It’s no secret that medical care is a large part of the American family budget. As technologies and advances in medicine leap ahead at an astonishing rate, medical costs are skyrocketing right along with them.
Since there’s little we can do about the price of modern medicine, there are loads of things we can do to decrease our need for some of it.
Inexpensive and Healthy Food Options
We are what we eat may sound like an old cliche, but it’s as true a statement as has ever been made. Food is the fuel our bodies run on. If the fuel is poor, our body’s performance will reflect that. And while it’s true that often the foods that are the most affordable are also the least expensive and healthy foods are often more costly, that is an issue we can address right now.
● Shop Local. Visit your farmer’s markets and fresh fruit stands in your community for the freshest produce at a lower cost than your supermarket charges. You’re also putting money back into the local economy allowing the grower to produce more and lower their cost to you.
● When you can’t buy fresh, buy canned or frozen. Those foods are sealed at their peak freshness and stay that way until you open them. The produce in your grocery store was picked, then shipped to you, losing freshness and nutrients along the way.
● Purchase healthy foods with longer shelf life like canned tuna, beans, peanut butter, whole grain pasta, and oatmeal.
● Strengthen your immune system and optimize your health with high-quality supplements from SPX Nutrition!
Inexpensive Ways to Stay in Shape
The best way to keep your heart, mind, muscles, and bones healthy is to exercise for at least thirty minutes every day.
● Walking is certainly an inexpensive means of exercise that too many people discount as not really exercise. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. Fitness trackers can be found at all price ranges, but even the most inexpensive will measure your steps and heartbeat.
● Yoga and Tai Chi can be performed at home with little more than a mat and an instructional video. Yoga improves balance and increases strength and flexibility while also being a mood enhancer. Tai chi can help with cognition while improving strength, balance, and flexibility.
● Bike riding. While bikes can be expensive, they don’t have to be in order to provide a great all-body workout. Like walking, cycling for thirty minutes a day improves the health of your heart and muscles while giving you the fresh air and sunshine you need to maintain good health.
Earning Money With Fitness
You may want to turn your healthy lifestyle into a business, and that’s a pretty smart idea right now. The health and fitness business is one of the fastest-growing industries projected over the next ten years. Perhaps you’re good at fixing your bike and want to open your own repair shop or sell your own homegrown produce at your local farmer’s market. There are plenty of ways to create your own health and wellness business.
When starting your business, you’ll need to determine how to structure it, develop a marketing strategy, calculate costs, and figure out if you need funding. Learn more about the process and the steps involved with this start a business guide.
Getting and staying healthy can improve the quality of your life while saving you money. And by starting your own business, you can even earn money in the process!
Author: Sharon R.