The cold and flu season is upon us, and you know what that means… Visits to the doctor’s office, money spent on medicine, missed days of work, and generally wasted days. Obviously, a stronger immune system helps us stay healthy. But what about the financial implications of being sick? Did you ever think about how a healthier lifestyle can save you money? All of those expenses that come with sickness can be avoided by making the effort to live healthier. You can save money if you stay healthy.
- Healthy Diet – Excessive consumption of refined sugars, processed foods, and preservatives can weaken your immune system and may lead to more frequent illness. Try to eat healthy on a budget and maintain a diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
- Exercise – Physical fitness is important. It can be difficult to exercise on a budget, but there are several ways to stay healthy and save money. Try running or jogging a few times a week. You can also purchase minimal equipment to work out in your home such as dumbbells, elastic bands, jump rope, etc. Push-ups and sit-ups require no equipment at all. Search online for free exercise regimens to stay healthy on a budget. *(you should consult with your physician before beginning any physical exercise routine).
- Sleep – The average person requires 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Your immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy. If you are sleep deficient, then your body may become more vulnerable to sickness and infections.
- Unhealthy Habits – Along with poor diet and lack of exercise, bad habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can also weaken your immune system. Try to cut back or eliminate these habits, or seek help for problems with addiction.
Once you find ways to stay healthy on a budget, you’ll save even more money on health costs like doctor’s visits, medicine, and missed days of productivity. Stay healthy and save money.