Last updated on December 27th, 2023 at 09:33 pm
Many of us are working toward improving our health or losing weight, but it’s not always easy, and it takes commitment.
On top of the effort needed to adjust our lifestyles, it can be expensive to shop organic or pay for for a gym membership–to name just a couple of the things we assume we’ll need to do to get healthy.
Fortunately, managing your health and weight doesn’t have to be complicated–or expensive. Simple changes can lead to a healthier you–think exercise, eating well, and drinking more water—these are all low-cost ways to boost your health starting now.
And, don’t forget, most, if not all, weight loss programs also emphasize the importance of tailoring your health plans to your individual needs and goals.
That means you don’t need to buy special meals, eat all organic or vegan, or go to a Pilates class every day because someone else does; finding what works for you and your budget can lead to sustainable, affordable, and enjoyable weight and health management.
Let’s take a look at a few smart ways to boost your health without breaking the bank:
Affordable Ways to Boost Your Health
Buy frozen and canned fruits and veggies
We all know eating our fruits and veggies pays huge health dividends. And, yes, fresh organic fruits and vegetables are most often what we hear about, but frozen and canned produce also provide great nutrition–at a lower cost.
Fruits and vegetables lose nutrients as soon as they’re picked, but freezing and canning them prevents spoilage and lowers the number of nutrients lost.
There are also cases where canned food (like tomatoes) actually has more nutrients than their fresh counterparts. The heating process used when canning tomatoes releases more lycopene, enhancing tomato’s nutritional value.
Another benefit to buying frozen and canned produce is that it lasts longer and can be purchased in bulk, allowing you to add it to your meals more often.
Opt for at-home workouts
Joining a gym or signing up for an exercise class is a popular way to get fit, but it isn’t always budget-friendly; membership costs and other fees can add up quickly.
Though going to the gym can incentivize you to exercise more regularly, there are ways you can get a great workout at home, while saving money on your fitness journey.
There are exercise videos and resources to explore online that offer activities suited for almost everyone.
And, don’t forget the health benefits of getting out for a walk or hike in nature. You can also ride your bike. All of these are terrific, free ways to stay healthy.
Cook at home
Hitting the drive-thru or ordering your favorite meal for take out or delivery is convenient, but it certainly isn’t the healthiest option.
Instead of opening that delivery app, why not look up a healthy recipe and cook at home instead? This gives you more control over the ingredients, allowing you to swap out less nutritious foods for healthier alternatives.
You can also better control your serving sizes; you might want to batch-cook your food so you can portion out healthy serving sizes to eat throughout the week, saving time and money.
Beyond diet and exercise
A healthy diet and regular exercise are crucial for good health, but they’re just part of the picture when it comes to health management and weight loss
Be sure to consider how your sleep habits and stress can impact your health as well.
Our sleep habits can have a tremendous affect on our health. And, if we’re well-rested, it easier to stay motivated to stick to diet and exercise changes. Better sleep can also help you burn more body fat and regulate your appetite.
Managing stress can also help you maintain healthy cortisol levels, as too much of this hormone can increase cravings for sugary and carbohydrate-rich foods.
A good sleep, stress management, and self-care routine can definitely go a long way toward keeping us healthier.
These are just a few ideas for healthy changes you can make starting today. Do you have more ideas for ways to boost your health while on a budget? Leave us a comment.
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