Good health is vital for a good life. But there are many things that get in the way of looking after ourselves both physically and mentally – especially as men.

Research tells us that the health status of males in Australia is generally poorer than that of females. Life gets busy and sometimes its easy to overlook what’s going.

This week is Men’s Health Week. It’s a good opportunity to pause and think about those little things that may be stopping us for seeking information and support to improve our wellbeing.

This year’s theme focuses on creating physically, mentally and emotionally healthy environments in the home, workplace and social settings.

As men we’ve come a long way from the days of not talking about our health and not making it a priority, but there is always room for improvement. There’s no way to sugar-coat it – the past two years have been tough. Some people have really struggled with their health.

I know for me exercise ticks so many boxes when it comes to good health. The benefits of leading an active and healthy lifestyle for your physical, mental and social wellbeing go beyond building muscles or losing weight. It improves mood, sleeps, self-esteem and cognitive function.

I have a routine of going to the gym at 4.30am every morning. While it would be easy not to go, I see it as a superannuation policy – an investment in my future. The role of Mayor comes with some stressful moments and exercise plays an important role in managing the pressure of the job. I want to make sure I get the chance to enjoy retirement when the time comes by making my health a priority now.

I’m also a strong advocate for regular health checks. As they say, prevention is better than cure. 

Council is running a series of events and activities in support of Men’s Health Week across the City of Logan. You can find out more by visiting logan.qld.gov.au/menshealthweek2022 

So, I encourage you to think about your own health this week. Make the time to go and get that skin check you’ve been putting off or check-in with your fathers, brothers, sons and mates about their health – reach out and remind them to take good care of their health.

Stay healthy.

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