Easy and affordable ways to stay healthy

Maintaining good health not only makes you feel great, it also makes you function fluidly in all areas of your life by providing a sense of vitality, clarity and ease. It often helps reduce the cost of future medical bills, as living healthy often cuts back on health care conditions. When you feel well, work and household chores seem to flow seamlessly and tackling problems seems less daunting. Consider the list below for maintaining a healthy lifestyle:

*Wash your hands frequently. Wash your hands before eating, after taking public transport such as a subway, shaking hands with others and after using the restroom. This is the number one thing you can do to prevent cold, which can save you on expensive visits to the drug store. It helps reduce infections and viruses for yourself and members of your household, and cuts back on visits to the doctor as well as those expensive bills.

*Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Not only will you lower the transmission of germs to others, it is the right and considerate thing to do when out in public or at home. This is also great for the workplace, as employers do not want people to get others sick at work. Your boss will appreciate it, and maybe this little thing such as covering your month can lead to more higher paying promotions at work.

*Keep your hands off your face and away from your nose, eyes and mouth. When it’s not possible to wash your hands or use sanitizer, don’t touch any open areas of your body especially those with mucus membranes. Save money on sanitizer by shopping at bulk good stores such as Costco. Germs can easily be transmitted this way.

*Wipe down work areas, kitchens and bathrooms. You can buy inexpensive cleaners, and there are even coupons that can be applied. Wipe down areas including door handles/remote controls/phones frequently with antibacterial wipes/cleaners. Wash bedding at least once a week and change toothbrushes every 3-6 months or anytime you have been sick. If you are struggling with paying for cleaning bills including these wipes, try a non-food pantry. Charities often provide these goods too for lower income families.

*Eat fruits and vegetables (preferably fresh and seasonal) daily. Turn to a low cost food pantry if you can’t afford fruits. There may be items like strawberries, blueberries, leafy greens, etc. are high in vitamins and antioxidants which help sustain a strong immune system. Or use a coupon to save on the cost of these goods at your local store.

*Get a solid amount of quality sleep each night (preferably 7-8 hours). If you are sleep deprived or not well rested, your immune system will become taxed, leaving your body susceptible to illness. It increases your work performance, can lead to higher incomes, and more. Sleep is critical.

*Exercise daily. Or join a low cost gym, as some have affordable monthly billing plans. If you can manage even a 15 to 30 minute walk, you are ahead of the curve for staving off infections. We also have tips on adding low cost, affordable exercise as well to your routine.

*Laugh, practice gratitude and be present. Manage stress levels, treasure happy moments (even small ones), keep good company and make sure you take time to nurture yourself from the inside out. All these soul nourishing things keep your immune system strong.

*Drink half your bodyweight in ounces daily of water. Proper water intake keeps your entire body running smoothly and efficiently.

These simple steps can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Follows these tips to live healthy and to also save money on doctor visits or other costs that can incur from unhealthy living. They are easy to incorporate into a daily routine. Having and maintaining good health is the greatest gift you can ever give yourself and your family.

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