Recently the Men’s Health Forum celebrated Men’s Health Week. This year the focus was on the 7 numbers that all men need to know:
Key numbers for men:
- 37 – a waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Food is your fuel, and you wouldn’t dream of putting the wrong petrol and oil into your car, would you? Getting your body’s fuel mix right will help you perform at your best, too. https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/food-faqs
- 150 – men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.
Don’t underestimate it. If exercise were a drug, we’d all want to take it. Exercise boosts physical and mental wellbeing and helps you live longer. https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/exercise-faqs
Scientists now reckon being inactive is even more of a health risk than being overweight.
- 5 – we should aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day.
Enjoying a healthy diet can give us that life-enhancing edge, in both the short and the long term. https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/food-faqs
- 14 – maximum 14 units of alcohol a week. https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/alcohol-faqs
- 10 – cigarette smokers die 10 years younger on average than non-smokers.
- 120/80 – normal blood pressure. Find out how to be good to your ticker. And how to find out your ‘heart age’: https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/heart-health-faqs
- 75 – 75% of suicides (3 out of 4) are by men.
If you’re not feeling great, you’re not alone. One in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year. If you’re a betting man, that’s a 3 to 1 shot. Find out more here: https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/how-are-you
Take the time to get to know these numbers and improve your health!