Today I’m sharing some tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle on a budget.
Healthy living can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re resourceful and willing to put in a bit of time and effort you can find some great deals and save money. Below I’m sharing some of my favorite tips on how to eat healthy and workout while staying on a budget.
Intro specials at new to you studios
Lots of yoga, barre, and pilates studios will offer intro specials. They’ll give you a great price for the first 4 weeks. These deals will usually only apply to people who haven’t been to the studio before. A month is along enough to give you a good feel for the teachers and studio and if it’s somewhere that you’ll want to continue working out.
Having a plan when you walk into the grocery store will save you money, guaranteed. Making a list of the ingredients that you’ll need for the recipes you want to make and then checking the fridge and pantry to see what you already have is something I do every time I get weekly groceries. Checking what I already have keeps me from buying duplicates.
Shopping from a list means that you’ll be less likely to buy things that you don’t need. It’s so easy for little things or treats to make their way into my cart if I don’t have a list. Check out this meal planning post I wrote.
Find workouts on YouTube
There are some great workouts available on YouTube for free. There are whole channels on Youtube devoted just to workouts. A few of my favorites are Jessica Smith TV and Fitness Blender. Even some healthy living and fitness bloggers will post workouts on YouTube. If you have a favorite blogger check to see if they’re on YouTube.
Take advantage of outdoor spaces
I’m really lucky that my city has a great network of pathways and parks. They’re great places to go for a walk, bike ride, or run. All those activities take a minimal amount of money once you’ve invested in shoes, or a bike.
There’s even a pay as much as you can yoga class at a park in Calgary. It runs every weekend in the warmer months. All the teachers donate their time and the money goes towards micro loans on kiva.org.
If you live near places that you can go hiking, take advantage of those too. Here in Calgary I have the mountains just an hour away by car to the west. I honestly don’t take advantage of that fact as much as I should.
Eat at home
Not only will be food be healthier because you’re in control of what’s going into your meal, but it’s also easier on your budget to eat at home rather than at a restaurant. Making dinner at home will always be less expensive than eating out.
Karma/community yoga classes
Many studios will offer karma or community classes for a reduced price or by donation. The teachers volunteer their time and the money raised goes toward charities.
Not only will you be getting a good workout in for a great price, but you’ll also be helping out others.
What ways do you live a healthy lifestyle on a budget? Share your tips in the comments below.