Man Up to Health: Men’s Health Week Tips

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Guys, it’s time to put your health at the top of your agenda. Many of us take our health for granted, which for stubborn men, can be especially true. The sad truth is most men would not go to the doctor if it weren’t for their wife, mother or significant other pushing them. This week is National Men’s Health Week, so come on guys, man up and take control of your health.

Here are a few tips to help you step up your game:

Regular check-ups
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Did you know women are 100 percent more likely to visit a doctor for regular exams than men? Regular check-ups can help find problems before they start as well as detect pre-existing problems such as arthritis. Regular check-ups may seem tedious, but they can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Healthy Diet
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Eating a well-balanced diet is key to living a long, healthy life. Your bones and joints require certain vitamins and minerals to stay strong. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins A, C, D and E as well as calcium.

Exercise
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Exercise can also help support strong bone and joint health. Strengthening muscles and maintaining a  healthy weight can reduce strain on your joints. Weight-bearing exercises can help maintain bone density. Be mindful high-intensity exercises like running can do more damage than good such as placing more strain on joints and ligaments.

Rest
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Go to bed! Your body needs rest. Allow your body to rest for at least seven hours. Sleep has many benefits such as improving retention, reducing inflammation and lower stress.

When was the last time you visited AOC for a check-up? Make an appointment today.

Resources:
http://www5.cbia.com/healthyconnections/article/10-tips-to-keep-your-bones-and-joints-healthy/

http://www.cdc.gov/family/checkup/

http://www.naturemade.com/resource-center/articles-and-videos/joint-and-bone-health/food-and-nutrients-that-fuel-joint-health

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20459221,00.html

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