One way you can save money is with the help of good health. Good health habits can reduce your health care costs, and many of the things that you do to improve your health can actually help you live a more frugal lifestyle. If you want to improve your health — and save money — here are some things to try:
Use Your Car Less
Consider whether or not some errands you have can be accomplished walking or riding your bike. Even using public transportation can help you move more (walking to and from the stops). These actions will help you stay in shape, and they can help you save money on gas. With gas prices rising rapidly again, relying less on your car — more on your feet — can result in real savings each month.
Grow Some of Your Own Food
Gardening is good exercise. Plus, being outside to tend your garden can improve your mood, boosting your emotional health. Growing your own food is often less expensive than buying it. You can bottle or freeze some of it for later in the year as well. Cooking at home not only saves you money on your grocery shopping, but it also results in healthier, non-processed meals.
Create a Home Gym
You can create a home gym fairly cheaply with a few basic items. A stability ball, basic hand weights, and resistance bands can be a great foundation for a home gym. There are plenty of free videos online to help you exercise, as well as inexpensive videos you can purchase. If you enjoy jogging, all you need is a pair of good running shoes. This can keep you healthy for much less than a gym membership.
Spend Less on Health Care with Better Habits
The above items can help you improve your health while spending less money each month. And, in the long run, these actions can save you money on health care costs. Keeping your body healthy is likely to keep you from developing expensive chronic problems with the heart and with diabetes. While you can’t completely eliminate the risk of cancer, you can reduce it quite a bit with the right habits. This will save you money on health insurance costs, and other medical costs.
With a little planning, it is possible to live healthier, and save money at the same time. What do you do to live a healthier lifestyle?