Men's Health Month is aimed at raising awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging the early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. It's about getting men and boys talking about their health concerns, and asking their mates how they are doing.
Has it been awhile since you last visited your GP?
The Men's Health Week team have put together a short survey so you can find out your health "score" and quickly see how you're going in a range of areas. Fill it out and make a time to chat about the results with your doctor or health provider.
Interested in finding out more about how to make healthier choices?
The Men's Health NZ website has information on specific men's health related topics. You'll also find a collection of shareable videos from "good fellas", talking about their health experiences, and a list of support groups for men.
Here are some other useful links:
- Connect with the Canterbury Men's Centre who provide a range of counselling and support services for men, couples and dads.
- Download The Blokes' Book - gives information on Canterbury agencies and services for men's health and wellbeing.
- Find sports clubs and recreational opportunities in the Greater Christchurch Sport and Recreation Guide.
Being regularly active and maintaining a good level of fitness has many health benefits.
Here are some tips for men to get into an active habit from the Men’s Health Trust:
- Organise to meet a mate regularly for a work-out, run or game.
- Find a local group or class or join a local social sports team.
- Pick an upcoming event (run, cycle, duathlon or team challenge) and prepare yourself to make it to the finish line. Most events will cater for a range of fitness levels.
- Use a phone app, fitness watch or pedometer to track how far you go or how many steps you take. Set yourself a goal to increase each week.
- Block out the same time each week to exercise if you like to have a routine. Make this time a priority and plan other activities around it.
The Men’s Health Trust has more ideas to help inspire you including a 4-week guide to starting exercise.
Physical fitness is also a great start to mental fitness because moving your body can move your mood and improve your thinking ability.
It can seem tough to get going if you’re not used to being active! Cantabrians are lucky to have excellent programmes designed to help you get started and maintain an active lifestyle.
The Active Canterbury Activity Search can help you to find classes and programmes in your area or close to your workplace.
Here are some links to other opportunities in Greater Christchurch: