It’s resolution season, and many of us use the start of a new year to try and be healthier. Sometimes, when you make changes to your lifestyle, there’s a cost involved, but you don’t always need to spend more to be healthier. This is a collaborative post and may contain affiliate links. Do come back to check out my post on Frugal Hobbies and Activities that you can start now too.
Here are some of the best budget-friendly ways you can start working on better health now.
Cutting the cost of grocery shopping to improve your health
It is true that some healthier foods cost more than fast food and ready meals, but there are ways of eating well without breaking the bank.
- Shop around for fresh fruit and vegetables, as the cost of individual items and multipacks varies hugely.
- Look out for offers on healthy products and don’t be afraid to buy frozen.
- If you shop towards the end of the day, you can often pick up bargains, and it’s also worth stocking up on items that are approaching the best before date if they can be frozen.
- Use vouchers and coupons
- and if you tend to lose control and add to your list as you go to the supermarket, shop online so you won’t be tempted by promotions on foods that you don’t actually need.
Being healthier at work
Did you know that in the UK alone, more than 28 million working days are lost to illness and injury each year? Here are some tips for you to avoid that:
- When you’re at work, take the time and effort to prioritize your health.
- If you’re provided with safety equipment, or you use machinery or tools, make sure you adhere to safety guidelines.
- Sometimes, accidents are impossible to avoid, but if you are injured, and you’re not at fault, you have the right to contact a personal injury lawyer.
- It’s worth noting that if you are at fault, for example, you weren’t following protocol or using the equipment you have been provided with, you wouldn’t have a viable injury claim.
- Be aware of the risks associated with your job. You may think your office job is completely harmless, but back pain is the most common type of work-related illness.
- Focus on your posture
- Take regular breaks and talk to your boss if the chair you use doesn’t provide sufficient support for your spine.
- Always pay attention to health and safety warnings and instructions. It may not be the most enthralling subject matter, but rules and regulations are there to protect you.
Moving more to Improve Your Health
If you want to get fit, you don’t have to pay a fortune for a gym membership. A good example in point is that my friend Sofia is a fitness coach and told me just yesterday that when she is at her computer desk at home, she actually sits on one of those exercise balls so that it keeps her spine moving gently and it also helps with her posture! I thought that was a really neat idea! Here are some other ideas for you:
- You can follow workouts online
- Buy a fitness DVD
- Or go jogging, swimming or hiking for a very small fee.
- It’s also worth looking into pay as you go classes and workouts if you do prefer training at the gym.
- You can also make simple changes to your lifestyle to be more active on a budget.
- Walking or cycling to work will save petrol money and you’ll burn more calories by using the stairs rather than the lift.
- Go out and enjoy the free sunshine when you can. This helps you to burn calories and get in Vitamin D
If you’re keen to embrace healthy living without splashing the cash, it is possible to get in shape, steer clear of accidents and injuries at work and eat well on a budget.
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