It’s easy to fall into bad habits. It seems to be even easier for men.

Men fall ill at a younger age, they experience more chronic illness, and they die younger than women.

It’s true that some of these issues are due to biological factors, but many more are due to social factors, behavioral factors, and habits that they (and the people they love) have control over.

You want your husband to be around for a long time, but that doesn’t mean you want to nag him in order to make it happen.

You don’t have to! From supporting his sleep to medication tracker labels, here are a few ways to be sneaky about keeping your husband healthy—no nagging required.

Support His Sleep

Not getting adequate sleep comes with a whole slew of potential health problems. One of the best things you can do for your hubby is to support his sleep.

Make sure the bedroom is dark, make sure it’s cool, and make sure it’s comfortable. Shop for a new mattress together, gift him an eye mask, and buy a bed wedge if he snores. It’s even better if you can team up and decide on a specific bedtime together to ensure you both get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep.

Know What He Likes and Have It Around the House

It’s not your job to anticipate your husband’s needs like a 1950’s housewife, but when it comes to food, knowing the healthy things he likes, and having them around the house, can make a big difference.

For example, if he’s more likely to eat apples than peel an orange, make sure you pick up apples at the grocery store. If he’s more likely to eat an apple if he has apple dip, then have apple dip around.

Put the cookies in the cabinet and leave the apples, nuts, and granola bars out on the countertop. You just may find they get eaten because they are more accessible.

Sneak More Veggies Into Meals

You can sneak more veggies into the meals you’re already making. From adding squash to macaroni and cheese and adding zucchini to pasta sauce, there are many ways to put more vegetables in your food. And, he probably won’t even notice!

Use Medication Tracker Labels

Whether your husband takes prescribed medication, over the counter medication, or supplements, the last thing you want to do is hound him about taking his pills Every. Single. Day.

Using medication tracker labels, like Tooktake, can help. Not only do labels make it easier for your husband to remember to take his pills when he pulls off the tab, you can also see if he has taken them by looking at the bottle. There’s no need to ask him directly.

Supporting your husband’s health doesn’t have to come with endless nagging that results in your hubby shutting down and you feeling frustrated. With these tips, you can boost his health without saying a word!



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