This is a contributed post from Ellie Jo.
Sometimes, being healthy can be expensive. Everything from gym membership to grocery bills, the cost of living a healthy lifestyle does not come cheap. For example, a recent study found healthy eating is three times more expensive than unhealthy eating. However, this does not mean that it’s impossible to get fit on a budget. Here are some top tips to get you started.
See What Support Is Available To You
The first step to managing your money and getting healthy is ensuring that you receive all of the healthcare guidance and support you need. As a result, you should check if you are eligible to support systems such as Medicaid. Medicaid benefits are incredibly varied and can help you with expenses such as doctor’s appointments, medication, and even laboratory tests.
Make Sure You Have The Right Insurance
Having the right healthcare insurance is the easiest way to lower healthcare bills and ensures you have a fallback to rely on should you encounter any health issues. However, many of us are overpaying on health insurance without even realizing it. As a result, you should take some time to review your policy and ensure you are getting the best value for money.
Save Money On Healthy Eating
Healthy eating is infamously more expensive than your local takeout. Yet there are plenty of ways in which you can incorporate healthy eating into your budget. For example, if you shop at farmer markets and local independent shops instead of grocery chains, you may be able to cut down on your bills.
Preparing food ahead of time each day will reduce the chances of you eating out for lunch and dinner. This will not only help you stick to your diet, but will also save you money. We have many healthy recipes for you to try.
Remember That Working Out Doesn’t Need To Be Expensive
Regular exercise is one of the most important daily practices for health and wellbeing, due to the impact it has on both your physical and mental health. Thankfully, it does not have to be expensive, either. For example, you can work out from the comfort of your home with free online workout videos from personal trainers, or even simply go for a walk.
You should also see whether or not any of your local gyms offer free trials or classes so you can get in a quick workout without spending a single penny.
You can also just go for a run. If you are new to running checkout Beginner Runner Guide: Best Tips For New Runners.
Spend More Time Outdoors
Spending more time outdoors is another great way in which you can begin to take better care of your health. It doesn’t have to cost you a thing. Spending time outdoors has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety. It also helps you to get moving and stay fit.
It’s particularly important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, during which we spent more time indoors (and sitting down) than ever before. Even if the weather isn’t great – get up and get moving – your body will thank you for it!
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Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.