Living A Healthy Lifestyle Without Going Broke
"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."
The first thing many people think about when thinking about living healthy is the high cost. But creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself doesn't have to cost you tons of money. Start with making a plan.
Don't suddenly go all in and buy every healthy food in the grocery store. Don't run out to get an expensive gym membership and purchase fancy workout gear. Take a deep breath and slow down. Check out your options. And then start slow—one step at a time. A healthy lifestyle takes time. Don't try to make too many changes at once.
Exercise doesn't have to cost you a dime. Getting out and taking a walk is free. Start with a walk every day. Next, you can check out all the free youtube videos. There is no reason to think you can't afford to get some exercise into your day.
Body weight exercise is another example of exercise costing you nothing. Push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and lunges are just a few of the bodyweight exercises you can try. And, of course, you can find some free bodyweight exercise videos.
No Free Weights? Household Items You Can Use.
Large laundry detergent
Cans of soup
Start with a good pair of walking shoes. Any old pair of sweatpants or yoga pants will work. Add a sports bra and a t-shirt, and you are on your way. Once you are committed to a consistent fitness routine, you can rethink acquiring some nicer workout clothes.
Planning your meals and snacks-Planning is the keyword for healthy eating. Plan what you eat for the whole week—breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Make a grocery list based on your weekly menus.
Don't put anything on your grocery list that you know you most likely won't eat. We all know we should eat healthy food, but there are some healthy foods we don't like. So don't waste your money on those. Also, don't spend your money on junk food. If you don't bring it into the house, you can't eat it.
If fresh fruits and vegetables are too expensive, choose canned or frozen. Not only do can and frozen vegetables and fruit cost less, but they also last much longer than fresh ones. Avoid those with added sugar and salt. Take advantage of the large resealable bags of frozen vegetables and fruits. Do not be afraid to try the store brands, and be on the lookout for store coupons. And stick to your grocery list.
Cooking at home will be much less expensive than eating out.
Eat more chicken and fish and less red meat.
And don't go grocery shopping when you are hungry.
More tips for a healthy lifestyle-
Stay hydrated. Drink water throughout the day.
Limit your alcohol intake
Have regular check-ups
Get enough sleep
Enjoy family and friends
I would love to hear others' tips on healthy living on a budget.
"The groundwork for all happiness is good health."