It’s November, the penultimate month in the Gregorian calendar and I saw my first Christmas ad already (and let’s be real, this year, they started in October). Wasn’t there once a rule that they couldn’t start until after Thanksgiving? I mean, really, can I please eat my freakin’ turkey leg before hearing for the thirty-thousandth time a Dean Martin Christmas on a crappy beer commercial?
But seriously, November is also a month to recognize some health concerns for men, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. The good people over at the Movember Foundation are taking good care of awareness and helping fund other organizations that help with these concerns.
If you watch the news it would seem that men are in peril across the board. I spent hours poring over data to describe these crises in the first world and came up with a slew of stats and dramatic outcomes that would make your head spin. But it actually just comes down to this: either men are terrible at taking care of themselves or there is some inherent sociological / biological reasoning as to why we are dying in droves, overflowing our mental hospitals and prisons and generally just sick as hell.
I was thinking about my brother with this topic. He’s middle aged, has two kids, has worked his ass off his whole life, is a veteran and not in the best of health. He would probably kill me if I gave his stats here but let’s just say he isn’t feeling or looking his best at 44 years old. Now he doesn’t have cancer or any other discernible disease, but like the most of us he takes care of the kids, his home and cooks every day for those beautiful kids and all that leaves him with little time to take care of himself. Sound familiar?
It doesn’t have to be this way! So, let’s talk about the small things that every man can do to take care of themselves a little better this month, just so you don’t end up as another statistic. The big four are diet, exercise, sleep, and stress.
For the sake of time I will address these four issues in different posts because God knows you don’t have time to even read this!
So, let’s start with DIET: If you really want to see results, you have to take this very seriously and you have to suck it up and step out of the catastrophic, self-loathing, bread-eating, beer-drinking mediocrity that has put you in the “Dad Bod” category. You have to look inside and make a decision. Not one man I know wants to be fat, lacking in masculine traits and incapable of chopping wood, carrying your kids out of a burning house or fighting someone to the death if you have to. We all have this image of ourselves – the hero image – and for most of us this doesn’t look like the average, fat American man sitting on a La-Z-Boy and eating a TV dinner. Achieving hero physique takes discipline and believe it or not, a little compassion and a lot of patience. So, let’s start with a simple decision to be a better you, to be the hero you always wished yourself to be. And to look the part, you have to act the part.
Next week, I am going to dive into this with detail, but in the meantime, I will leave you with one thought: What specifically is keeping you from being (looking, feeling) the way that you want to be? If you can answer that then you know what you need to do to start a personal transformation.
I’m here for you.