June 10-16th is National Men’s Health Week! Each year, it is celebrated the week leading up to Father’s Day. Buy your dad a new push lawnmower for a healthy heart! Or a new baseball glove.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a comprehensive list of activities for men to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The basics include sleeping well, eating a balanced diet (avoiding trans fats), exercising more, eliminating stress, and reducing alcohol intake.
Since Men’s Health Week also falls within National Men’s Health Month, it is a great time to make annual preventative doctor appointments that include blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, prostate and testicular cancer screenings, sexual health and STI screenings.
One great way to improve both your overall health and your sexual health is to commute by bicycle. Consider a jock-friendly or no-nose saddle – some bicycle seats can cause erectile dysfunction and other sexual health problems in men. To counter this, buy a saddle with a slit down the middle to protect the perineum. Here is a funny – yet serious - Gizmodo article on the subject. And directly from REI’s website:
“Many bicycle saddles are built to protect your perineum—the area between the sit bones, through which traverse a plethora of nerves and arteries. These saddles reduce or eliminate the material in the middle of the saddle, both relieving pressure on the perineum and providing airflow and comfort during long rides.”
Happy Health & Happy Riding, Gentlemen!