As you probably know, Old Father Time waits for no man, and as we grow older, this becomes more apparent than ever before. Whereas in the past, we may have been able to drink our own bodyweight in beer, survive on less than four hours of sleep, and then get up the next day and do a full shift in the office, nowadays things are a little different. As we grow older it becomes obvious that we aren’t immortal and that if we want to lead a healthy, prosperous, and prolonged life, we need to take some basic steps to ensure that we take the best possible care of ourselves. Getting fit and healthy needn’t be a challenge, and to prove exactly that, here are some simple health tips for men.

Get active

Okay, first up, if you’re serious about getting yourself into peak physical condition, you need to ensure that you get off the sofa and get active. Exercise is beneficial for a variety of reasons. Exercise lifts the spirits and improves your mood, it strengthens the heart, it helps improve your libido, it makes you look better, and it helps you to be better inside and out. Any form of physical exercise and exertion will help you. if you decide you want to work out at the gym, go ahead and pay for that membership, grab your gym kit, and have at it. If, however, you decide the gym isn’t for you, just find something that is. Even something as simple as walking around the block or the local park will help improve your health and fitness. Remember, any type of physical exertion is better than nothing.

 

Have a physical

As men, we seem to have a mental block associated with going to the doctor and having ourselves checked out. We’ll sit and talk about fart jokes and sports until we’re red in the face, but the second somebody mentions going to the doctor and undergoing a physical and we clam up faster than, well, a clam. Before you begin any radical new lifestyle, the first thing you need to do is assess your physical fitness and health. Your doctor will check your vitals, measure your blood pressure, measure you, perhaps take bloods, and a few more things, just to get an idea of what kind of shape you are in. Once you know what kind of shape you’re in, you can then act accordingly when planning your diet and workout routine.

Cut out the beer and junk

While one of life’s simple pleasures is kicking back on the sofa after a long day, beer in one hand, snacks in the other, as you relax in front of the TV for the night, unfortunately that is not healthy. The odd treat now and then is fine, but if the above scenario is taking place more than once per week, it’s time to cut back and make some changes. Junk food is notoriously bad for you, as is beer. Instead, try to drink more water and healthy beverages, and stock up on healthy produce packed full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. You can enjoy a beer and some chips now and then, but save it for a special occasion, or as a reward for a solid week or so of dieting and working out.