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Recession Number Crunch

Flipping through Time magazine, I came across some interesting figures. The magazine conducted polls on how the recession is affecting our spending habits, and the statistics that interested me were all health- and fitness-related — go figure. Here are a few numbers to chew on:

  • Percentage of people who have not filled a medical prescription due to the cost: 20
  • Percentage of folks spending less on health clubs: 27
  • Amount of respondents spending more time exercising: 29 percent
  • Percentage of people who have postponed or canceled a medical or dental procedure: 24

I am wondering about you all and how the recession is affecting you, your health, and your health spending habits. Have you quit your gym or not filled a prescription? Are you exercising more as well as skipping your dental visits? Tell me in the comments section below.


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sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
I'm cutting back on my personal trainer but joined a gym that had a great special going on. I'm also hesitant to go to the dr/dentist for fear of having medical bills randomly show up in my mailbox for tests that my insurance didn't pay all of.
audrina audrina 8 years
I have not cut back on fitness or groceries. I work out at home and exercise outside when I can get out. I pretty much watch my groceries like I always did. Making sure I eat healthy. I have lost my health/dental insurance so I have not been getting regular checkups at the dr. or cleanings at the dentist. It makes me mad that I can't afford health/dental insurance to keep up on my health.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I actually did stop my gym membership.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I haven't cut back on any health-related expenses because I value my good health a lot. Plus I do have insurance, which I know a lot of people can't afford. I have been noticing that the lab is a bit slower since the recession though...fewer people are coming in to the doctor to get tested for things like UTIs and strep throat. I guess people figure they'll clear up on their own or, what's worse, they'll try to self-diagnose an infection and take God-knows-what kinds of antibiotics to treat them and THAT is not a good idea.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
We canceled our gym membership for the summer. It was partly a financial decision, but also influenced by the fact that this is busy season for my husband who works 80-90 hours per week (6 days a week) during the warmer weather. He probably won't have much time to go. I prefer to exercise outdoors and have plenty of equipment and videos at home for days when the weather doesn't cooperate.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
I still haven't landed a permanent job since I graduated last May, but I do receive SSI benefits in my state, and that comes with an health and dental insurance, though they're not that great. I've had to put my gym membership on hold due to having knee surgery, though I've finally gotten the clear from the therapist to go back. I'm currently waiting for my insurance to approve physical therapy, and doing some work in the meantime. Getting my knee fixed took me about 2-3 years from trying to find a doctor to properly diagnose my knee pain, to finding an orthopaedic surgeon that would take my insurance, to surgery, and now to physical therapy, and I'm pretty that my knee suffered more than it should have due to all of that. (Turns out I had two tears in my meniscus and developed arthritis in my knee...nowhere else?!) I've also had to hold back on dental costs. I have a cavity that needs to be taken care of (though it's not that bad yet), and I have a problem with clenching and grinding my teeth, and I can't afford to buy the guard that they want me to get (which is about 200-300 dollars?) Hopefully the recession won't last too much longer and I can get a permanent job with insurance so I can get everything taken care of!
tiffsniff tiffsniff 8 years
All of the above, actually. I lost my job last year, and with it my health and dental insurance, so I've foregone doctor and dentist visits, let my bc prescription lapse, and had to cancel my gym membership. But on the up side, I have had more time to exercise and focus on bettering my eating habits, so I've lost about 20 lbs.
michlny michlny 8 years
Health, wellness & fitness are priorities! No scrimping. Gym, organic foods, acupuncture, yoga, et al. -- NO CUTTING BACK! :) I've cut back elsewhere though - sadly, my wardrobe could use a refresher!
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
Well, we decided to have a baby this year, which many people are holding off during this recession. So being pregnant has caused me to be more aware of my activities and eating habits, though I've always tried to stay on track despite money. You just learn to be more creative, with cooking and workouts I guess.
nourhayaty nourhayaty 8 years
i work out@home but actually i exercise more now and i don't think it has anything to do with recession!
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