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Men’s Health : A Decade by Decade Primer

Shawna and her best Man Magnus

You want to live a long and happy life? Live right by the decade you are in!

Happy Father’s Day to each and every one of you!

I sincerely hope that you enjoyed a wonderful day that was all about YOU!

How appropriate to reach out to you now with a new post this month, because not only is June representative of Father’s Day, it just so happens to be Men’s Health Month too! All the more reason to devote some time to reach out to all of you at HeadsUp Dad!

There’s an expression that says: “You are only as old as the Man you feel”. Wouldn’t you agree that a man’s quality of life is determined by how healthy he feels? At least that was the comment I received recently from both my father and my brother. They went on further to say that ultimate health to them does not mean resembling “The Rock” or simply exuding a fantastic physical shape, but that health is far more all encompassing than that. Feeling vital and virile is about a lot of things—maintaining a healthy body weight, eating right, supplementing smartly, being active with lots of stamina and putting in a good performance. Being fully engaged at work while also having the energy left over at the end of the day to make a meaningful contribution to your family life and certainly to exude a sense of self confidence through good times and bad. Wow—that’s not a lot to expect is it? Is it? How insightful. It got me thinking. We expect a lot out of you guys, not just in your youth, but throughout your whole life, so are you going to be man enough from here to eternity or what?

Kidding aside, the more I thought more about it, the more it occurred to me that life happens in fairly broad stages—doesn’t it? Decade by decade, your life, the demands placed on you and your own personal needs evolve.The roaring twenties so to speak, the thriving thirties, the “making it all happen” forties and the disease fighting fifties and so on. In order to sustain a long and healthy life, it might be worth at taking a look at what is really ideal for a man to concentrate on within each decade, so you can be your best and perform at optimum health, no matter what your age. Ready?

The Roaring Twenties:
For you guys in your twenties, savor the decade! You’re most likely very active, busy and full of energy, so feed the need. This is the time when you can generally out eat your older brethren and not see an ounce of evidence! You can afford slightly higher calorie/fat foods like nuts/seeds, cheeses, dried fruit and egg yolks with the exception of highly processed and deep fried foods of course. More calories doesn’t mean poor calories. You will also need more lean protein like chicken, lean meat, seafood, eggs and beans. And seeing as heart disease begins early, I would encourage eating fatty fish like salmon at least once or twice a week! Its a terrific source of Omega 3’s (Essential Fatty Acids) that are good for the brain, your heart and the prostate.

 

Thriving in your thirties:
Now that real life comes along in the thirties, a home, career and family probably eat up your daily agenda and you’re less likely to be throwing a football with your buddies in your not so spare time. So if you find that your activity has slowed down a little bit, remember that your appetite surely hasn’t! In order for you to keep your pant buttons from popping off, I suggest getting in the habit of eating more often. Instead of eating big, gorging meals a few times a day, consider about 4 or 5 healthy smaller ones. Less is really more.

 

Fab Forties
In your forties, you’re still feeling young and fantastic as you’re able to keep all of your plates in the air, but you also may notice that your health care practitioner is beginning to discuss your longevity and how to begin to pave the way to good heart health, strong bone density, hormonal health etc. Perhaps making a concerted effort to eat more soluble fiber is a good start such as peas, potatoes, apples and brown rice. Fiber acts like a sponge in the body and likes to soak up cholesterol. Your forties is the time to take heart disease seriously, especially of it runs in your family. So work your way up to 35mg/day of soluble fiber and consider adding Vitamin D to your daily supplement arsenal to encourage bone growth, strengthen immunity and improve circulation. Also, really try to work out hard with a well designed exercise program at least 3 times a week.

 

Fighting fifties:
Being in your fifties is about disease busting! Noshing on antioxidants such as colorful veggies and consuming plenty of blueberries, cranberries, strawberries and raspberries is a great way to add disease fighting antioxidants to your body. Be sure to cut down on sugar and fat and to remain as active as possible.

 

Six Oh! Oh My!
In your sixties and beyond, now your body really begins to tally the score. It takes a good look at how well you have taken care to preserve the temple in your earlier years. My best advice would be to wrap up all of the decades into one big healthy bow. Embrace active living, eat lean proteins daily to help counter losses in muscle mass, keep an antioxidant rich diet that is very low in fat and sugar and eat plenty of fiber every day.

 

As you can see, each life stage has its own nutritional emphasis. No matter what age group you are in, start now to make some healthy changes so you can cruise through each decade with strength and vigor.

As always, I’m here for you if you have questions. Your comments and concerns are always welcome—and I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time: eat well, stay fit.

SH

 

Three Easy Steps to Put Your Fitness Routine in Gear!

Spring has sprung!
and with it, come the shorts, t-shirts and the bulges that have taken over since last summer…

Do you want to get fit and in better shape but are not sure where to start?
I’m not only an experienced, professional trainer, I am also a sister and a friend to a few good men, and I have to say that I am increasingly aware of what a busy dad contends with on a daily basis. With all of the demands that you guys juggle each day, its no wonder all aspects of your well being feel depleted. It takes a lot of energy to be the modern professional, a husband, dad, coach, disciplinarian, appeaser and your average household handyman. I’m sure plenty of you dads out there want to get in better shape just to be able to handle it all!

Lucky you—it’s my pleasure to help you get back in the game of fitness!

Let’s face it, without a strong, healthy body and a confident and happy mind, you won’t be able to put your best foot forward. It’s very important that you do what it takes to be your best at work, at home and with the kids! The key to our longevity is due much less to our genetics and more about how we take care of ourselves right?
So, my best advice to get you up and moving and feeling better involve a few easy “starter tips.”
These tips will help sway your scale in the right direction and help build a stronger you:

First; try a carbohydrate-cycled diet.

Alternate between days of low carb (intake is below 50g/day) and moderate carb intake (times 1.5 with your bodyweight to get your approximate daily grams) to maintain your muscle and lessen your level of fat. Cycle the starchy carbohydrates only, and include as many fruits and vegetables as possible.

Second; Plan to weight train three times a week and “superset” your weight exercises.

Super setting means performing two exercises back-to back without rest in-between. A good way to do this technique is by super setting opposite muscle groups like chest and back, and your arm muscles like biceps and triceps. I assure you, you’ll burn more calories in less time!

And lastly; just MOVE!

Get outside, walk or jog whatever you want at least 3 times a week at a moderate intensity for over 30 minutes. Include the dog, kids and/or your significant other. Exercising together is a great way to increase fitness and family fun!

So what are you waiting for?

Building a healthy, strong body doesn’t just happen over night! You need to empower yourself by setting realistic goals and begin with the good old fashioned basics. Clean up your diet, move some iron and get your heart pumping. I’ll be here with you along the way, and I’ll check in often to see how you are doing.

Stay tuned because next time, I will share the 3 most common fitness myths with you!

I’m simply determined to get you started off on the right foot!

Got questions? Comments? Specific requests?

Post a comment here and I’ll do my best to help you out!

Shawna L. Marshall B.A.,BKin.,H.D

Welcome to the Fitness Lab at HeadsUpDad

Hey guys!

Welcome to Headsup Dad, the latest and greatest online community of highly engaged and active dads! My name is Shawna Hamilton, and I run the FitnessLab here at Headsup Dad HQ.

Because our daily lives are typically very busy, it is easy to sympathize and to understand how getting in shape and staying fit may have slipped to the lower end of our priority list. In addition, our hectic pace begins racing even more with the introduction of kids and modern family life. I totally get it. But it is still no excuse for not making your personal fitness an important goal!

As you achieve improved health in both mind and body, you’ll notice how much better you are at addressing the myriad of challenges facing your life as a busy and active dad. Chances are, if you are reading this, you know this already and are wanting to learn how to do more. And how to do it more efficiently.

Rest assured, you’re in good hands my friends. It is my purpose to be here to help you.

Here within the pages of the FitnessLab,  I will be offering you expert guidance, opinions, critique and advice about overall health and wellness, with a specific focus on physical fitness. In fact, I will aim to cover all aspects of health. Including workout tips and tricks, diet and nutrition inclusive of vitamins and minerals and other supplements geared towards men’s health. You can believe that if its related to health and fitness, you’ll find it here.

So please join me in the FitnessLab, lets have some fun, get in shape and look good and feel better. If a healthy, engaged and active fatherhood is what you’re after, it all starts here!

I look forward to addressing your qualms and queries and also to kicking your butt!