Whether you are a man or love one, this concerns YOU!

Eat healthier.

Exercise.

Don’t drink coffee … wait … Coffee, in moderation, is actually good for you?

Remain alert to family members’, friends’ and your mental health.

Protect yourself from STD’s by practicing safe sex.

Don’t drink excessively or do drugs.

While this may sound like an annoying list of things we’re told to do and not to do in order to take control of our health, at least we have just that – control! These are called “modifiable risk factors.”

But what about the risk factors we can’t change like age, ethnicity, gender and family history? These are called “‘unmodifiable’ risk factors,” because we’re born with these traits and, for the most part, can’t change them and how they affect our health. That’s why we do our best to make up for this with modifiable risk factors – by living a healthy lifestyle.

Men’s health is in a state of crisis.

In general, men don’t do as well as women with taking care of themselves, and we have cultural factors to blame for that. Men are conditioned starting at birth to brush it off and suck it up. That’s one of the reasons why, around the world, women outlive men.

This is unsettling whether you are a man or love one.

According to MedlinePlus, men are more likely than women to do the following:

  • Smoke and drink
  • Make unhealthy or risky choices
  • Put off regular checkups and medical care

The behaviors listed above serve as risk factors for the following:

  • Cancers
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Mental health conditions
  • Obesity
  • Overall poor health

Furthermore, certain health conditions only affect men, like prostate cancer and low testosterone.

The Movember Foundation and Oxygen Fitness Studio are doing something about it.

The Movember Foundation is “a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives through funding programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.” During the month of November, men can raise funds and awareness for men’s health by participating in two different challenges:

  1. Moustaches in Movember: start by shaving November 1, and grow out your mustache while keeping it groomed through November 30
  2. MOVE in Movember: move every day in November

Oxygen Fitness Studio is partnering with Aiken Urology to host donation-based classes to benefit the Movember Foundation. The suggested donation is $10, and the schedule is as follows:

Friday, November 20 – Augusta location only

Saturday, November 21 – Aiken location only

To my Oxygen fitfam: I “mustache” you to join us with your friends and family, whether it’s in support of your own health or that of the men you love.

Reserve your bike, place at the barre or on the mat here: http://oxygenfitstudio.com/.

This post was originally published November 19, 2015 on Oxygen Fitness Studio’s blog. Check it out!

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