10 Easy Frugal Ways to Get Healthy and Stay Healthy

Here are some ideas on how to be healthy on a small budget. Since I am not the type of person to be able to stick to any specific plans or limit myself very well, all these tips are very easy to do and don’t really involve any strict restrictions.

1. Get enough sleep. Not only does this make you less grumpy but while you’re resting your body can repair itself from the damage of the day. The body’s natural rhythm is disrupted when there is too little sleep and sometimes natural processes in your body then aren’t efficient enough in the time given it so you’re body holds on to the ravages of the day.

2. Drink lots of water. It flushes out lots of bad things from your body, hydrates your body so your skin looks young, and can stifle small pangs of hunger so you don’t overeat. If you’re tempted to buy bottled water, tap water (with a filter for taste) is much less expensive and your tax dollars are used to filter and treat it with natural minerals and flouride anyways so you might as well drink it.

3. Eat breakfast. Even if it’s a granola bar or a little yogurt, something is better than nothing. See, you’re body comes out of 8 or so hours of sleep and it hasn’t eaten in that time so it goes into the beginning stages of starvation mode which means it slows your metabolism down in order to hold on to as much nutrients as it can get. This means it’s easier to gain weight.

4. Snack healthy throughout the day. This is the same concept as the “eat breakfast” tip. It keeps your metabolism up throughout the whole day so in actuality, it burns much more calories than if you only ate a few bigger meals instead. It also can help you eat less in general and save you from that late afternoon food coma slump where productivity goes to almost nil. Make sure the snacks are healthy though and don’t contain a lot of fat or sugar or your blood pressure and blood sugar will go crazy.

5. Get a good chair. This doesn’t have to be expensive. For home, get a large exercise ball as a chair. Mine was about $20 at Target. It’s cheap, keeps your spine in alignment, and since your body is constantly moving, it’s burning off small amounts of calories throughout the day without you doing anything beyond what you normally do. At work, see if your workplace offers ergonomic office chairs that support your body. If not, request it from human resources who often handle this type of matter. Maybe you’ll get a new free chair or at least a discount for you to purchase one yourself. It’ll definitely save you chiropractor bills later.

6. Close your eyes and take deep breaths. This costs nothing, can be done quickly, and can destress you quite quickly. Stress ages a person rapidly and causes a host of health problems. Taking a few moments now will add up in the future.

7. Wear sunscreen. Good sunscreen doesn’t have to be expensive. Just make sure it’s at least SPF 30 for good protection. It’s a heck of a lot less expensive than anti-aging cream and prevents aging best. It’ll also save you from the potential of skin cancer.

8. Take a walk. It’s good bonding time with your family if you all walk together and it’ll definitely please your dog to no end. It’s good cardiovascular exercise even if you’re walking slowly and done regularly, it can keep you fit without expensive gym fees. My grandfather stayed healthy until he was 90 years old by going for a walk everyday. Even a 10 minute walk is better than nothing.  Just make sure it’s in a safe area to walk in.

9. Eat colorful meals. This just means that when you look on your plate there are whites and greens and browns and reds and other colors. This allows you to eat a variety of foods (meat, veggies, breads, etc) allowing you to get all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your body needs. Just make sure everything is cooked well and all the fruits and veggies are washed thoroughly.

10. Eat slowly. Your body needs time to process the fact that it’s eaten food and that its full. If you eat too fast, you run the risk of overeating. This also means that after your first serving of food, take a breather for a few minutes to let your body tell you if it’s really still hungry or full. If you’re still hungry after that 5-10 minute break, then by all means, get a little more food. Besides, if you take the time to really enjoy the flavors of your food, meals will become very pleasant times and less expensive foods will still taste just as good if you savor it.

Are there any other suggestions?

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