It happens to many of us: we’re trying our best to live a healthy lifestyle but our budgets barely allow for it. After all, it’s very easy, and inexpensive, to eat and live unhealthily.
Whether it’s purchasing healthier alternatives for our diets, obtaining necessary supplements, or paying the gym fees they’re times when we have to carefully juggle our funds. Sometimes knowledge comes by way of experiences. Hopefully my suggestions, based on my experiences, can help many of you who can relate or who are thinking about commencing a healthy, weight training lifestyle on a tight budget. Here are some pointers to help one get through a little tough financial times while simultaneously trying to live a healthy lifestyle:
- Avoid the marketing hype from various supplement companies, reputable ones inlcuded. The latest dietary supplements are not always the “best thing since sliced bread.”
- Purchase inexpensive supplements that actually work. Three that come to mind are Creatine, DHEA, and BCAA’s.
- Fad diets don’t work therefore do not hesitate to purchase healthy, inexpensive staples such as rolled oats, rice, legumes, pasta, whole wheat bread, chicken, tuna, vegetables, peanut butter.
- As most multivitamins have very low potencies, especially for people with active lifestyles, purchasing vitamins/minerals individually is more beneficial and less expensive. Vitamin C, Cod Liver Oil, Natural Vitamin E, Calcium w/ Magnesium+D, B Complex, are a few of the ‘foundational’, basic ones. My advice is to research reputable companies of supplements as they tend to use quality ingredients and their manufacturing practices aren’t suspect. In my opinion, a couple of reputable and affordable companies to purchase from is NOW Foods and Jamieson Vitamins.
- Paying the gym fee for every six months, three months, or one month works out to be less money spent than if paying by the day(one time sessions). Naturally it would be a sacrifice for many however, if it’s any consolation, life always involves sacrifices, to varying degrees, and making one’s health a priority is one of them.
I hope that the few preceding pointers helps, to any extent, my fellow gym rats out there, aspiring ones too, and that the healthy lifestyle that involves weight training becomes a lifelong passion.