10 Ways to Improve health and Save Money
If you’re like me, you like to save money whenever possible. Some would call me cheap while I consider myself thrifty. When people start a fitness journey, a common thing to do is to go out and buy new workout clothes, new shoes, or even supplements that you can’t pronounce the name of. These things don’t matter. How you exercise is much more important than how you look while exercising. When embarking on your fitness journey, it is a perfect time to not only look at your physical health but also your financial health. Here are a couple tips on how you can save money and improve your health at the same time.
1. Vitamins and supplements
Unless you have a medical reason to take a vitamin or supplement, you can skip them. Often times, the health benefits are limited. For example, the body can only absorb so much from a multivitamin so you’d literally be flushing money down the toilet. A counterpoint to this would be if a doctor tells you that since you are vegetarian, you should take a protein supplement. We also live in a Vitamin D deficient area so a vitamin D supplement is smart to take. By skipping out on these often unnecessary things you could save up to $1000/year.
2. Reduce eating out
A client and I had a conversation the other day. She told me she knew people that ate out 3 times a week. We figured it out and they were spending about $200 a week on eating out alone. I encourage you to take a look at how much you’re eating out and how much you’re spending. Not only is eating at home cheaper but is typically healthier. By cutting down eating out by 50%, you can expect savings of up to $5000.
3. Not eating lunch out
Going out to lunch is tough sometimes. Sometimes you’re meeting someone or conducting business over lunch. Other times, we go down to the deli and something quick and easy and unhealthy. Pack your lunch by using leftovers from dinner the night before. Don’t go out to eat unless someone else is buying or you have a business obligation. By doing this you can expect saving of up to $3000 a year.
4. At-home entertainment
Cancelling cable or satellite is definitely a millennial move but is a major money saver. Using an antenna or Netflix/Hulu/amazon can provide plenty of entertainment at a fraction of the cost saving you up to $1000 per year.
If you’re like my wife and mother-in-law, you’re addicted to coffee. Not only coffee but expensive coffee. Many people go out and get their morning coffee from a Starbucks or a dunkin donuts. You can save money by brewing coffee at home and investing in a thermos or a travel mug to take it to work with you. It doesn’t sound like much but by doing this you can save up to $500 a year.
With all this money you’ll be saving you can now invest more into your health. Below are some great things to spend your money on while still staying healthy.
6. Join a CSA farm sharing program
What better way to get fresh fruits and vegetables than to get them straight from the farm. Not only do you get super fresh fruits and vegetables but you can save money and eat way healthier. You’ll also know exactly where your food is coming from.
7. Join a gym
Investing in your health is the best thing you can do. The cost of a gym membership is nothing compared to the cost of the health car you’d incur from staying sedentary.
8. Enjoy an active hobby
Biking, skiing, hiking, etc. are great ways to get out and enjoy the outdoors while also staying healthy.
9. Cooking class
Taking a cooking class can introduce you to new dishes, new techniques, and new experiences.
10. Take a vacation
With all the money you’ll be saving, you can justify taking some time to yourself on a vacation.
Sean Willitts is an ACE certified personal trainer. He graduated from Kutztown University in 2015 with a bachelor’s is sport management and a minor in fitness. Including training at Body Elite, he is also a record holding powerlifter. He uses his practical experience and knowledge to help his clients achieve their strength and fitness goals