How to Get Significantly Healthier for Free
When we think of health most of us automatically jump to a visual of sweating in a gym full of people and eating kale out of a Tupperware box three times a day.
Our thoughts around health are often linked to money and spare time. Yes, having lots of money and time can afford you the best gym membership, a personal trainer, all the best gear, and the best superfoods.
However, you can achieve all your health goals with little to no money and just 20-30 minutes a day. Here is how to can get significantly healthier for free right now.
- Workout at Home
Let’s face it, a gym is an awful place for most of us. It’s busy, we have to drive there, it costs a small fortune, people are unfriendly, people stare at you, it smells bad, the music gives you a headache, and you have no idea what you’re doing most of the time.
Instead, why not remove all of that stress and workout from home? All you need is a mat and one of the millions of free workouts available online via YouTube. You can choose from a wide range of different workout types including yoga, pilates, HIIT, AMRAP, and callisthenics.
These workouts tend to last only 20-30 minutes too and results are impressive. You’ll also enjoy being in your own space with your own music.
- Eat More Plants
Plant foods are cheap and the latest research suggests we should all be ditching the meat and dairy and heading to the veggie aisle anyway. Research suggests that eating a mostly plant-based diet can help you to lose weight, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, reduce stress, fight disease, and even reduce your risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease.
Plant foods such as vegetables, beans, legumes, fruits and nuts are some of the cheapest foods in the supermarket. Not only will you benefit from foods packed with nutrients and antioxidants, but you’ll also save a good chunk of money.
You don’t need to fill your shopping cart full of expensive superfoods like kale and moringa either. Just stick to the cheap and cheerful plant foods.
- Improve Your Mind
It’s not all about your physical fitness and what you eat. Your mind plays an integral role in your overall health and wellbeing. Working on your mind can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and even help avoid depression.
Exercise is one great way of improving your mental fitness but there is much more you can do. Yoga and meditation are two great ways to start working on your mind. Both help to relieve your stress and anxiety. They also improve brain function, improve memory and keep you more focused in everyday life.
The research is clear on both yoga and meditation and their incredible ability to promote a healthier mind. Yoga will also help with your flexibility and core strength which will set you up for a more active lifestyle in older age.
Meditation doesn’t have to be about entering Nirvana or becoming enlightened. It can be a great way to simply organize and clear your thoughts. You will be training your brain to become more present helping to reduce worries and negative self-talk.