Okay, so what is Movember?
During the month of November (Movember), men are encouraged to grow mustaches to help raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers which target men. Men register at movember.com, start the month of November clean shaven, and raise funds by finding sponsors to support their mustache growing efforts.
The idea behind this is that the men become walking advertisements, raising awareness by displaying their mustaches and prompting conversations around the important (and often ignored) issue of men’s health.
A 2006 report published by the CDC, shows that cancer and heart disease rank as the leading causes of death in males, ages 45 and up. This is not something to be taken lightly. They also offer a guide on healthy living, which is something we could all benefit from following. Even making one small change to start can make a big difference in your health in the long term.
I was able to incorporate exercise back into my life by just doing 5 minutes on the eliptical trainer in the mornings. It didn’t give me much of a workout, but it allowed me to begin the process without being resistant to doing it. I gradually increased my time on it, and now spend about 15-20 minutes in the morning doing burst training, and can’t imagine starting my day without doing that. It sets the whole tone for my day and helps my energy level immensely.
I have a friend who was able to cease smoking by cutting out one cigarette a day. When she adjusted to that, she removed another one. Eventually, she weaned herself off of them completely.
Big improvements don’t have to start with big changes (how many times do people set inspired New Year’s Resolutions, only to break them within the first week – or sooner?). Think of one small change you can make today and begin there. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish. You want to be around for many more Movembers!