Have you heard the one about the guy who asked his doc about getting a vasectomy?
“That’s a big decision,” his doctor says. “Have you talked it over with your family?”
“Yes, we took a vote,” the guy replies. “They’re in favour of it 15 to 2!”
Seriously, though, seeing our doctor isn’t just about elective procedures like the ol’ snip-snip. More importantly, it’s about getting expert care and attention when health troubles arise.
Still, us guys often like to play it tough and ride out an illness. The good news is that we don’t need to run to the ER with a stuffy nose, but these five symptoms should trigger a trip to the doctor ASAP to help us make informed health decisions:
A nasty flu.
Chills, fever and body aches are the most common symptoms, but if these escalate to include difficulty breathing, chest or stomach pains, light-headedness or severe vomiting, then it’s time to see your doctor ASAP.
Guys, young and old, can all struggle with erectile dysfunction. Whatever the reason is, it’s best visit your doctor to get some tips and be in the know. After all, Your doc may be able to recommend some relaxation techniques to help you regain your bedroom swagger.
A bump on the head.
Hey, we know you can take your lumps, but if these lumps produce a severe headache or vomiting you should go straight to your doc. The same goes for more severe symptoms like seizures or passing out, but that’s a 9-11 call.
There’s heartburn, and then there’s heartburn that doubles you over in pain. If chest pains go from mild to agonizing, or if the pain spreads to your arm, neck or jaw, head straight to the ER. That’s also a 9-11 call. Ditto for chest pain that’s accompanied by a feeling of pressure in your chest, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating, an uneven pulse, or if you have trouble breathing.
Blood in your stool.
Colon cancer is on the rise, so if the toilet water turns red you should head straight to your doc. The same goes for unexplained weight loss or a change in bowel habits, especially if you have a family history of bowel cancer.
In short, these symptoms are no joke! The general rule of thumb: when in doubt, consult a pro.
We’re not saying the Avengers’ buff bods are the best things about the Marvel movie series, but they are pretty impressive. What’s more impressive, however, is just how quickly you can strengthen your chest and arms by doing this tried and true exercise.
Why do chest exercises? By adding this equipment-free move to your day, you’ll build upper-body muscles that are essential for posture and power, while also gaining a boost to your confidence. You’ll be swinging a giant hammer no time!
Chest exercise: the classic push-up
The fully horizontal position of the classic push-up makes for a solid workout for your chest, arms, and shoulders.
How to do a standard push-up
Step 1: Place both hands on the floor just past shoulder width, and assume the “plank” position with your arms, legs and back straight, arms slightly bent but not locked, and your toes supporting your lower body.
Step 2: Keeping your entire body straight, lower your chest until it lightly touches the floor.
Step 3: Pause, exhale, and push back to the starting position. Repeat.
Too easy or too hard?
Less taxing than the “standard” push-up because of the more elevated body position, the incline push-up targets the lower chest and arms. If you want to really test your limits, decline push-ups boost the intensity and difficulty of standard push-ups and build chest, arm and shoulder strength fast.
If you want a simple guide to keep you on track with push-ups, try using this one:
Get fit and strong fast with one exercise that does it all. Mountain Climbers will get you lumberjack-fit as the movement helps to increase your cardio, strength, flexibility and blood circulation. This exercise is also great to help show off those ab muscles that are hibernating.
Be prepared for Mountain Climbers to get challenging fast as it works your full body – strengthening your core, shoulders, chest, hips, hamstrings and glutes.
Get climbing and let us know what you think in the comment section below!
1. Start in a push-up position with your hands placed wider than shoulder width. Keep your arms completely straight and squeeze your glutes (a.k.a. butt muscles). Your body should form a straight line from head to feet.
2. Keeping your lower-back posture strong, lift your right foot to raise your right knee towards your chest. Return to the starting position and raise your left knee to your chest. Alternate back and forth for 30 seconds or until you feel the burn.
Add this to your workout: Complete 3 sets of eight to twelve reps for each leg. To make the exercise more difficult, speed up how fast you “climb” while keeping the correct posture. As you get stronger, you can add variations.