With the growing awareness of the negative impact a sedentary, stressful modern life can have, many people are looking for ways to live a healthier lifestyle. However, with the proliferous lifestyle Instagrammers and expensive health brands on the market, it’s easy to believe that a healthy lifestyle is only possible for the wealthy. This is not the case – everyone has the right to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life. To help you out, here are three top tips for leading a healthy lifestyle on a budget.
- Build exercise into your daily routine
Like most things, exercise is subject to trends – there’s nothing more quintessentially 80s than a Jane Fonda aerobics video, for instance. The current fitness trends include High Intensity Interval Training and yoga, and you might be tempted to join a gym to try them all. However, a gym membership can quickly become another pricey outgoing, especially if you are not at the gym every day to get your money’s worth. Though the huge choice of fitness regimes and gym costs can soon become overwhelming, it’s important to keep one thing in mind: your body really just needs 30 minutes of mid-intensity exercise per day. To keep things affordable and simple, try working this into your daily routine; for instance, a half-hour dog walk in the evening, or using tinned goods as weights as part of a YouTube workout video.
- Cook food from scratch using fresh ingredients
There are many different recipes available aimed at providing a healthy diet, and you might be tempted to follow a specific diet such as veganism for both health and ethical reasons. However, you might find that a lot of these recipes cook with specific ingredients that are both difficult to get hold of and expensive. Learn to work around a recipe, substituting ingredients with what you have available, and cook as many as your meals as you can from scratch, using fresh, seasonal ingredients that are often cheaper than imports. Additionally, seek out special offers, such as Athletic Greens Coupons, if you would like to give your meals an added health boost with a food supplement.
- Meditate at home
The importance of mental health for overall health and wellbeing has become clearer over the past few years. One popular way of achieving this is by practicing mindfulness and meditating. Fortunately, this is something that you can do with minimal equipment in the privacy of your own home. Build a regular meditation session into your routine, either when you wake up or as part of your bedtime routine. Eliminate as many environmental distractions as possible, by closing your curtains, for example, and sit with your eyes closed and focus on clearing your mind and regulating your breathing. If you are new to meditation, it might help you to download an app to guide your sessions. The Head space app has a free version that teaches you the essentials of mindfulness and meditation.