Looking after yourself,  Money

3 Healthy Lifestyle Changes That Also Save You Money

We all know that we should be making healthier lifestyle choices, especially as we get older, but sometimes it’s tough. Sticking to a diet or keeping up with a new exercise routine is hard when you have a busy lifestyle and many people struggle to find the motivation. But what if you could make healthy lifestyle changes that save you money? Finding ways to improve your health and save money at the same time is a great way to help you stay motivated. If you set a savings goal and put the money towards something fun, like a holiday, it’s a lot easier to keep up with your health habits. These are some of the best healthy lifestyle changes that help you to save money at the same time.

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Give Up Smoking

All smokers know that it’s bad for them and they should give up, but that’s easier said than done and people struggle to find the motivation. But smoking is incredibly expensive, so if you think about all of the money that you could save by quitting, that gives you an extra incentive. The average smoker spends around £3,300 a year on cigarettes, so you could easily save up enough money for an amazing holiday over the course of a year, and you’ll have a great reward at the end of it. If you are really struggling to give up smoking, you should consider switching over to an e-cigarette first and then trying to give up. Although you will still be spending some money, it’s a lot cheaper than smoking, especially if you buy vegetable glycerin online and make your own e-liquid blends. Smoking an e-cigarette is also less harmful to your health, so it’s a good starting point if you cannot give up cigarettes right away.

Cutting Back On Snacks

If you are trying to maintain a healthy weight, cutting back on snacks is one of the best things that you can do. A lot of people find that, even though their meals are healthy and they are sticking to a diet, they’re not losing weight and that is usually because they are eating junk food between meals. If you need some extra motivation to give up those snacks, just think about how much extra you are spending each week when you do your shopping. Snacks like crisps and chocolate are far more expensive than a bag of apples, so if you start switching your snacks out for healthy alternatives, you will save yourself a lot of money. You should also start planning out your meals so you only buy the ingredients that you need for the week. This will encourage you to cook healthier meals and cut out snacks, and your weekly shopping will be far cheaper.

Walking and Cycling

Many of us live a sedentary lifestyle, which is bad for your health because it’s important to stay active. If you drive to work and then sit at a desk all day long, then drive home and sit on the sofa, you aren’t really getting any exercise in at all. In the long term, this increases your risk of all sorts of health issues, like heart disease, strokes, and obesity. Exercising regularly can help to mitigate those risks, but not everybody has the time to go to the gym 3 or 4 times a week. However, if you start walking or cycling instead, you will find that you are a lot healthier. If you are close enough to walk or cycle to work or to the shops instead of driving, that’s a great way to get more exercise in without taking too much time out of your schedule. The other big bonus of walking and cycling is that you will save a lot of money. You don’t need to pay for petrol and if you don’t use your car as often, it will be less likely to break down.

 

People often make the mistake of thinking that eating a better diet and living a healthier lifestyle means spending lots of money. But even though the supermarkets are packed with expensive health products, being healthy doesn’t have to cost the earth. In fact, if you make these simple lifestyle changes, you can improve your health in a big way and save a lot of money at the same time. Having the added motivation of saving money makes it so much easier to stick to your healthy habits as well. If you keep a note of all of the money that you are saving and put it aside for something special, you will be able to stick to your new health routine.

 

Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.

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