As a signed up feminist I support my female ‘sisters’, but this does not come at the expense of the equally important males in my life. I believe in complete equality.
Most of us are aware of the gender inequality in terms of pay etc But we should also address the gender gap in health. Men live shorter lives than women, why? This is not something we should accept; we should encourage our menfolk to be healthier. A society that cares for all, is a society that will thrive. So urge the men in your life to look after themselves, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Men often lead stressful lives but can be less careful about looking after their health compared to women. Men often have less health checks, and visit their GP less often, this can mean that problems escalate.
As well as physical health it is equally important to look after mental and emotional health. Research confirms that there is a mind-body connection in disease. Studies indicate that those that suffer bouts of depression are more likely to develop heart disease. Pressures of work, mid life crisis and other issues can affect health. We all face challenges of ageing, retirement and changing roles in life.
The impact of diet, exercise and stress reduction is recognised by many as benefitting health. It is important to make time to plan a good diet with plenty of fresh unprocessed food, lots of plain water, regular exercise and a hobby or two!
No man is an island – when you look after your health, it means you are able to continue to look after those around you, children, siblings, parents, friends. Invest in a good multi vitamin, check your diet and get more active so that you can enjoy a healthy, happy life with those you love now and in the future.