If you’re interested in adopting a healthier lifestyle but have hesitated due to cost concerns, you may be excited to learn that you can live a healthy life without having to spend loads of cash. In fact, in some cases, living well could save you money! For instance, staying hydrated and getting exercise could prevent medical issues later on. These five simple ideas can help you get healthier while saving money anytime, anywhere.
- Enjoy Reduced Costs by Switching to a Healthier Lifestyle
First things first – what you may not realize is that switching to a healthier way of life could save you money, both now and over the long run. This means you may be able to reduce your spending just by making a few healthy lifestyle tweaks.
For example, when you’re in better health, you can enjoy lower health insurance premiums, and potentially lower life insurance premiums later on. Cooking fresh meals at home is usually significantly cheaper than eating out. Additionally, walking to work or riding your bike gives you a chance to exercise while cutting down on expenses!
- Ditch Gyms and Classes for Inexpensive, At-Home Workouts and Outdoor Time
According to one study, exercise can increase your lifespan and is key to a healthy lifestyle. If you’re currently spending oodles of money on gym subscriptions or courses, switch to at-home workouts instead. You could:
- Jog outdoors
- Do Pilates or yoga in your backyard
- Invest in free weights or a home treadmill
If you think you’re too busy to find time for fitness, you can go for walks during your lunch break or take the stairs at work instead of the elevator.
- Take Herbal Supplements
There are many herbal supplements that can improve your health. A daily multivitamin is a good place to start, as it can help to fill in any nutritional gaps. However, there are also specific supplements that can target specific health concerns. Here are a few more herbs that may be worth adding to your supplement regimen:
- Ginseng: Often taken to improve energy levels and stamina
- St. John’s Wort: Used to treat mild depression and anxiety
- Echinacea: Taken at the first sign of a cold or flu, may help to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms
- Green tea: Contains antioxidants that can protect cells from damage and may also boost metabolism
While herbal supplements can be beneficial, it’s important to talk to your doctor before starting any new supplement, as they can interact with medications you may be taking.
- Modify How You Cook, Grocery-Shop, and Eat for Lower Food Bills
Eating well is a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle, but one that can sometimes come with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, you can eat healthfully and cut your grocery bills by:
- Purchasing nonperishable items in bulk
- Swapping out some meat meals for vegetarian meals
- Starting a backyard vegetable garden and growing your own produce
- Purchasing produce that’s local and in season
- Find the Best Health Deals by Using Free Apps and Local Programs
Lastly, don’t forget you can take advantage of local programs, employers’ offers, and free phone apps to get access to special deals or low-cost services. For example, you could:
- Take exercise classes at the community center
- Download grocery couponing apps for your phone
- Join an employer’s wellness program at work
Living a well-rounded, enjoyable, and healthy lifestyle doesn’t need to cost you barrels of money. In fact, you may be able to save money by living a healthier life! With these five simple ideas, you can keep more cash in your wallet while improving your overall wellness every day.
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Summer Goodness: Making use of the sun for the best tea!
I’m a huge fan of sun teas, any tea can be sun tea or cold brew. I am particularly fond of Mountain Rose Herb’s Hibiscus High blend, its beautiful, and natural, with ingredients like organic hibiscus, lemongrass, spearmint, orange peel, rose petals, rosehips, and honeybush. It’s sweet but not overly so, and I never add sugar or honey (unless I have a sore throat). I like to pair it with one part of a black tea – almost any black tea will do but I try to be sure it’s also organic.
In a two-quart mason jar, put three parts of Hibiscus High tea with one part of black tea. Put cold water to the rim, put a ring and seal or a plastic screw-on lid, and set in the sun for several hours. I’m a big fan of the plastic mason jar lids which you can find anywhere. I also like Snarky Tea’s cold brew system which is a filter, but there are many others like this one that uses a lid and infuser system.
- For an adult version, I like to pour the finished tea over ice, add your spirit of choice (try pre-made margaritas for a nice limey kick) and finish with tonic.
- Add muddled fresh strawberries or other fruit (like blueberries or cherries) and steep until done.
- If you’re like me, only brew two quarts at a time so none is wasted in the fridge, because while it will keep for several days, it’s at its best when it’s freshest.
- Top your finished drink (either spiked or not) with fresh basil leaves. This adds a beautiful aromatic element to the tea.
Take advantage of the bounty of Summer and enjoy your favorite sun tea!
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When I was out in Colorado visiting family I mistook the intensity of the sun and the heat and collapsed on the Eagle Rock Shelter Trail in the high desert in between Hotchkiss and Delta Colorado. I was fascinated by the contrast between the lushness near the Gunnison River and the desert in the Delta region and was having fun taking pictures. I had only been clear from Covid for a week, not at all ready for a hiking trip! Note to self, you are not 20 years old anymore – no more assuming you can handle it!
At any rate, a rescue off the trail, an ambulance to Delta Hospital, and recovering now for a week at home, and I’m still wiped out and exhausted. I’m told it could last for weeks – and that I had pushed my Covid recovery back by getting the heat stroke. (Not surprising by the way I feel).
This is a reminder to HYDRATE in the heat! Drink electrolytes if you plan on being out in the sun, use sunscreen, and wear a hat! Don’t do what I did and overestimate your response to the heat.
Be Careful out there!