Cutting the costs of being healthy

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The most common New Year resolutions include losing weight, eating more healthily, joining the gym and giving up smoking; and these can all be extremely beneficial for your health. But if you’re finding that your new-found, super-healthy lifestyle is hitting your wallet hard, below are some tips to try and cut the cost of healthy living:

Glasses or contact lenses

Though you can buy contact lenses from reputable places such as Optical Express they will need replacing sooner than later in most cases. Why not go for the option of traditional glasses? They may be more obvious but they can nonetheless save the pennies and give you a smart look. Glasses and other optical choices are widely available.

Exercise at home

So many people fall into the situation where they continually fork out for gym membership, without actually getting any use out of it. Signing up to the gym may feel like a brilliant idea on day 2 of your detox and healthy living plan, but exercising requires willpower and if you’ve had enough after a week and you’ve signed up for an annual membership, you’re going to waste an awful lot of money. If you are worried about joining a long-term membership, why not sign up for a month’s trial instead and then decide whether you want to become a full member?

You can also save yourself time and money by investing in some home gym equipment. You won’t have to pay for petrol to get to and from the gym and you won’t be tempted to avoid going, because you don’t want to brave the elements on a wintry evening. For those who want to be even more frugal fitness DVDs are a good, cheap option, especially if you’re conscious about exercising around others. There is a huge range of workouts available, from dance classes with lively, modern chart soundtracks and aerobic fat fighting classes, to toning plans and relaxing yoga DVDs.

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Swap ready meals for home-cooking

Ready meals may seem like an easy option, especially if you’re following a diet plan that corresponds with a set range of meals, but they can be costly and it will work out much cheaper if you cook at home. Ready meals, even those that are branded low fat or healthy, can contain a lot of salt and sugar. Cooking your own food allows you to control the amount of sugar, oil and salt you add, making it a much healthier option. If you are prone to leaving your desk during lunchtimes to grab a snack, try to cook large quantities of the food you have at teatime so you can have the leftovers for lunch. Taking your lunch into work can save you a huge amount, especially if you add up what you would normally spend over the course of a year – and you won’t be tempted to indulge in sweet or savoury treats.

Visit your local market

Most people shop in their local supermarket because it’s convenient, but shopping for fresh produce at a local market could save you money. It could also ensure that the food you eat is healthy and fresh. As well as fruit and vegetables you can also buy fish and meat, which will be good quality and could work out much cheaper, especially if you buy in bulk and freeze what you don’t use immediately.

Swapping to a healthy diet and adopting a new exercise regime can be pricey initially, but there are ways of keeping the costs down and the changes will make a huge difference to your health and general wellbeing.

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