Men’s health: what’s changed in the past 10 years?

I’m writing a new general introductory book to men’s health. It’ll be more about prevention and keeping healthy than it is about diseases. It’s 10 years since my last full book of this type and I was thinking about what has changed, in terms of what we do to keep healthy, in that time.

For me, the list might include:

  • Less alcohol and meat
  • More walking and low-impact exercise like yoga (impact sports injury playing tennis)
  • Less swimming – very sadly. Weak immune system; keep catching colds.

But what about you?

We’re all more aware about mental health but does that mean we do anything about it? Do we understand ourselves well enough to know what is genuinely good for our mental wellbeing and what’s social pressure? Connecting with others has proven benefits but what sort of connections?

I’m a bit of a minimalist so personally I dislike anything that requires loads of equipment. But obviously there’s a lot more of this about. Any kit that people have found useful? Something that has transformed your health routines. What about wearable-tech?

What’s changed health-wise for you in the last decade? Have you had a health scare or similar that has made you change what you do? Have you found a new hobby? Are you more concerned about health – or less (Kingsley Amis, the novelist supposedly said: ‘No pleasure is worth giving up for the sake of two more years in a geriatric home.’ He died aged 73 in 1995.)

Interested in all thoughts from people of all ages.

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