Time For A Personal MOT With TENA Men

Colds, Flu’s, and Stomach Bugs seem to have been flying through the Dad Sofa Household recently. This could be a good time for a health MOT with thanks to TENA Men.

Guys are traditionally not great at looking their health, I know I sometimes need to hassled to get myself checked out by the Doctor if I ever have any problems. To help me take health more seriously, TENA Men have created a health check MOT plan for guys to think about, they’ve also sent some stuff to help me carry out a successful MOT.

The TENA Men MOT looks at the following.

TENA Men - Health MOTVisibility is essential when driving, and it’s the same with everyday life. To help with this TENA Men have sent a voucher for Specsavers. I’ve visited Specsavers since I first needed glasses, and found the service they offer to be fantastic.

Steering & Suspension

As a car gets older we all notice those little creaks more and more. The same happens to our own body. That’s why it’s important to look after your joints and muscles. Stretch them out using the correct equipment to keep your body running like a well-oiled machine! TENA Men have sent out some resistant bands to help me stretch out the knots in my muscles.

And as my daughter has found out. They are not for throwing around the place.

Fuel SystemTENA Men - Health MOT

If you had a leaky exhaust you’d get it checked out right?

The TENA Men Absorbent Protector can help mop-up all those drips and dribbles to ensure you can go from 0-100 without any hiccups along the way. Urine leakage is often seen as one of the taboo subjects men are reluctant to think about or discuss, however it’s a common health experience that affects 1 in 4 men over the age of 40.

I guess the message from TENA Men is that there are somethings you should speak to your Doctor about.


Every man takes pride in making sure their car looks spic and span and this should be the same when it comes to your own appearance. To help me try and keep a bit of pride in my appearance, TENA Men sent a Wahl grooming pack. Which included a nasal trimmer, which Mrs Sofa wasted no time in grabbing, and attacking me with!

EmissionsTENA Men - Health MOT

Although it’s important to take care of the parts we can see. It’s also just as important to make sure everything is running smoothly behind the scenes, and its obviously the same with our bodies. To help, TENA have recommended I try out a cup or two of green tea. Reading up on it, it seems green tea is filled with antioxidants and nutrients which helps the body’s immune system. After spending 2017 either dealing with poorly family members, or feeling like death myself, I can use all the help I can get!

TENA Men - Health MOTTyres

Your tyres are checked for a number of things at an MOT, tyre pressure being one of them. A Fitbit is a fantastically addictive way of monitoring not just your heart pressure, but also the amount of steps you walk, how you sleep, and more.

As a side note, it seems that a well trained athlete’s resting heart rate is 40-60 bpm. Mine is a little higher.

How does yours compare? 

2017 hasn’t had the healthiest start for the Dads Sofa household. Hopefully with the above ideas from TENA Men, things might improve, not just for this year, but in the future as well.

Now please excuse me. I need to go and try out the green tea.



A Little Something About Stress

I’ve been blogging through this years Mens Health Week, with help from TENA Men.

Today TENA Men have supplied the following tip:

Whether it’s a heated exchange with your boss or a tense game of football, the next time you’re faced with a stressful situation, perform the following steps to always

  • Take five deep breaths in and out
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours

With the right deodorant, it’s easier than ever to keep your cool in stressful situations. Make sure you pick one that gives you extra protection against sweat, so you look calm

If all else fails, try the following relaxation video.

If the above doesn’t work, try chocolate going out and getting some exercise.

If stress may be a thing for you, I would recommend checking out the help at menshealthforum.org.uk


Being In Control…

While it’s not the easiest thing to discuss, in fact, nearly a fifth (18 per cent) of men have confessed they would rather give up going to the gym for a whole year than admit to it, the experience of urine leakage is shared by one in four UK men over the age of 40.

To keep control of your bladder, TENA Men have these simple tips: watch your weight, clench your pelvic floor, limit your fluids before bed time and avoid ‘trigger’ foods or drink, such as caffeine and alcohol.

For those who do experience urine leakage, it’s easy to stay in control with TENA Men.

Locking in all drips and dribbles with its ultra-absorbent core, TENA Men Protective Shield leaves men feeling fresh and dry, so they are free to carry on with their day.

Why not try TENA Men Protective Shield for yourself? You can order a free sample here.


A Little Bit of Manscaping

This Mens Health Week, and I’ve been challenged by TENA Men to make some changes that will make me healthier and feel better.

Day 3 is a little different to what I think I was expecting,.. this is the challenge from TENA Men…

When you look good, you feel great, so when it comes to keeping up appearances, don’t neglect downstairs. Thanks to the rise of the manscaping trend, it seems that every man is in pursuit of neat and tidy nether regions.

TENA Men tip: Stay clean and fresh down below and feel like a dapper gentleman while doing it with this grooming kit. Products like Below The Belt’s Fresh & Dry Balls do exactly what they say on the tin. It is highly recommended by blokes, as is the Waterless Shower Groin Cleanser, which is to your ‘boys’ what dry shampoo is to hair.

Inside the box…

I have to admit, when I first started reading the above, I wondered what on earth was in store for me, after all… according to Google… manscaping is “the removal or trimming of hair on a man’s body for cosmetic purposes.”

Thankfully this wasn’t a set of specially designed clippers.

Instead I found a couple of creams and gels, designed to act as an antiperspirant, a freshener, or for protection against chaffing… apparently you’re meant to use that one just before you start a sporting activity.

I guess they do exactly what they’re meant to do, they help keep you fresh downstairs. Does that help make me feel better about myself?


The Below The Belt kit is part of the Men’s Health kit has been supplied for free by TENA Men, for the purposes of blogging about Men’s Health Week. All my opinions are my own – and not borrowed from elsewhere. 

Trying The BioBand Sleep Tracker

Throughout this week I’m working through the ultimate Men’s Health kit from TENA Men, which contains a new challenge each day this week to help me try… and I guess be a little healthier then I currently am.

Today’s challenge is the following:

Getting in to shape and fitting in a weekly exercise regime can be tough, especially for people with a busy lifestyle. However, keeping active is vital for a healthy body, whether you choose to go for a long run or bike ride. Dr Hilary recommends 150 minutes of aerobic activity, such as cycling or fast walking, per week as well as two days of strength exercises that work all the major muscles.

Ensure you make the most of every workout by using a smartwatch that tracks your steps and monitors your heartrate to help you keep tabs on your exercise routine and help you improve further.

I guess when I find it hard to motivate myself to do something, making the said “something” a game can help. I’m a fan of using todoist to hold my task list at work as it give me a score that mirrors how productive I am… or not. The BioBand Sleep Tracker has a similar affect in that it watches what I do, and simply by seeing how many steps I’ve taken so far, I feel a little more motivated to take a few more steps, and walk that extra amount.

While this smartwatch is meant to be fairly basic, I do have a few bones to pick. The instructions that came with the band could be a little more in depth, and the app it gave me instructions to download originally wasn’t great. Thankfully once I worked out that

What does this icon even mean?

the app (not helped by its rubbish use of English), was trying to get me to download another app instead, things seemed to improve, and the overall experience was generally more stable.

In general this is quite a compact little device, with various modes, alarms, and call / message notifications if you have and Android phone. (Apple – Why cant you play nice???)

If only the instructions were better.

The Bioband Sleep Tracker is part of the Men’s Health kit and has been supplied for free by TENA Men, for the purposes of blogging about Men’s Health Week. All my opinions are my own – and not borrowed from elsewhere. 



Its Men’s Health Week…

In case you hadn’t heard, its “Men’s Health Week” next week. It’s one of those weeks where an organisation tries to rise awareness of a particular cause. In the words of national-awareness-days.com:

Men’s Health Week takes place from 13-19 June 2016.

We all know men are the first to complain when it comes to ‘man flu,’ but when it comes to more serious health problems, men are often too shy or embarrassed to come forward and speak to a GP.

The week is organised by the Men’s Health Forum (MHF).   This is an independent charity which aims to help men and boys by tackling inequalities and issues affecting their health.

Formed in 1994 the MHF aims to help by focusing on groups of men who have the worst health and seeing how they can make a difference, whether it be through physical activity, or being there to turn to for mental problems.

Throughout Men’s Health Week the charity will be holding a variety of events.   This year the theme is ‘Together we can beat stress’.  The MHF want to promote healthy living and well being in men.  They will be asking men to focus on their lifestyles and the campaign is all about healthy living and lifestyles.

The purpose of the awareness week is to promote health and there will be lots of fundraising events taking place for the charity.

Why I’m saying this?

I’ve been challenged by TENA Men to use this coming week as a chance to try and improve my health. To do this, TENA Men has created the ultimate Men’s Health kit which includes a challenge for each day of the week ahead.

So over the next week, I’ll be taking up a challenge each day – and blogging about as well. (Which is a challenge itself).

Lets see how it goes, who knows, I might get healthier or something…

The Mens Health kit has been supplied for free by TENA Men, for the purposes of blogging about Men’s Health Week.