5 Father’s Day Health Tips For Dad

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1.When it comes to exercise, don’t be a weekend warrior. The best way to take care of your heart is to exercise two or three days during the week as well as the weekend, emphasizing aerobic activity (walking, running, swimming or biking).

2. Give a Father’s Day present to your family, and schedule a medical evaluation. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and sugar levels, as well as any other screenings you need.

3. If you weigh too much, resolve to try to lose some weight. Be a good role model for your kids. Start by cutting down on both sugar and junk carbs. This includes cutting back on junk food and soda, as well as foods containing white flour, such as pasta, bagels, and pretzels.

4. Make sure you aren’t making yourself sick. If you take prescription medications for high cholesterol or diabetes, do everything possible from a lifestyle point of view to be sure that these medications are really needed, and not the result of problems that have developed because of weight and being sedentary.

5. Don’t ignore real signs of trouble. If you begin to experience dizziness, excessive fatigue, unusually heavy sweating, rapid or irregular heartbeat, increased shortness of breath, or chest discomfort, or do not recover quickly after strenuous activity, see your doctor right away. Do not ignore these symptoms, just hoping they will go away. You want to be around to see your kids grow up!