5 Ways to Stay Healthy on a Budget
Staying fit can get expensive. Whether you are on a limited budget, have had unexpected expenses or just like to get the most ‘bang for your buck’, skimping on your health and fitness is not the way to go. There are plenty of options for maintaining your health and fitness levels (even improving them), while spending little or no money.
- Snag as many free health, fitness and nutrition apps on your smartphone as you can. When people say ‘there is an app for that’, they aren’t kidding! There are apps that can track your walking/jogging mileage, see the number of calories you have burned, keep track of your running speed, plan your meals, research nutritional info from restaurants, ask questions to registered dietitians, keep track of doctor’s appointments and even track your menstrual cycle.
- Use coupons. Coupons aren’t just for your mother or grandmother. Everyone can benefit from using coupons. Check the Sunday paper and sign-up for e-mail subscriptions for coupons. Coupons can help you save money on all your health and fitness needs. Look for coupons to help you save money on everything from new running shoes to protein bars.
- Try borrowing/renting the next fitness DVD you want to try. Use your local library, borrow from a friend or use a DVD subscription service to get great deals. Additionally, a benefit of trying various fitness programs is the opportunity to help break up your once boring fitness routine.
- Never food shop when you are hungry! Always visit the grocery store with a full stomach. Shopping when you are hungry can lead to plenty of unnecessary spending. Additionally, use a grocery list and stick to it.
- Buy frozen vegetables. Instead of buying fresh vegetables, frozen vegetables can help to drastically cut your grocery bill without cutting back on important nutrients. Veggies can help to make your dinner plate look great while providing minimal calories and helping you to satisfy your appetite.