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Simple guide to stay healthy without breaking your budget

Have you ever noticed that in a restaurant, a bowl of caesar salad would cost you around RM19, whereas a plate of nasi lemak is only RM6 and keeps you full till evening? Have you ever wondered why it costs you so much to stay fit? Some people are eager to live a healthy lifestyle but since it cuts a hole in their pocket, they opt for roti canai and teh tarik instead. That’s what people find more budget-friendly.

Is living a healthy lifestyle a privilege?

No, it’s actually not

Eating clean and staying fit is not a privilege. Health is a gift from God. With the right ways, everyone could live a healthy lifestyle from now on while staying on budget. But how to do that though?

No Gym No Problem

Exercising is as important as what you eat. Watching over your food consumption only is useless if you don’t exercise enough.

Signing up for a gym membership is definitely not cheap. You might need to use a much-needed portion of your one-month salary for a session. But is one session enough? You surely need lots more sessions right? Hearing this could already make you sigh.

Why need a gym when you can have a home workout? It’s more convenient and economical. There are lots of home workout plans you can find online and practice it yourself. Outdoor exercise also helps a lot. You can just jog around any park of your choice and utilize the exercise equipment provided there and it’s free. Plus, you can enjoy the view and a breath of fresh air. That’s how we stay healthy within our budget.

Plan and prep your own meal

Instead of buying those expensive healthy food sold out there, why don’t you try making your own version of healthy food? No one knows you better than yourself. Surely only you know your need and preference better. You can monitor how much calories and nutrients you need during your fitness journey.

A smoothie drink sold outside which contains only berries and milk would cost you RM15. The two ingredients wouldn’t cost you much. Preparing your own smoothie with the same ingredients probably would only let you spend below RM10. See how much can you save by making your own healthy meal?

Banana over Avocado

Quinoa, avocado, kale and salmon are superfoods that everyone knows are quite pricey. You’re surely not going to have that in your everyday meal. You can definitely go broke. But rest assured, every crisis comes with solution. Imported products tend to be quite expensive, thus you can try to substitute them with local products which are way cheaper yet contain similar nutritional value. For instance, try replacing banana for avocado and spinach for kale. The nutrients in avocado could also be obtained from 2 slices of papaya. There are plenty of options out there for you to switch to our local produce.

Local market groceries

Is just me or groceries are really getting more expensive these days? But that doesn’t mean you need to stop grocery shopping. Grocery shopping can be more economical if you choose to visit our local wet or night market instead. The local produce is actually fresher and cheaper compared to the supermarket. It could get slightly crowded but definitely cost less and let you stay on your budget too. Try grocery shopping at the local market with RM50 and see how much ingredients you can get compared to the supermarket.

But if you prefer the supermarket more than the local market, try to look out for discounted products and utilize all the reward points or cashback that you can get. Sometimes, supermarket groceries can be a lot cheaper than the local market when you’re buying that way.

Building a fitness journey is all about making smart choices with small lifestyle changes. You don’t need to go extra and spend most of your hard-earned money to stay fit. There are many other things that we’re trying to save our money for. Remember, balance is key to achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You don’t need all those superfoods to stay healthy when you can go for local produce that is just as nutritious while staying within your own budget.

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