Many men don’t make their health a priority. All too often, wellness is put on the back burner in favour of work or other obligations. With this in mind we thought we would pull together our top 5 health and wellness tips for men this month:

1) Exercise regularly

Make sure you’re incorporating regular exercise into your normal routine, and vary your workouts so your body doesn’t get comfortable with the same movements. Men who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer from conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis and coronary disease. Exercise can also have a hugely positive impact on your mental health. If you work in an office environment try to get up from your desk at least every hour.

2) Eat a healthy, balanced diet

Getting proper daily nutrition is crucial to your overall health and well-being. Count your nutrients, rather than your calories and consume a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. Be sure to limit foods and drinks high in calories, salt, sugar and fat. What’s more is that this can be done on a budget and meals can be prepared in less than 20 minutes.

3) Make sleep a priority

Be sure to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night, as this gives your body the chance to heal and recharge. Inadequate sleep is associated with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. Logging adequate amounts of sleep helps you live longer by lowering your stress, sharpening your memory and lowering cravings for unhealthy foods.

4) Monitor your mental health and stress levels

Pay close attention to warning signs of depression, or if you have a family history of mental illness, talk to your doctor about the symptoms. In addition, try to manage your stress in a healthy way, as high levels of stress can be harmful to the body. Take a bit of time every day to speak to family, friends and colleagues about non-work related matters.

5) Look out for prostate and testicular cancer

As you get older, your prostate grows, resulting in urinary issues. If you’re experiencing urinary problems, talk with your doctor about scheduling a prostate exam. It’s also important to perform monthly testicular self-exams to look for any bumps or abnormalities.

As Ireland’s largest health insurance broker, Cornmarket can help to find you the right Health Insurance plan. There are new plans available which will give a contribution towards gym membership, wearable trackers, nutritionist visits and much more

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