His ’stache is stylish, but don’t let him stop there. Movember is also a men’s health movement.
What more could a man want than a month dedicated to his health and happiness?
Let your man know you care by passing along these 5 Mo’ tips compiled especially for him:
1. Revive the drive.
Lifting weights two-to-three times a week increases sex drive. That’s because lifting heavy objects increases the body’s testosterone levels — which counters the hormone’s natural decline with aging. If erectile dysfunction is a problem, try running, hiking, calisthenics and other lower body exercises to kick-start performance.
2. Sleep like a boss.
A good night’s sleep — at least seven hours — is so important to overall health that the NFL and other professional sports teams are encouraging players to rest their bodies, even providing sleep monitors to better track their habits.
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“One of the first things to go wrong when you’re having a psychological or physical problem is your sleep. Insomnia is a marker for poor health,” says Terese Hammond, assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Keck Medicine of USC pulmonary critical care physician and director of the USC Sleep Disorders Center.
3. Mandate a guys’ night out.
America’s highest rate of suicide is among working men age 25 to 54 – and yet this is the group least likely to reach out for help. The best way to combat mental health disorders is to have long-term relationships (this includes friendships) that are fun, interesting and meaningful. Hanging with the guys can work wonders for stress and mental health.
4. Learn how to perform a testis cancer self-exam.
It’s important for your man to learn how to perform a monthly testis cancer self-exam — the best way of detecting and diagnosing testis cancer early. It takes only a few minutes and you only need to perform the exam once a month.
Because a hot shower relaxes the scrotal skin, do your self-test right after you get out. Examine one testicle at a time and gently feel the entire surface. Look for swelling, a firm lump or soreness. If you detect something that doesn’t feel right, get it checked out immediately.
5. And while you’re at it, get a prostate exam.
You need to have your doctor perform a prostate exam. Prostate cancer affects one in six men and is the most common cancer not specific to skin. One new case of prostate cancer occurs every three minutes, and a man dies from prostate cancer every 19 minutes. The American Cancer Society suggests a yearly exam for men age 50 and older, but African-American men carry a higher risk and should be tested at age 45.
By Heidi Tyline King
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