Even if you’re a lucky enough person to have a job that offers you the best in health insurance, you still want to do what you can to be healthier and cut the costs of copays and such. Health insurance doesn’t make every visit to the doctor free, and you might not have coverage for everything. Maybe you have to pay out of pocket for prescriptions, or you don’t have dental or vision coverage.
So, how can you save money all around when it comes to being healthy? It starts with being healthier at home.
Adopt A Healthy Diet
Begin by changing your relationship with food. You don’t need food to make you happy. The sole purpose of food is to give your body the nutrients and energy it needs, so think of that each time you make a meal or think you need a snack.
Only eat when you’re hungry, but don’t wait until you’re so hungry that you feel the need to overeat. When you do eat, fill your plate two-thirds of the way with vegetables (preferably fresh veggies). For an all around healthier diet plan, you want to eat fresher foods.
Shop the outer rim of your grocery store, where you’ll find more of the bulk and fresh foods. Buy whole meats, it’s not that hard to pick bones out once you’ve cooked a whole chicken (plus you can boil down the bones for a tasty broth to use in soups, gravy, and more). If you are a dairy person, consider trying dairy alternatives that offer more health benefits and are safe for people that have a problem digesting lactose.
Watching your portions and counting your calories are also an important part of being healthier. The food you eat can either heal you or cause more ailing, so make wise choices. When you eat less, but healthier, you spend less on groceries and need to visit the doctor less.
The other thing that can help you save money on your health care costs is to stay physical. The more you workout the more flexible and strong your body will be, which will help you avoid certain aches and pains.
Do some yoga on a daily basis to help increase your flexibility and to help you be more balanced (both physically and mentally). Yoga is a great workout for your core and also increases your good posture. Good posture means fewer headaches and back pains. In fact, there are specific poses you can do to help with any of the things that ail you.
If you don’t feel like you have enough time to workout, find times when you can. It’s best to work out daily, so even taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work can count. Invest in a Fitbit or some other tool that will help you better track your physical activity and give you extra motivation.