This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo.
If you want to invest in your health and live a lifestyle that is your healthiest, then you will not only help to maintain your health, prevent disease, but also save a lot of money.
However, being able to invest in your health can feel quite daunting. Things like gym memberships can cost quite a lot, and some health foods can feel way out of your budget. So these kinds of investments are hard to know what investments will pay off and will just mean money down the drain.
When money is tight, then it can be hard to just take the leap and go for it. So here are some of the things that are worth putting your money into for better health (both mental and physical), that aren’t going to break the bank.
Get regular checkups
Getting an appointment at the doctor can be tricky and take up some time; it can be a pain at the end of the day. You can’t always see a doctor right away, and going to sit in the waiting rooms can be less than fun. But if you don’t go to get regular check-ups, then it could lead to some major health issues and health problems, that could otherwise be quite quickly and easily treated or cured.
When you are at your checkups, it is important to record and take good notes, whether you are taking them yourself or have someone or something to help you.
There are health insurance plans that will help to cover this kind of care, or for several high rates of treatments. It can be important to make regular appointments with your doctor, as well as your dentist, a couple of times in the year, to keep on top of your health. Little and often can be a good thing to help detect things as they come up, and then prevent them as they get spotted.
Comfortable running shoes
If you are going to invest in one thing, then getting yourself off to a running store and getting a pair of shoes that will fit you best, and that are suited to your gait, is going to make a big difference. You could always get their advice and then find a suitable pair online to save some money. From there, you can then set yourself a goal, whether it is walking, running, or a combination of both. It doesn’t cost anything to walk or run around your neighborhood or fun in a local park. You could even join up with a buddy to make sure that you get out there and get moving.
Health insurance is a must, depending on where in the world you live. But it is a good idea to look into getting your own, as it can be one of the best investments for your health. It can mean that you can get procedures and appointments, without having to rack up huge medical bills. Plus, if you are looking at getting something like private health insurance, then it can be a good idea to help you to get the best care and speed up things like waiting lists. So find a policy that works for you and for exactly what you need, and then you’ll be able to get your money’s worth.
Incorporate exercise naturally
If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands for working out, then it is a good idea to find ways to look into ways to be able to exercise each day, doing the things that you already do. Small things like taking the stairs, parking further away, getting off the bus a couple of stops early, and so on, are all small adjustments that can add up and mean that you will be able to raise your heart rate, work your muscles, and keep your body moving. These are things that aren’t going to cost anything extra, and all it will take is a little time. It is going to be an investment of time that will be good to make.
Buy seasonal produce
Getting fresh produce can be expensive, especially if you are not able to use it all up and it gets left in the refrigerator and goes bad; that will be an expensive waste. So instead of buying whatever is in the store, it can be a good idea to buy some veggies that are in-season, wherever you are located. Veggies that are in season are likely to be cheaper than imported ones, because they are local and haven’t had to be flown across the world. It can be cheaper, good for your health, and also makes eating healthily much more interesting.