DIY Healthcare Steps to Good Health

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, including when it comes to your money, your health, your comfort and your convenience. It makes good financial and common sense to do your best to stay healthy. Fortunately, there is much in the form of DIY efforts that can help you do just that either for free or very little expense. While you know your physical and medical state best, the following is a list of great DIY prevention steps worth investing in:

Stay up-to-date on vaccinations. Whether you’re charged a small copay or not, the financial expense and small inconvenience of obtaining a vaccination is far less expensive and inconvenient than getting ill would ever be. As soon as a vaccination is available, make sure you’re first in line to get it.

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Stay hydrated and eat well. Maintaining good physical health means making sure you’re getting the nutrients and fluids your body needs. You’ll significantly decrease your chances of experiencing ill-health, and if you do, you’ll increase your chances of bouncing back faster. Do your body and your bottom line a favor, take care of it.

Stay physically active. You needn’t run any marathons, but do make an effort to remain physically active. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it, so the saying goes. Keep your body in prime working order by making sure you give it a chance to get working once in awhile. (First, do no harm, however, and make sure to check with your physician for appropriate exercise suggestions.)

Stay mentally active. Your brain is as much in need of exercise as any other part of your body, so don’t ignore it.  Fortunately, exercising your mental health is both enjoyable and inexpensive. Investing time in hobbies you enjoy, reading books on topics of interest and working to solve a variety of mentally challenging puzzles are all great ways to both have fun and keep your mental skills sharp.

Get and Stay knowledgable. Stay current on annual physicals, and be sure to take advantage of this time to consult with your doctor regarding any supplements or maintenance medications you should be taking. Aging doesn’t have to mean a decline in health, but it does mean a responsibility to change as our body’s needs do. What worked years ago, may not continue to work today or tomorrow. Your doctor—courtesy of your annual physical—can help guide you to continued good health and that translates to peace of mind and substantial savings!

Let your health and your budget be the beneficiaries of your stealthy, saving ways. By thinking outside of the healthcare box, you’ll be able to keep more money in your wallet while ensuring good health at the same time. Forget healthcare solutions that nickel and dime you and don’t even think about skimping when it comes to your well being. Utilize the tips and solutions above and you’ll be fit as a fiddle while your wallet stays fat and happy.

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This post was written by Shannon M. Medisky. Shannon is an educator turned parent turned writer and focuses on sharing new and innovative ways to not just survive, but thrive on empty. Visit to learn more. Her newest book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stretching Your Dollar is available in bookstores now.

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