Your Guide to Living Healthy on a Budget
Guest article by Brad Krause
Maybe you feel discouraged by the presumed costs of living a healthy lifestyle. But here’s the good news: it’s a myth that eating a nutritious diet and working out are necessarily expensive. In fact, switching to healthier habits is often the best choice for your financial situation, too!
No matter your current lifestyle, the ideas presented below can help you make changes for the better!
The Financial Benefits of Healthy Living
Remember, you don’t have to buy expensive supplements, go to the priciest gym in town, or enroll in yoga retreats to improve your health. With just a few basic changes, you can see a drastic difference in both your mental and physical health. The best part is that staying healthy can actually help you save long-term — you’ll likely secure lower health insurance premiums and avoid spending lots on food by cooking at home instead of eating out.
Shop for Safety
Though you never intentionally purchase something harmful, bringing potentially unhealthy or dangerous home products into your life can have dire consequences. To safeguard yourself and your family, be sure to investigate items before buying and read reviews online. Not only will you avoid potentially unhealthy products, you’ll save money by not buying something you won’t use.
Buy in Bulk
When you head to the grocery store, check out the bulk section, particularly for seeds and nuts. Even if you don’t typically buy dry goods in bulk, you might be surprised by how much you can save with this approach to grocery shopping! In order to bulk-shop efficiently, Green Matters recommends bringing your own reusable containers — this will help you reduce plastic waste.
Start a Morning Routine
If you rush out the door in the morning, you might be tempted to stop for coffee and a sweet breakfast treat on your way to work. But by getting up with plenty of time to spare, and committing to a structured morning routine, you can save money and start your day with healthier choices. To make great coffee at home without spending big, Dial Up The Coffee recommends grinding your own beans and even making your own creamer!
Beginning your day with a yoga sequence can help your day get started right. You’ll be warmed up to take on whatever your day brings with a calm, positive mindset.
Check Out Meditation
One budget friendly way to improve your wellbeing is to begin a meditation practice. While the potential mental health benefits are well known, meditation also offers potential physical health benefits as well. Research indicates that meditation can improve sleep, improve heart health, and aid in managing chronic pain. You can even begin to benefit from meditating five minutes a day!
Walk or Bike When Possible
What if you don’t have a lot of time to work out? That doesn’t mean you can’t introduce more physical activity into your daily life. If you have any opportunities to replace driving with walking or biking, give it a try! For example, depending on where you live, you might be able to bike to work when the weather is nice. And if you drive while running errands, but you live close enough to your local grocery store, bank, or post office, switch to walking instead for a change of pace.
How to Monetize Your Habits
Healthy habits don’t just help you save money — sometimes, you even leverage your healthy lifestyle to make money! Many entrepreneurs make a great living in the wellness sector. Depending on where your health and fitness passions lie, you might be interested in teaching yoga classes at your very own studio, launching a retail store and selling sports equipment, or even creating a blog and implementing an affiliate marketing program.
No matter what type of business you want to start, you’ll need to market it effectively. Video marketing is one of the most effective ways to reach and engage your target audience. Video is highly engaging, shareable, and memorable. A well-made video will stick in people’s minds long after they’ve watched it.
If you’re creating a short video, you can use a free tool to edit and combine video to share with your target audience. However, if you want to get the most out of your video marketing, your best bet is to work with expert storyteller and videographer Andrea Sturdivant to promote your brand!
Sticking to healthy habits can enhance your quality of life and make it easier to save! Soon, you’ll see why living a healthy lifestyle is so beneficial for both your well-being and your wallet. Although it can take time for these habits to stick, you’ll be glad that you picked them up!