Do you ever find yourself wishing you could live a healthier lifestyle, but your bank account feels like it’s holding you back? The good news is that you don’t need loads of money to eat and exercise well.
The key to a healthy lifestyle is fueling your body with foods that serve you. You don’t have to find fancy stores and drop tons of money on brand-name health foods. All you need is whole foods, meal plans, and grocery lists.
Whole foods are foods that are not processed: fruits, vegetables, unprocessed meat fresh from the deli, and the like. You can find these at any store for just as low prices as the junk food you buy. An apple can be even cheaper than a snack bar. Processed foods run through your body quicker, lack nutrients, and therefore do not keep you full for long. You’ll soon be craving more food and eat more than if you had substituted for a whole food. Your body needs to have something beneficial to break down and distribute to the rest of your body, and whole foods provide that. There are many more benefits to whole foods, but this alone is enough reason to switch out your chips for some raw almonds.
Meal planning can lower the stress of eating. Figure out several meals that are full of whole foods. You can either make the meals fresh each night or pick a day or two where you make enough food for the week or longer and freeze the meals, so they’re ready to go whenever. Setting aside smaller amounts of pre homemade meals is also a great alternative to ordering in on a lazy day when you just don’t feel like making food.
Make a grocery list and stick to it. If you go to the store without a plan, you’re likely to buy items you might not even use or that aren’t healthy for you. When you’re meal planning, figure out what ingredients you will need and make a list. Discount grocery stores offer cheap alternatives that are just as good and sometimes healthier than other markets. So plan out where you need to go with the most affordable but most nutritious options and stick to your list.
Are you tired of paying lofty gym bills in the hopes of maintaining or getting abs? The good news is, you can achieve your fitness dreams without breaking the bank. Between home workouts, exercise equipment, and cheap gym memberships, you don’t have to give up your dreams.
There are so many ways to get a quality workout from your very home or outdoors. The internet is flooded with top-notch free workout videos that you can follow. Some don’t even require any equipment, which saves your money. There’s no need to subscribe to fancy workout schedules when you can make your own using what is already provided for free. On top of that, you can go for walks, runs, ride a bike, play sports with some friends at parks for free, and swim in a free community pool or a nearby lake.
If your heart is bent on exercising with equipment, you can set up a home gym. While workout equipment can be a bit pricey, in the long run, you’ll end up saving money because eventually, the price you paid for the equipment will be less than if you had kept paying gym fees. And you have the benefit of working out alone without others watching.
If none of these ideas seem suitable for your lifestyle, perhaps try searching for a cheaper gym. There are gyms with only $10 monthly fees. While they may not have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive gyms, they still get the job done and are an excellent choice when keeping a budget. Or maybe a friend of yours has a membership where they can bring someone for free. Perhaps you can tag along with them now and then when you have the gym itch.
Don’t ever feel like you have to stop chasing your fitness goals due to finances. Between smart grocery shopping choices and alternative gym ideas, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.