Men’s health over 40 does not seem to be old, but bodily changes begin, causing hormonal imbalances, decreased muscle strength, lack of energy, etc. No matter how you were before your 40s but after turning 40, you must pay attention to your physical and mental health to stay fit for the rest of your life. While we cannot prevent aging, we can prevent the associated health consequences by avoiding some health mistakes. Let us see what they are.
- Ignoring Annual Health Check-Ups
Men tend to skip regular health examinations when they are doing well. Not feeling bad does not mean that you may not have any health issues, as some issues can be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, which only a doctor can diagnose. This is why it is important to schedule regular health check-ups with your doctor to diagnose potential health problems before they aggravate them.
- Lack of Sleep
Despite their age, every man should get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. This helps to keep the mind and body healthy and active. Sleeping less may increase your risk of irritability, fatigue, weight gain, and other health problems. To get enough sleep, create a calm sleeping environment, practice exercises, limit daytime naps, and stick to a sleep cycle.
- No Time for Personal Grooming
Personal grooming is crucial for every man, as it helps them look young and smart and mitigates the probability of infections. For example, keeping nails short will prevent bacteria and dirt from sticking to them. Washing, combing, and moisturizing hair and beard will prevent dandruff, foul odor, and ingrown hairs, thus preventing hair thinning.
- Not Maintaining Your Weight
Being overweight is associated with many health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, gout, Alzheimer’s, and some cancers. Ensure to maintain healthy body weight by practicing exercises and eating a balanced diet.
- Not Keeping Up Sufficient Testosterone Levels
Age-induced testosterone declines may not cause symptoms in the early stage, so you may not know about this. However, a regular blood test can identify it.
Untreated testosterone declines can cause dementia, loss of bone mineral mass, depression, obesity, loss of muscle mass and strength, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, erectile dysfunction, and reduced libido. Take blood tests annually to know about your testosterone status.
- Not Practicing Stress Management
Stress can affect both your mental and physical health. Find ways to manage your stress as you age, such as meditation and yoga. Spending quality time with your family and friends can also help relax your mind and body.
- Not Maintaining Flexible Joints and Muscles
A lack of flexibility in joints and muscles can make them vulnerable to trauma, fatigue, fractures, and injuries while impacting your daily activities, such as walking, standing, sitting, running, etc.
However, regular stretching can help maintain your joints and muscles flexible while providing several other benefits, such as injury prevention and rehabilitation, postural stability, improved range of motion, and increased balance.
Take these preventative measures to avoid health mistakes and stop worrying about nearing 40. Stay healthy, young, and fit after 40 and until your lifetime.
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