June isn’t just a month to celebrate dads and grads. This month we dedicate 30 days to enriching men’s health and wellness. Men’s Health Month is an ideal time to talk with the men in your life about their personal health. Empowering the men in your life to examine their health and change their lifestyles will help challenge and inspire them to live better.

Here are some health measures you can take with your loved ones to improve their health and wellbeing starting this month:

Eat Healthy

Casually inquire about your loved ones eating habits. What you eat affects how you feel. A healthy diet helps keep your body functioning at its best and can improve your mood. Try meal prepping meals to add more nutrition to their diets.

Spend Time with Friends

Strengthening relationships with good friends is a great way to relax and improve your mood. Stay open to conversations about challenges which can enhance your friendships. Be sure to show your concern without judgment or intimidation

Make – And Keep – An Annual Appointment

Encourage men to take their health seriously by scheduling an appointment for a regular checkup. Research found that almost 20% of men admit to going to the doctor just so a loved one will stop bothering them while more than 40% of men don’t go to the doctor at all unless it is for a serious issue.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise is important for your body and mind. Staying active can help you maintain a healthy body weight, strengthen heart health and many other benefits. Have a playful competition with each other by participating in a 5k walk/run or take a physical health test and compare results with using apps like My Fitness Pal to track calories and record exercise.

Prioritize Sleep

A good night’s sleep is critical to helping you feel and function at your best. Maintain a healthy sleep cycle by exposing yourself to bright light early in the morning with a glass of water by a sunny window. Track and compare each other’s sleep cycles to make sure that the recommended seven hours of sleep is being achieved.

Workplace Programs

Find out if your workplace offers wellness or coaching programs. If so, take advantage of these resources to help develop your mind and body.

Mindful Breathing

Learning and practicing techniques for mindful breathing help reduce negative thoughts and promote relaxation. Together try Insight Timer or other mental health apps to ease your mind.

Take a Walk

Get creative and suggest taking pictures together outdoors for memories. Nature is a great mood booster. Restore and refresh your mind by taking walks with your loved one around the Detroit Riverwalk or the Woodland Hills.

Stop Comparing

People are happier when they aren’t comparing themselves to others. Practice self-care activities like unplugging from technology and journaling together to focus less on peers and colleagues.

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