June is Men's Health Month

Here are 7 simple steps men can take to ensure that they stay healthy all year round:

1. Find a doctor

Choose one you're comfortable with, so you can openly discuss all aspects of your health, from your mental state to your overall wellness.

2. See that doctor

Just because you are feeling well doesn’t mean you are well. Have a tendency toward denial? Don’t ignore things like black stools, vision loss, or chest pain.

3. Get informed

You do want to be knowledgeable and understand that you shouldn’t ignore symptoms or complaints, but you don’t want to self-diagnose.

4. Vary your workouts

The body gets very comfortable when you always do the same workout. You have got to keep varying your exercises, and they have to be an age-appropriate mix of aerobics, muscle training, and stretching.

5. Eat to thrive

Getting enough nutrition is crucial. It’s more important than anything else except maybe sleep. Focus on nutrients rather than calories and eat a variety of healthy foods. You can’t achieve optimum nutrition with limited choices.

6. Prioritize sleep

Get at least 7 hours. That’s not something you should compromise. Men think they can overcome sleep deprivation by exercising, but that’s always a bad idea.

7. Check your head

Mental health is really, really important. Think about several things: Are you drinking too much? Are you paying attention to signs of depression or bipolar disorder, which are often missed?

If you have a family history of mental illness, suicide, and/or substance abuse, you really need someone to help you review the signs and symptoms

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