A Healthy Lifestyle Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

If you’ve ever gone on a diet or exercise regimen and you weren’t able to follow through, you probably found that your primary obstacle was your own motivation, not money. Even so, sometimes our efforts at improving our own health can seem expensive. Let’s take a look at a few important principles for improved health and see how they can be followed without breaking the bank.

1. Exercise

Totally free – if you don’t own a ball, plank on the coffee table or floor!

Exercising is an inexpensive way of contributing to your overall health. There are many ways to exercise for free – videos free through your cable box, DVDs from the library, park & playground workouts, long walks with your family – or the tried and true series RunningBetty’s daughter reverts to: lunges, squats, situps, pushups. If you prefer going to the gym, a membership shouldn’t set you back too much in the scheme of things. One important thing to remember is that there are many different ways to get good exercise — don’t be discouraged just because you may not like running.

2. Eat Healthy

Tortilla soup full of veggies made from scratch – yum!

Eating well can require you to invest some time. You can’t just stop at a fast-food joint every day after work, and you can’t rely on prepackaged foods. Instead, you have to go grocery shopping and take the time to cook. But what may seem like an inconvenience at first can actually be a great boon to your overall health and enjoyment!

Not only can cooking at home taste better than the alternative, but your new habit of healthy eating will also make you feel better. You’ll find that it’s a lot less expensive than eating out, too. be sure to menu plan before you shop, and stick with your list when at the grocery store to keep unhealthy snacks out of your purse and pantry.

3. Prioritize Emotional Wellbeing

Your emotional wellbeing is an important component of your overall health. Stress is just one example of an emotional imbalance that can be detrimental to your physical health. So it’s important to make sure your everyday life is fulfilling for you. For many people, eating nourishing home-cooked meals is one important source of emotional sustenance, or maybe you like to read in the bath tub – there are many similar strategies you can use to bring wellness into your everyday life.

As you can see, leading a healthy life doesn’t have to be expensive at all. And whatever modest costs it may require are almost certainly worth the improvements in your quality of life.

Today’s guest author is Anne Perkins, a freelance writer focused on how to live large on a little living. She writes financial savings tips for the cash advance company, QuickQuid, and enjoys taking any idea and making it easier or cheaper to complete.

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