In the spirit of the impending spring time weather approaching, it is important to think about how you can balance your finances and your health. If you are attending college, working, and trying to balance family life at the same time, it can be hard to keep healthy habits. In addition, many people feel that it costs a considerable amount of money to stay healthy. If you follow some of the tips below, your health and your bank account may enjoy the results!
- Partake in free exercise. Gyms and special training classes are a great way to stay healthy, but they also come with a fee. There are so many options out there for free exercise. Taking a walk with your dog or children, always choosing steps over an elevator, and doing floor exercises are just a few of the ways you can stay active without monetary cost.
- Buy food in bulk and prep your meals. Meal prepping not only makes you more conscious about what you are putting into your body, but if you can sacrifice a little time over the weekend to do it, you can save the time throughout the week that it would take to prepare food. Healthy alternatives do not have to be extremely expensive. Compare prices at your local grocery stores to make sure you are getting the best quality food at the best value.
- Find an inexpensive hobby to reduce stress. Stress can silently have very damaging effects on the human body. Everyone has different ways to reduce stress, and there are an infinite amount of options to consider. If you are a book fan, check out some books at your local library. If you enjoy physical activity, go on a run. Reducing stress is essential to a happy and healthy life. Do not let it take you over.
- Do not make excuses. The biggest hurdle many people have to overcome on their quest to getting healthy is themselves. Do not allow yourself to say “I am too tired” or “I do not have any time to do this.” It takes a lot of discipline and determination, physically, emotionally, and financially, to obtain and maintain good health.
Finances and health tie into each other more than many people think. It does cost money to remain healthy. However, you can mitigate the severity of those costs by following some of the tips above. All in all, if you do not have good health, you are not going to have much in this life. Strive to be financially and physically fit!
By Ryan Laspina
Senior Specialist, Red Flags and External Reviews at APUS