Living Healthy Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive – Here’s How To Make Healthy Living Work for You
If you’re familiar with several news reports and studies that cite income as a barrier to an adequate diet, you may be of the firm conviction that a healthy lifestyle is altogether out of reach for most Americans — including yourself. Yet, using money (or lack thereof) as an excuse to not take care of yourself is unacceptable. The truth is that anyone — rich or poor — has the capacity to make, and follow through with, healthy lifestyle choices. Before you scoff at this assertion, consider these ways you can save money by simply being healthy, presented by National Recruiters.
Make Your Own Meals
Americans eat out a lot. Per one report, 75% of Americans eat out at least once a week, and 25% eat out every two to three days. At $2,700, restaurant costs account for nearly one-half of the average household food budget.
The thing about eating out is, it’s not healthy for you. One extensive study found that most food choices people make at restaurants are “poor.” Less than 1% of diners ordered meals that, nutritionally speaking, were “ideal.”
Comparatively, you can make a nutrient-rich meal at home for as little as $3. The average cost of a commercially-prepared meal, however, is $13. Given this information, it’s hard to stand by the assertion that healthy eating is for the rich. Rather, if you simply make food yourself, you’re doing your body and your wallet a favor.
If you really want to go above and beyond, consider growing your own food. At the very least, purchase nonperishables in bulk, buy in-season produce, and consume less meat.
Choose to Walk
Walking is one of the best things you can do for your health, the health of the planet, and your financial well-being. By walking or biking instead of driving, you can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and other ailments. You can also help tame your anxiety, reduce depressive symptoms and boost your immune system. All of these benefits equate to reduced health insurance costs and a better quality of life.
Then there are the money savings to consider. By walking, you can save money on gas, parking, and maintenance costs, all of which can quickly add up.
Keep Your Home Clean
A clean home is important for a number of reasons. First of all, it creates a more pleasant living environment. When your home is clean, it’s more inviting to friends and family and can help you relax after a long day. Secondly, a clean home is a sign of good hygiene. By keeping your home clean, you can help to prevent the spread of germs and illness. Finally, a tidy home can also be safer. Clutter and debris can create trip hazards, and dust can build up on surfaces and lead to respiratory problems. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be a chore; there are many products that can help keep your home clean, fresh, and allergen-free. A good vacuum, for example, can make keeping your floors clean much, much easier. However, be sure to use websites like Safe Smart Family to help you find which products are worth your money — and which you should leave on the shelf.
Take Advantage of Available Resources
If you work for one of the three-quarters of employers that offers some sort of wellness program, count yourself lucky. Wellness programs help with everything from smoking cessation to weight loss. Because of their effectiveness, many employers reduce the cost of health benefits for employees who join them. So, not only do you improve your health by participating in employer-sponsored programs but also, you can save money.
Other resources to take advantage of include free outdoor activities, the great outdoors in general, and the internet. Download free health apps that can help you track your progress and store all your health info in one place. Via these apps, you can access important files on the go. Better yet, because many of these apps save files as PDFs, you won’t need Wi-Fi to do so. Check out these photo-to-PDF conversion steps to see how easy it can be.
Monetize Your Efforts
Finally, look for ways to make money off your efforts. From opening a yoga studio to developing a health app, there are dozens of ways you can monetize your healthy lifestyle. Be sure, though, to develop a business plan that thoroughly details your services, your business structure, the funding you will need, and financial projections.
You can also create a healthy lifestyle blog and monetize the content; this way, you can chronicle your journey and make a little money at the same time! A good way to help spread the word about your blog or video journal is to create memes that people can share with friends. Many people have found success after a viral post, and a meme can certainly help increase your odds. Look for a type of meme maker app that allows you to customize the graphics and text to suit your blog or business. Who knows? Your memes could be just the thing you need to help get some eyes on your healthy new venture!
Living healthy does not have to be expensive. In fact, if you follow the few tips above, improve your health outcomes and actually save money in the process.
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