All too often, I get the feeling that the world doesn’t want me to be healthy. Eating nutritious food is expensive and time consuming. Gym contracts cost far too much, and who has time to go to the gym anyway? It’s easy to justify eating fast food while sitting on the couch every night.
However, the uncomfortable truth is that, not only do these habits make us feel bad about ourselves, but they end up costing us money as well. The best health care is preventative, and not getting sick in the first place is ultimately far cheaper than dealing with medical care.
I’ve found some easy ways to get healthier without breaking the bank. Use the following 3 hacks.
Order meal kits
The best way to start eating healthier is to order an online meal delivery service. These services deliver all the ingredients you need for a healthy meal. They are prepped and ready for you to cook. The hard work has been done, and anyone can follow the easy instructions included with the meal.
You can order meal kits according to your preferences or dietary needs. There are options available based on various different diets. But importantly, they save you money in the long run. Rather than wasting money on unhealthy meals, or on ingredients that inevitably go to waste, you get exactly what is necessary for the meal and nothing more.
This also has the added benefit of saving you time spent shopping for groceries.
Work out at home
I held onto my gym contract for a long time, but not because I was using it. I always had the best intentions of going to the gym after work. But the more I put it off, the less likely I was to actually go. Eventually, I was paying my membership simply out of a warped sense of obligation.
Until I learned I could work out as effectively at home, that is. As long as you have a bit of space in a room in your home, you can find incredibly effective workout apps. Some of these apps, like Sworkit for example, don’t require any equipment at all. Others may require a small outlay on exercise bands or a yoga mat.
The best part is that you can do a ten minute workout and actually feel the difference. You’re saving both time and money, while making it all the more likely that you’ll keep to your goals.
Mindfulness may seem like a fad at the moment, but it is the best kind of fad. It can be incredibly useful when used properly, and will help you regain the balance you’re so sorely lacking. Mental health is crucial, and there are few better ways to keep your mind healthy than mindfulness.
Apps like Headspace and Calm give you mindfulness tools and courses for a low monthly price, which can be done in your home or office. A session can be as little as a few minutes long, and you will see the difference it makes.
All in all, you need to keep your mind and body in balance. It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.