How to Maintain Excellent Health on the Cheap - The Smiling Heart

How to Maintain Excellent Health on the Cheap

We live in an increasingly health-conscious society – a fact that has its highs and lows. On the one hand, the information out there to help us curate our lives around healthy living is certainly a bonus, though on the other hand companies have constructed entire businesses around this lucrative market, charging exorbitant rates for medicine and fitness products. There is a middle ground to be found here though; this article will guide you through the areas of your life that you can control and save money in while maintaining the best possible health.

Diet

The backbone not only of your fitness regime but almost all areas of your life – from skin complexion to energy levels, muscle recovery to hair growth – food is a part of life we have a dramatically increased amount of control over in the twenty-first century. At the same time, it is true, the cheapest products – frozen meats and microwave meals – are often some of the least healthy. With a wide range of foods and the healthiest costing more, how exactly can you save money while eating well?

The first step is to cut out the least healthy eating habits that plague your life: super-sugary soft drinks and regular fast-food binges have to go. You’ll save enough money to replace this sugar with those that naturally occur in fresh fruits, perhaps making a daily smoothie. Shop in the evenings to find reduced fresh stock that will soon go out of date, and either freeze it or cook it up that evening; in the long-run, this will save you a ton of bucks. Finally, do your research on superfoods (blueberries, nuts, beans and pulses), so you know what to buy in to really give your immune system a boost.

Exercise

The second pillar of a healthy lifestyle is to maintain a decent exercise regime. Whether you’re 15 or 50, you should still motivate yourself to complete at least three forms of exercise a week, depending on your abilities. This will keep your muscles, bones and joints healthy, your mental health good, and your endorphins flowing thick and fast around your body, which are humanity’s naturally-occurring happiness chemicals that are released even after moderate exercise such as an hour-long walk. The benefits are myriad, so forcing yourself if you feel reluctant will get you off on a good start.

When it comes to saving money, you’ll be delighted to learn that plenty of exercise comes free – in the form of runs and walks, natural swims, free weight exercises, and classes in your local park. While gym memberships can be pricey, a gym class can be cheap, and it’ll teach you the basics of routines that you can then bring into your home or garden for free. Buying a bike or a swimming pass to the local pool – both excellent investments – will open up cycling and swimming to you on a regular basis; these two forms of exercise are especially useful for older fitness followers as the impact on joints is less severe.

Medication

As we get older, we are likely to develop different forms of health problems that are a natural sign that we’re no longer young and entirely invincible. These issues might involve a high blood pressure, arthritis, a smoker’s cough – anything that might have a connection to a lifestyle choice of yours. The trick in these cases is to medicate early after having a full and frank discussion with your doctor, and looking online for advice on your particular ailment. It can even be a good idea to take medication before an issue presents, at the recommendation of your doctor.

When it comes to medication, many in the US and around the world are ripped off due to high pharmaceutical fees. But the competition between these firms also enables the comparison of prices, which ultimately leads to price drops due to market forces. You can learn more about such medication price comparison websites online so that you’re getting the best possible deal for your cash, saving money to spend on other areas of your life.

Dental

Two or three centuries ago, one of humanity’s greatest killers was poor dental hygiene. Much has changed since then, but the importance of dental health has become no less paramount for people young and old who can suffer severe pain and high fees when they experience a problem. Some companies include a dental insurance plan in their employee benefits, but the truth is that most people will have to pay a bomb to get work on their teeth, so the first rule of dental health is to brush and floss in regimented fashion to avoid expensive work on your teeth.

If you do experience a deterioration in your teeth you shouldn’t worry – it is natural over time – but you shouldn’t leave it to get any worse: again, you’ll be damning yourself to more expensive procedures if you allow chipped teeth, cavities or gum disease to become worse. Have regular checkups and nip issues in the bud to save money on extensive tooth repairs and ensure you’re never in pain or poor oral health for a long period of time.

Lifestyle

Encompassing everything from having a smoking and drinking habit to sleeping too much or too little, your lifestyle plays as big a role in your overall health as anything else. Where someone who oversleeps may feel low on energy, someone who drinks frequently may feel depressive effects of the alcohol each morning. If you watch a good deal of television instead of exercising, expect that to have negative consequences on your health, and the same goes for driving short distances instead of walking.

The good news about the lifestyle choices you can make to maintain a better level of personal health is that they are nearly exclusively cheaper options: giving up smoking, cutting down on drinking, saving on petrol, canceling your Netflix account – all of these options mean you’re saving money while being kind to your mind and body, maintaining better levels of health in the process.

Bear these five areas in mind when you’re considering tweaking your life in order to put more emphasis on your own health.