Give your overall health a boost with these simple hacks.
Fitness, contrary to what gymheads will have you believe, is more about how you monitor your progress and sustain it... than piling on the plates on the barbell. Sure, training is very important as you enter your 30s and 40s, but what’s as important is understanding your body and its needs.
But, in the graciousness that is Maxim, we’re listing the easiest ways to stay as fit as you are, and maybe become fitter. The good news: all of these hacks need less time than it would take you to tell your gym partner, “My calves are dead!”
1. Check Your Family History
Diseases that run in families include diabetes, heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, some forms of cancer and some forms of mental illness. Not good news, we know, but doctors and pharma nerds say many of these diseases can be prevented or reversed using nutritional medicine. So, start climbing the family tree.
2. Buy A Blood Pressure Monitor
They’re inexpensive and can be life-saving, because high blood pressure is a silent problem, and can cause strokes and chronic disability at a relatively young age. If you are reading high, see a doctor. Typical symptoms include throbbing headaches, sweating and shortness of breath. If your eyes are bulging, just put down that console controller and look at some grass.
3. Take Magnesium Supplements
Why? Well, magnesium has been shown to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death from various causes. It also promotes relaxation and good quality, deeper sleep. In short, what you need.
4. Get Some Vitamin C
Two-time Nobel Prize winner, the late Professor Linus Pauling, showed that Vitamin C reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Many men don’t get enough of it—in spite of piling on the OJ—so improve your diet by adding some more citrus and maybe taking a supplement to be safe.
5. Love Your Liver
This means cutting back on sugar and going easy on alcohol. Your liver is the filter of your blood stream and it also controls fat metabolism. To be strong, energetic and muscular, you need a healthy liver. Fellas, we’re not saying this is easy but it could help save your life—have at least three alcohol-free days each week, replace sugar with fruit and protein, and take a liver tonic to support better liver function and increase your energy levels. If at any stage your Liver Function Tests (or LFT) shows your liver is not healthy, follow it up with an ultrasound. You may have a fatty liver. But don’t panic—it can be reversed.
6. Take Selenium
It can help boost testosterone and sperm production. Selenium has super antioxidant properties and has been shown to help fight cancer. Some good sources are chia seeds (and all seeds in general, like sunflower and flax), brown rice, and veggies like mushrooms, spinach and broccoli.
7. Do A Detox
Doing a cleanse every six months or so will help support your metabolism and blood circulation functions, balance gut health and alkalise the body, all of which can help ward off illness and disease.