Staying physically healthy can be just as challenging as staying financially healthy. It’s easy to binge on food or money, and hard to remember to exercise or stay on a budget when everyone around you is going overboard on eating or spending. It can also be expensive to stay healthy. Good food costs more than high-calorie, processed foods, and gym memberships can be costly. Fortunately, there are ways to stay healthy without spending a lot of money.
Skip the Gym Membership
Gym memberships can cost about $50 a month, and using it requires you to spend money on transportation to and from the gym. Instead, think about exercises you can do at home. Running, push-ups, and sit-ups require no investment, and they’re some of the best exercises you can do to work all of the major muscle groups.
Reduce Your Financial Stress
Taking care of your physical health is only useful if you’re also taking care of your mental health. Money is one of the top reasons for stress, so it is important to get you finances in order. Research things like which are the best credit cards, how to lower your mortgage payments, how to cut back on your loan payments, and the best rate credit cards. Getting in charge of your finances will help you to cut a lot of stress out of your life. This will allow you to sleep better, be more motivated to exercise, and have less cardiac stress.
Shop at Farmer’s Markets
Grocery store prices for produce can be ridiculously high, but farmers’ markets allow you to buy the same fruits and vegetables for a fraction of the price. If you stick to buying in season produce, you can save even more. Depending on your area, you may also be able to buy bread, soap, and even meat at your local farmer’s market
Avoid Pre-Made Snacks
Packaged cookies, cakes, and chips are some of the most calorie-dense food in the grocery store, and also some of the most expensive. By buying just the ingredients to make these items you’ll be saving about 60% of the cost, and studies have shown you’re more likely to eat less of these items and enjoy them more. This will help you to control your weight and lower your stress levels. Making your own also allows you to avoid preservatives or dyes that you don’t want to eat.