Grow a Moustache! It’s Movember.

Guys, if ever there was a time for facial hair, it’s now.

For Men’s Health Awareness Month, or Movember, moustaches are sprouting up everywhere to recognize men and their unique considerations for vibrant health and habits for wellness in body, mind and spirit for the long term. Not surprisingly, general good health practices go a long way toward prevention.

By focusing on diet, stress management and regular moderate exercise, men can enjoy a long and healthy life. Dr. Tim Kruse, family practice physician and founder of Premier Medical Center, grew a moustache to give a nod to Men’s Health Month and he shares some sage advice.

“Eat more plants,” says Dr. Tim,. “Go for a plate that’s three-fourths vegetables.” He says to eat fish twice a week.  And for red meat, there’s advice on that, too. “Not too much,” says Dr. Kruse. “A serving is a quarter pound or four ounces, not a 16-ounce slab of prime rib.”

As for stress management, the doctor prescribes regular exercise. “Strive for 150 minutes a week,” he says. “Walking counts as exercise.” It can be in 30 minute chunks five days a week or 20 minutes a day. Dr. Kruse recommends using the app on your Smartphone that counts steps, going for around 10,000 steps a day. “Believe it or not, 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day is considered sedentary.”

He also encourages working on balance, by standing on one foot for five minutes, and then alternating to the other foot for five minutes, and doing this practice once a day. This exercise will help what is known as proprioception, a medical term that describes the ability to sense the orientation of your body in your environment. Proprioception allows you to move quickly and freely without having to consciously think about where you are in space or in your environment. Dr. Kruse explains that without exercise and practice, men develop an insidious loss of balance over time that can lead to falls and fractures later in life.

As for alcohol, keep it down to two drinks or less per day. And make sure you have hang time with friends to keep social relationships thriving. That lowers stress and increases quality of life.

Would you (or a guy you love!)  like to talk to Dr. Tim about health and wellness? Make an appointment today for a free initial consultation and to learn more about the innovative Direct Care model and membership with Premier Medical Center.

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