An initiative that aims to raise awareness and provide tips and tools for Canadian men, Canadian Men’s Health week runs from Monday, June 10th – Sunday June 16th. With a new study from the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation shedding light on some problems that an overwhelming majority of men face, it’s clear why it’s necessary.
Olympic Gold Medalist Adam Kreek joined us at Your Morning to share his top four health tips and to hopefully help people fight against the preventable problems that unhealthy lifestyles foster.
The study found that more than 80 per cent of men are stressed at work – something that triples the risk of heart disease, and can lead to other chronic illnesses. Further, 60 per cent of men say that work affects their ability to get a proper night’s sleep.
High stress and lack of sleep can increase the risk of:
- heart disease
- type 2 diabetes
- depression and other mental illnesses
- low testosterone and erectile dysfunction
Forty-seven per cent of men skip a meal while at work at least one day a week, and 17 per cent skip meals three or more days a week. Seventy-four per cent eat an unhealthy snack at least one day a week, and 22 per cent eat unhealthy snacks three or more days a week. Finally, 61 per cent skip breaks at least one day a week, and 29 per cent skip breaks three or more days.
The CMHF study also found that 60 per cent of men will go to work when they are sick, 46 per cent often work extended hours and 30 per cent work while on vacation. This means more work hours, adding to stress, and less down-time, preventing opportunities to de-stress.
What can I do?
Small suggested changes include:
- Stand while taking calls, stand during meetings
- Go for walking meetings, even around the office floor or lobby
- Give your eyes regular 3-minute breaks from the computer screen
- Don’t drink coffee after 3:00 p.m.
- Pack healthy snacks to have at your desk
Finally, men should avoid taking a ‘hero’s mentality’ approach to work that, ironically, decreases productivity in the long run.