5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Boost Your Health, Fitness, and Happiness

5 Ways to Boost HealthToday’s post is a guest post from my friend Jennifer McGregor.  She offers really good, sound advice in this article. Check it out!  And a big thanks to Jennifer for her work!

Are you searching for ways to improve your health without increasing your budget? Well, you are in luck! Taking control of your health and well-being doesn’t have to mean putting a major dent in your finances. Consider using a few savings-savvy tips, like the ones below, to cut costs on all of your health and wellness needs. 

Look for the Latest Deals on Health Devices 

You may want to pick up a few gadgets and devices to help track your fitness routines and achieve your new health and wellness goals. Whether you need to purchase a fitness tracker or smartwatch, you can start your shopping trip by purchasing pre-owned options. You can use that cash to invest in even more health and fitness tech, such as a running watch with GPS capabilities or a pair of waterproof bluetooth headphones.

Invest in Some Simple Home Gym Equipment 

If you want to look and feel your best, you have to commit to regular workouts. Squeezing those workouts into a tight schedule can be stressful, though, and squeezing gym membership fees into a tight budget can be even more challenging. Luckily, creating a home gym, can solve both of these fitness dilemmas and motivate you to get moving every day. You don’t need fancy exercise bikes or weight lifting equipment in order to get fit at home either, so don’t worry about spending a fortune on these products. You just need a few simple pieces of equipment, like an exercise mat, free weights, and maybe some online exercise videos, to work out at home. If you need a new pair of sneakers, you can save at stores like Nike and Finish Line  by using online promo codes and coupons through sites like Rakuten.

Prep Budget-Friendly Snacks & Meals at Home 

Another simple yet effective way to stick to health and wellness goals, without stressing over expenses, is to eat more meals at home. By prepping meals for you, and your family, you can control portions for healthy weight loss as well as save on food costs.  Meal prep can also help busy individuals and families avoid turning to fast food and processed fare, so think about designating a few hours on Sundays as your meal and snack prep time. In addition to using what you have and stocking up on pantry essentials, you can also keep meal prep costs low by searching deal websites for savings on food containers and groceries. 

De-Stress Daily With Free Meditation Apps 

Do you know the differences between eustress and distress? Well, changing your perceptions around whether stress is good or bad can help you save a lot of tension in your life. Because some stress, such as the excitement you feel when you are working towards your new health goals, can actually be a positive influence on your life. It’s only when stress becomes chronic or overwhelming that it can have more serious impacts on your health and well-being. So if you feel like you have too much negative stress in your life, or if you just feel overwhelmed, you should think about downloading affordable meditation apps to soothe those feelings of tension. 

Take Advantage of Insurance Benefits 

Managing mental health is just as important as maintaining physical well-being. Still, all too many people do not take their mental health seriously when they create new health and wellness goals. That could be due to a lack of understanding the connection between mental health and physical health, or it could be due to fears about the cost of care. If you have health insurance, however, your plan may provide mental health coverage that can help you take advantage of essential mental health services, like counseling, at little or no cost to you. Keep in mind that if you’re a senior, Medicare Part B will cover up to 80 percent of the cost of counseling services. 

Taking care of your health can result in priceless benefits for your body, your brain, and your overall sense of well-being. So don’t let cost deter you from getting into better shape and taking better care of your physical and mental health. You’ve got this and you deserve this!

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