Good health is often said to be the greatest gift of all, which is understandable, considering that we only have one life to live. Taking steps to achieve good health, however, can be quite overwhelming and frustrating especially when the health changes we want to make are out of our budgets.
So, in this article, we will be exploring the various aspects of healthy living i.e. the physical, mental, and social aspects of our lives which contribute to wellness and then, we will be discussing practical, cost-effective steps that you can take in these areas to improve your health in 2018.
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1) Increase Your Physical Activity
A lot of research highlight the benefits of staying physically active; not only does regular exercise help you maintain a healthy weight and improve your self-esteem, it also bolsters your immune system to keep diseases at bay.
Fortunately, physical activity doesn’t need to be expensive; in fact, it doesn’t need to cost anything at all. You could simply jog on a nearby street and do indoor workouts using apps like Workout Trainer or Sworkit as an alternative to a monthly gym subscription which will cost you money. It all comes down to personal discipline. Click here to check out 5 fitness apps that help you reach your fitness goals
2) Improve your Nutrition
The holiday period, generally speaking, isn’t synonymous with healthy eating; I can personally confess that it was at the bottom of my priority list during the last festive season. However, when it comes to nutrition, eating a balanced diet is pivotal to staying healthy and living your best life in 2018.
According to this study published by Population Health Management, eating an unhealthy diet puts you at a 66% increased risk of productivity loss. Another study published in the British Medical Journal found that eating at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day was associated with lower risk of dying from any health-related cause. The effect of proper nutrition on one’s health cannot be understated.
So here are some cost-effective steps you can take to improve your nutrition in 2018:
- Buki Kolade aka the FitFam Foodie a certified nutritionist in Lagos, Nigeria, advises that you can save money by planning your meal for the month, utilizing home cooked meals based on your dietary requirements and preparing them with enough time to store and take, pre-packed, for lunch at work during the day. This way you eat out less and save money.
- Another helpful bit of advice is that properly spacing out your meal times helps to make the most out of your meals. Having healthy cost-effective snacks that keep you fuller for longer also help to keep you going when you get peckish in-between meals. For example, coconut or sweet potato crisps with plenty of water.
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4) Make Smart Lifestyle Choices
The lifestyle choices we make have a significant impact on our physical and mental health, here are a few areas to consider improving for the sake of your wellbeing:
Everyone feels busy to some degree but, regularly losing sleep to complete work projects or to go for social events can be quite detrimental to your health because according to the NHLBI, ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Thankfully, sleep doesn’t cost any money, all you have to do is properly allocate your time. If you can manage your time effectively, you will definitely find sufficient time to sleep, recharge and be at your productive best.
Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing physical relaxation and improving psychological balance.
In Nigeria today, the benefits of meditation are lost on a vast majority of the general public, but it could serve a lot of Nigerians well, especially considering that about nine million Nigerians suffer from depression according to the chief consultant and head of behavioural medicine, Karu General Hospital, Dr Daramola Tayo.
Meditation is another cost-free activity we can benefit from to improve our health. There are helpful apps like Calm and Simple Habit as well as youtube playlists like this which will walk you through the meditation process, help you alleviate stress, enhance your creative thinking and improve your mental state.
- Social interaction
Human beings are social animals, designed to interact to ensure good health and longevity. According to an NCBI study, social relationships—both in quantity and quality—affect mental health, health behaviour, physical health, and mortality risk. In fact, social isolation of otherwise healthy, well-functioning individuals eventually results in psychological and physical disintegration, and even death in some cases.
In Nigeria, social interactions or ‘rocks’, as its commonly called, can be quite expensive, believe me, I’ve had my fair share of regretful morning after experiences, but they don’t necessarily need to be costly.
Instead of going for expensive night outs, organise small get-togethers with your close friends or interactive game nights with loved ones. This way you would getting the social satisfaction without having to break the bank.
This brings us to the end of this article on cost effective ways to improve your health in 2018. Please always remember that a healthy lifestyle is the most cost-effective way to ensure that you’re living your best life for as long as possible, because your body breaks down less often and you inevitably spend less on medical bills.
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