Small lifestyle changes that can have a big impact on your health (and your wallet!)



    While strict dieting and exercise regimes can produce amazing results in only a matter of weeks or months, maintaining a decent weight and overall healthy routine in the long term can prove to be very difficult and costly. To ensure you are able to sustain a great bill of health without depriving yourself of life’s little indulgences, consider the following advice. It might make the prospect of sustaining a fit and healthy body a bit more manageable.

     

    1. Cut down on hidden sugars

    Sugar is quickly becoming a maligned substance amongst nutritionists and medical practitioners. While the link between sugar and conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease has long been established, we are only just beginning to understand the extent to which it can impact overall health and weight gain.

    To avoid the detrimental effects of ingesting too much sugar, briefly assess just how much hidden sugar you might be taking in, and work towards cutting it down. Hidden sugars appear in food and drinks such as cereals, fruit juices, yoghurts, and even pasta sauces and pizzas. This is one of the major reasons that the government is working towards a sugar tax covering a number of everyday products. In this way, cutting down on these seemingly innocuous foods can save you money and help shed the pounds.

     

    2. Lower your alcohol intake

    Although drinking in moderation is unlikely to cause harm, the amount of alcohol we drink in a week can quickly creep up on us, and ensuring that you have two or three alcohol-free days a week can impact your health for the better. Indeed, if you have a tendency to overindulge, keeping track of how much you drink can help with weight loss and can mitigate the risk of many diseases including liver problems and cancer. It is also a great money saving technique, because the cost of alcohol can quickly rack up.

     

    3. Take the stairs

    While making time for exercise can be tough, getting small bouts of exercise into your everyday life can be surprisingly beneficial to your health, and can save you from shelling out big bucks for a gym membership. To sneak small amounts of exercise into your routine, start doing activities such as taking the stairs instead of a lift, or getting off the bus a few stops earlier to give yourself a little walk – this will cut down on the cost of transport, too. The activities may seem small or insignificant in the short term, but the long term results may surprise you.

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    Jayleon Cruz

    Who doesn't enjoy saving money? Jayleon enjoys it probably more than most people, and shares his trials & tribulations to anyone who will read them.

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