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Men’s Health Month: 10+ Experts Share Their Healthy Tips on Men’s Health

Men's health month

Introduction

Many men all over the world are dying from one disease or another. Sometimes these diseases can be avoided if men take good care of their health.

Stress is among one of the most prevalent factors responsible for these diseases. Many men find it difficult to talk about their health or feelings. They would rather bottle it in and hope it goes away. Yet, the effects may even be disastrous.

June is men’s health month. Men are encouraged to talk about their health. They are also encouraged to take good care of their health and see a doctor if they experience specific symptoms of any illness.

As a man, your health lies on your shoulders. If you don’t take good care of it, you’ll be forced to spend a lot of cash and time treating a disease.

To be successful in leading a healthy lifestyle, watch what goes into your body, including the different kinds of foods and drinks, quit smoking, exercise, and improve your sleep habits.

Men’s health month is equally important to women’s month. We hope that you find these tips from health and fitness experts useful!

Health and Fitness Experts’ Tips for Men to Live Happier and Healthier Life

We queried top health and fitness professionals for their tips to help men live happier and healthier lives. Here are their words:

Samantha BatesSamantha Bates, Copywriter for Health and Wellness
www.dbcopyaz.com

Samantha Bates is a copywriter in the Health and Wellness industry with extensive experience as a caregiver for patients with chronic health issues and pain.

Her vast experience in Medical, Information Technology, Retail, Banking, and Education industries as well Performing Arts allows her to be well rounded drawing on a wealth of knowledge and experience. Project Manager, Choreographer, Curriculum Developer, Trainer, Installation Coordinator, Cub Scout Den Mother, and Fraud Analyst are few of the roles she has championed.

Based in the Phoenix Metro area she is wife to a rockstar IT guy and mother to 3 wonderful children and 3 rescue dogs. She is an avid DIYer and is always working projects in her home. She loves to promote and advocate for the most innovative and effective Alternative health products and treatments to help consumers live life to the fullest.

Currently, she is currently planning a website, blog, and YouTube Channel. She also is in the process of writing a novel. She is active in posting articles on LinkedIn and other social media sites promoting Health and Wellness as well as copywriting. She works full time in the IT industry and plans to pursue writing as a full-time career in the near future.

June is dedicated to Men’s Health awareness and education. Among the greatest dangers to Men’s health are heart disease, lung disease, alcohol related death, depression and suicide, accidents, and diabetes.

Men work hazardous, dangerous jobs. Cultural practices often discount men’s health and support unhealthy habits. Covid-19 caused more deaths, mental health issues, financial stress, and less medical help for men. Almost every country on Earth has health initiatives supporting women’s health issues, few address health initiatives for men.

Big Pharma created medications to treat the health threats listed above. Yet preventing disease isn’t a health initiative for men. Science shows most of these conditions can be avoided or risk greatly decreased through preventative measures including exercise, managing stress, regular health checks, and good nutrition.

The two greatest threats to men’s health are: lack of education and legislation in preventing disease and supporting men’s health. Why is there little focus on preventing problems impacting men’s health? The reasons are complex, but the solutions are simpler.

Let me share with you how education and legislation can be the catalysts for improved health for men:

First, start early to teach good health including exercise, nutrition, and asking for help. Teaching boys habits of a healthy lifestyle before becoming adults is powerful in preventing health problems. Parents and schools can teach these skills.

Second, societies need to proactively support Men’s health as preventing disease. Communities can promote health through sports, nutrition classes, and health clinics. Employers can create incentives to losing weight, getting more exercise, keeping tabs on cholesterol and other critical health indicators.

Third, countries can use legislation and funding to support men’s health initiatives. Accessible, affordable care for men and preventative screenings are key. National and local communities can support initiatives.

Fourth, men should evaluate their lifestyle and advocate for their health. Exercise, nutrition, mental health, social interaction, reducing stress, and getting regular health checkups to support good health. If bad habits are in place, replace with healthy habits. The women should support men’s health.

Finally, get involved in organizations, events, and groups that promote men’s health or health in general. These are great ways to raise awareness.

In conclusion, education and legislation can provide tools and supports to help men live longer and healthier lives. Promoting and supporting men’s health is benefit to the people in men’s lives and the communities they live in. Now is the time to act in supporting better health for men all over the world.

Works cited:

https://www.healthline.com/health/top-10-health-risks-for-men#depression-and-suicide
https://www.healthgrades.com/right-care/mens-health/top-10-mens-health-concerns
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/mens-health/in-depth/mens-health/art-20047764
https://www.healthpartners.com/blog/why-men-arent-taking-their-health-seriously/
https://www.everydayhealth.com/mens-health/awareness-month/
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Lisa PeranzoLisa Peranzo, Fitness Instructor
www.ahealthfullife.org

Lisa has over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry. She has worked with a diverse population, including first responders, athletes and adolescents.

Her experience in the fitness industry has also included working with clients to rehab from a variety of injuries, from spinal chord injuries and brain injuries, recovery from childbirth, to sports related injuries as well as joint replacements.

Her focus is always to help her clients find their own strength and power from their fitness routine.

She is a PMA accredited Pilates Instructor, Senior Trainer, Certified CrossFit Instructor, Certified Kettlebell Instructor, and Certified Barre Above Instructor, Lisa also has a certification in Paleo Nutrition, a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Human Behavior.

She is a contributing writer for HealthWeb Magazine as well as Smartrepreneur Magazine.

In addition to being the founder and CEO of A Healthful Life, Lisa has been featured in various magazines and on podcasts including San Diego Voyager magazine, Combat Divas, The Pourly Written Podcast, and Radical Resilience.

Embarking on a fitness journey is the first step to taking control of your health and wellness. But examining our health and figuring out how to break that cycle can be an extremely intimidating prospect, especially when we are used to the comfortable aspects of the habits we currently fall back on.

It is not a matter of knowing you need to take certain steps to be healthy, it is more a matter of figuring out how to make those steps be a consistent aspect of your life.

When you are new to working out but know you want to incorporate fitness into your wellness routine, find the modality of fitness that appeals to you and start there. If you are inherently drawn to the workout, you are more likely to do the workout and create a healthy habit of working out as a result.

Once you have that workout routine established, begin to cross-train. Venture out into other modalities of fitness that interest you not just as a means to stay motivated, but also as a means to see continued results as well as mitigate your risk for injury.

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Dr. Laurie BetitoDr. Laurie Betito, Clinical Psychologist, Sexual Wellness Expert
www.drlaurie.com

Dr. Laurie is a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in sexual wellness and has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years. For the last three decades she has been doing radio and television, dispensing sex and relationship advice.

For 22 years she was the host of the nightly Canadian syndicated show Passion. She is a regular contributor to various magazines, newspapers and television shows.

Dr. Laurie is also President of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec and Past President of the Canadian Sex Research Forum.

Dr. Laurie is the author of The Sex Bible for People Over 50

Dr. Laurie is also the Director of the Pornhub Sexual Wellness Center, an online sexual health information platform.

Dr. Laurie has also done two TEDx talks on the subject of sexuality

Her weekly podcast “Passion with Dr. Laurie and Jon Pole†is available on all platforms.

Get real when it comes to sex. Many men have all kinds of beliefs about sex and performance that are really hurtful to them. Unfortunately, with the lack of sexual health education, many men will turn to pornography to "learn". This sets them up for feelings of failure, unrealistic expectations, misconceptions about what women really like in bed, etc.

Let's start with a couple of beliefs men have about their own bodies:

1. "I should always have a rock hard erection". Sure if you are 16 years old! Men can have trouble with their erections at any point in their lives, even in their younger years. The belief that all men should be willing and able at the drop of a hat is simply false. Unfortunately, many men, when faced with the occasional difficulty, will sometimes become anxious about their performance, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. It's ok if it doesn't always work the way you want it to. Many factors affect the ability to have an erection at any given time.

2. "I want a bigger penis". I blame porn for this one! The average penis, erect, is 5.2 inches (the average in porn is way more--that's why they get hired). Few women will stare at a man's package and judge him based on this. They care far more about the kind of man he is and how he will treat her. Plus, the majority of women do not come from intercourse alone, so knowing what to do with your hands and mouth are far more important than the size of your penis.

3. "why can't I perform like I did when I was younger?" Well, part of living a happier life is accepting that things change and finding ways to adapt to these changes. You never have to give up on sexuality, but you may have to change your definition! (for more info about sex and aging, check out my book "The Sex Bible for People Over 50.

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Janet GathersJanet Gathers, Wellness Professional
www.janetgathers.com

I am Janet Gathers, owner and operator of GatHouse Fitness established in 2015. I started my business a few years after losing 100 lbs and have since become an Advanced Yoga Teacher, a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer, a Master Reiki and much more. The foundation of my business is to help others take the steps to becoming the best version of themselves as wHolistically as possible. Namaste!

The key to men’s health and wellness is to be consistent and in tune with your STAR PLAYER, and that player is YOURSELF! Many men have been taught to either suppress their emotions and body signals OR to push through the pain (ie MAN UP).

But when it comes to health that is a detrimental mindset to have. Whether it’s routine medical doctor or an aligned eastern medicine practitioner, having someone who is an expert of the body and health oversee your journey and be available to address concerns IS KEY!!

Health is Wealth… spend it wisely.

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Jesse ReasonJesse Reason, Men's Coach

Jesse Reason has spent the last 4 years mastery the secrets of social dynamics, mindset, self-worth, and self-esteem. By the age of 26, he completed 2 tours around the world, teaching in over 15 countries and 25 different cities.

These days Jesse directs his time towards helping men develop better relationships by building their character and transforming them into complete men.

Men should fundamentally focus on the relationship he has with himself, first. Understand that you're responsible for your life and its quality.

Build and strengthen your confidence, self-esteem, and character before anything else. The act of bolstering these parts of your life will help you overcome almost any adversity and develop any skill.

If you've attempted improving a part of your life or gaining a skill and you've failed, the reasons you won't keep at it are numerous but it boils down to character and confidence.

Competence in these fields turns you into a man that only fights harder in the face of adversity because he knows he will be a better person when after overcoming difficult problems.

Nothing worth achieving is easy.

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Michael JacukMichael Jacuk, Personal Trainer & Manual Therapist
www.spectrumhealthwellness.com

Michael Jacuk is epileptic who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) nearly 5 years ago. After 11 months of rehabilitation through the Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Clinic at the Ottawa General Hospital, he founded Spectrum Health & Wellness Inc. A company dedicated to helping the general population live healthy lifestyles that are sustainable long-term. He has also co-founded the Spectrum Wellness Group Ltd. A soon-to-be Registered Charity that will serve to subsidize a variety of Health & Wellness Programs & Services for Ottawa's underprivileged and differently-abled.

According to Harvard Health, men are not only at a higher risk of heart disease than women but are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack.

On average, men fall victim to their first heart attack by the early age of 65 vs. 72 years of age for women, but why? According to the National Library of Medicine “Overall, it appears that men's coping with stressful events may be less adaptive physiologically, behaviorally, and emotionally, contributing to their increased risk for CHD.”

Knowing this information, let us take a brief look at how we can mitigate these cardiovascular risks in men. For starters, avoid excess choline. This is an essential nutrient typically found in meat, fish and milk that raises levels of a compound causing the tendency for platelets to cluster together and form clots. Exercise is low-hanging fruit.

Stay mobile and be well friends!

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Hunter TourteHunter Tourte
www.fgpbar.com

Founder of a new protein bar that is high in fiber, full serving of greens and high in protein.

Dietary fiber is an essential nutrient for health. It helps regulate digestion, lower cholesterol, maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and can even help you maintain a healthy weight. Experts recommend that the average man eat around 38 grams of fiber every day. Yet most men fall short with only 14 grams per day.

If you want to bulk up on fiber, adding more vegetables to your diet is one of the best ways to do it. Healthy greens like kale, spinach and broccoli are called “superfoods” for a reason. Not only are they packed with dietary fiber, but they’re also loaded with other essential vitamins and minerals that pack a nutritional punch. Artificial fiber supplements just can’t compete. If you want the full benefits of fiber, choose natural, plant-based foods and supplements. The greener the better!

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Steve PilotSteve Pilot, NASM Personal Trainer, Vegan Nutritionist
www.stevepilotfitness.com

I am Steve Pilot, a professional certified fitness coach, and vegan nutritionist. With over 27 years of fitness experience and a self-tested fitness program, my mission is simple: To positively influence people's lives by helping them become the best version of themselves through fitness, personal training, sustainable eating habits, and living an active lifestyle. This goes beyond just lifting a few weights in the gym. It is a total transformation of mindset, body, and spirit.

What are you waiting for? Let's train together.

For more information visit his website - www.StevePilotFitness.com

Train to attain strength. The muscle mass naturally declines with age. Resistance training will keep muscles and bones strong preserving them. More muscle equals more metabolism.

Snack Smarter. If the snacks you like make you gain weight, consider a healthier alternative. Try to go for snacks that add value to your body rather than those that devalue your body.

Work out with others. Working out with other people not only will help you to learn tips and tricks from others but also help you to appreciate where you stand in your fitness journey. Socially engaging others may have benefits that could stretch far beyond fitness.

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Daka Karuna T. (William Vadney)Daka Karuna T. (William Vadney), Men’s Health Expert
gaymentantra.wordpress.com

Dāka Karuṇā T. (दाक करुणा तान्त्रिक) is a psychospiritual care provider, writer, educator, prolific blogger, speaker, and generally inquisitive, curious and adventurous homoerotic man. Daka adopted the Sanskrit name Karuna, meaning “compassion” because of his love for all creation, but for the highest value, Truth. Daka Karuna earned degrees in philology, psychology, and divinity; he is an ordained minister and professional interfaith chaplain, as well as a specialist in yogic Tantra (तन्त्र). Daka Karuna’s teaches a masculine spirituality is based on the Sanātanadharma (सनातनधर्म), specifically the Yoga (योग) and Tantra (तन्त्र) traditions, and its adaptation to Western masculinity. Daka Karuna is an outspoken champion of the concept of divine masculinity and authentic masculine intimacy.

Dāka (दाक) is the creator of the 16-week Homoerotic Tantra:Mascul-IN-Touch℠ and Homoerotic Tantra:Mascul-IN-Timacy℠, and 108 Days of Reflection and Meditation programs. Daka's motto is: “Take the best and leave the rest.” Contact: d.karuna.t@gmail.com Dāka Karuṇā T. दाक करुणा तान्त्रिक Homoerotic Tantra Private Site (Request Access) https://gaymentantra.wordpress.com Homoerotic Tantra for Gay Men https://homoerotictantra4gaymen.home.blog 108 Days Reflection & Meditation https://108daysmeditation.wordpress.com Daka's Personal Blog https://cozyrelationship.home.blog

Oṃśānti, śānti, śāntiḥ॥, Peace to you in body, mind, and spirit encapsulates all there is to know or understand about men’s health and happiness. All the Wisdom literature of the world’s faith and belief traditions ultimately focuses on unity and inner peace; whether you read positive psychology or flow, they are simply restatements of old truths.

The warning inherent in all of the traditions is don’t confuse pleasure with happiness; don’t confuse a transient feel-good state with a profound experience of authentic engagement. Don’t become a victim of the traps set by social media’s attention economy only to become completely partially focused. Train yourself to be 80-90% focused (= flow); be in the moment, and practice mindfulness. Accept the challenge to fully experience whatever you are doing.

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Amanda HigginsAmanda Higgins, Health and wellness coaching programmes
www.ukhealthnut.co.uk

Amanda was born and raised in South Africa. Together with her husband and three children they spent 15 years living and working around the world. This enabled her to have an amazing insight into how people live and survive. Throughout her travels, her passion for food held centre stage, learning and absorbing the best each country had to offer and how different cultures used food to heal and thrive.

Amanda is a certified health and wellness coach, professional chef and holds an honours degree in teaching. She is a food photographer and recipe developer which keeps her involved and up to date with all the latest food and diet trends.

She loves working with people who want to change their health story, particularly men who are challenged with health concerns and need to lose weight. Her unique formula is endorsed by Patrick Holford and is sustainable and maintainable, achieving excellent results amongst those who have completed her programmes.

Supporting men in their health has become her expertise after working with many of her clients and realising how unsupported men are in the health industry. Mental health and physical health need to be in sync for weight loss to happen sustainably. Testimonials from her clients praise her for her crystal clear, time saving, no nonsense programmes helping them to lose weight and gain a new perspective in life.

Amanda believes that by changing the mind you can change your health – all it takes is the first step.

How would you feel if you could wake up every day feeling energised, clear headed and healthy? Leading a healthier happy life, men need to address their habits. Most of us like routine and our lives become governed by our habitual habits.Those habits can keep us locked into a cycle of high energy and low energy = weight issues. Looking at your lifestyle, eating patterns and habits can be a game-changer to losing weight and gaining health.

Top Tips: Eat a small amount of protein every time you eat, even if it is a snack; drink a glass of water every time you eat or get up from your desk or couch.

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Brett DellarBrett Dellar, Mental Wellbeing Expert
www.momentumrevolution.com

Dr Brett Dellar (Chiro)

The Founder of "The moMENtum Revolution", Brett suffered from Depression for 30years as a result of emotional traumas & events, both as a child and an adult, he found his way out of those dark shadows to now help and inspire other Men.

A survivor of Child Abuse, and then suffering from PTSD later as a result of an incident whilst a Police Officer, Brett knows what its like to suffer in silence and to hide behind his "ManMask".

He now speaks publicly to change the stigma around mental health and the mindset of society around Men and how we are expected to act and behave.

Brett runs 2.5 day live in workshops and online programs for Men to help them deal with their issues, reclaim their life back and step into their power.

Men…

If you’re struggling…no-one is going to save you.

If you’ve problems…no-one will fix them for you.

It’s harsh, but true. Whether we just survive, or flourish, is up to us.

When we live in a “Struggle Bubble”, it is hard to find a way out.

Though no one will save you, you can’t do it by yourself either…has it worked so far?

Through guidance, you will find the answers yourself.

You will gain the knowledge, learn tools & break your emotional shackles…

So you can live your best life.

All you have to do is ask…and do the work!

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Julia NadolskiJulia Nadolski, NASM - Certified Personal Trainer
endvrwellnessco.com

Julia is a Certified Personal Trainer and Chief Fitness Officer at a wellness business, ENDVR Wellness Co.

Finding a balance between exercise, nutrition, and recovery was an ongoing battle as Julia struggled with mental health throughout adolescence. Having had enough, Julia did extensive research and made uncomfortable changes that would ultimately improve her physical and psychological well-being.

Knowledge has become Julia’s power. As a personal trainer, Julia equips others with that knowledge to unleash the strongest and most confident version of themselves, just as she has. She offers free 1:1 consultations with all clients looking to improve their fitness and personalizes an affordable wellness plan based on their unique goals by equipping them with trusted resources that will make those goals a reality.

To schedule a free 1:1 consultation with Julia, please visit - https://calendly.com/julianadolski02.

Despite having come a long way in addressing mental health struggles in society, there seems to be persisting stigma around men’s mental health. Regardless of sex or gender identity, it’s our responsibility as a human race to contribute to a culture of love, acceptance, and compassion. Some ways to do so include:

  • Frequently check in to ask others how they’re feeling
  • Listen when others are expressing themselves as you, yourself, wish to be heard
  • Initiate a safe, vulnerable space by opening yourself up first
  • Compliment others’ character vs. their appearance/external accomplishments

Men, you matter. You are all so loved.

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Dana Baker-WilliamsDana Baker-Williams, Parent and Teen Coach, Anxiety & ADHD
parentinginreallife.org

Dana Baker is a Parent and Teen Coach specializing in ADHD and Anxiety. She gives parents the tools and support they need to understand, parent more effectively and connect with their child. Simple shifts and techniques will allow you to parent with confidence and handle the challenges with grace. You'll have a peaceful home, a better family dynamic and a closer relationship with your teen. As an ADHD and Anxiety coach for teens Dana will set them up for success with life skills, resilience, and self-advocacy. Reach out: https://www.parentinginreallife.org/contact or sign up for her free blog https://www.parentinginreallife.org/blog , Twitter @Danaparenting

Men have been hit by this Covid isolation, but still feel that they cannot open up, talk about their life challenges, or show too much emotion. But it’s important to communicate and express oneself. Men need to understand that there is strength in vulnerability and having a loving connection to others.

Things that can improve their mental health include catching up with a friend every day--even just on the phone. If you know someone who is struggling at all, reach out to them and be there to listen--helping others always improves your own well being too.

If you have kids, then model talking about feelings with them (if you’ve got boys it could be even more important!) And I would say that if you can meet new people or start a new hobby, that strengthens your cognition, and your social and emotional well-being And of course, you need sleep, exercise, and a balanced diet. ;)

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Brandon Cox Sanford Brandon Cox Sanford, Stand Up Comedian
andyfedscomedy.com

Andy Feds is a stand-up comedian and HIV/AIDS activist, who uses his platform to entertain, empower, and educate people about HIV and AIDS.

As adults, we often get frustrated by everyday routines. Some of these may cause us a lot of stress. But how often do we stop to take care of our emotional and physical health. Here are some quick tips.

  1. Take breaks. Oftentimes, we are overwhelmed and overworked. It is okay to take small quick breaks for yourself.
  2. Do something that you enjoy. Have a hobby like photography, skating, or painting. Take some time out to do the things that you enjoy without the need of worrying about deadlines or perfection.
  3. Go outside. Sometimes a quick dip in a pool or a walk around your neighborhood is a good way to actively get the body moving and to get some sunlight.
  4. Exercise. Staying physically active reduces stress levels.
  5. Eating healthy. Make sure you add fruits, vegetables, and water to your diet. Lessen some of those fried foods, red meat, and sweets. The body will certainly react positively to it.

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