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3 Tips for Getting Health Back on Track on a Budget

3 Tips for Getting Health Back on Track on a Budget

Your health is your wealth but often it is ignored until we are facing issues and can’t live life the way we want.

Sometimes that is outside our control such as an injury or virus we pick up but a lot of our health has to do with our own choices.

Being sick and unhealthy is expensive and while you might feel healthy foods etc are expensive, they don’t have to be.

By learning more about your body, what works for you and what you need, you can make a significant difference without blowing the budget.

Here are 3 tips to help you get your health back on track without spending a fortune.

1. Learn What You Need

How can you make changes if you don’t know what your body needs?

If you have any health issues, get professional advice, have some tests done and use that as a baseline, along with their advice to improve your health.

At the start of this year we did full blood tests, an ultrasound and a dexascan to get an overview of where my health is at and what I can do to improve it.

My GP is fantastic, understanding and well aware of my medical history and that within my family plus he kindly bulkbilled everything and arranged for all tests to be bulkbilled to!

Having this done shows where I can make improvements, what to look out for and will help as I age because we will know when I hit different stages of life as we will test annually.

See if you can get a full checkup of your health as it is better to prevent things than try to cure them.

Then, set about learning what you can about whatever comes up.

Or, there are various documentaries about health you can watch and try for yourself but I recommend doing anything with a professional monitoring you.

To get you started, I liked the following documentaries:
Live to 100: The Secrets of The Blue Zones
Hack Your Health
You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment
The Game Changers

But always seek the advice from your GP and make a plan with professionals e.g. a nutritionist/dietician, doctor etc.

2. Make 1% Changes

You do not need to overhaul your diet, start a 3 hour gym regime or suddenly quit anything.

What you do need to do is create sustainable change.

If you don’t know where to start, pick something small you know you can stick to.

It could be doing squats when you heat something up in the microwave or cutting back on alcohol* or swapping some of your snacks for healthier ones.

*Note on alcohol: If you have a problem with alcohol, please see your doctor as going ‘cold turkey’ can have serious consequences! Please make any changes safely.

Choose a few healthier meals you want to try, trial different exercises to find one you enjoy such as dance classes, martial arts, swimming, yoga or similar.

Many places offer the first class for free so you can try a few to find what suits you.

Track what you eat, your exercise and aim to get more active every day.

Start with one small change and commit to doing it daily then add more.

Trying to overhaul your entire life often leads to burnout or failure, so break down those big habit changes into small daily habits you can commit to and then stick to it.

3 Tips for Getting Health Back on Track

3. Change Your Mentality

Instead of telling yourself you are going on a diet or being extreme about things, view it as a lifestyle change.

Having the attitude that you are making changes to improve your life rather than depriving yourself makes a difference.

On top of this, it is important to assess your mental health because our mental and emotional state impacts our physical state.

Without addressing your mental health and well-being, it can be harder to make sustainable changes to improve your life.

If you are struggling with your mental health and mindset, consider getting some professional help, going to support groups or looking for other options to assist.

Sometimes, our mental health is in a state that makes getting back on track with the rest of our health feel impossible.

It’s ok to get help and focus on your mental health first if you need to because while health, nutrition and exercise also impact our mental health, our mental health is important.

Ed Mylett has a great podcast and article on making sustainable change and a few little tips to help you with your mentality too.

What are you doing to improve your health?

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