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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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