Men’s Health Matters: Here Are Easy Ways to Get Healthy This Movember

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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.

While you should totally grow a mustache (if you can) and donate to the cause, you should also take a look at your own health and wellness.

Here are some cheap ways to make sure you stay healthy this Movember.

1. Get Screened This Movember to Ensure Your Long-Term Health

Prostate and testicular cancers are deadly diseases that affect thousands of men each year. And you don’t have to have the best health insurance or a lot of money to prevent them.

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.

If you’re more inclined to avoid the iron, you can run, walk or swim your way to a healthier lifestyle. You can also try Zumba or yoga, or you can even build your own gym for $100.

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.

There’s always the internet, where you can find resources on anxiety and depression and OCD, as well as therapies for them.

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.

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