Men’s Health and Fitness
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Men’s health and fitness is clearly as important to men as women’s health and fitness is to women. However, consensus has it that men’s health and fitness is often neglected by those who do not have someone to nudge them, nurture them, care for or care about them. This article, then, (as well as a number of other articles) will focus on men as they should be focused on—it will give them attention and will give attention to their health concerns in ways they might not care to do.
Prioritization is something most of us are naturally good at. But since what we prioritize is just as important as how we do it, it must be noted that when anyone puts men’s health and fitness last on the list, it might be the top-listed items and people that suffer. Working to make ends meet, working to support a family, entertaining and dedicating time to family and friends, and then working some more…. These might contribute to the need for a man to at some point cry out that he needs time to himself.
Yes! He needs to know that taking time for selfish things is taking time for selfless things. His health in tact will ensure he can go on entertaining, providing, nurturing, and partying. His health in tact means he will not suffer and will not have to share his suffering by being (begrudgingly dependent upon others because he neglected his men’s health and fitness issues or concerns and now is helpless.
For instance, the number of areas of men’s health and fitness that must get attention is great: weight, liver, vision, teeth, heart, prostrate, bone joints and muscles, sexual equipment, stomach are, however neglected. Is it because men feel selfish if they take time out to attend regularly scheduled appointments? Is it because men get wrapped up in enjoying or consumed by doing the twelve hundred other daily duties that the last thing they would remember is a dental cleaning or a blood pressure check?
Men’s health and fitness concerns are revealed—in general terms—in the statistics: they are four times less likely to see a doctor than women. This is according to Dr. Hilary Jones at netdoctor.co.uk. At the same time, however, 45% of all men are overweight, and one third of them are termed clinically obese; 8.7 million men over 20 in the US alone have Diabetes (according the ADA); one million males have eating disorders (inch-aweigh.com); 7 out of 8 carry at least one risk toward heart disease and/or stroke; and of all men with high blood pressure, only 25% use a medication to control it.
So it is shame? Control? Or is it the invincibility syndrome at any age that takes over and prevents men from preventing such health problems, illness, disorders, and diseases as hypertension, peptic ulcer, heart attack, cancer…. I will ask this again, in the next ten articles, hoping to get a response. Or at least get my men friends to their first middle-age checkup.