“I don’t have enough money to eat healthy or go to the gym.”
I hear and read it all them time– welcome to the world of excuses.
I’m not judging you, I have the same thoughts from time to time. But then I remember: There are various ways to deal with this excuse. Let’s look at three of them.
#1) You live with the excuse.
You don’t have enough money to buy organic or grass-fed or any good food. Fine. If you can live with that, you probably should stop reading.
2. You can check how you spend your money.
Often this isn’t easy, as people don’t like to admit when the buy something they don’t actually need, but they still buy it.
It’s always the first thing I ask people when they tell me that they don’t have money to buy quality food: “When was the last time you were shopping or get drinks with your friends?” Again, I’m not judging anybody, everybody can spend their money and time the way they want, but then the reason changes from
“I don’t have money for quality food” to “I don’t want to spend my money on quality food”.
Aha. Now we’re talking. From time to time people realize, that instead of getting several drinks a night or buying new clothes every month, they should better spend their money on things that make them healthy, instead of making them drunk or fashionable.
Gladly everybody can decide for themselves.
3. You can get rid of the money part.
Have you ever heard of the $5 challenge?
It goes like this: You get $5 in an envelope as “seed funding” and two hours to earn the most money you can. You can spend as much time as you want for planning, but as soon as you open the envelope and use the money you only have 2 hours left.
What would you do?
Buy a lottery ticket? Go to Las Vegas? Open a lemonade stand?
All valid ideas, but the ones making the most money realized that $5 is almost nothing to begin with, so they changed the question to: “What can we do to earn money when we have $0?”
Through this way of thinking they got rid of the money as a limited resource. You can do the same with your health. Stop using money as an excuse for your bad health. There are a lot of free things you can do.
Below, I’ll list 33 things you can do to upgrade your health without spending any money:
- Once an hour stand up and walk around for 5 minutes. Studies have shown that too much sitting is bad for your health. This also works great with the “Pomodoro technique” which advises to have a 5 minute break after 25 (or more) minutes of focused work. (You can use the “Time Out” app for this, it’s free).
- Drink your coffee without the sugar.
- Don’t drink soda.
- Go outside (in the sun) for at least 10 minutes. Sunlight will promote vitamin D production in your body, which is a good thing since 40–75% of people are vitamin D deficient. Sunlight during the day also helps your circadian rhythm and lets you sleep better at night.
- Avoid bright lights and screens before bed. They worsen your sleep.
- Exercise at home. Pushups, squats, planks. You don’t need a gym for that.
- Use a nail brush to clean your nails. Nails are often the “dirtiest” spot on the body. Try to keep them clean. (If you don’t have a nail brush, this might cost a few bucks. Sorry :/)
- Sit on the toilet the better way.
- Think of 3 (or more) things you are grateful for. Write them down if you want to. Try to list 100.
- Once a day, give your eyes a break and only look in the distance for at least 30 minutes.
- Install f.lux on your PC. (Since there is a chance that you are using a pc or mac to read this, you can install f.lux (it’s free) which decreases the blue light (which is bad for your sleep) in the evening.)
- Take a walk or go jogging/running.
- Laugh. Did you know that kids laugh around 300 times a day and adults only 5 times? What happened? Laughing is very good for your health, so do it more often! Watch a youtube video or read a joke.
- Meditate. Studies have shown that meditating is good for all aspects of your health.
- Do a breathing exercise. 4–7–8 is a popular breathing technique. 4 secs in, 7 secs. hold, 8 secs. out (with a noise).
- Eat slowly.
- Eat only until you are 80% full. This a popular advice from the Blue Zones and they seem to be healthy.
- Fast. This will not only cost nothing, but save you money and time. Do it for 12 hours, 24 hours or a few days, but educate yourself before doing it.
- Don’t worry. Worrying is bad and unnecessary. Think about your most recent worries, weren’t they useless? Worrying gets your away from the present and into the future, which is, as I said, useless most of the time.
- Don’t stress yourself. It’s the same as worrying: useless.
- Don’t smoke. (Obvious, but also generic. I admit it. No matter, it even saves you money.)
- Avoid sunburns. You should go into the sun, as mentioned above, but at the same time you should avoid sunburns.
- Put your phone in airplane mode when going to bed. This decreases the amount of radiation during your sleep and decreases the probability of unnecessary interruptions during the night.
- Drink a glass of water after waking up. It gives you energy and restores the fluids you lost during the night.
- Hug somebody for at least 6 seconds. This releases oxytocin, a chemical in our body, that let’s you feel good and promotes health.
- Play. Whatever you like: play a game (you can borrow them somewhere), play catch, etc.
- Take a cold shower.
- Walk barefoot.
- Finally start using all those spices and herbs you already have at home. Most of them will be beneficial for your health.
- Switch your coffee for tea sometimes (if you drink coffee. Choose green tea which is really healthy. This also prevents you from getting “addicted” to the caffeine.)
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Drink enough water.
If you do all of these, you’ll be a lot healthier without spending any money. After that there are even more things you could do, but try these first.