Therapy group plans Men's Health seminar

Father's Day may be behind us, but June is Men's Health Month, and there are many opportunities to celebrate dads. Instead of the traditional grills, electronics, recliners or a buffet full of delicious food, maybe it is time to change it up and start thinking on the healthier side of things.

Maybe it’s time for Dad to start pumping some iron and drop the not so healthy six-pack of beer and gain a solid six-pack of abs. TherapyWorks has put together a list of healthy gift ideas for fathers that are great any time of year, as well as a quick fact sheet about exercise and diet.

Promoting his health and well-being can contribute to your father being around for a long time. Feeding his body and soul with dark chocolate is one gift idea that never gets boring. Antioxidants are always a good thing, and studies show that eating dark chocolate helps you stay alert and focused. It also helps lower blood pressure and increase blood flow into the body as well as reducing stress.

If you drink, trade up to red wine, which contains antioxidants that help prevent heart disease, protecting arteries and blood vessels. It also contains resveratrol, which may activate genes that slow cellular aging.

Purchasing a gym membership can be one of the most rewarding things you can do, that is to say you end up going. You can even splurge and go shopping for a new pair of sneakers. Work toward a goal of 30 minutes each day. This can help boost natural testosterone levels and blood flow which can ultimately improve stamina, flexibility, and libido.

During Men’s Health Month, and all year long, it is important to bring your attention to the do’s and the don’ts of a healthy lifestyle:

Do: 1. Visit doctor regularly: It is important to keep a relationship with your doctor and to continue to get check ups regularly. 2. Take a daily multivitamin: Even if you are eating right, it is not very likely that the foods you eat contain all the nutrients you need. 3. Eliminate “white foods” from your diet. White sugar, flour and all other processed foods. These foods can drive up blood sugar levels which can contribute to weight gain. 4. Include weight training and exercise into your daily life: Aerobic exercise is great for the heart. People’s lives get busy but including once a week resistance exercise can help improve muscle strength. Hiring a personal trainer to get things started might be beneficial as well. 5. Drink more tea: Besides water, tea may be one of the best drinks for your body. Studies have shown that tea can improve memory and cognition in men. Green tea has numerous other benefits such as increasing your metabolism, lowering blood pressure, boosting immunity and most importantly, preventing bad breath.

Don’t: 1. Eat trans fats: Deep- fried foods and things with hydrogenated oils such as butter which contain trans fats, raise your risk of heart disease. Healthy fats include olive oil and omega-3 oils that can be found in salmon and other water fish. 2. Consume numerous alcoholic beverages: Alcohol is okay in moderation, such as drinking red wine, but excessive drinking can lead serious health problems. Try to limit drinking to one or two drinks at most. 3. Skimp on sleep: Sleep can be sometimes overlooked, but we don’t realize that when we are sleeping, we are recharging our body. Sleep helps fight infection and restarts the body so you are ready to go the next day. 4. Skip breakfast: Having breakfast can jump start your metabolism and give you the perfect amount of energy you need to start your day. 5. And especially, don’t give up: Being healthy is not easy. Consider talking to a friend in times of discouragement.

TherapyWorks is hosting a Men’s Health seminar at 7 p.m. June 29. Dr. Eric Huerter and physical therapist Banaka Okwuone will be the speakers for the night. Come out to hear about how and why it is important to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle. For more information call 749-1300 or email

by Banaka Okwuone, DPT, TherapyWorks

Dr. Eric Huerter in a recent running race

Dr. Eric Huerter in a recent running race by therapyworks

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