Dos and Don’ts of Cheap Healthy living
Many people seem to think that healthy living is something that can only be achieved by spending more. I have found that there are some simple adjustments that can not only help you maintain a healthier lifestyle, but can also leave with a little extra money in the long run. In a time when overspending and unhealthy habits seem to be at an all-time high it is important to do everything possible to avoid falling into bad habits.
Eat prepackaged meals: We’ve all been there; late night at work and all you want to do is through something in the microwave and chow down minutes later. This mentality is easy to fall into and can become habitual. Sure it is convenient to have a meal ready with almost no effort, but what you’re getting can hardly be considered a meal. The sodium and fat levels, along with a lack of vitamins, protein, and fresh ingredients will leave you feeling worse and with a significant lack of energy. To make things worse, a prepackaged meal will almost always cost between 2-4 times as much as a similar meal made fresh.
Cook with fresh ingredients: This one admittedly takes a little bit of work, but your body and wallet will thank you. There is a plethora of websites full of delicious healthy recipes free for the taking. Fresh ingredients are going to give you more energy and will leave you with less preservatives and sodium in your system. Cooking is considered by many to be a therapeutic activity that can help you unwind after a long day. If you are able to buy in bulk and save leftovers then you will be able to save a great deal by cooking your own meals. Investing in a vacuum sealer could make the long term saving even greater.
Buy gimmicky exercise equipment: You see those ads wherever you go. Some new miracle diet or piece of space age exercise equipment. The fact is that just because in exercise company tried to reinvent the wheel doesn’t mean that their product is worth anything. Companies that come up with brilliant marketing campaigns, and aww inspiring testimonials, but when it sounds too good to be true it probably is. The exercise equipment is generally cheap and does nothing more than conventional exercising could help you accomplish. Weight loss remedies are often NOT FDA approved and can be potentially detrimental to your health regardless of whether or not they actually work.
Keep it simple: Your road to weight loss could be as easy as a pair of tennis shoes and a walk out the door. It is completely plausible to get in shape simply through walking, running, and doing simple workouts that don’t require any equipment. Dieting should be as simple as simply eating sensibly, and cutting back on portion size. If you are intent on getting workout equipment then get something that is well-established and no thrills. Why pay three times as much for the new thing when the old model does the same thing and won’t break as quickly.
Support unhealthy hobbies: All of us have vices, but you have to make an effort to change if you want to change. If you have a hobby or activity that is unhealthy than you need to really sit down and consider how much time and money is going towards this hobby. Habits such as smoking, video games, and watching TV have absolutely no value to your health yet they can all be incredibly expensive. As a gamer, I don’t think I will ever give up video games completely, but I do limit myself to the amount of time I spend playing and the amount of games I can buy. The important thing is to set limits so that these hobbies do not adversely affect your health or finances.
Find healthy hobbies: We like to think that we’re so much smarter than children, but adults fall into the same habit of claiming not to like something because they have not tried it. There are lots of healthy hobbies and activities that can be tried relatively cheaply. Community centers can be a great way to find beginner classes on many different exercise programs, and as always, the internet will be full of great resources for starting a new hobby. The one thing to avoid is spending too much money on something before you’re sure that you’ll like it.
By following these few steps you could potentially save hundreds of dollars every month and all the while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is important to remember that making any kind of a life change takes perseverance, and it will take time before it will feel habitual. Stay healthy, wealthy, and happy.