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MALE SUMMER AGES 35 - 60
SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS​​
  • The bank owns your left nut, it’s in their freezer, it is called a mortgage or the great Australian Dream! Owning your own space becomes a priority however in some cities renting is the only viable option. Some will head out to sea-changes or tree-changes to find affordable real estate.

  • Time starts to speed up. Weeks fly into months, months into years. Birthdays come and go and suddenly you are knocking on the seniors door.

  • Stress and anxiety may be causing sleep deprivation. Part of SUMMER is having more responsibility and less time to relax, rule 1 make time, rule 2 make time. Stress and anxiety can be caused by habitually trying to do too much and then losing sleep over issues that really are not worth worrying about. Prioritise problems, remember men are fixers however do not place value on issues that either cannot be fixed or are not worth fixing.

  • The hormones are going haywire, and that's yours! SUMMER can be ruled by your ego, at times it is worth stepping out of the box and getting a better grip on reality, less time looking in the mirror more time evaluating your actions and intentions.

  • The belly maybe expanding with success. This is a real trap especially around half way through SUMMER, if the belly arrives start to work on getting rid of it early as it will lead to poor health outcomes in the next two seasons. Upload the free Well Man app, tap on PHYSICAL and have a read of waist measurement.

  • Stretch and find a good physiotherapist. Stretching the ageing muscles is vital during SUMMER and it may be the only way to navigate around past injuries or age related physical problems. Stretching is a great way to get the body moving and upright in the morning.

  • For some, there may be a divorce or a quarter/mid-life crisis or maybe both. Hopefully you will learn from the experience, check to see whether your ego is playing the major role in your life and causing the problems. 

  • Some men will buy a Harley Davidson and ride into the sunset until they realise that the joints start to play up at this age if you are sitting in the same position for over an hour. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence but you still have to mow it!

SUMMER WISDOM
  • Create your own health history, visit your G.P. on an annual basis and record all results so that you can pick up any deviations early and attend to them. Prevention is better than cure.

  • Remember, you are responsible for your health and wellbeing. Seek help early for any symptom and be proactive rather than reactive.

  • Reduce consumption of alcohol, fat and sugar. Summertime can lead to increase consumption of all of the above which will only lead to bad outcomes for your wellbeing in the future.

  • Exercise, move it or lose it. It is a pivotal time in your life to maintain strength and flexibility otherwise muscle waste and lack of flexibility will set in and all simple things become harder to complete including getting out of bed, opening cans and even tying up your shoe laces.

  • Drink plenty of water so that you maintain hydration through the day. You will find your body disposal system works better and also your mind benefits from 6 glasses of water daily.

  • Exercise your mind - Cross Words and Sudoku. Engage the brain before the lights go out totally, avoid endless hours of watching TV and complete daily mental challenges to keep the neurons active.

  • Add a handful of almonds to your diet each day they are good for your prostate. More nutty advice on the free Well Man app, upload via the QR code on the bottom of this page.

  • Volunteer, give back to your community. To live a full life means to give back to society, there are plenty of opportunities to do this, drop into your local council and see if there are any organisations that can assist you to volunteer.

  • Beware of social disconnection. During summer it is a trap to spend too much time in your own head-space, embrace every opportunity to socialise even if this means regularly visiting a café and chatting with other patrons.

  • Watch less news if you want a stress free life, these days mainstream media regurgitate negativity on an hourly basis. It is worth to stay informed however seeing the same news three times a day will only encourage dark moods.

  • Get your grandchildren to set up a YouTube library of your favourite comedians and have a daily laugh. Share the laugh with your mates and families.

  • Embrace life and seek adventures. Every day is a possibility to do something different, it is time to try different sports or hobbies.

  • Seek professional help if you are struggling. This is a no-brainer, if you have physical or mental issues that stay around for longer than 14 days seek help early from a specialist.  

SUMMER ACTION PLAN
  • See your GP annually (on your birthday) for a complete health check annually. Record all results and create your own health history.

       Ask your doctor about:

  • Heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. This season can be the time for all three to arrive, maintain good exercise and eating habits.

  • Respiratory illness and lung cancer especially if you are a smoker. If you are a smoker it is time to quit if you hope to see autumn and winter time.

  • Erectile difficulties and diminishing libido. These are relevant to the age of the  summer male. There are specialists/medications that can assist you to maintain a great sex life.

  • Bowel, prostate and skin cancers. If you are sent a bowel testing kit use it! It could well save your life, early detection is the key. Have a blood test for your prostate health annually and get your doctor to check your skin for cancers.

  • Anxiety and depression if you have been sad for more than 2 weeks. The doctor can assist you to find a good therapist that can sort your issues, be courageous.

  • Any injuries that are healing slowly or not healing at all. Keep an eye on any injuries that are slow to heal and get in to see your doctor as soon as possible.

 

SUMMER WELLBEING HABITS
  • Keep moving at all opportunities, wake up, get up and get moving.

  • Continue to refresh and evaluate life time habits regarding exercise, eating and behaviours. Putting positive habits in place will ease the journey into autumn and winter.

  • Learn to cook and use food preparation time to listen to some favourite music. There are plenty of easy recipes on the free Well Man App, upload the app from the QR code at the bottom of this page.

  • If you become overweight, consider and research intermittent fasting, it does work. Start with one day a week for the first month and then up it to two days. You are allowed 600 calories during your fasting day, the trick is not to eat until after 2.00pm. You are allowed a coffee before this time.

  • Maintain focus to be the best version of yourself. It is very important to stay in the present moment and maintain awareness. 95% of workplace deaths are men, do not join the statistics by losing focus.

  • Connect to nature on a regular basis, sit quietly under a tree and observe, what do you hear? what do you see? what do you smell? and just be! Switching your brain off can be liberating and lead to enhanced intuition. Ever heard of gut instincts?

  • Staying upright is vital at this time of life, work on your posture and balance daily. It is as simple as leaning against a wall and stretching upward or standing on one leg for 30 seconds. 

  • Seek sunshine rather than screen time, get outdoors and off of the sofa. Being active increases energy, sitting too long diminishes the will to move! 

  • Maintain your core strength by lifting light weights and exercising on a regular basis. At this time of life it is essential to maintain muscle strength and flexibility to live life to the full.

  • It is not too late to find your passion and make a job out of it. Embrace opportunities and become comfortable to change, these simple habits will open the door to more opportunities and fun.

  • Volunteer your time to a service club or community group, you will feel better about life and your contribution to society.

  • Listen to your intuition/gut feeling it will serve you well and give you the best directions.

  • Weekly motivation - each week use a positive mantra to get you motivated, ask the question "how can I make my life better?"

 

SUMMER MESSAGE
  • Celebrate life as you are heading towards the half way point if you have looked after yourself physically, mentally and emotionally.

  • If you have any underlying trauma, seek professional assistance at this point so you don’t drag the issues into autumn/winter.

  • Maintain positive life time habits regarding exercise, eating habits and behaviours. Have a walk every other day, include 3 sessions where you switch on maximum speed for 30 seconds at a time and then return back to your normal pace. Interval training eats body fat so it is well worth including it each time you tie up your laces and go for a walk.

  • Reduce your plate size each time you eat, less volume less weight gain.

  • It is time to take up golf, tennis or lawn bowls before your muscles seize up and your flexibility diminishes.

  • Travel does broaden the mind, grab at all opportunities and embrace all cultures. The time is nigh.

  • Hopefully by now a little wisdom has dropped on to your plate, use it wisely and share it with the young.

  • Participate in life, whether it is a sport, hobby or being active in your neighbourhood. Embrace action and contribute to get the most out of life.

  • Have a daily laugh, share happiness and be kind. Work on a daily mantra to keep you aware of how good life is. Share a smile it can become contagious.

  • Watch out for mood swings, anxiety and depression during “summer” seek help early if any symptoms are ruling your life.

  • Avoid self-medication with alcohol and drugs, it is a one-way journey finishing with a poor outcome.

  • Finishing on a happy note, you start to realise that life is what you make of it, your life your choice.

“Keep calm it is only a midlife speed hump” anonymous

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The information provided on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the best advice of your qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read/seen/heard here. 

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