As I am working through the continual process of getting healthier, I am learning that it is truly on me to be what I call the general contractor of my body. It was, and is my job to be the one who orders and gets the permits, grin, for whatever new things my body is asking for. And to make sure I was really listening for what was needed.
I was so aware of what my body was really asking for. And one was exercise. The need to walk a couple of miles per day not only helped my body but lifted my spirits. Another was my not eating as a hobby. In fact, since I am now so busy, active and healthy, I lost all the extra wheelchair pounds. An added perk, yes?
So although we never quite know what the next curve ball might be, or if one even comes. we do have the option of choice. And hopefully we truly do execute that choice in our best interests.
How do we want to be the healthiest and still stay in our budget?
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No one sets out in life to be unhealthy, but it is our responsibility to figure out how to get healthy again. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is incredibly expensive, and is something that can only be done with a lot of cash, right? Well, not quite.
Of course, a healthy lifestyle can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be if you can’t afford for it to be. You don’t need celebrity trainers and personal chefs to get fit, in fact, you don’t even need a gym membership if it doesn’t fit your budget. Here are some things that you can do to stay healthy for less money.
Cut Out Junk Food
The first and most obvious tip that I am going to give you is to quit scoffing fatty foods. While a carrot might not seem like a fun snack after a hard day at work, ordering takeaways and having cupboards filled with chocolate and chips isn’t a better option.
Not only are they terrible for your body, but they can be incredibly costly too, which is something that you can’t afford on a budget. Trust me, there are cheaper and healthier options out there.
One of my favorites is cucumber with humus, it is low calorie and packed with protein. Another one is what my kids used to call ants on a log, remember that? Stalks of celery with nut butter and then raisins sprinkled on top. And when I really feel that I need something sweet, I bake an apple and fill the center with raisins and cinnamon and about an inch of water..and yum an hour later, delish!
A rice cake topped with mustard and avocado is my pick me up. Have you tried it?
- Drink More Water
Water is essential for your body to be able to function properly, so drinking more of it is always a good idea if you’re looking to get fit. Most experts recommend between eight and ten glasses every day. However, water also happens to be a whole lot cheaper than sugar-filled fizzy drinks and fruit juices, so it makes a lot of sense to make water your go-to drink. If you find the flavor leaves something to be desired, add some slices of fruit to make it more interesting.
My favorite way to drink water is to add a slice of lemon, lime or cucumber. Did you know that at spas they offer cucumber water because it hydrates? And it is so cooling and refreshing.And coconut water is fabulous to re-hydrate and put back lost electrolytes.
In fact a tidbit here, coconut water can be used as a substitute for plasma. Amazing how Mother Nature always has the answers, yes?
- Shop Around
Whenever you’re looking to save money, it doesn’t matter if you’re looking for socks or a television, it’s always a smart idea to do some research and shop around. Luckily, a healthy lifestyle is no different. Rather than just buying for the first banana you see, check a few different stores and markets out online to find the best value for money. You can do the same to find an affordable dental plan or gym membership. This will take some effort, but it will be worth it to save your wallet.
- Try Gym Alternatives
As I’ve already mentioned, you don’t need to get a gym membership to stay healthy, especially if it doesn’t fit into your budget; There are plenty of ways to work out for less. For example, you can pick up a few cheap workout DVDs next time you pop to a one dollar store, or could borrow some from your local library. You could also try running outside with a friend or join a fitness group. There are so many options out there, and they are all so much cheaper than a gym.
Keeping fit does not have to cost an arm and a leg, so don’t let money (or lack of it) stop you from bettering yourself.
One of the things about being a “grown up” is that we choose wisely. Being in charge of our lives, means we are willing to listen and honor what our bodies need. We choose to eat better, drink more, exercise more and find ways to keep us healthy. And in doing all this for our bodies, we will ultimately feel so much better. Another great thing to do is find a walking buddy. And that way you can keep each other on track. And its fun! And it does not cost a thing.
Here is to our vibrant, thriving health and good cheer!
Do tell me how you are choosing to stay healthy while on a budget!
In peace and gratitude,
Founder, success-full-living.com living one heart -centric moment at a time