- One in five men die before the age of 65
- 75% of premature deaths from heart disease are male
- 67% of men are overweight or obese
- Three out of four suicides are male
- Take 15 deep breaths
Deep breathing will draw more oxygen into the lungs and heart. This will increase your cardiovascular capacity and the quantity of oxygen to the cells allowing you to think more clearly and relax.
- Take walking meetings
As an alternative to customary meetings, try taking your colleagues for a walk to change the pace and scenery and allow the conversation to flow more naturally.
- Small steps can make a big difference
Waiting for the microwave, making the tea, running a bath? Exercises like calf raises, lunges and increasing your step count are effective ways to significantly improve your fitness and strength whilst being low intensity.
- Protect your skin
Melanoma is a form of skin cancer and men over the age of 50 are at heightened risk of developing it. To ensure you are lowering your risk of melanoma, here are some basic rules for when you are exposed to harmful UV radiation:
- Apply appropriate strength sun cream in advance and re-apply cream to visible skin every two hours
- Conduct a monthly skin examination on moles and any changes in texture or colour of the skin
- Wear protective clothing like hats, sunglasses, long sleeved shirts and trousers
- Take extra precaution when near water, sand or snow.
- Be prostate aware
Timing is crucial. If prostate cancer is detected early, there is a 98% chance of survival beyond five years, if detected late, the survival rate drops to 26%2. NHS guidelines3 recommend that all men over the age of 50 should consult their GP regarding PSA testing.
Maintenance is important, look after yourselves and one another.
1 www.menshealthforum.org.uk/statistics, October 2018
2 https://uk.movember.com/mens-health/prostate-cancer#the-facts, October 2018
3 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/prostate-cancer/psa-testing/, October 2018