For most of us, it isn’t the thought of hard work which puts us off the idea of getting fit and healthy, but the cost we often associate with staying healthy in our mind. Gym memberships cost money, and, even if you don’t go the gym, equipment costs money. Buying supplements or the more luxurious, healthy food options in supermarkets seems to cost a lot of money. Gym gear seems to cost a lot of money. The whole thing can seem rather exclusive and deter people who are perhaps a little more frugal with their disposable income and don’t want to watch it all wash away.
Of course, losing weight and staying fit through a healthy diet and a more physically active lifestyle isn’t something which has to break the bank. You can save on both food and your preferred form of exercise for very little money and still do so properly. You don’t need to be forking out hundreds every month on the most expensive gym, equipment or food available for health fanatics. Here are some cheaper ways to get into the shape you’ve always wanted.
Smarter food shopping.
For some people, the weekly food shop at their local supermarket is what truly shoots them in the foot when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. The cheapest deals aren’t always the healthiest deals. Frozen or processed food often comes in tantalising packs of four or eight, but not all processed meats or bargain meal deals are working as many wonders for your body as they might be for your bank account. There are ways to be smarter about the food you buy in supermarkets when it comes to your health, and you don’t have to fork out a small fortune each week to do so.
Of course, perhaps you’re looking in the wrong place for your meals. You may love the processed meats you can get from the frozen aisle, but there’s no reason that you can’t get the same, if not better quality elsewhere. I know you can’t imagine living without your favourite meats, but your food shop doesn’t have to remain solely in the supermarket. You could try out a local market for a finer cut of beef or chicken. You’ll likely find that not only are these cheaper, but most local meat has endured none of the over-production seen in foods sold at the big supermarkets, so it’s much healthier. You could make some nice, homemade burgers and turn household cooking into an event, rather than the dull and repetitive act of pushing a button on your oven.
Walk down to your local market, whilst you’re at it, and that little bit of extra exercise will also add up to a healthier overall routine. Losing weight is all about the little things you do throughout the day, but it doesn’t have to drastically alter your life. You can still eat the same delicious food and actually spend less money. Of course, your health depends on ensuring the local food you consume is hygienic, because you might feel comforted by the safety afforded by processed “big brand” food products. You don’t need to buy the fancy stuff, however. You could use baking soda, for example, to clean your locally-sourced fruits and vegetables on a budget: http://thealternativedaily.com/ways-to-save-money-with-baking-soda/ The point is that you can buy the same food at a very cheap price and simply put in a little extra work to meet the standards often promised by organic, healthier products offered by big companies.
Vegetarianism can help you as well as animals.
You might already know that your current diet is the root of your weight problems, but it can be hard to know where else you should be looking for guidance. There are so many conflicting views about what people should be eating, but, despite what many opinionated people may say, there is no one answer to the “perfect diet”. Different people have different requirements depending on genetics and their body shape, but lifestyle also plays a huge part in what your body needs. One thing which is clear, however, is that vegetarianism poses huge health benefits for somebody struggling to reinvent their diet. I know you might be rolling your eyes right now, but you don’t have to be an animal activist to lead a vegetarian lifestyle. At the end of the day, you might pursue a meat-free diet because, despite the benefits of meat in terms of protein and other important nutrients, it’s something which should be consumed in moderation.
Unfortunately, in the modern age, we over-consume everything, and the story is no different when it comes to our food. Meat can provide health benefits when we view it as an occasional treat, which is how people use to treat it, but the mass market of meat production has changed that. Meat is now more accessible than ever, and many of us eat it in excess. You’ll be getting your protein, but you might also be suffering weight and other health problems. A vegetarian lifestyle could be a more fulfilling way of changing your diet, rather than simply trying to avoid all unhealthy foods in your life. Bean burgers, for example, are a delicious supplement for the real thing.
Of course, you don’t have to entirely give up meat. If you think you can resist the cravings and eat chicken or beef more sparingly, then you’ll still notice the health advantages in your daily life. You might shed a few pounds, save some money on expensive legs of lamb or chicken at the supermarket and, who knows, you might enjoy meat more on the occasions that you do eat it.
Swimming costs you nothing other than a bit of bravery and a healthy dose of common sense. Perhaps sports aren’t your thing, but swimming is a great way to stay in shape without physically exerting yourself too heavily; or, at least, you won’t feel so great a burn. The great thing about swimming is that the water supports your weight for you, creating a relatively relaxing experience whilst also offering you a great form of physical exercise. There’s a reason it appeals to people of all ages, and that’s because you’re never too old or too young to swim. There are plenty of free ways to get fit, and swimming is one of them. You don’t have to sign up for an expensive leisure centre; just find a lake or an attractive beach (preferably at a warmer time of year) in which the public is allowed to swim, and dive in.