KEEP­ING HIM HEALTHY

21 Cre­ative Ways to Keep Your Guy (and You!) in Great Shape

Natural Solutions - - Food Matters - BY FELI­CIA D. STOLER, DCN, MS, RDN

Some guys go from foot­ball-lov­ing couch pota­toes in the win­ter to beer-drink­ing grill masters in the sum­mer. Ask any wife, girl­friend, or mother and they’ll agree that men aren’t al­ways on top of things when it comes to their health. So let’s get cre­ative—and maybe a lit­tle sneaky—about keep­ing our guys health­ier this sum­mer. MINIMIZE MUS­CLE FA­TIGUE AND SORE­NESS Many guys be­come more ac­tive as the tem­per­a­tures rise, keep­ing busy with ev­ery­thing from out­door sports to gar­den­ing. Even prun­ing or plant­ing can be a to­tal-body work­out! Here are some ideas for en­sur­ing he’s got the en­ergy to keep mov­ing, with­out be­ing side­lined by sore mus­cles.

Make sleep a pri­or­ity. Rest isn’t a lux­ury. His mind and body both need time to re­ju­ve­nate. Plus, the bet­ter he sleeps at night, the more en­ergy he’ll have the next day.

Give him en­ergy on the cel­lu­lar level. I’m fas­ci­nated by new low-dose tech­nol­ogy such as Omeosport, an FDA-listed home­o­pathic medicine that raises en­ergy me­tab­o­lism and pro­vides mus­cle sup­port. It’s even used by pro­fes­sional ath­letes to re­duce mus­cle fa­tigue and sore­ness. He’ll be able to work and play harder, and feel good af­ter­ward! You sim­ply put it un­der your tongue and it’s ab­sorbed di­rectly into the blood­stream, with­out need­ing to first be di­gested be­fore it goes to work.

Join him for some light stretch­ing af­ter stren­u­ous ac­tiv­i­ties. Warm up be­fore­hand so that you’re not stretch­ing cold mus­cles; then, stretch af­ter a work­out to help minimize de­layed on­set mus­cle sore­ness and to re­duce the risk for in­jury.

Keep cool wa­ter handy. Heat stroke is a big con­cern in the sum­mer, so make sure both you and your man stay well hy­drated. Re­plen­ish­ing flu­ids is es­sen­tial to main­tain­ing body tem­per­a­ture (so you’re less likely to get over­heated). Not re­ally a wa­ter drinker? Con­sider mak­ing your own fla­vored wa­ters with fruits, herbs, and tea.

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