Given the four most important people in my life are all male, men’s health is an issue that is extremely important to me. Men’s health is in trouble and they are facing a health crisis, which just isn’t being talked about. In Australia one in two men will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85, with Prostate cancer the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and alarmingly, suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged 15 – 44 years.
The Movember Foundation is the only worldwide charity that has the sole focus of men’s health and raises funds to help drive breakthrough research and support programs which help men to live a healthier, happier and longer life. While awareness campaigns and fundraising activities are held throughout the year, the Movember campaign is recognised around the world as one of their most fun and unique approaches to fundraising. Since Movember started in 2003, it has raised $770 million and funded more than 1200 projects including many in support of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention.
While women can’t get involved with the traditional ‘grow a Mo, save a Bro’ this November, we can Move for men’s health by challenging ourselves to get physically active during November to raise awareness and funds for this important cause. It’s all about getting our friends, family and workplace on board to help spread the word, start a conversation and raise money – all vital for men’s health programs.
Taking the Move challenge is simple, all you need to do is:
1. Sign up and set yourself a Move challenge
It can be anything from a big goal (well for me anyway!) of running a 10km, to something fun such as going on your morning run wearing a costume! Move is all about pushing yourself to reach your personal best, all while raising funds to support men’s health.
2. Get active
Track your progress towards your goal.
3. Put out the call and raise awareness and funds for men’s health
Let your friends, family and colleagues know what you are doing to help start the conversation about men’s health and raise important funds at the same time.
This Movember I’m pledging to move in some way for at least 30 minutes each day, which may not sound like much but it’s much easier said than done with three kids! While I’ve been trying to move a lot more lately, I bet I’m not the only Mum who struggles to get out of the house and exercise each day. To help ensure I complete my Move for men’s health challenge this November (and to give you guys some help too!) here are five ways your can keep moving when you are (stuck) at home with the kids:
Use those steps!
While forgetting something and having to run up and down our staircase can be annoying, it’s also a great opportunity to add a little extra exercise into your day by quickly running up and down the stairs. Stairs or any steps around the house can also be used for a quick set of lunges or step-ups – perfect for when you are waiting for the kids to get organised and come downstairs in the morning!
Use the time you are waiting for the microwave to count down or the kettle to boil and do some squats.
Marching on the Spot
It sounds simple but it’s actually quite a good way to increase your heart rate and the best thing is you don’t need any equipment and you can do it anywhere!
Kiss the baby!
Both of my older boys LOVED this when they were little, I lay them under me when I’m doing push-ups and each time to extend down I give them a kiss on their forehead. Our new little man LOVES this too and thinks it’s the funniest thing ever!
What started as a way of distracting the boys when they became ratty in the afternoons has turned into a fun way for us all to work off some steam and work up a sweat! We usually put the Wiggles on and have a dance around the kitchen for 10 minutes, which is great exercise, and if you are wearing a baby when you do this it’s an even better workout!
I’d love to hear what you do to include exercise into your day when you are at home with the kids, why not join me and sign up for the Movember Move Challenge at the same time?
For more information about the Movember Foundation and their Movember Move Challenge or to sign up or donate, visit www.movember.com