Mens HealthBelow is some material that was developed for rural men at a farming conference. Men are sometimes reticent to talk about their personal health, but are often very astute when it comes to managing finances or cars and other vehicles. Research shows that men are less likely to experience a major health incident if they are is a good relationship. Read on…

 1. Personal Vitality  – Balance Sheet

Make a list of your current assets and liabilities to your lifestyle.  Be honest.  What do you do that supports your vitality?  What do you do that sabotages your vitality?

 Assets                                      Liabilities

Spring is a great time to start a positive change of habit.  Make a commitment to yourself to let go of one liability and replace it with one new assetthis spring!  There is probably something that you have thought about for a while but not acted on yet. Desire coupled with a vision of long term fulfilment is the key.


2. Quarterly personal maintenance schedule for blokes

Because we talk about our cars and look after them, but sometimes we forget our personal maintenance.

Birthday              ¼           ½            ¾           

Maintenance areas:

Paintwork – Skin

Oil pressure – Blood Pressure

Oil pump – Heart

Fuel additives – Alcohol intake

Fuel filter – Kidneys

Fuel tank and lines – Stomach and gut

Sump – Bowel

Exhaust – Smoking

Air filter – Lungs

Spark plugs – Testicles/ Prostate

Radiator – Bladder and prostate

Headlights – Eyes

Wing mirrors – Hearing

Electrics – Nervous system/ mental health

Air Con /climate control – Mood /emotions

Chassis – Muscles, joints (including spine)

Shock absorbers – Spouse/ relationship (men in good relationships live healthier and longer)

 Talk with you health practitioner(s) about benchmarking tests on the BIG birthdays (decades).  Then you have a measurable reference point.  Some systems require an annual check, others may need quarterly maintenance.  Times vary depending on age, genetic predisposition and medical history or prior conditions.  Prevention is better than cure.  Take a look under the bonnet!

Michael Mulholland, Osteopath

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