Men everywhere, it’s time to start looking after yourself. This is as much a statement about physical and mental health as it is about lifestyle. 

The man who is enthusiastic about the prospect of a spa day is rare. However, if you’re not prepared to enjoy looking after yourself when in comes to a leisure activity, how much more so are you to shun the prospect of a voluntary health check?

The point is that men are less keen to put their bodies and minds at the top of their priorities list. 

June 11th marks Men’s Health Week 2018 and with Father’s Day on Sunday, what better time to take action!

According to the Men’s Health Forum, 12.5% of UK men are living with one of the common mental health disorders, women are three times less likely to be alcohol dependent than men and men age 45 to 59 report the lowest level of life satisfaction. 

Time for change

The focus of this year’s Health Week is diabetes but the statistics demonstrate that more awarenesses is needed in all matters of wellbeing. 

Taking care of your health and your lifestyle needn’t be difficult. Walking, swimming, pilates and a balanced diet are all simple habits to adopt. Plus, Father’s Day is the perfect way to introduce a positive change.

Be proactive and start relaxing

Women know how treat themselves and relax when in comes to Mother’s Day, so why not men? 

Father’s Day does not hold the same connotations. High on retailers gift options come beer, chocolate, gadgets and experiences like race days. But why shouldn’t or don’t men want the same treatment? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook.

Men also need time to relax, indulge and, as with healthcare, this can often be overlooked. However more should be done to change the nation’s attitude.

This week the Men’s Health Forum is focussing on raising awareness of diabetes.

Martin Tod, Chief Executive of the Forum, said: “The Men’s Health Forum wants to see a serious programme of research and investment to ensure men get the support and care they need to prevent and manage diabetes. The toxic combination of ever more men being overweight, men getting diabetes at a lower BMI and health services that don’t work well enough for working age men is leading to a crisis. We need urgent action.

“Our plan for this week is to raise awareness amongst men and amongst professionals of the challenge many men face.”