11 Ways to Exercise and Be Healthy While Saving Money
Looking for ways to stay fit and healthy without breaking the bank? Here are 11 tips that will help you get in shape and save money. After all, staying healthy and fit doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, it can even save you money in the long run by avoiding future medical bills.
Here are 11 tips to exercise and be healthy without breaking the bank:
1. Workout at home
Skip the expensive gym membership and get fit at home with a couple of sets of dumbbells. With your sets of dumbbells, you can do a variety of exercises, including shoulder presses, curls, tricep extensions, push-ups, crunches, and lunges. If you are feeling fancy, purchase a cheap yoga mat for stretching, Pilates, or sit-ups. Now you have your own makeshift gym at home!
2. Try a workout program
Consider purchasing a reputable workout program like P90X which offers over a dozen different workouts without any gimmicks. If money is tight, search YouTube to see what you can find. There are plenty of free videos that offer the guidance and motivation you need to reach your fitness goals.
3. Avoid weight-loss food programs
You don't need expensive food programs like Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers to eat healthy. Instead, focus on eating whole, nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Figure out what works best for you and stick to it.
4. Eat out less
Restaurant portions are often too large and contain fatty ingredients like cheese, cream-based sauces, and butter. By cooking at home, you'll save money and have better control over what you eat. Get the whole family involved to make for a fun time creating the week’s menu at home!
5. Negotiate a gym membership
Gyms often have room for negotiation, so try to get a better deal on your membership. Don't be afraid to ask for a lower rate or to see if they offer discounts for students or seniors. It won’t hurt to just ask!
6. Get a dog
Owning a pet will encourage you to walk or jog regularly, which is great exercise. Plus, you'll have a loyal companion to keep you company on your workouts. What’s better than having a cuddle buddy and a workout buddy?
7. Don't spend money on supplements
While supplements may help you lose weight or build muscle quickly, it's easy to gain the weight back once you stop taking them. Focus on getting your nutrients from whole foods instead. Keep eating those leafy greens and whole grains to keep the weight off.
8. Get enough sleep
Make sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Adequate sleep is essential for good health, and it can even help you lose weight. Getting enough sleep can also reduce stress and improve your mood. It’s a win-win all around!
9. Eat a healthy breakfast
Foods like oatmeal and eggs, which are high in fiber and protein, are cheap and keep you feeling full until lunch. Skip the expensive cereal and breakfast bars and make your own healthy breakfast at home.
10. Shop at discount retailers
Look for affordable workout apparel and shoes at stores like Rack Room, Famous Footwear, and Marshalls. You don't need to spend a lot of money to look good while working out. Ultimately, your favorite t-shirt and pair of shorts will do just fine in the gym.
11. Buy a used bike:
Save money by purchasing a used bike on Facebook Marketplace or from a local bike shop. You may even be able to find someone who rebuilds bikes and can sell you one at a lower cost. Biking is a great and fun way to get exercise and explore your local area.
Boom! There you have it. 11 easy ways to exercise and be healthy while saving money. Remember, sometimes it’s easier to regulate the calories you take in, instead of having to burn them off later down the road. Here’s to the first step in your new healthy journey!
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