November is here - probably my favorite month of the year. Thanksgiving happens this month, as does my birthday. Best of all, I have an excuse to grow out my moustache!
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My own humble moustache - at just 7 days' maturity... Sorry for the crazy face![/caption]
That's right, it's "Movember" - the month in which men grow out their beards and 'staches for prostate and testicular cancer awareness! It's a month when men have an excuse not to shave, and when we can look like 80's p**n stars (here's looking at you Ron Jeremy!)
In honor of men's prostates and testicles around the world, it's a month to celebrate and grow out our whiskers like the Captain Awesomes that we all are!
The Origins of Movemeber
"Movember" was a term coined by a group of young Aussie men who dreamed up the legendary idea of growing out moustaches for charity. What started as 80 Aussies soon went global, and the Movember Foundation was founded by an unrelated group of men in 2004.
What's even more impressive is that the Movember Foundation has raised over $174 million for charity since is foundation!
In 2010, the "Moscars" was launched by The Movember Foundation - awarding the prize to the man (or woman) with the most legendary moustache. Marvel Comics creator and man-with-an-awesome-stache Stan Lee presented the 2012 award - to two South African comedians.
Ever year, an "International Man of Movember" is chosen to wear the crown and be the face of Movember all year long. What an awesome job that must be!
- The CDC reports that upwards of 196,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010 alone. That number grew to 238,590 new cases in 2013.
- In 2010, 28,560 men died from prostate cancer.
- There will be an estimated 8,000 new cases of testicular cancer in 2013. Over 220,000 men currently live with testicular cancer in the United States.
- Nearly 400 men will die from testicular cancer this year.
The Movember Lifestyle
For guys planning to live the month of "Movember" the proper way, there are a few things you'll need to do:
Movember Eating Tips
- Snack on tomatoes. The red fruits contain lycopene, an antioxidant proving effective against these forms of cancer.
- Eat fish and nuts. Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to help reduce these manly cancers.
- Cut red meat. Don't ditch it completely, but reduce it - as it can cause prostate and testicular cancer.
- Reduce fat in your diet. A diet with more than 30% fat can lead to inflammation in the body - eventually causing prostate cancer.
- Go natural. Try for whole grains, fruits, veggies, soy products, and lean proteins.
Movember Workout Tips
Exercise can reduce your risk of deadly prostate cancer by 41% - with 5 hours of exercise per week reducing your risk of fatality by 61%.
Any exercise will do - provided it's vigorous. That means getting your heart beating at least 70 to 80% of your Max HR. Whether you lift, HIIT it, run, or cycle, get in gear and get your heart beating - for your balls' sake gents.
Movember: The Month of Romance
November is a great month for me - lots of birthday…ahem…adult fun. However, for those men whose birthdays aren't in November, it's still a good month to make romance.
"A 2004 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed data on 29,342 men and found that guys who had 21 or more orgasms a month were about 30 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who racked up only four to seven a month." -- Men's Health
The reason: sex flushes out cancer-causing chemicals in the semen ejaculated during intercourse and masturbation. In this case, sex really can save your life! Try that out with your partner/significant other/random hookup…
Movember Do's and Don’ts
Having a hard time with your 'stache this month? Here are a few do's and don’ts:
Just let it grow.It takes time, so give it time. Not all of us can grow a moustache overnight.
Comb it.Just like combing your hair helps it to grow, give those lip locks some attention.
Box bears bare-fisted.Part of having a moustache is wearing it right, and it combines well with manly activities like pounding in fence-posts with your face or dry-shaving with a blunt razor.
Trim it.Just let the beautiful little thing grow.
Touch it.Ingrown hairs caused by bacteria from your fingers can ruin the appeal of that thing of beauty.
Use acne cleansers.They tend to be caustic, and they'll bleach your moustache hairs.
Talk about your feelings, drink anything with an umbrella in it, or watch Friends.
These Ladies Have it Right
A few guys raised money for breast cancer by motor-boating women (what a great idea!), and a few women responded in kind. Their fundraiser: cupping some balls (another great idea!).
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Their sponsor: French hand sanitizer manufacturer Merci Handy. The company let loose a team of ladies to cup crotches, and they managed to raise about $700. Not a fortune, but definitely something - not to mention leaving a trail of happy men in their wake!
Tracking the Progress Of Your Moustache
Want to get high tech? Download the Mo Tracker app - allowing you to snap photos of the beauty growing beneath your nose. You can turn those 30 snapshots into a movie, which can be exported and posted on your social media page of choice!