The new year is here and if you’re like many people, one of your resolutions probably has to do with your health, whether it’s to lose weight, get more exercise or just eat better. Being healthy is so important for your happiness and your budget, as it helps cut down on medical expenses. Here are some tips on how to get healthy without breaking the bank:
Track your progress yourself. There are many tools and programs out there that provide great tracking and support for weight loss and exercise commitments. There are huge benefits to tracking your progress because it lets you keeps you motivated when you want to drift off path. However, since a lot of these tools and programs charge a monthly fee, consider setting up your own progress tracker. You can use a simple spreadsheet to log the number of minutes you exercise each day, your weight, and even notes on how you’re feeling or what you did well on a certain day. It will help you see how far you’ve come!
Skip the gym. Before you commit to personal training sessions or a gym membership, see if you can get in the habit of regular exercise by yourself. Grab a buddy for support and set up a few days a week to walk and catch up, rather than doing it over dinner. Or hit the local track while your kids are at soccer practice rather than running errands.
Cook more. Eating out is not only expensive, it also leaves you feeling stuffed. Large portions and calorie-laden meals are hard to turn down in favor of a salad off the menu. Resist the temptation and make a commitment to eat at home more often. A good tip is to look up healthy crockpot recipes – they won’t be a huge drain on your time each night and you can make a big batch of healthy food and freeze it for the week. Your wallet and your waistline will thank you!
Anne Perkins is a freelance writer focused on how to live large on a little living. She writes financial savings tips for the online payday loan company called QuickQuid. If you’re ever in need of quick cash, QuickQuid has you covered. At her blog, AnnieIdea.com, you can get tips on how to take any idea and make it easier or cheaper to complete.