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Feature Friday: 3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Stay Healthy on a Budget by Jennifer McGregor

Hey hey Thrifters!

I hope you all are staying in doors and staying safe. This Coronavirus pandemic is no joke. I've been staying in as much as possible. I work from home and I only go outside to go grocery shopping for essential items. In this time our health is super important. We need to be taking care of our bodies by eating right, taking our vitamins and still working out in the house. Today for feature Friday I’m featuring Jennifer McGregor founder of Public Health Library. She is sharing some helpful tips on how to stay and maintain your health on budget. Enjoy this great bog post from Jennifer!

3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Get Healthy Without Making a Huge Dent on Your Budget

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As humans, we want nothing more than to have a life well-lived. While there’s more than one way to realize such a goal, there’s little doubt that it all starts with a healthy body. Not only is it the key to longevity, but being healthy opens up countless opportunities to better enjoy all the wonderful things that life can offer.

There are, of course, plenty of things you can do in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. But at the most fundamental level, it all boils down to regular physical activity, consuming the right food, and making choices that serve not just your body, but your mind, too. So without further ado, here are some of the most effective—not to mention, cost-effective—health strategies that you can easily squeeze into your life.

Invest in motivation.

While the benefits of pursuing healthy habits are well-known, putting them into motion can be easier said than done. Indeed, most people need to be sufficiently motivated to make important lifestyle tweaks, such as starting an exercise routine and actually sticking to it long term.

No doubt, one of the best ways to keep yourself motivated and accountable is by investing in gear and tools that will push you to work on your fitness goals, as well as keep you on top of your progress. For instance, wearable tech like smartwatches easily let you track your heart rate, the calories you’ve burned, and a lot more. Best of all, these need not be hefty investments, as long as you do your due diligence and search for deals on fitness trackers from Apple, Fitbit, Samsung, etc.

Get creative.

Still on the subject of exercise, the first thing that inevitably comes to mind is the cost of gym or fitness studio memberships. While these can be worthwhile investments to your health, know that there are, in fact, other ways to get fit without the overhead. You just need to really get creative.

When the sun is shining and the weather is great, why not go outside and run or hike or cycle? Not only is this a great way to get some cardio in, but you also get the full benefit of the great outdoors—fresh air and all—for free.

But outdoor exercise is not your thing or weather conditions are less than stellar, you can also explore at-home workouts that are no less effective. The internet has a treasure trove of free workout videos, which you can easily stream on your devices. There are even fitness apps you can download for free—or at the very least, a small fee—that create daily workout and diet plans for you, essentially giving you a fitness coach that you can take anywhere with you.

Wherever you choose to exercise, you can save on activewear by shopping online at large retailers like Old Navy. You can earn Old Navy cash back on your purchases and save even more through coupons and promo codes.

Make mindful choices.

And speaking of diet, it’s been said that adopting a good diet is a lot harder than sticking to an exercise routine. However, when it comes to losing weight and getting healthy, it’s a well-known fact that nutrition wins over exercise any day.

Needless to say, if you really want to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle, you really need to pay more attention to what you’re eating and drinking. While this may seem difficult in light of your busy schedule and budget, in truth, healthy eating is fundamentally just being mindful of what you eat. Making good diet choices entails eschewing processed foods that are high in sugar, cholesterol, and sodium in favor of healthier options that are rich in nutrients. Moreover, it can be inexpensive when you choose to make your own meals, plan your grocery list around what you will inevitably consume, and avoid buying junk food. One way to save is to cook some of your favorite dishes with canned vegetables you already have on hand. Delicious recipes include salmon and white beans and black bean burgers.

Suffice it to say, the pursuit of good health and, by extension, a good life will demand strategic lifestyle changes that will challenge you. So don’t lose sight of your goals and your motivations as you consider these wallet-friendly measures because if you stick it out long enough, your newfound healthy habits will become second nature before you even realize it.

Thank you so much Jennifer for sharing strategies for us to live a healthy fabulous life on a budget. To learn more about Jennifer go to PublicHealthLibrary.org for more dets!

Until next time Thrifters!

XO,

Patrice

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