The undercover brother. The trucker. The connoisseur. The after eight … one could easily mistake these as the main characters of a binge-worthy series. In fact, they’re types of moustaches. And you can cultivate your very own this Movember.

It’s a wonderful, global ‘up in-your-face initiative and has become synonymous with the 11th month of the year. The sheer awareness raised via fundraising to highlight the reality of men’s health issues by opening avenues to prostate and colon cancer research, mental health, and suicide prevention, parenting and general health, is incredible.

And it starts with you and what looks like a piece of flint between your upper lip and your nose at the moment. In all seriousness, our daily lives are fueled with challenges and a motivational quote on a social media platform is not going to address self-care on its own.

A prostate exam is not a braai. No one claims they enjoy it. But the peace of mind of knowing your status AND knowing prostate cancer is highly treatable, especially in the early stages, cannot be argued. So, put the remote aside for a mo (!) and make that appointment; talk to your doctor about screening. Oh, and comment on his moustache if he’s a fellow Movemberist. 

Let’s move on. If you feel you need extra time for yourself, take it. Check-in, talk or vent – just stay connected. Also, get into action. Do those jumping jacks, cross crunches, side planks, squats, lunges, and push-ups. Dust off that gym membership or simply do these in the comfort of your own home if you’re watching your bank balance.

Essentially, Movember is more than a moustache. It’s about taking charge of your health. And if you happen to look mighty dashing with that Upper Lipholstery of yours, it’s a win-win for the road ahead.