June is “Men’s Health Month.”
With summer just underway, it’s the time of year when individuals start – or have already begun – some type of health or fitness program for the summer. Motivations vary: from wanting to look good to wanting to lose some weight, some men use this time of year to assess where they are in terms of physical health and to develop short-, medium-, and long-term fitness goals.
One thing to keep in mind that “health” can mean many things, from physical health to mental health, and all aspects of health remain important to bear in mind. That said, however, this blog will focus on men’s physical health in particular.
It’s been reported that since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, throughout the past two years and counting, many people have complained about gaining weight, which is a reasonable concern. But now that more and more people are finding their way back into a so-called “normal” or, somewhat, pre-COVID lifestyle, Men’s Health Month 2022 may be a good time to challenge yourself and set new fitness goals.
The first piece of common advice is to decide your goals. What do you want to achieve? And – more importantly – how do you plan on achieving it?
Good intentions are important, but so is follow through.
After you decide what you want to achieve, the next step is putting an action plan together. Your action plan can be as simple as a few bullet points on a piece of paper or a several-pages long digital document. It really doesn’t matter. Additionally, your action plan should detail what you want to do and how you are going to do it. Later, after you implement your action plan, it should be kept out in plain view to constantly serve as a reminder of what your goals are.
Remember, the aim of Men’s Health Month is to serve as a time to remind us of our fitness goals. Set your goals, make an action plan, and start working toward your health goals. You’ll be glad you did.