7 Ways to Be Healthy on a Budget and Still Love Your Life

There are a lot of negative mindsets surrounding being healthy and living on a budget. So chances are you think you’re in double trouble when it comes to wanting to be healthy on a budget without totally hating your life. The good news is, it’s totally possible (and actually pretty simple).

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YouTube and Instagram Workouts

These days YouTube has pretty much any type of workout you could imagine. You can basically get all of your favorite gym classes in one location totally free.

Beyond YouTube, more and more health and fitness experts are sharing simple at home workouts that you can do with or without weights on their Instagram channels. My two personal favorites are:

Sometimes it can be tough to work out at home, I get it. But what can be even tougher is convincing yourself to get to the gym! So buckle down, take 20 minutes and fit in a totally free workout at home!

7 ways to set health and fitness goals without breaking the bank. Stay on track & stay on budget with you fitness and healthy eating New Year's resolutions.

Sleep more

One major area of being healthy that people often overlook is how important sleep is. Getting enough sleep each night is crucial to helping you be your healthiest self. 

If you want to be healthy on a budget a lot of it really starts at home. Making sure you are getting around 7-8 hours of sleep per night is a sure way to help heal the rest of your body and brain.

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Get outside

Not only are there so many physical things to do outdoors like biking, running, hiking and swimming but just being outside is actually beneficial to your health and it doesn’t cost a dime. 

There is actually a whole new phenomenon happening called Earthing. Just walking around on the earth in your bare feet has serious health benefits

On top of that, the sun alone has the power to completely transform our mood, can clear skin and even help with weight loss. Learn more about the sun’s benefits

7 ways to set health and fitness goals without breaking the bank. Stay on track & stay on budget with you fitness and healthy eating New Year's resolutions.

Don’t drink your calories

I have a riddle for you.

What is something that is commonly paid for when you can usually get it for free? Water!

The absolute best way to be healthy on a budget is to drink more water and less soda, Gatorade, sugary coffee drinks and juices. Basically, anything that has calories in it, you shouldn’t drink.

Instead, just get your water on.

Meal plan

Knowing what you are going to eat each week can be HUGE when it comes to taking the guesswork out of how to be healthy on a budget.

In fact, there are now people who can do the work for you!

Erin is a busy mother of 5 boys and she created a great program called The $5 Meal Plan. You can literally select your meals and get the shopping list sent right to you. The best part? She has done all of this with your budget in mind! $5 Meal Plan also comes with a risk free trial with a money back guarantee!

Set one goal at a time

The biggest stressor when it comes to setting goals is setting ones that are too big.

Say you tell yourself you want to lose 50 pounds, stop eating sugar and only eat pasta once a month. This means you’ll have to cut back your daily calories, get to the gym, go through withdrawals, over-spend on grocery shopping and ultimately wind up quitting. Those goals are great but they are just too much at once.

Instead, take it easy on yourself and set smaller, more tangible goals.

If you see them as easily achievable they will be. Then, as those small goals become habits, add on another one! 

Shop with rebates

If you plan on re-inventing the way you shop, then it’s good to know a few ways to save yourself big money.

  • Shop in season – buying fruits and vegetables when they are in season means you’ll be spending less and you’ll be getting fresher food too!
  • Use rebate apps – Rebate apps are great if you use them wisely. Make sure you are only using them on items you already planned on buying. My personal favorite when it comes to grocery shopping is Ibotta. Plus, you can get $10 just for signing up!  

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7 ways to set health and fitness goals without breaking the bank. Stay on track & stay on budget with you fitness and healthy eating New Year's resolutions.


  1. Andrea Nicole | 21st Dec 17

    Perfect timing. I just decided to live healthy haha but I don’t want to spend a lot.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 21st Dec 17

      Absolutely! That can cause a whole other set of problems! You got this!

  2. Karrie Frost | 21st Dec 17

    I watch youtube all the time, I had never considered using it to watch fitness videos. This made fitting in a quick workout while on the go so much easier.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 21st Dec 17

      Yes! When we got our first smart TV my life and workouts were totally transformed with YouTube!

  3. Debbie | 21st Dec 17

    These are great ideas! Especially to start the new year!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 22nd Dec 17

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you like them!

  4. Bridget | This Mom Life | 22nd Dec 17

    Great advice! I have been doing home workouts for 2 years and I’m in better shape than I was when I had a gym membership. I think my success is contributed to adapting fitness/health into my lifestyle rhythm and not paying for things I can’t sustain.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 22nd Dec 17

      That is awesome!! Good for you! It truly is a huge lifestyle change but oh, so worth it.

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