Get Healthy on a Budget in 4 Easy Steps
Getting healthy doesn’t have to mean emptying out your piggy bank.
Marketing gimmicks often make people think healthy lifestyles need to be expensive. Certain diets will offer you supplements that only the wealthy can afford, but the truth is health comes from a simple lifestyle and keeping your stress low is one of the most important parts.
As you replace certain costly habits with healthier ones, you’ll see your bank account balance start to get healthier as well! Now that’s true abundance. Here are 4 simple ways to get healthy on a budget.
Work Out Outside
I grew up working out at parks and finding ways to exercise using my own body weight. You can find makeshift pull up bars everywhere, but even that isn’t necessary. Push-ups, sit-ups, squats, handstands, stretching, and a good power walk are my go-to free workouts that cost me absolutely nothing. Even if you’re used to working out in a gym, you can learn how to workout without machines and weights. That will lower the monthly cost of going to a gym and the air outside can help you feel better too, especially if you’re in nature.
If you like to take classes or are new to fitness and need some direction, you can find a lot of free classes on YouTube for pilates, ab workouts, and yoga classes of different intensities depending on how you feel. I have used many online videos in times where I needed some inspiration and didn’t want to spend more money just to move my body.
Often people work out a lot but still eat processed foods or foods that slow their metabolism down. Produce can actually be very cheap and it has the nutrients and vitamins you need to feel full and energized while actually consuming less. Fruits, greens, beans, nut butters, in-season produce, and grains from the bulk bins are all inexpensive. Produce that is in season is generally cheaper too because there is a surplus of it, so you can take advantage of as well.
Shop around at the stores in your area. If you shop at stores that have good prices, you’ll find you spend less money eating a plant-based diet, as long as you’re avoiding those fancy or frozen pre-made meals that come in a box. Keep things simple (and cheap!). Spices can be found for very low prices, and you can make any food more interesting with spices! Grilled veggies with some herbs and rice is a very healthy and inexpensive meal, and there are so many ways to change it up.
Eat At Home
Many people don’t realize how much money this can actually save you, but you could cut your grocery bill down to $60 or less each week if you stopped eating out! It’s easy to spend $20 per meal at least when eating out at a healthy restaurant, and that can make eating healthy seem like an insurmountable task. But you can find so many ways to combine healthy foods and make delicious meals at home while saving your money.
Even if you’re used to eating out, you can create this new habit by making a budget for yourself - weekly, monthly, whatever works for you. Think for a moment how much money this could save you, especially in the long-run. Eating plant-based is also much cheaper than eating animal products as well.
Pack A Lunch
You may already eat 2 of your meals at home, but sometimes it’s easier to buy lunch at work or school and that can up your grocery bill significantly. It’s also relatively hard to find genuinely healthy lunch options when you’re out and about. Preparing 5 lunches on Sunday in containers you can grab in the morning with some healthy snacks like celery, dried fruit, nuts, and chopped veggies can help you save a lot of your hard earned money.
Think beans, rice, veggies, and spices as a base. You can find infinite combinations of these that will give you variety and lots of mouthwatering flavours. You can find lean proteins like chicken, tuna, and eggs at discount grocery stores like Costco for less money than you would spend at an expensive grocery store as well. Making one big trip to Costco every 2 weeks instead of shopping at the fancy stores weekly where the prices are through the roof, save a lot of bucks.
It’s actually economical to eat healthily, it just involves changing up some simple habits. Eventually, you’ll find your stress lessens because you’re spending less. Let’s be clear about this, you do not need yoga pants that cost $100. You can get inexpensive clothes and even shop at thrift stores and feel your very best because health is all about the energy within your body, not what your body looks like.
If you thought health meant paying $150 for a yoga studio membership each month and drinking $12 green juices daily, think again. You can do everything you need to feel great without spending more money. When I changed my lifestyle, I realized I didn’t need to make as much money as I thought to live, and I was even able to take jobs I enjoyed instead of ones just to pay the bills.
You can always find a way to work out and keep a healthy diet even if you’re living paycheck to paycheck. Strengthen your mind, body and spirit as you take back the power you have within you while staying well under your budget.