6 Ways to Invest in Your Health

You don't have to sink a lot of money into your wellbeing to see big payoffs. Here are six ways to get healthy and stay in shape without breaking the bank

February 21, 2013
6 Ways to Invest in Your Health

Investing in your health is important, and it’s never too late to start to take care of yourself. If you want to improve your fitness—and health—but your budget is tight, it is possible to invest a little bit of money into your wellbeing and still see big payoffs. With a bit of prioritizing and shifting, anyone can afford to fit fitness in their life.

It all starts with having a strategy. Specific fit strategies are crucial for mind-body connection. Sure, being physically fit looks and feels good but it’s not the most important thing. What’s important is that your vessel (body) is healthy and fully functioning… giving your soul a nourishing place to live. From my own experience and understanding, your mind is the key to success and your body can only do what your mind tells it to!

Let me ask you this: What do think of when you hear the word investment? Do you think of money, houses, trips, and savings accounts? Essentially, money is what drives us, but the fact remains that if there is no you, there is no money or investment to be made. When I think of the word investment, I think of my health, quality of life, and family—all of which are priceless.

Unfortunately, fitness and general health are missing on many people’s investment list. And if they do make their list, most put everything else above taking care of themselves first. Taking a trip to your local gym to sign up for a gym membership, doing a fast, or buying some detox or cleanse are only temporary, unless your spirit has true conviction in making real changes that fit your lifestyle.

So how do you get the biggest return on your health and fitness investments? Here are six tips on how to get healthy and stay fit without breaking the bank:

1. Maximize Your Gym Membership
If you use your gym membership 240 days out of the year, this means you have spent about 5 days per week in the gym. That requires discipline, commitment, and routine. To maximize your return on health, it’s best to spend 5 days per week doing cardio and at least 3 days per week doing core and/or strength training. So, that’s 144 days out of the year you will have consistently worked to sculpt your ideal physique and 240 days of focusing on staying heart-healthy.

2. Choose Your Trainer Type
Hiring a trainer can be costly, but if you struggle to stay motivated, then it may be worth the investment in the long wrong. Having someone to guide you is important, because he or she will ensure that you achieve your fitness goals. If you can’t afford private sessions, opt for a trainer that offers other lower-cost services like small group training or boot camps. The latter two are forms of personal training, too, just be sure whomever you work with is someone you like and is a good fit for you.

3. Eat Clean at Home
The average person spends $232 or more a month eating out. Cooking at home is so much more affordable, and although whole foods can be more expensive, the health benefits can’t be beat. The fact is, whole foods and USDA organics are better for you than generics. Even if you cannot afford to pay for the highest-quality products, you are making a better choice simply by choosing healthier whole foods over eating out on a consistent basis.

4. Curb Your Beauty Buys
Ladies, we spend an average of $200 or more on make-up, nails, or hair alone in a month’s time. If you can shave some of that spending, even a little, you can use that extra cash to invest in natural, quality supplements that help will keep you from caving on those quick-fix treats like lattes etc. A few of my go-to products are: Coconut oil, omega-6, vitamin D, CLA, and the most important necessity of all, water.

5. Budget-Friendly Products and Gadgets
Forget the cool trendy gadgets—buy only those that will remind you to get to the gym. For example, each time I start my contest prep I buy a new pair of sneakers. This motivates me, but it is also a necessity. Journals are also great. Picture journals, food/workout diaries, and even personal blogs are great accountability tools, and all of these cost very little, if not free! Even better, download a fitness app like: My Fitness Pal or Fooducate. It’s cheap, efficient, and helps hold you accountable.

6. Mind Your Attitude
Adopting the attitude that “health is wealth” costs absolutely nothing. Taking care of the one life you have, starts with making a decision everyday to make healthy decisions. Take care of your body so your soul can live abundantly and smile with ease. Earn it, own it, live it!

Totally Fitness, Totally Yours,

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