Sunday, May 20, 2012

3 Ways To Save Money and Improve Your Health

Today's post is by Tonya Vrba: She's is a passionate writer. Her work has been published in newspapers and blogs. She writes frequently about health, careers, top dating sites, books reviews and college. Learn more about her work at her personal website

What's Your Excuse?

There is always a reason to avoid paying attention to your health. After all, we are busy people. So many things that take priority over our health, but fast forward a few decades and where will you be?
Will you suffer from cancer because you never bothered to check the food labels on what you were buying?
Will every movement be slow and painful?
You don't have to sit by and let health happen to you. Take control and be an active participant in your health. If money is your main concern, there are some simple, frugal ways to attend to your health.

Run outside.
Gym memberships can be very expensive.  Don't let that stop you from addressing your health needs. We all need at least 30 minutes of cardio a day. Depending on your fitness level, you may want to start out at a walking or jogging pace. Eventually, you should get yourself to the point where you can run outside.
Don't worry about the exercise clothes. Just wear cheap comfy shorts and an old t-shirt. Invest in some good running shoes which usually cost between 40 and 60 dollars. That's not a small sum of money, but you will more than make up for it by avoiding the gym memberships and machines. Explore your neighborhood in a new way

Invest in cheap workout equipment.
What comes to mind when you think of working out? Most of us probably imagine someone lifting weights, or running on a machine. There are some really great ways to work out at home without dealing with the expense of these items. 
A resistance band, for example, can be bought at most athletic stores for under 20 dollars. They come in various levels to fit your current strength. Many also come with a booklet or paper printed with workout routines. These are great for an upper body workout and you don't even have to travel anywhere to use them!
Be aware of your food.

We all know that much of our food is filled with chemicals that are bad for us. For some, it's simply daunting to try to remember all the ingredients to avoid. Don't look at it that way.
Instead, think of all the foods you can eat that are healthy.  Pay attention to the nutritional information: especially calories, sodium, sugar and saturated fat. Sometimes it may be healthier to choose an option that has more calories but less sodium and sugar. To get fresh food even cheaper (and healthier) find a farmer's market near you.
So, where is the savings in buying food? The savings comes years down the road when you are not paying for large medical bills and suffering from a body that wasn't taken care of. You can't prevent everything, but you can make sure that you are strong enough to survive whatever life throws at you. The more you can pay attention to what you put in your body, the more likely you will avoid large medical bills in the future.

I know how hard it can be to find time and money to focus on health. The truth is, there will always be an excuse to dismiss fitness.
Your health is just as important as your job, family and bank account. Small things, like taking time to work out and spending just a little more on food will pay off in the end. The real secret to being frugal about your health is to do everything in your power to avoid conditions that will result in high hospital bills. 

Save money; take care of yourself.


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