Men’s Health Week 2020: Restoring the Balance

Men’s Health Week is a time to raise awareness of health issues that disproportionately affect men and to get men to become more aware of their health.  

I am sure we have all been stressed out during these Coronavirus months. Most of us have been staying at home and unable to go out and see our friends and family. With little else to do, we may have found ourselves snacking more and exercising less.  

Comfort eating and eating out of boredom are normal responses but now that our restrictions are beginning to ease, Men’s Health Week is a perfect time to start to restore that balance by eating healthily, exercising a bit more and watching our weight.  

Why is weight important? 

If we tend to carry extra weight around our middle, this can increase our risk of developing health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and many more.  

As men, we should aim to have a waist of less than 37 inches. If you’re unsure how you can check your own waist measurement, you can find out how here. By having our waist below 37 inches, we can reduce our risk of the health conditions listed above as well as improve our blood pressure and lower our cholesterol.  

Three things to do for Men's Health Week

1. Get more active

Even though gyms and recreational centres are not open yet, there are plenty of ways we can get more active.  

Aim for 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity. This can be going for a jog or a bike ride. To make this more achievable, why not break it up into small parts? This could be a 15-minute walk in the morning and another on your lunch break or in the evening. Find what works best for you!  

2. Avoid sugary drinks

Many of us love an energy drink. We may be drinking more to help us get through the day while working from home or during a run. But did you know that energy drinks tend to be very high in sugar, some having as many as 17 teaspoons in a single bottle!  

Mostly, we should aim to drink water and semi-skimmed milk and when we are craving an energy drink, look out for a sugar-free alternative.  

3. Have a meat-free day

Red and processed meat as these have been linked to heart disease and cancer. Processed meat also tends to be high in salt which can raise our blood pressure. Having a meat-free day once a week can be a great way to cut back. safefood has a range of delicious meat-free meals you can try.

So, let’s celebrate Men’s Health Week by easing back to normality with a positive attitude to health and do our best to restore the balance in our lifestyles. You can also check more of our Men’s Health Week resources here 

Posted: 16/06/2020 14:36:44 by Niall Grieve
Filed under: coronavirus, covid-19, eating, exercise, healthy, snacking

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Niall Grieve
Hi, I am the current placement student from Ulster University for the Human Health and Nutrition Team. My role consists of writing News pieces for the safefood website and supporting other members of my team with various projects. I am originally from County Derry but currently live in Cork. In my spare time you will normally find me at the gym or with a good book.