5 Foolproof Tips for Mens Health Month

The Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center of El Paso is proud to provide services for both men and women — too often, male aesthetics clients go ignored. While we’re always dedicated to helping our male clients feel like their best selves, this month is particularly all about them. Men’s health month means focusing on all the best ways to build good habits that will keep you feeling energetic, strong and confident every day. Here are our team’s top five tips for staying in shape both physically and mentally.

1. Eat a low-fat diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables & whole grains.

The foods you eat are your body’s fuel — and the type of fuel you use makes a difference in how your body runs. When you load up on junk foods with ingredients like refined sugars, hydrogenated fats and processed carbohydrates, you’re only giving your body a short-burning energy source with few beneficial ingredients. Focusing on a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains, though, gives your body everything it needs to function at its highest capacity. Fruits and veggies offer natural carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals; protein gives you long-lasting energy and helps build muscle and whole grains promote heart and circulatory health with many essential nutrients. Eating well keeps your body running smoothly and impacts everything from weight loss to long-term risks for diseases.

2. Don’t smoke and limit alcohol intake to 2 drinks/day.

If you are a smoker, you’re likely tired of hearing your friends and loved ones tell you it’s a deadly habit. But we’ll say it one more time: smoking can kill. It drastically increases your likelihood of developing a variety of potentially fatal illnesses, from respiratory disease to throat and mouth cancer. It also weakens your circulatory system, causing difficulties from struggling during exercise to heightened risks during surgery. If you’ve been hesitating to quit smoking, you can use this men’s health month as the perfect excuse to get motivated and leave your habit behind once and for all.

Unhealthy alcohol consumption is likewise a detriment to your health. Constant drinking, drinking to excess or binge drinking, for example, wreak havoc on your brain and body. The Center for Disease Control’s guidelines for safe drinking recommend no more than two alcoholic drinks per day to avoid alcohol-related problems like liver damage, alcohol poisoning or dependence and addiction.

3. Get 150+ minutes of exercise/week including aerobic & muscle-strengthening activities.

Along with a healthy diet, a good exercise routine is the best thing you can do for yourself. A blend of cardio and muscle-building exercises is ideal to keep your heart healthy, your body strong and your energy levels up. Cardio — anything that raises your heart rate, from jogging to jumping jacks — helps burn calories, while strength training — like weightlifting or push-ups — replaces body fat with muscle and improves metabolism.

Plus, working out is good for your mental health, too. Studies show that people who exercise feel better about their appearance and their overall happiness — physical activity triggers the release of chemicals in the brain called endorphins that make you feel awake and positive.

4. Maintain a healthy weight.

Keeping a healthy weight can help you feel more confident in your body and your appearance, for one, but it’s also important for your long-term wellness. Overweight and obesity are linked to a number of life-threatening diseases including diabetes and heart disease, and can affect you on a daily basis by making tasks like walking up stairs or spending time with pets and children more difficult. If you are ready to choose a lifestyle that will help you lose weight or keep your healthy weight more stable, men’s health month can inspire you to make those changes now. You’ll notice a difference in the quality of your life just from a combination of eating well and exercising — and, when you love your body, you’re more likely to continue taking good care of yourself.

5. Protect your skin with season and skin type-specific products/routines.

Skin care products and services are too often marketed toward women. It’s vital for men to take care of their skin, too, keeping it clean, hydrated and protected from the elements. After all, the skin is the largest organ in the body — you should care for it the same way you care for the rest of your organs.

A few skin care essentials might include a gentle face wash, a seasonally-appropriate moisturizer and a good sunscreen. If you struggle with specific skin issues such as wrinkles or breakouts, you should consider choosing products geared toward your concerns. For expert skincare advice or to find out what kind of skincare routine would work best for you, visit the skincare experts at the Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Centers of El Paso — our services include top-quality skin care treatments and personalized recommendations for medical-grade skin care products.

We believe that confidence and happiness with one’s appearance are included in men’s health. Our tips can not only help you love the way you look, but can keep you healthy on the inside, too. If you are interested in finding out more about cosmetic procedures for men — such as anti-aging treatments, hair restoration or body contouringcontact the Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Centers of El Paso today. Our team is ready to help with whatever beauty or wellness concerns you may have. Schedule a consultation by calling our Eastside location at 915-855-7800, or our west El Paso office at 915-543-5600.

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