The new year is the most common time for people to resolve to take better care of themselves. But, in reality, that should be a goal all year long. As summer approaches, commit to using the change of season to renew your dedication to improving your health and lowering your risk of developing health problems.

Many people get overwhelmed at the notion of starting on a health journey. The confusion is often a result of too many resources and schools of thought, but experts agree that gender matters when being healthy.

3 Tips for Men to Improve their Health

  1. Regular Doctor Visits are Crucial
    Men are more likely than women to skip their regular doctor visits, posing a severe health risk. Regular doctor visits can detect important health issues early. Experts recommend seeing a primary care physician every two to three years until age 50; then, visits should occur annually.
  2. Monitor your Heart Health
    Keep your heart healthy and strong with regular exercise and eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables to keep your blood pressure low.
  3. Mental Health Matters
    Men are less likely than women to talk about their mental health and 3.5 times more likely to commit suicide, according to the Foundation for Suicide Prevention. But caring for your emotional well-being shows strength and self-awareness. If you feel anxious or depressed, find and speak to an experienced professional.

3 Tips for Women to Improve their Health

  1. Attend Health Screenings
    A particular focus needs to be on their breast and gynecological health for women. Your family history may determine the frequency, but early breast or cervical cancer detection can be a lifesaver.
  2. Take Vitamins
    Women have different nutritional needs than men, making intake of vitamins and minerals a central piece of staying healthy. Depending on your age, your health care provider can recommend the exact quantities of vitamins and minerals you should supplement your diet to remain in optimal health.
  3. Exercise regularly
    Working out does more than just keep your body at an optimal weight. Regular exercise helps prevent bone loss and osteoporosis. Find an exercise program that includes regular movement and lifting weights as part of your daily routine.

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