There’s nothing as important as your health. Especially during these difficult times, it’s never been more critical to practice regular self-care and look after your physical, mental, and sexual wellbeing.
Whether it’s staying in shape with exercise, being mindful about what you eat, or discussing your mental or sexual health concerns with a professional, there are heaps of resources available to help you prioritise your health.
In this post, we’ll share some of the top trends in men’s health, including the latest fitness routines, diet habits, and other health topics. Take a look and get up-to-date with what’s going on in the world of men’s health.
Simple at-home workouts
Thanks to COVID-19, people are spending more time at home. And with some gyms around the country still closed or operating under restricted capacity, people’s fitness routines have started to change.
As a result, many men are working out from the comfort of home, rather than heading to the gym — and it’s becoming clear that at-home workouts can be just as effective as training at the gym. Here are some of the best exercise routines that you can do at home to stay in shape.
If you’re looking to work on your cardiovascular fitness, jogging around your neighbourhood is the most obvious option. But if you aren’t big on running or just want to switch it up, there are plenty of other ways to get the blood flowing. For example, burpees, stair running, and jumping jacks are excellent aerobic exercises that don’t require any equipment (just to name a few). You can find more at-home cardio routines here.
It’s also essential to work strength training into your fitness regimen, and you can build muscle at home with or without weights. Don’t have any dumbbells or free weights lying around? Substitute items you have lying around the house, like drink bottles or cans of food. Alternatively, you can simply use your body weight as resistance for exercises like planks, lunges, squats, and push-ups. Search Google or YouTube for instructional strength training resources and guidance.
Mental health management
Unfortunately, mental health is something that many men overlook — even though it’s just as important as physical health. In fact, researchers in Western Australia found that men with a mental illness have a much shorter life expectancy than men without these disorders (by 16 years).
Even if you aren’t dealing with a diagnosed mental disorder, you should still make a conscious effort to keep your mental health in good form. Many people find that regularly speaking with a counsellor helps with their psychological wellbeing and empowers them with healthy coping mechanisms.
These days, mental health support is easily accessible. You can chat with therapists virtually (and even anonymously in some cases) through apps like 7 Cups and Talkspace. There are also free digital tools to manage other mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and addiction.
Intermittent fasting (often abbreviated as IF) is gaining popularity with men who are looking to control their caloric intake, whether to lose weight, avoid mindless snacking, or improve their overall health. While IF isn’t exactly a new concept, more people are becoming aware of it and implementing it into their daily lives.
With intermittent fasting, you select a small window of time, during which you will eat your meals for the day. During the other hours, you don’t eat. Common examples of IF patterns include 16:8, 18:6, and 20:4. Using the 16:8 schedule as an example, you would fast for 16 hours of the day and eat within the other eight hours. You can choose the timing that’s best for you, whether you want to eat between 10 am – 6 pm or perhaps 12 pm – 8 pm. Some intermittent fasters choose to eat just one meal per day (OMAD) or fast for days at a time.
Studies have found that IF can be an effective weight-loss strategy when done correctly. However, you should discuss any dietary changes with your doctor before you try them. This is especially true if you deal with certain chronic health conditions, are underweight, or are under the age of 18.
Online treatment for sexual dysfunction
In addition to your physical and mental health, your sexual health also plays a role in your overall wellbeing. In fact, these three facets of your health can influence one another a great deal — even without you realising it.
For instance, sexual disorders such as premature ejaculation (PE) and erectile dysfunction (ED) can be caused by both psychological and physical factors. In turn, these disorders can also cause mental health issues for men, who feel shame and embarrassment about their performance in the bedroom.
As grim as this may seem, there’s no reason to worry if you’re experiencing one of these common conditions. With online medical practices like Men’s Health Clinic, you can easily get erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation treatment — without even visiting an in-person doctor’s office.
Our medical team consists of Australian-licenced doctors with extensive experience in the field of men’s sexual health. Once you schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, we will assess your medical history and the symptoms you are currently experiencing. From there, we will design a personalised treatment plan just for you, and our pharmacy team will ship your prescriptions directly to your door in discreet packaging. During the treatment period, our medical staff will check in periodically to monitor your progress and make adjustments as necessary.
At Men’s Health Clinic, we understand that your sexual health is an extremely personal matter, so we treat each patient with confidentiality, empathy, and world-class care. We are Australia’s leading national clinic offering customised, hands-on treatment options to help men regain their confidence and reignite their sex life.
To learn more about MHC or to book a virtual consultation with our medical team, visit the Men’s Health Clinic website or call us today on 1300 878 117.
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