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Mens Health Week: Planning for a better retirement

I'm building my wealth | | 2 min read

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Did you know Australian men visit the doctor less frequently than women, have shorter visits and only attend when their illness is in the later stages?

The end result is a shorter lifespan. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the average man lives to 81.2 years while women live to 85.3 years.  

A long and happy retirement isn’t just about the money. Maintaining good health in your later years makes a significant impact on your quality of life. With that in mind, let’s explore five things men can do during Men's Health Week (June 10-16) and beyond.

1. Prioritise Regular Check-ups and Screenings

One of the most crucial steps you can take to safeguard your health is to prioritise regular check-ups and screenings. These appointments allow healthcare professionals to potentially detect health concerns early on, increasing the chances of successful treatment. You should aim for regular visits to your General Practitioner (GP) for a comprehensive health assessment, including blood pressure checks, cholesterol screenings, and prostate cancer screenings. By establishing a proactive approach to preventive care, you can address potential issues before they become more severe.

2. Maintain a Balanced Diet and Active Lifestyle

A well-balanced diet and regular physical activity can reduce your risk of developing life-threatening diseases. You should focus on consuming a nutritious diet rich in vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains. Adequate hydration is also essential for overall wellbeing. Regular exercise, such as aerobic activities, strength training, and flexibility exercises, helps maintain a healthy weight, improves cardiovascular health, and boosts mental wellbeing. You should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.

3. Prioritise Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Men often face unique challenges when it comes to mental health, including stigma and societal expectations. Prioritising mental health is crucial for overall wellbeing. You should seek support when needed and engage in self-care practices that promote emotional wellbeing. This can include talking to friends, family, or mental health professionals, practicing stress management techniques like mindfulness, meditation or exercise, and engaging in hobbies or activities that bring joy and relaxation.

4. Manage Stress and Seek Work-Life Balance

Chronic stress contributes to various health problems, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and mental health issues. It is important for you to develop effective stress management techniques and strive for a healthy work-life balance. Setting boundaries, engaging in relaxation activities, and seeking support from loved ones are important strategies for stress reduction.

5. Practice Healthy Behaviours and Regularly Check for Signs of Illness

Engaging in healthy behaviours and being vigilant about signs of illness is essential for men's health. You should avoid nicotine including vaping and excessive alcohol consumption, as they can significantly increase the risk of various diseases and conditions. Additionally, you should regularly check for changes in the body, this can include lumps, moles, or unusual symptoms, which are crucial for early detection of potential health issues.

By following these five tips, you can take proactive steps towards maintaining good health, both physically and mentally. Remember, investing in your health is an investment in a better quality of life for you and your family.

With your health on track, you’ll have more time and energy to tackle your financial goals and retirement plans. That’s something the Equip Super team assist with.

Whether it’s an online calculator to help you map out the future, our helpful Retirement Centre, or a more in-depth conversation with a financial planner, we have a range of resources to help you get ahead. 

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