30 is a strange age for men. In modern social circles it is considered to be on the edge of old. In comparison with the general population, it is just the beginning of life’s prime. Psychologically, this age hits men in different ways. It means still having plenty of time to have fun, but signals the need to start thinking seriously about health issues.
However a man thinks about 30 and beyond, a focus on health will help him live life to the fullest. Here are eight health tips for men who are at, and past, the age of 30 to take to heart.
Start Yearly Diagnostic Health Screenings
When the male body reaches its prime, a host of changes takes place. This does not mean that health will automatically start down a path of decay. All men over 30 should get a yearly physical that not only addresses present concerns, but utilizes modern diagnostic tools to discover potential problems. Blood tests, ultrasounds, and advanced MRI can detect physical problems before they gain a grip on a man’s health.
Design an Exercise Regimen
There is one great thing about youth. It constantly creates a feeling that healing is easy, and good health is a given. After 30, men discover that it takes hard work to maintain that feeling. Beyond this age, exercise should be an imperative. This doesn’t necessarily mean training for Spartan races and marathons. Men should however, choose a type of activity they love to keep them physically active. It can be as simple as consistent morning runs, or as complex as hiring personal trainer to help lose weight and grow a stellar physique. It is proven that exercise is powerful for maintaining body and mind health.
After 30, men should think about dropping college-style recreation, and replacing it with something that is beneficial. In particular, this means cutting back on alcohol consumption. As organs like the liver, kidneys, and pancreas age, they become less efficient at filtering waste and releasing hormones. Men older than 30 should take a closer look at the benefits of a lifestyle that puts alcohol on a low pedestal of importance. It is also a good time to seek help in becoming sober altogether.
Pay Attention to the T
The key factor that distinguishes men from the rest of nature is testosterone. After the age of 25, men begin losing T levels. Exercise, proper nutrition, abstaining from drugs and alcohol, and stress minimization can preserve T levels. Men with chronically low T levels will always feel less vital than they should. Have a medical professional check T levels, and adopt all methods possible to preserve male uniqueness.
Explore the Family Tree
Many men do not realize that genetics and family history have a great deal to do with their overall health. Once a man reaches early middle age, genetic health factors will be paramount. Go back and research what other male relatives battled, and what they died from. This might seem a little morbid, but discovering health propensities is key when adopting a healthy lifestyle. A history of heart attacks means a concentration on diet and exercise. A history of prostate problems indicates the need for checks that are more frequent than recommended by medical groups.
When men are stressed and suffer from anger and anxiety, massive amounts of the hormone cortisol is released into the bloodstream. Cortisol works against things like testosterone, nerve and muscle receptors, and the immune system. The age of 30 is when most men begin to delve deep into family and career. It’s also the time when stress is the greatest. Take time to identify stress sources, and how to manage them effectively. Longevity and vitality depends on it.
It is proven that people who have an active spiritual life will experience higher degrees of overall wellness. In men over the age of 30, this means using a higher power to tackle all of those things that cause aging, or physical and mental decay. It’s not necessary to move to Nepal and become a monk, but techniques for going beyond the stress of life can help the body rest, repair, and function to its potential. Begin meditation and yoga classes. Take vigorous and reflective nature walks, or find another spiritually active gym partner.
Women call this a makeover. It’s when a person works hard at changing unhealthy aspects of their life, and adopts a new personal appearance to match the positive changes. For men over 30, this means never settling for becoming the “old man” in the room. Dress a little trendier than age would dictate. Take calculated risks when it comes to physical activities and social situations. Get counseling to reverse that sense of physical self-consciousness present since youth. When a man works for health, he should then completely own the positive results.
One thing is for sure, men over 30 are still young at heart. Enjoying life is directly related to the effort put into staying healthy. It’s paradoxical, but men over 30 tend to think there is nothing wrong with their health, until there is actually something wrong. Take steps to ensure that good health continues into middle age.