Guys - it's time for a service!

Guys - it's time for a service!

In the lead up to Movember, The Cancer Council’s Katie Clift wants us to start thinking about our guys with some important preventative tips to improve men’s health.

By Katie Clift | 8th October 2014

Men, more than ever, are under pressure to look good and groom well. While social expectations of physical appearance are often unrealistically high, this summer the big trend is all about recalibrating for health and wellness.

We’ve nailed down a few key pointers that are realistic for men of all ages and all seasons:

Wide-brimmed hats are back

Natural skin is in, and a stylish wide-brimmed hat nicely accessorises the look. Choose a style that makes a character statement, whether you go for the cheeky Pork Pie, the fabulous Fedora, a classic Australian Akubra, an intrepid Safari style, the adventurous Kalahari, a more sophisticated Southport hat, or the boyishness of a Boonie.

Waistlines say wellness

Let’s face it, we all fight against the flab. While most of us will never sport a six-pack, there are a few easy ways to stay in stag shape. Avoid the beer belly by enjoying the benefits of a balanced diet. Try something new, experiment with quinoa or chia seeds, and start a love affair with vegetables. Trust us, the women in your life will be impressed.

Flexing is in fashion

Whether it’s yoga or pilates, boot camp or barbells, work up a sweat with a friend or partner.

Go in for a service

It’s well known that men are less likely to see their GP when health problems arise. Our advice for men – find a GP you like and get checked. Whether it’s a testicle twitch or a mole itch, if it’s a symptom of underlying illness, don’t ignore it.

At the moment, life expectancy for Australian men is only 79.9 years, compared to 84.3 years for women. Game on boys – we know you don’t like to lose – get healthy and see if you can outlive us!


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Article by Katie Clift

Brisbane born and bred, Katie Clift is Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson at Cancer Council Queensland. Catch her weekly radio show, Live Well, Be Well on 96Five, or downloadable at!


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