“How do you know a man is thinking about his future? He buys two cases of beer instead of one.” –Anonymous
#1 Cut down on the drinking
Contrary to the funny quote above, I’m not trying to be a “Debbie Downer.” But, a lot of guys drink too much. There is a long list of problems associated with too much drinking. According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 2006-2010, “excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years.” That’s a lot to take in when it comes to drinking. Even if you don’t factor in excessive drinking, things like heart disease, stroke, cancer and stomach problems can happen over time. So, maybe cut down the number of beers in a week.
#2 Be a man
It’s understandable that most guys don’t want to go to the doctor. But, the only person you are hurting is you. It’s no big deal to go get a physical and get your cholesterol checked once a year. There is a long list of things to keep yourself fit and healthy. A board-certified physician can help. In fact, it is easy. All you need to do is find a family practice physician, make an appointment, and go. It will only take 30-60 minutes, one time per year. You can thank me later.
#3 Eat better
I love pizza as much or more than the next guy. But, if you had a turbo charged Ferrari or Porsche, would you put regular unleaded in the tank? Of course not, so why put it in your body? Yes, fast food tastes good, but it is slowing you down. Sugar, fats, white flour and processed foods can increase your hunger and lead to issues such as Diabetes and acid reflux. Try adding salmon or green, leafy vegetables into your diet a couple times a week. Salmon has Omega-3 Fatty acids that may help repair the Myelin Sheaths in your brain. In English, that means Salmon and other Omega-3 foods can help you think better. It also tastes pretty good. The occasional salad a few times a week will help increase your fiber, vitamin and mineral intake. Not a bad thing either.
#2 The pee test
We all get busy and need caffeine to power through the day. But, are you drinking enough water to balance out the other drinks. A quick tip is to look at your pee. If it’s clear you are good. The darker it is, the more dehydrated you are. If it’s dark, don’t feel bad. The average American does not drink enough water. According to the US Department of Agriculture, upwards of 30% of Americans don’t drink enough water a day. Try purchasing a Nalgene Bottle, fill it up and carry it around with you. Whenever you are at the office or running errands, take a sip. If you do this throughout the day there shouldn’t be any issues with hydration. Or replace a glass of water with one of those cold beers.
#1 Have fun
Life is too short to be serious and stressed out all the time. Find something that you like to do on a regular basis and go do it. According to a study in 2015 by the American Physiological Association, Millennials followed by Generation “Xers” have the most stress coming in at a 6 and 5.8 out of 10. Baby Boomers came in at a mere 4.3/10. This tells us the older we get the less stress we seem to have…so why not start early?
To your health,
The Reflect Team