Most men need a gentle (and persistent) nudge to add exercise to their daily routines. Here are some ways to help your dad, brother or husband manage stress, be healthier and add some cardio to his life:
- Take the steps instead of the elevator.Park further away from the hardware store, walk to get the mail instead of driving up to the mailbox.Go for a walk every night before supper, and take bike rides on trails on weekends to get some fresh air and exercise.
- Encourage him to join a fitness center or take a group fitness class.There is a social side of wellness that is overlooked as we get older.Men need friends away from work to bond with, so buddy up with him for 30 to 60 minutes of exercise each day.Fitbits make great gifts so he can monitor his step counts!
- Ask him to step away from his desk at work more often.Sitting for prolonged periods of time is linked to larger waistlines, higher blood pressures and HDL numbers, increased triglycerides and inflammation.
- Stop bringing donuts and sweets home from the bakery.Men should aim for less than 37.5 grams a sugar a day, so avoiding donuts and other processed sweet treats is always a good idea.
- Avoid the bread aisle at the grocery store.Avoid empty carbohydrates, out of sight, out of mind concept.
- Turn off the TV and electronics and go outside with him to visit a library, museum, or volunteer at your church or community.
- Make sure Dad gets enough sleep.If he snores loudly or has difficulty falling asleep, ask him to see his doctor for an evaluation.
- Until the cows come home.Make sure the men in your house drink milk, eat yogurt and cottage cheese, or take a Calcium supplement every day for stronger bones.
- An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but all the men in your life need to see their eye doctor and physician to get an annual physical that includes blood work and a prostrate check.Don’t let him put this off, it might save his life!