The World Cup has kicked off and so has Men’s Health week 2010 – which aims to get a million more men physically active.
A whole host of celebrities, including former England and Arsenal footballer Malcolm Macdonald and darts champion Andy ‘The Viking’ Fordham, are supporting the week, organised in the UK by the Men’s Health Forum.
Preventing health problems
The week-long event runs until Father’s Day on 20 June and aims to highlight the inactivity of the male population which can lead to early deaths.
The Men’s Health Forum says physical inactivity is directly linked to a wide range of major health problems, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and several cancers.
This year’s week will focus particularly on men aged over 35 years old.
Exercise machines and gadgets
If you’re after a great Father’s present to help him get active, Which? has over 20 reviews of exercise machines including treadmills, cross trainers and bikes. So, whatever your favourite type of exercise is, we’ve something for you. Check out the top performers in our exercise equipment reviews.
We’ve also tested out some of the latest fitness gadgets to help keep any training on track.
We’ve reviewed gadgets, from brand leaders like Garmin, Polar and Nike, which plug into your iPod, mobile phone or MP3 player. We’ve also reviewed the Nintendo Wii Fit and heart rate monitors – and there’s something for everyone’s budget.
Men’s Health Week 2010
Men’s Health Forum President Dr Ian Banks said: ‘After the age of 35, there’s a sharp decline in men’s physical activity. Many men say they do not have the time but they also blame poor health or that they simply feel “too old”.
‘Unlike women, men tend not be motivated to be active to improve their health, to lose weight or to improve their appearance.
‘It’s tragic that so many men still die so young from conditions that are preventable. We must develop health messages that men are more likely to respond to, for example by emphasising the short-term pleasurable and rewarding benefits of physical activity not just the longer-term health benefits.
‘We need to demonstrate how even the busiest of men can build activity into their normal daily lives.’
The Men’s Health Forum is an independent body that works to improve the health of men and men’s health services in England and Wales. For more information on Men’s Health Week 2010 or the Men’s Health Forum visit the Men’s Health website www.malehealth.co.uk