EXERCISE #3: FRONT PLANK
Here’s a look at the five most commonly diagnosed cancers in men, and the signs and risk factors that shouldn’t be ignored.
This core-stabilising exercise, which helps improve posture and balance, works the abs, glutes, hamstrings, shoulders and back. Try doing three one-minute sets. 1. Get into a push-up position with forearms on the ground and thumbs facing up ( make sure elbows are under shoulders). Create a “V” shape with your forearms by placing your fists in front of the face, and elbows flaring outwards. 2. Brace the core tight, flex the glutes and keep your whole body in a straight line from head to toe. Try to stay in position for 30 to 60 seconds before resting and repeating. 3. Push off your right foot and bring your right leg back to the centre to complete one rep.
It’s no secret that women are more inclined to talk more openly about their health and the health of their families, offering advice about diet, workouts and other wellnessrelated matters that men generally don’t discuss socially – which could be why males in most parts of the world tend to be in worse health than females are. Studies show that men are nearly twice as likely as women to die from the types of cancers that affect both sexes; they’re also more than 50 percent more likely to develop those cancers, and they have poorer survival rates. It’s no surprise, really, as men tend to follow less healthy lifestyles; they’re more likely to smoke, and more men than women drink to excess, according to research.
So, what can be done to keep men healthy and as cancer-free as possible? Knowing the warning signs, and the measures that can be taken to help reduce the risk of cancer, is a good start.