Keeping men in our lives healthy this Father's Day

June 8, 2011 1:57:53 PM PDT
As Father's Day approaches, many of us have men on our minds, but what are we doing to keep the guys in our lives healthy? The first step is to get him off the couch. Encouraging your man to exercise can help motivate him and keep him fit. A recent study found middle-aged men who increased their exercise, also increased their life expectancy by eight percent. Don't let him get away with just lifting weights; men need cardio to keep their hearts healthy.

Second, make sure he eats right. One study found that sixty percent of adult men do not get enough Vitamin C. Experts say that men should get a handful of fruits and veggies per day. Show him you care by cooking him a healthy dinner that consists of meat and tomatoes. Tomatoes are not only just good for his heart, but they can also decrease his risk of heart disease, stroke, memory loss, impotence and wrinkling. Tomato-based products also have lycopene, which has been shown to fight cancer.

Lastly, get him to the doctor. A new report found that a third of American men have not had a medical checkup in the last year, and around nine million have not visited a doctor in five years. Without a checkup, he will not know what risk factors to watch out for. Regular appointments will keep him conscious of his own health, so you don't have to worry.

Those checkups are very important-24-percent of people with diabetes don't know they have it, and a man's blood pressure starts climbing once he hits 45. Father's Day is Sunday, June 19th.