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Men's basic self-care guide

Published:Monday | May 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Most males can be considered DJs marching to their own beat as it relates to different aspects of their lives. They decide that they will wear a mohawk because it makes them young and fierce, not to mention the new beard fad that has mothers, girlfriends, and wives extremely nervous when they are out to dine.

It is no different with their health. Men often think that it is a sign of weakness to show that they are ill, even worse to seek medical advice or attention.

In most cases, the appointment is made by the woman in their lives, whether it be the mother or the significant other, who now becomes the caregiver for the patient who was too tough to admit being sick to someone who has transformed to being pitiful and helpless.

But before it reaches the stage of the chicken soup requests and the need for assistance to fetch the remote a few centimetres away, Dr Leighton Myers has a few tips that will have men feeling their best.

1. Get adequate rest. Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury. The body uses this period to recover and ensures that you are able to perform optimally next day. Get as close as you can to the 7-8 hours of sleep per day that's recommended for good health.

2. Eat healthy. Ensure you consume a balanced diet, meaning it contains food from all major food groups. Good health starts in the kitchen, and don't forget your fruits and vegetables.

3. Exercise. Increase your heart rate for at least 45 minutes per day for at least three days per week. Vary your workout between aerobics, strength training, and stretching. Get creative. The body responds to new challenges.

4. Seek medical advice early. Many men tend to endure their symptoms until they become unbearable. Early treatment is the key to ensuring that you have the best chance of making a full recovery.

5. Moderation is key. Try to stay away from addictive habits and always stay in control. When consuming alcohol, remember to drink plenty of fluids. Your liver is resilient but it, too, has a limit. Smoking is dangerous to one's health and is linked to many cardiovascular diseases and cancers.