There are times in life where you could be wasting a ton of money when it comes to your health. You could be paying over 47% more for produce that is not in any way healthier or more nutritious when you don't need to. But where is skimping a bad idea?
Your mattress: You spend entirely too much time (or at least you should be) in bed to be buying a mattress that doesn't offer adequate support. Rather than replace a shoddily constructed bed every 3 to 5 years, invest in one that comes with a longer life span and solid warranty. Many mattress-in-a-box solutions are available at much lower costs these days, making higher end, more sustainable materials like gel and memory foam more accessible. Oh, and keep that warranty card on file!
Your work space: Companies may not want to invest very much in your work station, but you would be wise to put a little time and money into your set up when considering so many low back injuries and repetitive strains are directly attributed to poor desk posture. With standing desk retrofits now available around the $100 mark, and sweet kneeling chairs under $80, a little investment goes a long way to saving thousands in lower back pain treatment.
Your vision: Did you know a routine eye exam can help detect signs of serious health conditions, like diabetes, a brain tumor and high cholesterol? Not to mention many eye problems are silent, not becoming apparent until costly treatments or surgery are the only remedy.
Your teeth: Similarly, your dentist may be able to identify a host of medical conditions that could prove serious, including early signs of bone mineral density loss from dental x-rays. This is not to mention the great lengths regular cleanings go to preventing costly procedures, implants, and bridges when things that have been left untreated become beyond repair.
Pain management: And I am not talking about opioids or prescription medications. While they may become an eventual necessity for some, attacking niggling aches with regular visits to the massage therapist, acupuncturist, or other preferred body work professional will help combat the host of mental health issues (e.g. anxiety, depression) associated with chronic pain.
Your fitness: Just as with pain management, strengthening your body through regular exercise goes a long way to keep you healthy in the long-term, both physically and mentally. That said, bargain rates are not necessarily a good measure of appropriate fitness solutions. Spending a bit more on a personal or small group training package that is planned and appropriately scaled around your specific goals is worth it in the long run. Oftentimes, you don't even need a gym membership to get access to world class training tailored specifically to getting you moving in the privacy of your own home.
What are some of your non-negotiables when it comes to personal care and health expenditures?
Disclaimer: Fit Club is not a medical doctor and the information contained herein should not be taken as medical advice. These are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health problem. Recommendations by Fit Club are not intended to replace the advice of a physician or health professional. Please consult your physician or a health professional before beginning any diet or exercise program.