You can change your life for $0.
In recent years, the health and wellness industry has grown to be a $3.4 billion dollar industry. Um, that’s enormous. That’s 3.4 times as big as the worldwide pharmaceutical industry. (Source)
Marketing to health and wellness has gotten huge. Fitbits, bluetooth headphones, and super cute workout clothes seem to be the essentials these days in order to really be a “fittie.”
Trying to live up to that image gets expensive, really fast.
It’s hard not to get caught up in the idea that you need all that high-tech and cute clothes and wellness supplements or other products to get yourself in your best shape. I’m guilty of it. Before, I’ve told myself, “Oh if I just got those shoes I would…” or “I’m just not doing this because I don’t have…”
And one day, I just got fed up. I felt so gross! I had been eating terribly, putting off my workouts, and blaming other things.
I currently don’t have time for a job due to sports, so I don’t have my own extra money to drop on super expensive workout stuff.
Or, for that matter, to keep spending on fast food every day, which I was doing.
I realized that it wasn’t money or time or anything that was keeping me from my goals, it was myself.
I had to change my mindset in order to change my body. I did it, and you can, too.
I’m here to shake the mindset that getting healthy is expensive.
Listen, at this age, money gets tight. I’m with ya.
There are SO many things to pay for. Cap and gown, homecoming, prom, possibly a senior trip, application fees, and probably a thousand other things I am forgetting.
You can save money, and feel better while preparing for all these things.
HYDRATION IS KEY
Order water out. It’s free (and great for you). You’ll save about $2 and 250 calories per cup.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Order smaller portions. If you normally get a large fry, start getting a medium, and try to eat it a little slower. You’ll save money and calories every time you do this.
(Fast food is a killer. In general, you should avoid it when you’re trying to lose weight.I’m not saying you can never eat it again if you want to improve your wellness, but I really had to examine my choices at places like Dunkin’ Donuts and be honest about what I was eating. Plus, even though it’s “cheap,” eating it several times a week starts getting really expensive.)
This almost seems like a given, but often I forget that any time I drive my car, it costs me money.
If you’re going somewhere that’s within walking range and you have the time, grab a friend and walk there. You’ll save gas money and burn calories on the way there and back.
DO AT HOME WORKOUTS
You don’t need an expensive gym membership to get in shape.
There are tons of workouts online for free!
Grab a friend and do an at home workout. Schedule some times during the week where you can get together and do one!
Need some inspiration? Follow me on Pinterest!
DIY YOUR BREW
Contrary to what I used to think, you can have coffee every day and be fit.
I love coffee, but drinking it at least once a day really starts to take a toll on your bank account. Plus, I never know exactly what the workers will put in it, so I can’t count the calories as well.
If you make your coffee at home or in your dorm, you could save a ton of money (I wrote about that in this post) and you can adjust what goes in your coffee to taste and to reduce as many calories as you can.
First, set your phone or computer background to something that will remind you of your goal!
It could be the beach, a bathing suit, a trail in the forest, whatever makes you think of feeling good.
Also, try creating a vision board, or starting a journal, or even a blog, to remind yourself every day what you are working towards!
Use your school’s or library’s printer to print for free, and get the rest of your supplies at the dollar store!
Need some inspiration?
Jessica from The Fit Switch has an awesome post about how she made hers!
Track what you eat
Simply writing down what you eat every day can really have an impact on what and how well you eat.
Sometimes you don’t realize how much you really are eating until you start logging it.
Keep a little notebook, or notes in your phone, or add it to your planner.
Or, use my favorite app for logging food, MyFitnessPal.
It tracks your calories and saves the foods you eat most to make logging easy. Plus you can have it on the go, and it reminds you to log! Doesn’t get easier than that.
When you get into bad habits, it can feel like you’ll never be able to get out of them. You feel like so much is holding you back.
The truth is, the only thing holding you back is yourself.
I truly believe you can do anything you set your mind to. Do yourself a favor and start making the changes to feel as good as you deserve to feel.
(You don’t need anything fancy to do it, just a little belief in yourself.)
I believe in you!