8 Cost Effective Ways To Improve Your Health
Last updated: October 2023
As a lupus warrior with multiple diagnoses, taking care of my health is my number one priority. So, I try to do as much as I can to take care of myself. Investing in our health doesn't have to be expensive. There are so many free or low cost ways to do this. Here are some cost-effective ways to improve your health.
Ways to invest in your health
You can engage in free or low-cost activities like walking, jogging, yoga or doing some bodyweight exercises at home. There are also so many workout videos on Youtube that you can do on your own time. Some areas also have community centers that have gym classes like Zumba or karate for a low cost. Having a goal of 30min or more of exercise a day is ideal.
Try eating a well balanced meal. More fruits, more veggies and less carbs and sugar. The more color on your plate the better. That saying you are what you eat is true. So, its best to limit fast food. Cooking your own food at home also saves lots of money compared to eating outside. But, just know that it is ok to indulge once in awhile.
Drinking enough water is vital for good health. Those who suffer from lupus nephritis and have kidney issues or also have Sjogren’s syndrome have to be even more mindful with their water intake. With proper water intake, inflammation can be reduced and keeps your kidneys healthier. It is recommended to drink at least between a half an ounce and an ounce of water per pound you weigh.
Get enough sleep
Get as much sleep as you can. The recommended amount of sleep is about 8 hours. A good nights rest can really make a difference. Taking naps throughout the day is also key if you are feeling extra fatigued.
Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation. There are now many Youtube videos online that you can watch that can show you how to properly do these.
Take advantage of free or low-cost screenings and vaccinations to maintain your health. Annual checkups with your primary care physician and your OBGYN are usually free or have low cost copays. Teeth cleaning twice a year is also a must and usually low cost as well. Double check with your insurance to find out what other services are provided. Some may even offer eye checkups, skin screening or even therapy sessions.
Look for support groups either in person or online that can offer you insight that no one else can. Other lupus warriors know exactly how we feel and will be able to help provide strength and the support needed. Support from family and friends is great, but there is just something a little extra when you are talking to others who are in your shoes. Sometimes just being a fly on the wall and listening in is all that it takes as well.
Utilize free online resources to learn more about lupus. There are now so many websites online with a plethora of info on lupus. Many groups also hold virtual events and presentations with guest speakers so they can share their knowledge on this topic. Social media is also a great platform if you want to learn from the patient’s perspective. There are many warriors who share their stories and raise awareness through their social media platform.
Remember, investing in your health now can lead to long-term benefits and save you money on potential medical expenses in the future. These free or low-cost activities is a great way to help maintain your health in good standing.
Always be sure to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice.
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