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.
1. Try a health center.
If doctor visits are too pricey, find a nearby health center (findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov). 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.
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 silversneakers.com. Ask your doctor before starting, and get seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
3. Reach out for free or low-cost resources.
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.
4. Grow your own food.
Start a vegetable garden in your backyard or on your windowsill. It's a healthy way to spend time, exercise and get your vitamins.
5. Seek out cheap eats.
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.