Men’s Health Month 2020: Staying Fit During a Pandemic
June is Men’s Health Month, but in 2020, what does that mean? For many, life has been a little different for the past few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This doesn’t mean, though, that men of any age should push their health needs and concerns to the side.
The overall goal of Men’s Health Month is to help educate and inform men about the different aspects of their health that need focus. This includes keeping in mind the following:
- Preventable health problems
- Overall fitness
While there are plenty of areas in a man’s life that require attention and focus, staying vigilant – especially during Men’s Health Week – can be a huge help.
How Men’s Health Month 2020 Will Be Different
For much of the country, the weather is just starting to get nice. This means more outdoor activities like sports, gardening, traveling, exercise and even simply spending time outside with friends and family. The warmer months are often a time when people get in all of the activities that they have had to hold off on due to the cold, but is this still true for 2020?
The spread of the Coronavirus has changed life for millions of people, but it is essential that men still find the best ways to take care of themselves in June and beyond.
Modifications to the way that people care for themselves and address their health are necessary right now, and they likely will be into the future, too. For example, instead of simply going in for yearly physicals or for everyday routine appointments, many men have chosen Telehealth appointments. These sessions get them the health information they need and want but keeps them from having to travel to their doctor’s office.
Another difference? Many men are working from home, which means that the traditional idea of wearing a blue ribbon to signify support for other men and their health may not be as visible. Instead? Choose to wear blue throughout the week and month in other ways – shirts, hats, pants… even tying a blue ribbon around your mailbox is a good option for participation.
What to Remember During Men’s Health Month 2020
Knowledge is necessary. The more men know about their health, the better prepared they will be to handle it. This means learning more about conditions that commonly impact men, knowing who to talk to about health, and feeling comfortable discussing what they are seeing, feeling, and thinking.
The best tool a person can use on their health is knowledge. This knowledge can come from a variety of sources, but as long as they are reputable sources, it will be helpful. Reputable sources include:
- Men that have dealt with conditions and scenarios before
- Medical professionals (doctors, physical therapists, nutrition experts, exercise trainers)
- Accredited Internet resources (news articles, reports, medical websites, .org or .gov sites)
There is a lot of information out there, so being able to narrow it down and focus on the credible sources is essential to improving health.
Nutrition and fitness go hand in hand. Men’s Health Month 2020 isn’t the only time men should focus on these aspects of their health. However, it’s a good time to refocus. COVID-19 has made it difficult for many to go to gyms or to stick with diets due to travel limitations and changes in the stock of grocery stores, but there’s always time to get back on track when it comes to diet and exercise.
You might just be trying to keep in shape by doing cardio or lifting weights. Maybe you’re focused on recovering from an injury with a physical therapist’s help. Either way, fitness is key when it comes to overall wellness. Men’s health depends on many factors. Without a good diet and activity level, it can be very difficult to make progress.
Even though restaurants, gyms, and medical offices are beginning to open again across the country, men should still ease back into previous routines, as well as create new ones.
Some simple tips to remember?
- Read nutrition labels and information.
- Don’t follow the same routine every day when it comes to exercise. Changing the way the body reacts to the environment and how it moves is necessary.
- Ease into exercise, and don’t change your routine all at once. This can shock the body, and make it difficult to keep up with the changes.
- Stay motivated. This might be difficult, but there are resources available to help with this.
Find a virtual workout buddy, join a forum, keep in contact with physical therapy professionals (even via a platform like BetterTelehealth) or medical teams. All of these options are available – you just need to know where to look.
Men’s Health Month 2020: The More You Know
Being healthy is all about making good choices.
All men have different health and wellness needs. Figuring out what these “good” choices are for individuals might be a challenge. The most important aspect of self-care and good health is finding the best solution for yourself. But what does this mean?
It means reaching out and utilizing available resources. Being healthy means learning and growing. It means making changes. Many men will begin their journey toward better health one way, and end up going in a completely different direction after time passes. This is normal. It is recommended because it means that adjustments are made over time to best suit your own personal needs.
But where should you start? The best place to begin making changes is at home, but nothing drastic should be done without consulting a professional. Nutritionists, doctors, physical therapy professionals – all of them are available and can give you guidance when you need it most. If you’re not sure where to look for a physical therapy professional, or what might work for you, you have options. Consider using the BetterPT app or the BetterPT Clinic Location tool and find the right option for PT sessions near you. These tools are designed to point you in the right direction when it comes to taking the first steps toward improving your health.
Following guidelines is great. Seeing results is even better. What works for some may not work for others. This is why being flexible is essential to making the most of Men’s Health Month 2020 – and all of the months and years after.