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How To Stay Healthy On A Budget

How’s January going? Did you make any New Years resolutions? Are you on the get fit and healthy bandwagon? How’s it going? Are you still getting your money’s worth from your gym membership or is your card just now sat in your purse/wallet collecting dust as an expensive piece of plastic? Let me ask you something, do you think you can be healthy on a budget?

Last year I was all in on the fit and healthy train too. I was cutting down on junk food, I was working out in my kitchen. I even wrote a post on how you can work out cheaply, because lets face it, you don’t really need to spend loads, do you! Maybe that’s just me? As long as you have good supportive footwear and a good sports bra for the ladies do you really need anything else?

I am a fan of working out in my pj’s at home or just leggings and a vest top really. No need to really put on my best workout gear if I’m not going out. That being said when I did go to the gym, I always wanted to look good. Well as good as you can look when you are 4 stone overweight and your kettlecise instructors’ mission for today is to break you and she’s damn well succeeding! True story. I bought my workout clothes from Very, in the sale obviously, and received some great pieces from Simply Be. But high street stores like TK Maxx are brilliant for finding bargains so you can still stay on trend but for a fraction of the price!

healthy on a budget woman wearing workout outfit standing by a tree

Recently I have been trying out the New Callentics Countdown DVD and I have to say, it is one of the most gentle effective ways of working out I have ever tried. But should you be purchasing DVD’s? Or can you get what you need from You Tube?  Olivia and I, well we just love a good Zumba session from our favourite videos we have found on You Tube.

But working out is only part of it really isn’t it. If you’re not eating well, all the working out in the world isn’t going to be much good. Trust me, I’m the girl who walks out the gym and into the chippy for my dinner! Talk about counter productive. But this isn’t about me and my how to workout out and eat junk food tips. This is about getting healthy on a budget.

Eating Healthy on a Budget.

We all know the 5 a day rule don’t we but sometimes it’s easier said than done isn’t it. That family size bar of Galaxy all too alluring after a long hard day at work in lieu of a nice healthy meal or ordering takeout because you can. This year, well, this year seems to be the year of preparation. Food prep is big and I have to admit it does make so much sense. Spend a few hours preparing your meals for the week then all you have to do is heat it up and you’re good to go. Or meal planning. Plan your weekly meals and only buy what you need whilst looking out for the best bargains.

But what if, like me, you are a snacker? Is there really any way around that when you simply don’t want another piece of fruit? Sometimes you just simply can’t stomach yet one more apple, can you? I have been toying with the idea of getting a graze box subscription. Snacks through your door, with some boxes coming in at under 150 calories and tailored to you on a subscription that works for your budget. Plus you can get your first and 5th box free!

There are plenty of ways to save money, not only on your food bill, especially if you are on a strict budget, January isn’t exactly known for being forgiving on finances, is it. I always look for the cheapest ways to live. Buying offers, perusing sales, shopping online. This video from My Voucher Codes has some great tips for saving money and staying healthy too.

Do you have any tips or tricks for reducing costs and still staying healthy on a budget? I’m all for saving money and would love to hear your ideas!

*Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post*

 

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8 Comments

  1. Mirka Moore @Fitness4Mamas

    February 21, 2017 at 10:40 am

    You are so right! If you don’t eat the right stuff, then working out does not have the same effect. Love you tips! #FitnessTuesday

  2. Karen Painter

    February 21, 2017 at 6:29 am

    I’ve never been in a gym in my life, they are much too expensive, too intimidating and no more guaranteed to lose weight and get fit than exercising and healthy eating at home. I grow lots of my own fruit, veg and herbs. I go for long walks with my dog in the countryside and forage for berries and other edibles. Combining the gardening with all the walking gives me all the exercise I need.

  3. Bev

    February 16, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Reduced price fruit! Supermarkets reduce it at the end of the day and it’s all still good! And slightly brown pieces go in a smoothie!

  4. Abigail Cullen

    February 9, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I must admit I eat pretty well in work, then once I get home, any sweet stuff is soon deavoured, really I shouldn’t buy any sweet stuff at all whilst shopping, but it is easier said then done, depending on the mood.

  5. Sirley Young

    February 7, 2017 at 6:56 am

    I can’t justify a graze box. Whilst the snacks are yummy it’s definitely not an “on a budget” type of a product. If you don’t like plain apple try slicing the apple into circles and making apple peanut butter sandwiches, slab some peanut butter between two apple slices. It’s amazing.

  6. Sirley Young

    February 7, 2017 at 6:56 am

    I can’t justify a graze box. Whilst the snacks are yummy it’s definitely an “on a budget” type of a product. If you don’t like plain apple try slicing the apple into circles and making apple peanut butter sandwiches, slab some peanut butter between two apple slices. It’s amazing.

  7. A S,Edinburgh

    February 2, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    I’m a batch-cooker too! Also a fan of working out at home; totally with you on that.

  8. Margaret GALLAGHER

    February 2, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I batch cook with seasonal produce each week -its cheap and healthy and preservative free -before you know it youll have a healthy stocked freezer-self discipline when shopping is a must -i just picture in my mind what im saving for and then can quite easily walk past all the chocs etc

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