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5 Low-Cost Ways to Stay Healthy: You Don’t Have to Break the Bank to Be Strong and in Good Shape

Oct. 2 2023, Published 4:50 p.m. ET

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Here are five low-cost ways to stay healthy. Because you don't have to break the bank to be strong and in good shape.

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1. Try a health center.

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If doctor visits are too pricey, find a nearby health center ( They provide quality primary care, plus services like transportation to health care — regardless of your ability to pay. They also charge on a sliding scale.

2. Work out at home.

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Who needs a gym when you can exercise for free inside (or right outside) your home? Walking has benefits from weight loss to a lower risk of heart attack and stroke. Search YouTube for workout videos or, if you’re age 65-plus on participating Medicare plans, find them at Ask your doctor before starting, and get seven to eight hours of sleep per night.

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3. Reach out for free or low-cost resources.

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Call your local Y, department of aging, senior center or neighborhood association for information on free or low-cost health programs, including tai chi, meditation and therapy, which can help many people.

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4. Grow your own food.

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Start a vegetable garden in your backyard or on your windowsill. It's a healthy way to spend time, exercise and get your vitamins.

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5. Seek out cheap eats.

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Drink lots of water —eight 8-ounce glasses a day from your tap (if it's safe in your area). Shop farmers markets, look for low-cost or on-sale foods (like beans, apples, carrots and canned salmon) and cook your own low sodium/low sugar meals instead of ordering takeout.


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