It’s almost Movember, AKA the hairiest month of the year, which of course we Hairy Bikers love! We fit in like a fiddle. But what is this important campaign for, other than growing a moustache and looking funny for your friends?
Men are notoriously bad at talking about their health, or visiting a doctor if they have a concern.
For the 30 days of Movember, the month formerly known as November, a man’s moustache is a moving, talking advertisement for men’s health. This includes:
- prostate cancer, the most common cancer among men
- testicular cancer, most diagnosed cancer in men aged 25-49
- poor mental health, on average 13 men take their lives every day
- physical activity, because 41% of men in high income countries don’t exercise enough.
Simply begin November clean shaven and grow a moustache for the entire month. This will in turn create conversation and give you the chance to raise awareness of men’s health and funds.
THE MOVEMBER HAIRY TALE
So how did it all start?
Simple: two Aussie guys Travis Garone and Luke Slattery go for a beer, as Aussies do best, and there they coined the concept. But with mos firmly out of fashion, they had a challenge and only found 30 friends willing to grow their tash.
Over the next few years word spread, momentum built and the annual Movember month-long campaign grew from Australia, to New Zealand, to America to Canada and then hit the shores of the UK in 2007. Now, it’s a global November pastime in 21 countries.
Since it launched in 2003, 30 mos have grown into 5 billion mos. That’s a lot of hair, but also a lot of funds raised. Over £400 million have been raised, and 1,000 projects have been funded to improve men’s health thanks to Movember.
Women can’t grow moustaches (and if you do, then you find ways to remove it, pronto!), so how can you support the Mo Bros in your life?
This year you too can be involved with the launch of the new 30 MOVEs in 30 days. It encourages everyone, both men and women, to be physically active every day for the 30 days of Movember. This could be a workout, a walk around the park, a game of table tennis – whatever you fancy. As long as you are moving for 30 minutes every day.
Moving on a regular basis can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. It’s also one of the best ways to stay mentally healthy and one of the best treatments for mild to moderate depression.
So all you lovely Diet Clubbers, we’re encouraging each and every one of you to move for 30 minutes every day for 30 days, and for you Mo Bros to grow your moustaches.
Let's get moving!
Let us help you fulfill your Movember challenge, and get moving every day for the next 30 days. Follow this downloadable workout guide, and you’re sure to fire up some moves and burn off some calories!