, nachos and beer at the ballpark. However, men should be apart of the calorie-counting crowd for the most part. Eating a balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meat will have a positive effect on your waistline as well as your overall health.

Get some zzz's
Operating on a couple hours of sleep may seem manly, but it's not. Men require 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Getting enough sleep helps stave off illness, aids in maintaining a healthy weight and improves mental clarity.

Don't smoke
If you're a smoker, quit now. Smoking has many disastrous effects on your health including lung cancer, heart disease and increased stroke risk. However, studies have shown that smoking in men can also have a negative effect on mental status. Smoking appears to accelerate the decline of mental function in middle-aged men, which decreases the man's ability to organize, plan and pay attention.

Get your check-ups
Did you know that women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual exams and preventive services than men? It's time to buck that trend. Several health conditions can be prevented or detected through regular check-ups with your physician. Be sure to attend regular screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose and prostate health.

For more ways to improve your health, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers free community events each month. Browse our monthly classes and events calendar. To schedule a routine check-up or to have your health questions answered, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5119.

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