Hello everyone, we hope everybody is well. We’ve all been living in the pandemic for almost a year now. It’s been a tough adjustment but I can thankfully say that we are blessed and doing well. We’ve all been forced to change how we live, work and play for the foreseeable future in an attempt to stay as healthy as possible. Although it can be inconvenient at times, we have to be conscious that the safety measures put in place are for our wellbeing as well as to keep our family and friends safe from COVID as well. So, with all of that being said, everybody please take care and stay as diligent with your COVID precautionary measures like wearing facial masks and washing your hands.
As the title of this post reads, “Exercise alone won’t get it!”. Even more importantly than engaging in a consistent exercise activity or just being active, we’ve got to regularly go to the doctor.
Men, this is really for us. WE MUST make and keep doctors’ appointments. Visiting the doctor is an area that we particularly procrastinate in or just plain don’t do. At a time in my life, I was guilty as charged. The ladies do a great job in routinely going to the doctor for their annual checkups or addressing any concerns about their health that they may be having. Men, we already know how strong our ladies are as well as they are the backbones of our household and families. As men, we’ve got to do our best to be healthy enough to provide for our family, be a help-meet to your spouse/partner as well as the head of your household.
As the man, it is vital that we routinely make and keep doctor appointments to have a baseline of your overall health. Oftentimes, we don’t think we need to go to the doctor because we feel good more times than not.
Preventive care is the most important step you can take to manage your health. While going to the doctor is important for all men. As an African American man, I am at increased risk of high blood pressure or developing colon cancer just to name a couple of health issues. Many of the top risk factors leading to illness and premature death are preventable.
Men, let’s use a car as an analogy for scheduling and keeping doctor appointments. Every so often, we have to take the car in for routine maintenance. We have to get the tires rotated, oil changed and the fluids topped off to keep the car running in good condition. We have to treat our bodies in much of the same way. A little preventative doctor care will go a long way to make sure that you running as well as you can. Just like and car, as we age our bodies will change and run a little differently. But don’t ignore that personal check engine light.
So please if something doesn’t feel right, don’t dismiss it. Go get it checked out because if it is serious, early detection is the best detection! It also will give the doctor the best chance at getting you on a treatment plan that gets you as healthy as possible.