You Don’t Have To Go Broke To Get Healthy
Health is not something exclusive to those making $100,000-plus per year. And while these high rollers can afford things like $100 yoga pants and a pricey gym membership, the truth is that most of us can’t. Thankfully, you don’t have to take out a second mortgage or miss your monthly rent payment to stay on top of health and fitness. Check out these ideas brought to you by Your Financial Freedom Journey:
Apps to the Rescue
One of the easiest ways to keep yourself on track is to invest in a smartwatch and then download compatible apps. Inc. points out that one of the most popular of these is the Apple Watch. Most versions of this fitness tracker have a heart rate sensor and can easily track your movements each day. Perhaps more importantly, many smartwatches are compatible with useful low-cost (and sometimes free) fitness apps, including:
- Daily Yoga. Yoga is a form of exercise that’s available to everyone. Even if you’ve never worked out a day in your life, there is a yoga routine for you. Daily Yoga is an app that brings the asanas straight to your device.
- Sworkit. This workout-building app allows you to customize your activity based on your interests and needs. The app is free, but, according to Tech Times, you have to pay for a subscription to save multiple workouts.
- Freeletics. Artificial intelligence is making its mark in the fitness world through Freeletics. An app designed for those who want digital coaching, nutrition guidance, and access to informational blogs, Freeletics also links up to a website where you can purchase affordable and functional fitness gear.
- Runkeeper. With a tagline of “Everyone. Every Run.” it’s easy to see why more than 50 million runners have downloaded the RunKeeper app. Through the app, you can quickly track your walk, run, or hike. You can see how long it took you to complete a specific course and then set goals for yourself.
If you can’t swing a fitness tracker that can run apps or you hate wearing a wristband, you have options. There are plenty of videos you can stream for any workout under the sun, you just need to have the internet capabilities for it. You can stream from just about anywhere nowadays!
Other Ways to Save on Health
Technology is wonderful, and having access to apps has made it easier for millions of Americans to reclaim their health. But, ultimately, it takes common sense, hard work, and dedication to enjoy a healthy lifestyle on a budget.
One simple thing you can do every day to improve your overall well-being is to take multivitamins. By supplementing your nutritional intake, you give yourself more energy and can offset the effects of soil depletion — when food does not contain enough nutrients because of over-farming, as UC Berkeley explains. The right blend of vitamins might improve gut health, protect you from free radicals, and elevate your overall mood. You’ll also want to cook most meals at home since it is much cheaper to prepare food ahead than it is to hit the salad bar for lunch every day.
Something else to consider is socialization. Since your mental health is just as important as your physical health, spending time with people you care about can go a long way toward keeping you healthy, or at least it can motivate you to take care of yourself. You can even combine socialization with exercise by joining a walking club or community recreation center.
It’s easy to get caught up in expensive health trends, but you don’t have to spend your entire paycheck to stay healthy. Simple things, like downloading apps to your smartwatch and taking a walk with a friend, can put you on the right track, without wreaking havoc on your bank account.