Posted on Jan 30, 2023, 8 a.m.
Many people think that living a healthy lifestyle is expensive. And if you believe that good health comes in the form of prepackaged salads, pricey supplements, and gym memberships, you might be right. But leading a natural, well-balanced lifestyle based on exercise, whole foods, and minimalism is surprisingly affordable. In fact, there are countless ways to save money – and even make money – by embracing healthier lifestyle habits! Today, we have a few suggestions to get you started.
Making Healthy Choices to Save Money
Rather than focusing on how you can reduce the cost of healthy living, think about how healthy living in itself can help you save money. For example, by taking care of your health, you may be able to reduce your health insurance premiums, minimize future trips to the doctor, and avoid conditions that require expensive treatments or prescription medications. By cooking at home instead of eating out, you’ll cut your spending on food significantly. By walking or biking where you need to go, you’ll spend less money on gas and ridesharing services. I have managed to reign in my spending with these healthy lifestyle changes, and you can too.
The Business of Health
If you really want your healthy habits to pay off in the monetary sense, you could even turn your passion into a health-focused business. You could start an affiliate marketing wellness blog, open a local yoga studio, or sell fitness gear online. Choose a business idea based on your biggest wellness passion.
Just be sure to set your business up properly from the beginning. The last thing you want is for unnecessary business stress to derail your health goals! One option that is gaining popularity among entrepreneurs is forming an LLC. This structure has several key benefits for businesses, including greater flexibility, less tax liability, and protection of your personal assets. An easy and affordable way to create an LLC in Illinois is to use a formation service.
You don’t need to join a gym to enjoy the benefits of regular exercise. There are plenty of free fitness opportunities out there! You could go for a run, head out on a hike, drop into a community fitness class, or join a local fitness group in your neighborhood. Or, if you’d rather exercise in the comfort of your own home, try following along with online bodyweight workout videos or Pilates classes in your living room.
Keep a Clean and Healthy Home
Keeping a clean and healthy home is something that every family should strive for. Not only does it reduce stress and improve clarity, but it also helps protect against dust, germs, and other airborne particles that can affect our respiratory health.
Dusting is a great way to keep those pesky particles away, with the added bonus of making surfaces shine. Vacuuming afterward without the dust in the air helps keep dirt and allergens out of the air we breathe in, so make sure you don't skip this important step! By regularly cleaning and maintaining your home with a combination of dusting and vacuuming, you're doing more than just making your space look nice; you're also ensuring that it's as healthy as possible for everyone living there.
Find Joy in Cooking
Eating healthy meals doesn’t have to be expensive either. Learn to enjoy cooking for yourself and creating nourishing meals with whole ingredients. Becoming Minimalist suggests starting with recipes you love so that you can learn how to prepare meals you already enjoy eating. When you sit down to enjoy a healthy meal you just prepared, be mindful of everything that went into it and appreciate the nutritious ingredients in front of you.
The key to cooking healthy meals at home lies in picking affordable ingredients. Steer clear of pre-packaged items. Supplement your meat intake with other forms of protein like legumes and nuts. You can buy healthy non-perishable pantry staples in bulk and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables when they’re in season. If you have a yard or a balcony, you could even grow some of your own food to further reduce the amount you spend on groceries.
Healthy living is not reserved for the rich. The key is to take a simple approach to wellness instead of overcomplicating health with fancy gadgets and expensive diet plans. You can enjoy good health and well-being on any budget, and you can even turn your healthy habits into a new business!
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This article was written for WHN by Scott Sanders who is the creator of Cancer Well, which provides resources and support for anyone who has been affected by any form of cancer. He is also the author of the book Put Yourself First: A Guide to Self-care and Spiritual Wellness During and After Cancer Treatment.
As with anything you read on the internet, this article should not be construed as medical advice; please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before changing your wellness routine. This article is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis, recommendation, treatment, or endorsement.
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