The bad economy we all face today and perhaps for some time to come does not have to negatively impact our ability to stay healthy even when we are on a tight budget. There are many ways to stay healthy and improve our health without taking too much in the way of cash flow.
Typically in a bad economy people cut back in all the non-essential parts of a family budget such as entertainment, memberships, travel, and making any extra purchases outside of what they normally would have in a household budget. Unfortunately these cut backs often have an impact on healthy activities such as going to the fitness club, traveling to the ski lodge, or enjoying lessons of a physical nature such as those for horseback riding, golfing, swimming or playing tennis. Even seasoned players may cut back on participating in these active sports because of the cost of memberships, equipment, or playing time on the court etc. Do not despair though, because your physical fitness can continue through other activities that may fit your budget better. Many activities that are good for your health are free such as going for a walk, playing sports with equipment you already own such as playing catch with a neighbor, throwing a Frisbee, running around a neighborhood track or riding your bike on a local bike trail.
You can often find great deals on sporting equipment on auction sites like Ebay, so click and do some searching to discover if you can locate quality equipment at a savings over buying at a retail store. When buying locally check for discounts and sales being advertised. Don’t be afraid to ask staff when these sales may be occurring in the near future and buy accordingly. Using gently used equipment can allow you to continue to stay active in sports without breaking your budget.
Another way to stay healthy on a budget is to curb tendencies towards eating out by making healthier choices for meals made at home. You can control calorie consumption and portion size better when you make the meals and assure that healthy ingredients go into the menu items. Your wallet/purse and your waistline will thank you for making this healthier choice.
Make a point not to skimp when it comes to health care. The bad economy should not be used as an excuse for not filling medication prescriptions, keeping medical appointments, using proper medical supplies, getting blood pressure or blood glucose checks when warranted. Health decisions should be based on the best interest of the patient and not be solely made on cost. This can be difficult when the economy is bad and co-pays are due or medicine costs increase. Many people especially those who have lost jobs or are on a fixed income are often faced with making the choice of filling a prescription or eating. It is important to know about community resources for getting help with obtaining medications, getting to doctor appointments or receiving medical care when there is no insurance. Ask your doctor for help locating these resources. Most major drug companies have programs for assisting patients with being able to receive medications. The process usually involves filling out an application and an approval process. Making bad medical choices often leads to more expensive outcomes when health worsens. Seek out solutions before your health suffers.
It is possible to stay healthy when your budget is tight due to the bad economy, sometimes it just takes a little more effort, locating resources or making healthier less expensive choices.