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6 Things You Need To Know About Your Partner’s Health

6 Things You Need To Know About Your Partner’s Health

There are things you will learn about your partner only after the marriage, but you should also know there are things you have to know about the opposite sex right now. We all know men and women are different, but now there is actual scientific evidence to support this statement.

Apart from behavioral differences, our bodies actually function differently and I am not thinking of childbirth. If you learn about the health differences between men and women you will be able to provide better support for your partner, which is going to strengthen your relationship.

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1 The “weaker sex” is really stronger

Women were called the “weaker sex” for decades, but we are, in fact, the stronger ones. Our strength doesn’t come from the muscle mass, but from our immune system. Studies showed that women live longer partially thanks to their stronger immune system, which allows us to stay healthy when faced with epidemics. If you think of it from an evolutionary point of view, women have to be healthy at least until their kids manage to care for themselves, while men have to be able to provide high-quality reproductive material only at certain moments.

2. Both genders have a high risk of heart attack

Statistically, women develop cardiovascular problems later than men, which lead people to the (false) assumption men are most prone to heart-related issues. This is half true: before they reach menopause, women’s body is protected against heart problems by estrogen. (remember #1, we need to be healthy to raise our kids) However, after the hormonal system shuts down, heart diseases strike with full power.

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Luckily, there are many ways to decrease your risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular problems, regardless your gender.

3. Depression is another condition of both genders

Because more women than men are diagnosed with depression, we think women are most prone to developing this condition. Well, the reality is men are just as depressed as us, but they don’t seek professional help, so they don’t show up in the statistics. This might have a lot to do with the fact men are expected to hide their true feelings, while women tend to be vocal about them.

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However, depression does take its toll on men, when it comes to their sexuality. When suffering from depression, men develop erectile dysfunctions. Opposed to women, who also experience sexual dysfunctions when they suffer from depression, antidepressant pills don’t help men with their problems in the sexual department.

4. Women have more sexual dysfunctions than men

Sexual dysfunctions are known to be a man’s problem, but the reality is 43% of women suffer from various problems in this department, while only 31% of men experience problems. However, the studies and the media is most interested in male dysfunctions, thus, we believe it’s a man’s problem.

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Another difference is that women’s sexual dysfunctions are linked to psychological issues, while men’s problems are linked to body issues. This is another reason why women tend to hide their problems or don’t discuss them with qualified personnel.

5. Pelvic floor problems affect men as well

Kegels’ exercises are recommended for women, in order to strengthen their pelvic muscles for childbirth. Yet, men need these exercises just as much, because it helps them improve their sexual performance and their bladder control.

6. Andropause is just as serious as menopause

For a woman, the sign she is entering menopause is the lack of monthly menstruation, but men also experience similar symptoms as their hormonal system is lowering the production of hormones. This is called andropause and it comes with muscle mass loss, increasing fatigue and sexual dysfunction, as the testosterone level in the male body is decreasing with age.

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Last Updated on November 20, 2020

Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

Benjamin Franklin said it like this: “Early to bed, early to rise, will make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” He knew from his own experiences and watching others that the ones who got up early were healthier and more successful. That’s why a morning workout can be so important.

One 2017 study found that:[1]

“after controlling for such factors as age, sex, smoking habits, and others…night owls, were found to have a 10 percent greater risk of dying from any cause compared to morning types.”

This is a great reason to tap into some morning motivation and get your morning workout done.

Circadian Rhythm for morning workout

    As you can see in the above graph, your blood pressure begins to rise between 6 and 7 in the morning[2]. That means this is a great time to get your body moving and your heart pumping, even if it’s just for 20 minutes of exercise in the morning. 

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    Here are some tips on how to find the motivation for a morning workout.

    1. Remember Your Why

    It starts with remembering why you want to get up for a morning workout. If you don’t set a goal and establish your reasons for accomplishing a health and fitness goal, then you definitely won’t get up early.

    Getting up early isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it, right? Your goal for your health and fitness must be so strong, and the WHY behind it must be so powerful, that nothing will stop you from accomplishing that goal.

    2. Go to Bed Early

    If you want to get up early for a morning workout, it’s going to be important to get to bed earlier. Falling asleep at midnight and trying to get up at six just won’t work in your favor.

    This will likely be very difficult for a few days while you adjust your sleeping habits. However, as you get into an exercise routine in the morning, this will naturally make it easier to fall asleep earlier and faster at night.

    3. Make a Commitment

    I sometimes tell my Facebook community of my plans to work out, and we all keep each other motivated by posting our runs, our workouts, etc. This is a way to develop accountability. By publicly announcing your intentions, you increase your chances of actually carrying out your plans.

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    Another way to do this is to find an accountability partner who has similar goals for morning workouts. You can check in with each other to make sure you’re sticking to your plans. If that doesn’t work, hire a personal trainer for a few weeks to get you started.  

    You can learn how to find a good accountability partner here.

    4. Find a Friend

    If you can find a friend that is motivated like you are, and you can hold each other accountable daily to working out, then you will accomplish your fitness goals. Many people prefer working out with friends to working out alone. Whether it’s a chat while hitting the treadmill at the gym, or having someone to spot you while weightlifting, working out with friends is sometimes just more enjoyable.

    Texting each other the night before with a simple statement is best. Don’t ask: “Are we still working out in the morning?” With this kind of question, if they were thinking about not working out, you just gave them an opt out.

    Make a statement instead: “Can’t wait to see you in the morning!” This implies that they will be there, and they will feel more obligated to show up.

    5. Treat Yourself

    We all have to treat ourselves every now and then. After a morning workout, plan to treat yourself with a colorful, healthy breakfast or a delicious morning smoothie. This will help you look forward to something and push through to the end of your workout.

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    You can learn more on rewards and punishments here.

    6. Change your Mindset

    Many people throw away the idea of a morning workout by simply saying, “I’m not a morning person.”  Instead of using this excuse, decide to try to become a morning person by shifting your mindset.

    When you look into the benefits of waking up early and getting some exercise in before your day starts, you’ll feel more positive about your life overall.

    7. Plan Your Day

    You know you’re going to be busy. Try time blocking to plan all the things you need to do on a given day, and make sure you add in your morning workout[3]. If you have a plan laid out, you’ll be more likely to follow it and get done everything on your list done.

    Time blocking

      8. Reflect on How You’ll Feel After

      Starting a morning workout is hard, but visualizing how you’ll feel after can help you find motivation. Think about the extra energy you’ll have and how proud you’ll feel knowing that you were already so productive. No matter what you do the rest of the day, at least you squeezed in your exercise!

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      For me, I live in an area where there are a lot of runners. When I am heading home in the evening or sitting out on the patio at one of my favorite restaurants, and I see the runners go by, it makes me feel so accomplished that I got mine in that morning and I can enjoy the evening.

      9. Lay out Your Workout Clothes

      Setting out your workout clothes the night before makes it impossible for you to start to run late because you couldn’t find something to wear. Tap into the determination you have before bed in order to convince your less-than-motivated morning self that you need to get up and get your morning workout in. When you wake up and see your outfit laid out next to you, it’ll push you to get up and get moving.

      10.  Set Multiple Alarms

      Many people miss their morning workout simply because they hit the snooze button so many times. In order to make this more difficult for yourself, set a series of alarms. That way, if you keep hitting snooze, you’ll have three or four alarms going off every ten minutes, which will be annoying enough to get you out of bed.

      Also, put one alarm at least a few feet from your bed so that you’re forced to get up to turn it off.

      Final Thoughts

      About three years ago I went from being the person that says I will never be an early riser to a person that loves to get the day started as soon as possible. Without the distractions that begin to come around 8 or 9 in the morning, you’ll find that you’re more productive and more likely to squeeze in that morning workout.

      Take some of the actions above and find the best morning workout routine to start your day and feel good.

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      Featured photo credit: Tomasz Woźniak via unsplash.com

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