8 Cheap Ways to Improve Your Health Right Now

2nd March 2016

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Often, many people assume that it’s too hard to be healthy on a shoestring budget.  Eating healthy, working out, and having fun (which is great for your mental health) can be expensive sometimes, but they certainly don’t need to be! 

There are tons of cheap (or free!) things you can do to improve your physical and mental health. Here are eight affordable things you can do to improve your health right now.
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Eat a Healthier Foods 

There is a common misconception that healthy eating is expensive, but it is entirely possible to eat healthy on a tight budget.  Try shopping at a reasonably priced store, using coupons, meal planning, and only buying what you will actually use. 

Related: I highly encourage trying out $5 meal plan if you’re trying to eat healthier and save moneyThey’ll send you monthly meal plans with shopping lists, recipes, and more attached. The plans will save you a lot of money since you’ll end up going to restaurants less. 

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Workout at Home or Outside

Gym memberships can get expensive, so find a cheap gym or workout at home.  You don’t even need any equipment!  There are tons of weight-free exercises that can be done at home, such as squats, jumping jacks, lunges, and pushups.  If the weather is nice, go for a run or power walk around your neighborhood.

Walk More

Make little changes to your daily routine in order to walk more.  Park farther away from the door, take the stairs instead of the elevator, use the furthest bathroom, and walk short distances instead of driving. Walk for Rover, and make money while doing so!

Cut Out Unhealthy Habits

Many unhealthy habits are also expensive – cut these habits in order to benefit both your wallet and your waistline.  Quit smoking, drink less alcohol, eat out less often, stop drinking so much coffee or energy drinks, and eliminate junk food from your diet.

Here is a fruit infuser bottle that will make it easier to get your water intake for the day.

Get Health Insurance

Okay, this one isn’t cheap, BUT it could easily cost you more to go without health insurance.   Even if you’re healthy and you rarely go to the doctor, you may need insurance.  What if you break your leg or get in a serious car accident?  You never know what will happen, and going without health insurance isn’t worth the risk.  Plus, due to the Affordable Care Act, U.S. citizens are now being fined for going without health insurance.


Too much stress can lead to headaches, stomachaches, muscle tension, insomnia, and other health problems.  It’s important to make time to relax, and you don’t need to pay $80 for a massage in order to unwind.  There are plenty of free ways to reduce stress – take a bubble bath, watch a movie, read a library book, chat with a friend, or go for a walk outside.

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Have Fun With Friends

Having fun with friends is a great way to relax and reduce stress.  You don’t have to spend a bunch of money on drinks or fancy dinners in order to have a good time with your friends.  There are a ton of free things you can do, such as playing board games, having a movie/Netflix night, swimming at a lake during the summer, attending a meet-up group event, or checking out a free festival.

Attend a Free Yoga Class

Many yoga studios offer the first week of classes for free with no obligation to sign up.  Some nonprofit groups also offer free yoga classes – they typically request a donation but do not require it.  If you prefer to workout at home, you can watch yoga videos on YouTube.  Namaste!

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A Final Note

Taking care of your health doesn’t need to be expensive!  There are many cheap ways to improve your health right now, including eating a healthier diet, working out outside or at home, walking more, enrolling in health insurance, de-stressing, having fun with friends, and taking a free yoga class.

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Author bio: Jen is an HR/Finance professional and a frugal lifestyle blogger.  Jen and her husband are working on a crazy goal of paying off $117,000 of student loan debt in just 3 years.  She writes about healthy eating on a budget, budget wedding tips, destroying debt, and living frugally on her blog Frugal Millennial.

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12 thoughts on “8 Cheap Ways to Improve Your Health Right Now

  1. George @ Properly

    One suggestion for the ‘Workout at Home or Outside’ category is find a Meetup group in your area for whatever hobby you enjoy. For me it’s playing soccer. The meetup group sets the date and time then people show up for a pickup game. It’s a free and you get a nice workout doing something you enjoy!

  2. James

    Nowadays, I get to walk more and exercise a lot as workload at work is less. I am taking advantage of this because it’s really time to get healthier and maybe next month workload would be heavier, so I would find it difficult to find time to do this. Next week, I am planning to attend a yoga class. Yay! I am so excited about this.
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    1. Alexis Post author

      That’s awesome! I have been doing yoga at home through Youtube with Adriene. It’s 100% free!

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    1. Alexis Post author

      I would definitely recommend buying a mat, even if they let you rent one out. A lot of people use those, haha!

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