Men, Please Take Care

by Cathy Clements, Nutritionist & Life Coach, NASM CNC, CPT, FNS, WFS

Men, men, men, men, manly men!

I can hear my husband singing this. Ugh!! I used to work with a lot of men and found them to be very confident in most if not all situations. Men are even confident looking in a mirror and seeing themselves as if at 25, 30 — pick the year — they were at their peak.

And although women may complain about it, most of us think it’s funny and wish we had the same confidence.

As we age, though, women appear more conscientious about their health. I say health, because it is not weight or appearance but physically what’s happening. Women have hormonal changes that begin around mid-life.

Men think they are without change, but that’s not the case.

The drops and changes in male hormones affect energy, metabolism and other things. Men think they are 25, but when they attempt to do something find out that is a mental age, not the physical one. It is as important for men to address health issues, maintain healthy weight and eat a nutritious energizing diet.

I remember hearing men and women say, “When I retire I am going to just sit and watch television or relax.” I agree, we reach a mature age and feel we deserve to sit back and relax. I’m all for that, if that is what will make you happy.

But consider the saying “use it or lose it.” There is truth in it.

As you get close to the age when you are no longer working outside of your home, you need a plan. With the plan comes preparation. If it is a bucket list goal to hike Pikes Peak, you need to begin to train. If it is a goal to play with your grandchildren you need to train (I have a few friends that needed a vacation after watching their grandchildren!)

The point is, there are many changes that occur as we all mature. If we are not monitoring what is happening, we are caught off guard and have to deal with the challenges and expenses that come.

Men, please prepare and plan. We women enjoy having you around, some for the laughs but also the enjoyment of your company. We just ask that you take care of yourselves, too!