7 Easy Ways to Help Improve Your Husband’s Health

1. Encourage Him to Visit the Doctor

Studies show that a lot of men skip their annual checkups — for a variety of reasons. But this can be dangerous. Some health problems, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, don’t always have obvious symptoms. Studies also show men might be more likely to see their doctor if their wives encourage them.

2. Remind Him to Make His Oral Health a Priority

Most dentists recommend getting a dental checkup twice a year to promote good oral health. But regular dental checkups aren’t just healthy for you — they’ll also help identify dental problems before they become more severe (and more expensive to treat). Get checked now — and help avoid big dental bills later!

3. Get Him Moving

As summer rolls around, remind your husband that a consistent routine of biking, swimming or walking together at a moderate pace can help prevent everything from diabetes to high blood pressure. Plus, it’s an inexpensive way to enjoy the outdoor air and catch up with one another.

As always, consult your physician before beginning an exercise routine.

4. Promote Him Going to Bed Early

A 10-year research study of 70,000 people showed that those who get five or fewer hours of sleep per night have a 40% higher chance of developing heart disease than those who regularly get a full eight hours. If you and your husband are night owls, try reading a book before bedtime.

5. Encourage Positivity

When couples share the day’s events with each other, they also help relieve the day’s tensions. In a university study, researchers found that men with the most positive attitudes at the start of the trial period were half as likely to have experienced heart problems as men with more negative attitudes.

6. Help His Heart Race From Time to Time

Activities that make the heart race (once in awhile) are good ways to jump-start better health. A horror movie, a suspenseful book or simply being in love has been shown to help pump up the heart. And don’t be afraid to squeeze his hand during that horror movie: Studies indicate that physical contact can help reduce disease-causing stress.

7. Just Be Yourself

By simply being there for him, you’re tremendously helping his heart. Studies show that after three years of marriage, happily married men have healthier hearts than unmarried men.

Published in: on June 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

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