I know with my busy life taking care of myself can often slip by the wayside. Believe it or not there are some easy ways to do little things that will help improve your overall health and not break your time or money budget!
5 Frugal Ways to Live Healthier
1. Drink Water
Your brain is 80% water. If you don’t drink enough to stay hydrated, you can reduce the ability of neurons to perform properly. You can also become deyhdrated–which causes things like dry mouth and headaches.
Often we drink lots of calories through sodas, coffee, alcohol, juices, tea, etc. And the cost of these drinks adds up too!
Have at least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water every day.
Drinks with caffeine are diuretics – meaning they speed up the rate of urine production. Thus, these drinks actually take away from those 8 glasses of water/day requirement. Furthermore, soda is unhealthy, causes weight gain, and is also an artificial stimulant. Drink water, save money, save calories!
Walking elevates your mood, challenges your heart, and can help reduce food cravings.
Wear a pedometer and strive to take at least 10,000 steps a day, including one brisk 30-minute walk or three 10-minute walks.
3. Dry-Brush Your Teeth
Before squeezing toothpaste onto your brush, take 30 seconds to brush your teeth with a dry toothbrush. Doing so can cut tartar by up to 60% and also reduces the risk of bleeding gums by half.
Use a dry soft-bristle brush to scrub the insides of your top and bottom teeth, then buff the outer surfaces. Rinse, then brush as you normally would with toothpaste.
4. Reduce Your Portion Sizes
Reducing your portion sizes not only helps you to reduce the number of calories you are taking in, but it also reduces the amount of food you need to buy–which puts money back into your pocket!
Here are a few suggestions:
- Slicing thinly will make your portions seem bigger and more satisfying. When you believe you’re eating a larger portion of food, you’ll trick yourself into feeling more satisfied with fewer calories.
- Replace a drink with a piece of fruit like an apple. Researchers say that chewing stimulates satiety hormones, and whole food takes longer for your intestines to process, helping you to feel fuller longer and consume less.
- Scoop a hole in the middle of your hamburger before cooking, and fill it with peppers, mushrooms, or any vegetable you like. This makes the recommended three-ounce serving of beef look and feel like an enormous amount of burger, when it’s actually much less than that.
5. Breathe Deeply
Oxygen is a vital source of life. You may know how to breathe, but are you breathing properly? Most of us take only shallow breathes and breathe to 1/3 of our lung capacity. A full breath is one where your lungs are completely filled, your abdomen expands and there’s minimum movement in your shoulders.
Along with this you should work on improving your posture. Good posture improves your breathing. A good posture means maintaining the two natural curves at your back – (1) the concave curve from base of your head to your shoulders and (2) the concave curve from your upper back to the base of your spine. It’s like the shape of 2 C’s on your back.
How can you improve your posture?
- Pretend your body is held up by a string.
- Set a reminder to check your posture.
- Don’t sleep on your stomach.
- Place your butt at the innermost edge of a good quality chair.
These are just 5 simple ways to live healthier, and not hurt the pocketbook!