Greater health for less dollars

Greater health for less dollars

by Evigan Xiao 19 Feb 2020

The saying “health before wealth” has certainly taken on a life of its own in recent times. More and more people are starting to pay attention to their lifestyle habits such as nutrition and physical activity, all for the sake of a better quality of life. While a fair bit of effort is widely considered as almost prerequisite for such an endeavour, it doesn’t mean that it has to be costly. In fact, adopting an approach not all that dissimilar to financial planning can reap great returns for one’s health!


Minimal cost, maximum return


In the interests of being economical, you’d want to go hands-on as much as possible when it comes to taking charge of your health. Sure, celebrities can afford private chefs and A-list personal trainers, but we don’t all have that kind of spending power! Consider your options and weigh them carefully; not all of them will have the same cost:benefit ratio.


More often than not, the simple things tend to work the best. If you’re considering making an investment in your health, try implementing some of these changes into your life:


1. Buy fresh groceries

Instead of opting for expensive artisanal salads and pre-made meal boxes, just head to the market over the weekend and stock up on fresh food! Wholesale markets tend to price their wares lower than other supermarket chains and with no compromise in quality, since they get their produce directly from the source. Once you’re all grocerie-d up, head on back home and start prepping your meals for the rest of the week!


2. Practice meditation

Attending a yoga class is all well and good, but the beauty of meditation lies in the fact it can be performed almost anywhere. Light a few aromatic candles, put on some soothing tunes, and you can turn your bedroom into your very own nirvana! Mind-body practices like meditation and breathing exercises are great for de-stressing and can even be used as a family activity for bonding!


3. Optimise sleep nutrition

Adaptogens are nootropics have recently made headlines for their ability to promote restfulness and general well-being. Effective as they are, quality supplementation does still come at a price. Delving into sleep nutrition can yield some interesting insights on how to fuel a body properly so that it can rest when the time comes to hit the hay. For instance, consuming food that is rich in magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6 can have a calming effect. Consuming a small amount of carbohydrates before bedtime can also lead to an increase in melatonin expression, which makes it easier to fall asleep.


4. Exercise with bodyweight

A gym membership may seem like a luxury to some, but that doesn’t mean that working out is off the table! Bodyweight movements like push-ups, pull-ups, squats and lunges are excellent for building full-body strength and athleticism. Interval sprints in particular are considered very effective for fat-loss and conditioning, and don’t require more than a clear patch of land and a good pair of trainers! When it comes to building progression, one can always experiment with different repetitions, sets, rest periods and tempo to keep things challenging for the body.


5. Keep it neat and tidy

Cleanliness is a huge aspect of healthfulness, and often has an impact that is largely felt but rarely seen. Having a cluttered home can lead to feelings of anxiety and create unwarranted stress, not to mention that it becomes a breeding ground for domestic accidents. Of course, cleanliness also applies to the person in question, which brings us to the subject of hygiene. Simple habits like washing your hands, brushing your teeth and keeping your nails neat and trim can save you from unnecessary sick days!


Not all that glitters


Being prudent in your choices certainly helps a ton. After all, no one likes wasted effort! Getting what’s best is all about matching the most suitable option to your needs and situation, not what has the biggest price tag or media endorsement. Going low-cost doesn’t have to mean low quality, and the beauty of it is that it applies well across all income levels. A no-frills approach may not be fancy, but you can be darn sure that it’ll get the job done!