Here’s How to Get Healthy From Head to Toe on a Budget

For many people, the decision to get fit and healthy can be life-changing. But it can also be expensive. Fortunately, you don’t need to blow your budget to make significant changes to your health. Here’s how to get healthy from head to toe with a few simple adjustments.

Add Easy Exercises to Your Home Routine

You already know that exercising is vital
for getting healthier. But did you know it doesn’t need to be high-impact
exercise to be effective? Harvard Health recommends at least 30 minutes of
moderate or 15 minutes of intense exercise per day. Moderate exercise
can be achieved by raking the lawn or walking for half an hour—totally doable
in your daily life.

Whatever exercise you choose, starting
slow will be the key. Consistency helps make healthy habits, so try to keep up
with whatever routine you select. Setting goals, giving yourself non-food
rewards, and addressing underlying health issues can all help you stay motivated throughout your
journey.

Get the Right Gear &
Equipment (For Cheap)

If you decide to stay home for your
fitness routine, you can find plenty of equipment that can help. Activity trackers track your
exercise habits and keep your goals in sight. Smart scales can give you an
overview of your biometrics—including information like body fat percent—and
track progress. And low-cost additions to your home gym—such as a stationary
bike or free weights—can make a significant difference for your health goals.

When you’re ready to shop for everything
tech-related for your home gym, look to retailers like Best Buy and grab a Best Buy promo code online so you
can save even more.

Focus on Fresh & Healthy
Food

Whether you’re aiming to lose weight or
just add more veggies to your diet, looking at your plate will help you hone
your fitness goals. Portion control is a simple way to highlight what you’re
putting in your mouth, and digital scales and measuring cups don’t cost much.

But knowing the difference between a
portion versus serving size is crucial. As AARP explains, a portion is how much you choose to
eat of something. A serving size is the amount of food a manufacturer suggests
you eat in a sitting.

Of course, both portion sizes at restaurants and
home have grown substantially over the years—up to 138 percent larger since the
1970s, says Business Insider. But one simple way to cut down on your calorie
intake is by using smaller plates for serving food and
beverages.

However, if you find that measuring—and
prepping—healthy meals is a struggle, using a meal delivery service could be
the push you need. Most services offer fresh produce, accurate portion sizes, and simple
recipes you may even enjoy preparing.

Enlist Friends and Family for
Support

While joining a gym may be on many folks’
must-do lists for losing weight, you don’t have to shell out cash to get
healthier. Something as simple as asking friends and family for their support
can help you reach fitness goals. In fact, working out with an exercise buddy can make you more
successful, and emotional support is a bonus.

You can also link up with a workout
partner or group through your fitness tracker community. And if you’re the
competitive type, you might even burn more calories. One study showed that healthy competition spurs people to
up the intensity of their workout, NBC News reported. Since no one wants to be
bested by a workout buddy, this might be the boost you need to get serious
about your exercise goals.

Getting more active and sticking with
healthier habits is a challenge. But while focusing on health and wellness
takes dedication, it doesn’t need to bust your budget. With these easy fixes
for pursuing a fitter lifestyle, you’ll start seeing affordable results in no
time.

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Finding Ways to Exercise When You’re a Single Parent

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Being a single parent means you have a lot on
your plate. Despite caring for your kids on your own, you still have to get
them ready for school, shuttle them to after-school activities, change diapers,
cook dinner, do laundry, and complete what seems like a million other tasks
throughout the week. So where does exercise come in? If you’re like many single
parents, you let exercise fall by the wayside. But, as we all know, physical
activity is essential for a healthy and long life. 

Get the
Kids Involved

Need time to exercise, but you don’t have any
time by yourself? Work out with your kids. For example, they
can stand on your feet while you do ab crunches or dance right alongside you as
you salsa by following a Zumba DVD. Put your baby in the stroller and go for a
walk or jog around the neighborhood.

Build a
Home Gym

When you have kids, finding your way to the
local gym isn’t easy. So why not use home equipment so you don’t have to worry
about getting to a fitness center? Try kettlebells or dumbbells for
strength training. If you want to tackle yoga or Pilates, use a yoga mat. Invest in an exercise
bike or treadmill to help pedal or walk away the pounds. Try a weighted hula
hoop and hula your way to fitness. Don’t let cost prevent you from building a
home gym. Search for gently used equipment at local consignment stores or yard
sales. Go to social media sites or other websites that advertise items for
sale. Second-hand exercise equipment is often less expensive and much easier on
the budget. Finally, complete your home gym with a Bluetooth speaker so you can
listen to your favorite tunes while working out. There are many quality
speakers available, and many cost less than $50.

Joining
a Gym When You’re Short on Cash

If you’re heart is still set on joining a fitness center, consider joining in
the summer. Many fitness centers waive enrollment fees during the summer months
since so many people prefer to exercise outside when the weather’s warm. And
you may even be able to negotiate a great deal to help you save some money. Try
joining a 24-hour gym. These gyms offer clients exercise equipment but no
extras. In other words, they may not offer showers or a smoothie bar. Besides
being open 24 hours a day, these types of fitness centers are cheaper than
their more glamorous counterparts. And some of them don’t require you to sign a
contract.

Finding
the Time

So now you’ve figured out the kinds of
workouts you’re going to do. But you have no idea when you can squeeze in a
workout. After all, you have dinner to put on the table, and your daughter’s
ballet class starts at 6:30 p.m.! That’s when you need to get creative with
your day. Try getting up 30 minutes to an hour before your kids wake up.
Squeeze in a 30-minute workout using a DVD or equipment from your home gym.
Find some free exercise videos on YouTube. If you’ve joined a
fitness center, ask a good friend or family member to babysit in the evening
while you go to the gym for some “me time.” Maybe you can fit in some exercise
after the kids are in bed for the night.

What if you don’t have 30 minutes of free
time? Divide your workout in half. Go for a brisk walk for 15 minutes during
your lunch
hour
. Then walk 15 minutes more when you get home. Get
the kids to walk with you. Using a bit of planning and imagination, you can
find the time to exercise even if you are a single parent.

No one says that being a single parent is
easy; in fact, it’s one of the hardest jobs in the world. But that doesn’t mean
you should sacrifice your health by avoiding exercise. While everyone’s
situation is different, it’s important to find time for physical activity. You
owe it to yourself and to the children who depend on you. Examine your schedule
and lifestyle to determine what you can do to build a strong body, giving you
the strength you need to care for those you love the most.

5 Ways To Avoid Winter Weight Gain

The coming fall and winter brings a happy holiday season. As we celebrate with our family and friends, we should keep a balance of enjoying traditions while making healthy choices. With presents to buy and parties to attend, how can you avoid winter weight gain? It’s easy! Find out how to balance the holiday season with these healthy tips.

 
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