Men's Health Week
Men's Health Week is celebrated globally in mid-June, the 2023 dates are June 12th to 18th, with a focus on "Healthy Habits" to encourage small changes for better health and well-being.
Based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2021, the top causes of death for Australian men, listed in order, are:
- Ischaemic heart disease
- Dementia and Alzheimer's disease
- Trachea and lung cancer
- Cerebrovascular diseases
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases
- Prostate cancer
- Blood and lymph cancer, including leukaemia
- Colon and rectum cancer
Exercise and physical activity offer a range of benefits for men, including a lower risk of diabetes, improved cholesterol levels, reduced depression and anxiety, lower blood pressure, healthier blood vessels, weight loss, enhanced testosterone levels, and a decreased risk of certain cancers. Men don't need to be "gym junkies" to enjoy these advantages; they can choose activities they enjoy, like playing sports, going to the gym, or hiking. Consistency is key in maintaining an effective exercise routine.
If you're looking to start exercising or increase your exercise levels but facing common barriers, here are some simple tips to help you overcome them:
- Short on time? Set small goals like a quick run or 10 push-ups and sit-ups. Involve your kids in activities and gradually increase goals.
- Concerned about health or injury? Physical activity can help manage conditions, but consult an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for personalized guidance and safety.
- Feeling limited by age? Exercise benefits all ages, and it doesn't require running marathons. Stay active and prioritize your well-being.
- Not into traditional sports? Use online directories like PlaySport to find activities that suit your interests and abilities.
- Need motivation? Enjoy weekend games with friends for both physical activity and social connection.
Men's Health Week raises awareness of preventable health issues among men and boys, emphasizing "Healthy Habits" for better well-being.
- Common causes of death among Australian men include heart disease, dementia, lung cancer, stroke, respiratory diseases, prostate cancer, and mental health issues like suicide.
- Regular exercise offers multiple benefits for men, such as reducing diabetes risk, improving cholesterol levels, managing weight, enhancing mental health, and lowering the risk of certain cancers.
- Overcoming exercise barriers can be achieved through setting small goals, involving family or friends, seeking professional guidance, finding activities of interest, and prioritizing social connections.
Remember, prioritizing men's health involves making conscious efforts to adopt healthy habits, maintain regular physical activity, and seek necessary support and guidance. By taking proactive steps, men can improve their overall well-being and reduce the risk of preventable health issues.