How often have you said that you want to start eating more healthy food options and start to begin exercising regularly? Have you decided that it just isn’t possible because you are living on such a tight budget each and every month? Healthy living on a budget can be done. It just needs a little more thought, planning and sometimes just a little innovation.
So if you keep saying that you would really like to lose some fat and get fitter and healthier. But keep using the excuse that you just cannot afford to embark on that type of lifestyle. It is time to realise that you can start on your journey towards your ideal body. Even if you have to watch what you spend each month.
You don’t need to buy an expensive gym membership or spend an absolute fortune on your monthly food bill. But, you do have to think about the type of foods that you buy. Plan how you are going to do your shopping. Along with planning your weeks meals in advance. For your exercise needs you can use all sorts of ways to get fit that are free. Plus if think outside the box a little you can adapt so many different things to help you reach your strength goals.
Here are a few tips and tricks that I’ve used to help you on your way and I bet once you get started you will think of some more great ways and ideas of your own…
Shopping When Healthy Eating On A Budget
Your first step is to stop loading up with cheap processed food and junk food that has very little nutritional value. Plus it is no good whatsoever for reducing your waistline. There are so many ‘value for money’ food sources available that are a great source of nutrition. You just have to take the time to look around and make the right choices.
If you plan your weekly meals ahead and then just buy those ingredients. You can then prepare your own packed lunches, snacks and dinners rather than eating out, buying a take-away or convenience meals. Which means you will not only be able to make healthier meals but will also save a fortune.
Look For Deals!
When you go to the supermarket be on the constant look out for deals. As they will often do ‘two for the price of one’ or ‘buy two get one free’ on items. Also look in the fresh section for when they have reduced items to sell that day. Often if you buy a bigger size than you normally need that can also work out cheaper. Just make sure if you are buying fresh items that you can either use them or freeze them for later use, so you don’t end up buying things that just go to waste.
Choose Inexpensive yet Nutritional foods
I am almost constantly watching what I spend each month and here are some of the ‘value for money’ healthier food choices that I always buy.
Eggs – a great cheap source of protein.
Chicken breasts – I normally buy 2kg of frozen chicken breasts, separate them when I get home and put them back on the freezer in individual bags.
Tins of Tuna and tins of Mackerel or Sardines – awesome for protein and omega 3
Peanut Butter – I absolutely love crunchy peanut butter and it is a great source of protein and healthy fats.
Whey Protein Powder – You can get some really good deals on whey protein powder if you look online. This is ideal to add extra protein to your healthy smoothies or when you are making things like pancakes and healthy snacks.
Red Kidney beans – These are a great source of fibre, carbohydrates and protein. I always buy dried as they are a fraction of the price of tinned. They do take time to prepare properly but I normally do a big batch and then use a large portion of them to make chilli or bean burgers to stick in the freezer.
Watermelon – I normally buy a whole one and cut half of it into pieces and then freeze some for my smoothies.
Bananas – you can keep them fresh for longer by putting in resealable bags in the salad draw, they can also be frozen and used for healthy smoothies or for cooking with later.
Red, Green and Yellow Peppers – Peppers are great as you buy them fresh and just de-seed and chop them into pieces. They don’t need any prep before freezing so just put them in a freezer bag for when you need them.
Cabbage – Just chop into pieces and put into a resealable bag in the salad draw it will stay fresh and crunchy all week long as is great alternative to lettuce.
Carrots – Just keep in a resealable bag in the salad draw. I also often make a bag of chopped cabbage, grated carrots, red onions and garlic to add to my lunchtime wraps.
Onions and Garlic – If you keep them in a mesh laundry bag in a cool dry place they will stay fresh longer.
Broccoli, Spinach & Bok Choy – Blanch and put in a freezer bag for when you need them for meals or smoothies.
Sweet Potatoes – Cheap, full of fibre and great source of vitamin A.
Rolled Oats, Brown Rice and Wholemeal bread – These are all full of nutrition and great sources of fibre. Plus these choices will also keep you fuller a lot longer so you are not constantly hungry.
These choices should give you an idea on the things to look for when you go shopping so that you can start healthy living on a budget.
Exercising On A Budget
You don’t need to spend a huge amount of money on an expensive gym membership. As there are many ways to get fit that cost very little or nothing at all. If you do have your heart set on joining a gym then wait until they do a special promotion. You can then often get at least a third off the price. Though, you really are better investing in some home workout equipment as you only have to fork out for it once.
If you want to do a cardio workout then you can go for a walk, a run or go hiking. Alternatively if you have a bike or can borrow one then go cycling. Or if you prefer to some cardio exercise in the privacy of your home then run up and down the stairs or buy a cheap skipping rope. Alternatively watch one of the many free online fitness workouts available. Or just put on some of your favourite music and dance like a crazy woman for 30 minutes. There are so many different options to start exercising and healthy living on a budget if you think outside the box.
If you want to do strength training you can start with body weight exercises. You could even go to the play area in the park first thing in the morning before the children get there and use the climbing frames to do some exercises on. Often you can pick up dumbbells, kettlebells and other home workout equipment fairly cheaply if you look online.
If you don’t want to buy anything then you have to look around your home environment for things that you can adapt and use as weights. Nearly everyone has some books in the house – if you put a few of them together the weight can add up. Other things you can use are tins of food, bags of rice, sacks of potatoes, containers of flour, bottles of water or detergent. You can even fill up bags with pebbles or just use some rocks in the garden.
Also if you have any four legged kids their pet food comes in all sorts of sizes, I often have 20kg of dog biscuits in my house! 🙂 As you can see the ways you can exercise are numerous and you can quite easily find things to use as weights in your training. You just might have to be a little innovative…
Healthy Living, Eating & Exercise On A Budget Just Needs Planning & Innovation
I hope that this post has motivated you and provided some useful new tips and ideas on how you can start healthy living on a budget. So now it’s time to get off the sofa and start on your personal journey to a fitter, healthier lifestyle. If you have any comments or any great ideas of your own that you would like to share please do as I would to read them…