Jun 29, 2017

How To Stay Healthy Without Breaking The Bank

Getting fit definitely isn’t an easy thing to do, particularly if you’re on a budget. Paleo diets and expensive personal trainers all sound fantastic - but what happens when you’re a normal person who doesn’t have thousands to drop on your quest for fitness? Here are a few ways to get healthy without dipping too far into your savings…

Get Fresh Food


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Let’s face it, not everyone feels like cooking from scratch when they get home, but if you want to get fit and healthy then it’s time to cut out processed food. Not only does processed food often cost a whole lot more than fresh food, but it also has a lot of added sugar, salt and saturated fats which frankly you don’t need in your diet if you want to be as healthy as you possibly can be. Look for recipes that use fresh food and start to make your own sauces.


Start Meal Planning

A lot of us end up eating more junk food than we should because we simply haven’t planned our meals well enough, whether it’s not leaving time for breakfast and guzzling a bag of potato chips from the office vending machine mid morning, or ordering pizza for dinner because there isn’t any food in the house. Make sure that you plan each meal at the start of each week - not only will this help you stay healthy but it’ll also mean that you start to waste a lot less food.

Start Walking


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The best way to get fit is to start walking as often as you possibly can. If you live within walking distance of friends’ houses, your kids’ schools and the grocery store, start walking there instead of driving. It might seem like a long way to start with but the journey will get a lot easier surprisingly quickly. Not only will it give you time to think and to enjoy the outdoors, but your stamina will improve very quickly, as will your general fitness. 

Check Your Medical Plans

Everyone has a different way to access healthcare. If you’re in the UK, you’ll probably be using the National Health Service, or the NHS, which is free of charge - but if you’re in the USA then you’ll be using insurance or a government program like Medicaid or Medicare, which provides health insurance for people who are over 65, some younger people with disabilities, and people with end stage renal disease. Make sure you look out for physicians that accept Humana Medicare advantage plans so you go to the right doctor.

Get Out Of The House


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Finally, if you’re worried about your mental health, it’s time to try to get out of the house as much as you can. If you find that really hard to do then it’s important to talk to your doctor about treatment as there’s nothing as good as therapy - but if you can’t really afford that, focus on being outside, enjoying beautiful views, seeing your friends, eating good food, and being active. Those things won’t buy you good mental health but they will give you a good leg up.