Whether you are striving for physical or mental fitness, there is no better way to ensure your brain and body are functioning at their best then by giving yourself a high five, plus one! Following these “six” simple tips will guide you toward retaining mental sharpness and physical health.
- Don’t smoke. Unfortunately smoking is estimated to kill 400,000 Americans every single year. Choose not to smoke or find a program to help you stop. Smoking is currently ranked as the number one cause of death among men.
- Eat more plants. Greens pack a one-two punch. High-powered nutrition with almost no calories.
- Exercise regularly. Sweat isn’t a bad thing. Be active whenever you can, no matter your profession. Even just 10 minutes each day can make a difference.
- Have regular, preventive screenings. Depending upon your age, there are no two better ways in which men can care for themselves than through regular screenings (colon and prostate cancer) or annual check-ups (cholesterol and blood pressure testing) with your primary care physician.
- Water is your friend. Limit high-calorie drinks, including alcohol, which can add up to 400 extra calories a day to men’s diets.
- Find time for some form of relaxation/mediation. Get away mentally and physically at least once a day.
About Steve Thiry, MD
A practicing physician with IHA Ann Arbor Family Medicine, Dr. Steve Thiry has more than 25 years of experience in family medicine. Along with family medicine, he is also board-certified in holistic medicine. His special interests include group visits, stress management and nutrition. Dr. Thiry is a trained yoga instructor.