Help Your Man Stay Healthy, No Matter His Age!

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Is your man as healthy as he could be? Credit: chefranden

If your guy is anything like mine, it’s like pulling teeth to get him to go to the doctor. Or dentist. But you can be a huge asset to your man’s health. Nag him if you need to. Make his appointments for him. And check out these tips from Dr. Oz from a recent issue of Men’s Fitness to help your man live into really old age. Because don’t you want to see him super old, gray and healthy? We bet he’ll still be cute…

Guys in Their 20s

Twentysomethings’ testosterone levels are high, so they have a big desire to be sexually intimate and a need to build muscle mass. Place more emphasis on muscle-building activities. They should be working out every other day, building up their core, arms and legs. The one activity they should definitely be doing is pull-ups. You know you’re fit if you can lift your own body weight at least 10 times—that’s the bare minimum.

Check Him Yourself
No. of push-ups he should be able to do: More than 35
No. of sit-ups he should be able to do: More than 45

Health screenings he should be getting:

  • Tetanus vaccine (every 10 years)
  • Influenza vaccine (every year)
  • Height, weight, waist and BMI (every year)
  • Blood pressure (every year)
  • Oral exam (every year)
  • HPV vaccine (before 26)

Guys in Their 30s

Once your guy hits his 30s, he can start to move away from muscle-building activities a little bit and focus more on fitness. Young guys are more able to move around, but thirtysomethings are a little stiffer and start putting on more weight. So now they have to worry about not burning as many calories.

Check Him Yourself
No. of push-ups he should be able to do: 25–29
No. of sit-ups he should  be able to do: 30–34

Health screenings he should be getting:

  • Cholesterol  (every 5 years)
  • Thyroid stimulating  hormone (every other year)
  • Eye exam (every two years)

Guys in Their 40s

By the time your guy is in his 40s, it all becomes about your body’s pliancy. Once he loses the ability to stay flexible and balanced, he starts to develop frailty—and frailty is what really hurts us when we get older. He should spend more time doing yoga or balance activities, like doing exercises with his eyes closed. Try this simple test for improving balance. Stand up straight with your arms folded across your chest, close your eyes, and raise one foot, bending the knee at a 45-degree angle. Set a goal of balancing for 15 seconds.

Check Him Yourself
No. of push-ups he should be able to do: 20–24
No. of sit-ups he should  be able to do: 25–29

Health screenings he should be getting:

  • Prostate exam (every year)
  • Skin cancer exam (every year)

Guys in their 50s

The big epiphany—and this is going to blow your mind—is that the fitness level of someone who is 17 years of age is no different from someone who is 65 years of age. So your man has to be able to stay physically active throughout his life. Guys past the age of 50 should focus more on endurance activities as they get older—things like biking, running, the elliptical if he has weak knees, and swimming.

Check Him Yourself
No. of push-ups he should be able to do: 15–19
No. of sit-ups he should be able to do: 20–24

Health screenings he should get…

  • Pneumovax vaccine (repeat at 65)
  • Colonoscopy (every 10 years)
  • Osteoporosis

These tips are also great for passing along to your dads! How do you ladies try to help your guys stay healthy? I know my hubby eats way more veggies with me around! —Erin


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