Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How is Robert Elmore healthy?

[part 1 of 2]

Generally,when people think of ways to stay healthy they assume that physical health is the only thing they need to worry about....

However, you can be in the best physical shape and be mentally, emotionally, sexually, or even morally unhealthy. Sometimes it can be very difficult maintaining good health in all of these areas because they can often be intertwined.

First, let's start with the most common area which is physical health. For some maintaining good physical health is easy, others not so much. Ensuring that my body stays in good condition starts with the foods that I eat. Eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables is a great start. Always try to eat a balanced diet and monitor your proportion sizes. Taking daily vitamins is also good because sometimes we don't get all of what our bodies need from food alone.

Next, it is crucial that I stay active whether it is through exercising or some sort of organizational involvement that requires a lot of movement. Try to do something that elevates your heart rate 2-3 times a week. The longer I remain inactive the harder it will be to get back in shape.

 Finally, I want to be sure to visit the doctor for a basic check up at least twice a year. A doctor helps me stay healthy. They help prevent  anyone from becoming unhealthy; they screen you to find out if there is anything that needs to be improved; they can provide you with treatment to help you regain your health.

When I am sexually active, this is a physical act when done the old fashioned way, I frequently ask the doctor more often for STD and HIV testing. However, to greatly reduce my chances of contracting any STIs or HIV/ AIDS, I make sure to use a condom every time I have sex.  

Don't allow yourself to be tricked into believing that love is enough protection...because it's not.

When partaking in any form of sex, I make sure my partner is clean as far personal hygiene. Especially engaging in oral or anal, an unclean partner can put you at risk for several bacterial infections.  

I try to know my partner- while random sex can be fun and even pleasurable it is unsafe to let anyone into your personal PERSONAL space without any knowledge of the person. And a first and last name or how many brothers and sisters do you have does not constitute being knowledgeable about someone.

"If you can't wrap it up, then don't unwrap it."

While sexual intercourse itself is physical it also mental and emotional, whether or not these effects are good or bad is dependent on the person. This is why I say know your partner.

-- Robert Elmore
Chicago, IL

Go to Part 2!! 

How are you healthy?
Please join the hundreds who have shared their tips.

Tell us HERE. Send a pic to the same place.
And we'll blog it, right here on LifeLube.
Gay men and all allies welcome to participate.

Read past posts.
Learn more about the campaign


  1. OH I rather in enjoyed this! This boy has the right ideas. It may be fun to run around and randomly canoodle but scientists have just discovered a new strand of gonorrhea that is resistant to all antibiotics!!! that should be more than enough for you to question all men trying to enter your fun box.

  2. D' Ontace- LifeLube BloggerJuly 13, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Yes! Robert surely has the right idea. Communication is a huge part in building healthy relationships and even bigger in maintaining good sexual health. As Gay men, we tend to sexualize most encounters with other men because it is within our male make-up to do so. Without even thinking, we make decisions, wrong or right, only thinking about the now and not the long term effect if something goes wrong. I love the fact that Robert, at 21, wants to know and learn more about who the person is before hitting the sheets.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

select key words

2007 National HIV Prevention Conference 2009 National LGBTI Health Summit 2011 LGBTI Health Summit 2012 Gay Men's Health Summit 2012 International AIDS Conference abstinence only ACT Up activism advocacy Africa african-american aging issues AIDS AIDS Foundation of Chicago anal cancer anal carcinoma anal health anal sex andrew's anus athlete ball scene bareback porn barebacking bathhouses bears big bold and beautiful Bisexual Bisexual Health Summit bisexuality black gay men black msm blood ban blood donor body image bottom Brian Mustanski BUTT Center on Halsted Charles Stephens Chicago Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus Chicago Task Force on LGBT Substance Use and Abuse Chris Bartlett chubby chaser circumcision civil rights civil union Coaching with Jake communication community organizing condoms Congress crystal meth dating dating and mating with alan irgang David Halperin David Munar depression disclosure discrimination domestic violence don't ask don't tell douche downlow Dr. James Holsinger Dr. Jesus Ramirez-Valles Dr. Rafael Diaz Dr. Ron Stall drag queen Ed Negron emotional health ENDA Eric Rofes exercise Feast of Fun Feel the love... female condom fitness Friday is for Faeries FTM gay culture gay identity gay latino gay male sex gay marriage gay men gay men of color gay men's health Gay Men's Health Summit 2010 gay pride gay rights gay rugby gay sex gay youth gender harm reduction hate crime HCV health care health care reform health insurance hepatitis C HIV HIV care HIV drugs HIV negative HIV positive HIV prevention HIV stigma HIV strategic plan HIV testing hiv vaccine HIV/AIDS homophobia homosexuality hottie hotties how are you healthy? Howard Brown Health Center HPV human rights humor hunk Illinois IML immigration International AIDS Conference international mr. leather internet intimacy IRMA Jim Pickett leather community leathersex Leon Liberman LGBT LGBT adoption LGBT culture LGBT health LGBT rights LGBT seniors LGBT youth LGBTI community LGBTI culture LGBTI health LGBTI rights LGBTI spirituality LGV LifeLube LifeLube forum LifeLube poll LifeLube subscription lifelube survey Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano love lube lubricant Lymphogranuloma Venereum masturbation mental health microbicides middle Monday Morning Perk-Up MRSA MSM music National AIDS Strategy National Gay Men's Health Summit negotiated safety nutrition One Fey's Tale oral sex Peter Pointers physical health Pistol Pete pleasure PnP podcast policy politics poppers porn post-exposure prophylaxis PrEP President Barack Obama Presidential Campaign prevention Project CRYSP prostate prostate cancer public health public sex venues queer identity racism Radical Faerie recovery rectal microbicides relationships religion research safe sex semen Senator Barack Obama sero-adaptation sero-sorting seroguessing sex sexual abuse sexual addiction sexual health sexual orientation Sister Glo Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence smoking social marketing spirituality STD stigma stonewall riots substance abuse treatment substance use suicide super-bug superinfection Susan Kingston Swiss declaration syphilis Ted Kerr Test Positive Aware Network testicle self-examination testicular cancer testing The "Work-In" The 2009 Gay Men's Health Agenda Tony Valenzuela top Trans and Intersex Association trans group blog Trans Gynecology Access Program transgender transgender day of remembrance transgendered transmen transphobia transsexual Trevor Hoppe universal health care unsafe sex vaccines video violence viral load Who's That Queer Woof Wednesday writers yoga You Tube youtube