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Men’s Health Matters: Here Are Easy Ways to Get Healthy This Movember
It’s November, which means cool weather, pumpkin-spiced everything and gloriously mustachioed men walking the streets.
That’s right, it’s officially Movember, when men of all ages set aside their razors to raise awareness and money for a variety of men’s health issues.
Now, I can’t grow a mustache, so November is a particularly rough month for me. But for the Movember Foundation, it means millions of dollars that go toward research in the areas of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, suicide prevention and mental health.
Last year, the nonprofit raised more than $16 million in the U.S., with about $12.2 million going toward programs and awareness.
Here are some cheap ways to make sure you stay healthy this Movember.
1. Get Screened This Movember to Ensure Your Long-Term Health
You can make an appointment at your local Planned Parenthood health center for a low-cost screening for the diseases. If you have a primary physician, you can easily do it through them, as well.
2. Move in Movember With These Cheap Workouts and Inexpensive Gyms
Working out does more than help you stay healthy, grow those muscles and lose weight. When I don’t work out, it affects my physical and mental wellbeing.
If you’re a gym rat looking for a less expensive way to pump iron, check out our comprehensive list of the best gyms to fit your budget.
3. Check Up on Your Sexual Health in Movember
Stop snickering. Your sexual health is as important to your overall wellness as anything. That’s why you should get tested for sexually transmitted infections this Movember.
Try a Planned Parenthood health clinic, where you can get tested on a sliding scale based on your income and other factors.
If you qualify for Medicare Part B, you’re eligible for certain STI testing once a year.
You can also check with the Centers for Disease Control to find a testing center near you.
4. Movember Is About Your Mental Health, Too
Guys tend to avoid talking about mental health, but the Movember Foundation has specifically stressed awareness about mental health and suicide among its goals.
Here are nine ways to get free or cheap mental health care if you don’t have insurance.
Among them are training clinics, which are usually part of universities. They’ll charge you on a sliding scale that could be as low as $0.
These tips should keep you in tiptop shape this month and beyond. But we can’t help you with the actual pronunciation of “Movember” — mow or muh? We’re clueless.
Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder. He’ll give Movember another shot, but will probably spend November with some weird-looking facial hair.