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Men's Health Week | In Numbers


This week is Men's Health Week, run by the Men's Health Forum. The focus for 2019 will be the impact of inequality and deprivation on men's health.

So, for a little insight into the key numbers you need to be aware of, here's a little education on the right figures... for your figure!


A waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. 

If your waist is on the wide side, it may be time to start reducing your portion sizes. Take a look at our portion size guide or our top fitness classes for weight loss.


Men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. 


We should aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. 

Need a little help planning your healthy new diet? Speak to our personal training team about a personalised nutrition plan to help maximise your exercise regime.


We should be sticking to a maximum 14 units of alcohol a week. 

Long-term, excessive drinking damages pretty much every organ in the body. Drinking in excess can also lead to weight-gain, heart problems, nerve damage, depression and impotence.

Read our beer belly blasting tips!


Cigarette smokers die 10 years younger on average than non-smokers. Here's what happens to your body at certain times after your very last cigarette.

20 minutes

Your blood pressure, pulse rate and the temperature of your hands and feet have returned to normal.

8 hours Any remaining nicotine in your bloodstream has fallen to 6.25% of normal peak daily levels, a massive 93.75% reduction.

12 hours Your blood oxygen level and carbon monoxide levels have reached normal.

48 hours Damaged nerve endings have started to regrow and your sense of smell and taste are starting to return to normal. Time for a bite on something delicious in the Village Grill!

72 hours Your body will now test 100% nicotine-free. Over 90% of all nicotine chemicals have left the body.  Yes, there'll be some withdrawal symptoms and you may start to feel restless. Time for a quick workout!

10 days to 2 weeks Blood circulation in your gums and teeth are now similar to that of a non-smoker.

2 weeks to 3 months Your heart attack risk will have started to drop. Your lung function will also have noticeably improved. 

3 weeks to 3 months Your circulation will have improved, walking will become easier and that hacking cough has almost drifted away.

1 to 9 months Any smoking related sinus congestion, fatigue or shortness of breath will have decreased. Cilia have regrown in your trachea (windpipe) increasing the ability to sweep dirt and mucus out of your lungs. Your body's overall energy will start to rapidly increase.

Ready to quit? Read our tips on how to quit smoking and get fit!


This is considered to be a normal blood pressure. 

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