To be the best you that you can be, plenty of people believe that it takes a lot of effort, time, focus, and of course, MONEY.
Yes, that’s right. Buying organic and natural products costs a lot, enrolling in a gym costs a lot, getting a personal trainer costs a lot, hiring a personal chef costs a lot.
It seems like whatever move you make in an effort to live a healthier and better lifestyle, you find yourself shelling out some cash. At this rate, you’ll eventually be too poor to enjoy the fruits of all your hard work.
For plenty of people in the United States who have no access to cash, there is hope. Spending so much to ensure a better and healthier life is not the only answer. You have plenty of other options to get yourself on the road to a healthy lifestyle.
1. Get Up and Run
To get you started on your health journey, why not hit the ground running? And I do mean that literally. Running is known as one of the most effective ways to be healthy. And it doesn’t cost a thing! Running can boost your energy levels, improve your endurance, strengthens your heart, and keeps your brain sharp and focused. In addition, running can do wonders to your emotional and mental health as well. Just make sure you have yourself a trusty pair of running shoes, and you’re all set. You can run practically anywhere, whether you live in the country or in the city.
2. Free Classes!
Be on the lookout for gyms, malls, or any other establishments that offer free classes. Yes, plenty of free zumba classes, yoga classes, aerobics classes, and other types of exercises are popping up. These are usually those who are just starting out, but hey, they still offer you the opportunity to work up a sweat! And you’ll know for sure that you are being handled by experts.
3. In-House Workouts
If you’d rather exercise in the comforts of your own home, you can do so, thanks to the magic of the Internet. YouTube in particular holds a gazillion free videos of full workouts. Just plop yourself in front of your computer monitor or laptop and click on the exercise routines that call out to you the most.
4. Quit Smoking
If you’re a smoker, it’s time to quit. If you must know, smoking is an expensive and unhealthy habit. And that doesn’t include other long-term costs connected with disease and other complications you can develop from smoking. If you quit ASAP, you’ll be saving up more dollars than you think, and reducing your risk for lung diseases, heart diseases, some reproductive issues, and other complications that you might get from smoking.
5. Plan Weekly Meals
Proper meal planning is vital to cutting down costs. Write down meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and some snacks for seven days. Try to incorporate meals that have more or less the same ingredients. Set a strict budget, and list down the ingredients that you need, and make sure they stay within the budget. Don’t opt for fancy-shmancy meals that make use of expensive products. Obviously, this will take much effort, planning, preparation, and brain use, but in the end, it will definitely help you save some money.
6. Be Loyal to Your Grocery List
When you arrive at the supermarket, make sure to only look for those products that you have written in your grocery list. Do not be tempted by other products. What you can do is only shop the perimeter of the store. This is where whole foods are usually placed. Steer clear of the center aisles, which showcase the unhealthy and expensive junk food.
7. Brand Names ≠ Quality
Don’t buy products because of the names they tote. If you didn’t know, many stores now have generic brands for a host of products. In the US, all food manufacturers have to follow standards in order to sell their products. That means you are still getting legit products that are safe. These generic brands have the same quality as other brands, but they will noticeably be less expensive. However, make sure to still read the ingredients list to be sure.
8. Bulk Buying Is the Bomb
Plenty of healthy foods are available in bulk, and they usually cost less. Plenty of these products also have longer shelf lives and can be used in many different ways. Make sure to keep them in airtight containers to preserve freshness. Some examples are dried fruit, oats, brown rice, beans, and some nuts.
9. Try Less Expensive Cuts of Meat
Going healthy doesn’t necessarily mean snubbing meat. You can still feed your carnivorous side. Just choose cheaper cuts. There are many cuts of lean meat that cost less. For example, you can opt for chicken thigh instead of chicken breasts. You can also try different cooking methods to make tough cuts of meat tender and juicy. These meat cuts are best to use in soups, stews, casseroles, and stir-fries.
10. Grow Your Own Garden
There are plenty of foods that you can plant in your own backyards. It’s a super cheap and easy way to make sure you’re eating healthy. Vegetable patches can be set up quickly. You can start with some herbs, then plant seeds of specific fruits or vegetables you want. Plus, growing your own garden can prettify your home.
Kate B. Forsyth is a writer for Be Healthy Today, who specializes in health and nutrition. Her passion is to help people get an overall transformation of health that lasts a lifetime. In her blog posts, she goes beyond research by providing health-concerned citizens doable and simple tricks to achieve a healthier lifestyle.