10 Ways to Stay Healthy on a Budget
Making a healthy lifestyle work when your family has a budget can seem like an insurmountable challenge. Fortunately, when it comes to healthy living, there are steps you can take to live better while also living within your means. In fact, in some cases, healthy choices are also frugal ones, and will save you money.
- Take a walk. While joining a gym is often expensive, taking a walk around your neighborhood is free. Walking is a great, low-impact exercise.
- Buy frozen vegetables. Canned vegetables are high in sodium and fresh produce is often expensive. Frozen vegetables are low in salt, and are often relatively inexpensive compared to fresh produce.
- Drink more water (and less other stuff.) Soda and juice cost money and are high in unhealthy sugars. By replacing them with water, you can save money and live healthier.
- Give up alcohol. Alcohol is absolutely horrible for your body. It’s also very costly. Giving up drinking (or seriously cutting back on drinking) will save you money and your health.
- Give up cigarettes. This also goes for cigarettes. Cigarettes kill more people in the United States each year than all other drugs combined. Giving up smoking will protect you from a whole host of maladies and save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year.
- Eat more eggs. As the cost of meat continues to rise, eggs are an inexpensive alternative if you are looking to get more protein in your diet.
- Follow workout routines from the Internet. If you want to workout but you don’t know where to start, look up body weight workouts that you can do at home online. Thousands of workouts are available for free on the Internet.
- Keep a journal. Mental health is just as important as physical health. To help relieve anxiety and depression, spend 10 to 20 minutes each night writing in a journal about what happened to you during the day. Journaling is a good way to do something positive for your mental health without spending too much money.
- Get more sleep. Getting eight or more hours of sleep a night is essential for good health. Sleeping more is also free.
- Eat a greater variety of foods. When you go to the grocery store, look for fresh produce that’s on sale. You might find it’s something you’ve never eaten before. Greater flexibility in what you eat can save you money while also keeping you healthy.