Getting Healthy On a Budget: 4 great tips
Staying healthy isn't easy, and it isn't always the cheapest. Here are some tips to keep your costs low.
Getting healthy on a budget is not always an easy task, but it can get done. From eating healthy to getting a gym membership, it's possible to be healthy while still living on a budget and within your financial means! If you wish to improve, then the following are some great tips on how to start living healthily within your budget (whatever it may be):
Shop Discount Stores:
Shopping at "bare bones" grocers from Aldi to Save-a-Lot or any other local grocers that you may have will help you save cash and maximize your profits. Shopping every few days at these stores for local produce and fresh meat can help you save money and ensure you are getting the best foods for your money. Fresh produce is usually less expensive here, and the same goes for lean cuts of meat such as turkey and chicken or even sometimes fish if it's available on the shelves that day.
Actually Cook Meals:
Cooking is not always convenient but sometimes cooking your meals ensures you're getting the right balance of macronutrients like carbs/fat/protein and ensuring that you get your vitamins and minerals into your diet as well. For example, you might find a balanced meal to be something such as 4-6 oz of chicken/turkey, 2 servings of vegetables (1/2 cup each), and 1/2 cup of starch (rice, quinoa, etc.) served with a side salad. There are plenty of program-like options to help you cook good meals, eat quality food, and stay in shape – such as Le-Vel Thrive.
Water is essentially free or costs fractions of a penny per gallon. It is the best drink for you and helps ensure that you are not drinking your calories away but saving them for solid foods. Drinking about an ounce per pound of bodyweight is a good tactic to keep you hydrated. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds about 150 oz of water per day (or fluid in general - but most should be water) will help keep you hydrated. Hydrated bodies lose weight more easily and keep the body's bowel movements more regular than they would otherwise be without regular hydration.
Choose a Quality Gym Membership:
Many gym memberships allow you to have memberships for $10 or less per month at your "principal" location (the one you choose that you mostly go to usually the one closest to your house or in your paths that are most traveled). These are usually "chain" gyms with 100s-1000s of locations throughout the US that allow you to stop in and work out at your leisure. Some are 24/7 gyms, and others are just opened 7 am to 9 pm or so. Either way, you can get to your gym and stay on a budget while still having a gym membership to help keep you fit. If you are a traveler, some gyms will let you have a pass to any location for 24/7 service wherever you are throughout the US. That cost is generally $25 or less per month at many select gym locations.
These are a few of the ways that the average person can save money while still eating a healthy, produce-rich and healthy protein diet and go to the gym while still affording the healthy lifestyle you wish to live!