Most of us have some kind of health kick in January. It isn’t a bad thing at all to be more concerned about your health.

Men, historically, can play down health issues, which isn’t a good thing. Recent research from TENA Men has found that one in five men had their last general check-up was more than two years ago and 18 per cent confessed that their worst health habit is not visiting the doctor when they have a serious health issue

To address this, TENA Men have a six-point MOT plan for fellas to think about. They’ve also sent me through some goodies to help me carry out a successful MOT on myself!

Let the analogy begin!

Lights

That’ll be your eyes. My Dad’s job was to make glasses, so I grew up around eye charts and specs. I think it’s safe to say that it led to me being serious about eye checks and suchlike.

It’s such an easy thing to do (and free in Scotland). Not having glasses, or not checking that your existing glasses have the right prescription, can cause needless problems. Get it sorted! This voucher from Specsavers that I’ve been sent will be handy should my eyes need a little tweak!

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Steering & Suspension

My once springy suspension is showing it’s age. The fact is I don’t exercise enough, and yet it’s such an easy thing to do. Predicting this, TENA Men have sent me through three Gallant resistance bands.  Resistance bands are a way to have a comprehensive, full-body workout in your own living room and can be used to challenge virtually every major muscle group in your body. It’s just as well. The reality is that I don’t have the time in my day-to-day life to fit in a visit to the gym, nor can I currently justify the cost.

I love these. I’ve just given them the once over, but I can feel them working on the muscles that have been giving me discomfort in my shoulder and back. TENA Men – thank you. I will benefit immensely from these!

Fuel System

You wouldn’t be happy if your car’s fuel system had drips or leaks, so why should your own body be any different? We’re all grown ups and if we don’t check out these issues, nobody is a winner.

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The TENA Men Absorbent Protector can help mop-up all those drips and dribbles to ensure you can go from 0-100 without any hiccups along the way. Urine leakage is often seen as one of the taboo subjects men are reluctant to think about or discuss, however it’s a common health experience that affects 1 in 4 men over the age of 40*. If you had a leaky exhaust you’d get it checked out right?

Bodywork

Every man takes pride in making sure their car looks spic and span and this should be the same when it comes to your own appearance. We all pay more attention to ourselves nowadays. Male grooming is a big industry and it’s in no small part down to just how unpleasant obtrusive nasal and ear hair is. <Shudder>Tena Men

Grooming kits like this one from Wahl are great on the pocket as well as the nose / ear. Personally, I find it therapeautic to sit and haphazardly pluck away with tweezers. Admit it – you like it too.

Emissions

Although it’s important to take care of the parts we can see. It’s also just as important to make sure everything is running smoothly behind the scenes. It’s vital to have a healthy immune system to make sure you can go through the day at peak performance! Swap your regular coffee for a cup of green tea, it’s filled with antioxidants and nutrients which can have powerful effects on the body’s immune system.

I’m not usually a tea person, but as I’m being serious about this health kick, I’m going to ditch the coffee and embrace green tea with relish. I’m saying goodbye to colds!

Tyres

Your tyres are checked for a number of things at an MOT, tyre pressure being one of them. As I’m upping my exercise quota, I want to keep an eye on my own (blood) pressure. As well as being curious about how my heart is performing while exercising, I’m also keep to see how it behaves when I’m at rest.

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The Fitbit Charge 2 not only monitors heart rates. It can be connected to your phone & an installed app to track your activities, GPS and fitness levels. On top of this, it can assist with sleep monitoring, make suggestions on how to improve your health and also have reminders & alarms. It’s far more comfortable to wear than a chest strap heart monitor too.

I can’t help but think that this will act as a great motivational tool.

The Year Ahead

The MOT comparison is a bit of fun but the underlying message should give us pause for thought. The suggestions above will all add up to make your body more manageable which, as it gets older, is not a bad thing at all.

I’m off to give my stomach muscles some much needed attention with the resistance bands, and note the effects of it with the Fitbit. I will be updating the blog with details of my health kick attempt as the year progresses.

Wish me luck!