May is Stroke Awareness Month.
Stroke is a serious disease that for many people can be avoided. Medical professionals say that 80% of strokes are preventable. To this writer, it is truly unbelievable that so many people do not take steps to mitigate their stroke risks, particularly since having a stroke can be so devastating. One of those risks is being sedentary, so ignoring this warning seems quite silly. From a survivor, please take heed!
Here are some suggestions to get started. Good luck!!
Improve Your Health Without Breaking the Bank
Getting a monthly gym membership and making changes to your diet can add to your budget. However, you can save money and get healthy simultaneously when you make certain choices. Read on for some tips.
Benefits of Good Health
Having overall good health decreases your risk of certain health complications, such as heart attack or stroke. Moreover, typically, health and life insurance policies are less expensive when you’re in good overall health. Plus, when you’re in better health, you miss less work and can get out and enjoy life with your friends and family more.
Consider Working Out at Home
While you may benefit from the variety of equipment and the social aspect of a gym, work out at home instead to avoid the cost of an expensive gym membership. You could invest in new or used exercise equipment, such as a treadmill or an elliptical. You can save even more money by using free exercise videos online to enhance your fitness routine.
Make Simple Changes to Your Diet
If buying all organic isn’t in your budget, you can still make inexpensive changes to your diet. For instance, red meat is high in cholesterol, which increases your risk of health issues. Instead, switch to low-fat options, such as poultry or fish. You could even reduce your meat intake by replacing meat with beans in some recipes.
Eat at Home More Often
Although full-service restaurants tend to be healthier than fast-food chains, both are known for providing meals that don’t meet your nutritional needs. Not only can you save money by eating at home, but you’ll also know exactly what you’re consuming. Therefore, you can make meals that are low in sodium and fat, lessening the likelihood of a medical emergency or long-term issue.
Get Outside More
Get outside and walk, jog, or hike. You’ll get fresh air, which can help clear toxins from your lungs as you’re getting sunshine and exercise. Whether you’re hitting the beach, kayaking, playing team sports, or hiking, getting outdoors more often can significantly improve your health.
Become a Food Label Expert
You can find an abundance of information online regarding the ingredients in food and how to choose low-calorie, nutrient-dense foods. Fortunately, once you know what ingredients to look for and avoid, you can combine that knowledge with using coupons and buying in bulk to save you money.
Monetize Your Love of Health
You can profit from living a healthy lifestyle by sharing information through videos or blogs online. For instance, you could run an affiliate marketing blog online. On the other hand, if you’re an avid yogi, get your instructor’s certification and open a studio or offer classes online.
Don’t forget to streamline your payment collections process. For instance, you can use an online invoice generator to create professional-looking invoices. With this option, you can even add your logo and brand colors to personalize them.
Optimize Your Health While Saving Money
You can decrease your risk of a stroke and optimize your health in general by taking small steps toward improving your diet and exercise regimen.
For more advice on stroke prevention, visit the Stroke Recovery Foundation. The Foundation provides Coaching to help people both prevent strokes, and should you get one, maximize your recovery.
About the Author: Andrea Needham
Andrea is quickly approaching her 60th birthday, but its arrival isn’t slowing her down. In fact, Andrea is continuing to see and experience new things and wants other older adults and seniors to adopt the same practice for golden years that truly are golden.
When Andrea isn’t busy writing, she enjoys going for runs with her dog Toby, kayaking, and making new memories with her grandchildren. Self-care and rest are extremely important for older adults and seniors too, so Andrea makes time for reading and time spent painting on her patio.
Andrea created Elders Day to remind everyone that getting older isn’t synonymous with slowing down. Everyone has their own pace, but age shouldn’t be what stops you from fulfilling dreams, goals, and desires.