June is Men’s Health Month. While the calendar says June is nearly done, summer is in full swing and it’s always a good time to stay active and informed. So how should we continue recognizing men’s health beyond its designated month? Should we update ourselves on all the new studies and research into nutrition, exercise, new medications and medical research? Should we try new activities that would stimulate our interest and also things that we enjoy? Should we make an appointment for our annual physical, if it is due? Or should we just keep on doing what we always do and hope that things will work out for the best? The answer is all of the above.
Many older adults are pretty set in their ways. Looking into new research and studies are not things that many people find interesting. However, reading a current publication, magazine or online site is part of most of our days. Many publications such as the AARP magazine, or the Health sections of many newspapers highlight the most recent findings in the medical field and there always seems to be sections on nutrition in Sunset, Los Angeles and even People magazines. Make your new findings as painless as possible.
General health-wise, if it’s time for your annual physical, make the appointment. If you feel fine that’s great. Let your physician verify your feelings or let you know if there are issues that may need to be addressed. Listen to your doctor. And if there are issues that need to be addressed, perhaps look at them as a challenge and, if possible, try to remedy the problem without medication. Now that would be something wouldn’t it? How about lowering your blood pressure without taking medication? Can it be done? Is it easy? The answers are: yes and no. Lowering one’s blood pressure is most cases can be done through exercise and diet. More cardio (walking and daily exercise) and less salt and rich foods. Not easy, but the results can be rewarding, both health wise and personal accomplishment wise. The less medications you take the better. I did it and not only lowered my blood pressure, but also lowered my cholesterol and lost 10 pounds.
Trying something new is not always easy for us. But look at any new activity as not only something that will broaden your activity horizon but also could be a new social outlet. Walking, Tai Chi, taiko or dancing are very popular.
Being creatures of habit we usually fall back on to what we are comfortable doing – our routine. Take a little time to review what is included in what you do. Are there ways that might make your days a little healthier? When you shop, where do you park? Parking a little further from the store entrance can get you little more exercise and not even seem like you are “working out”. Using a broom or rake instead of a blower when cleaning the yard again will give you more upper body exercise. Snacking is something that many of us enjoy. Try eating unsalted nuts or substituting veggies for chips and dips. It might take a little getting used to but just this change can help with our daily cravings and is healthier in the long run.
Just a few thoughts. Pretty painless but even little things can make a big difference in our overall health.
Let Keiro help optimize your health and wellbeing. Search Keiro’s “Get Educated” tab for Fact Sheets, Tips & Tools, Videos, Presentations, Classes, and more for genki living.
Keiro is expanding our reach from a focus on long term health care facilities to broadly engaging and supporting thousands of Japanese American and Japanese older adults throughout Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties. Keiro provides services to older adults and caregivers, along with programs for residents of Keiro’s former facilities—helping older adults in Our Community to age the way they choose.
About the Author:
John Nakaki is a Program Coordinator at Keiro. He stays genki by golfing, gardening, trying new recipes, and fishing.
The material presented on this site is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily represent the opinions of Keiro, or its contributors. Readers should consult appropriate health, legal, or financial professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being. Full disclaimer