Making positive lifestyle choices could not only improve your health, but your finances – who’d have thought it? With so much to gain, there’s every reason to get on board the health train this year. Read our top tips below to find out how a healthy lifestyle and a healthy bank balance can go hand in hand.
1. Walk wherever possible
It might sound simple, but by making the decision to walk short distances, instead of driving or catching the bus, you could save hundreds or even thousands of pounds a year on fuel and travel fares.
Whatever age you are, walking also does wonders for your health, costs absolutely nothing and can be as gentle or as vigorous as you like. By walking for 30 minutes a day you could lose weight, increase muscle and bone strength, and improve your cardiovascular fitness (reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke). Many people also find that walking is great for mental health too. It’s a chance to unwind and relax and to think with a clear head once again.
If you’d like to walk more – either to work, the shops or just for leisure – make sure you allow yourself enough time to get where you’re going. When you’re running late, it’s can feel like an easy excuse to jump in the car or on the bus to get somewhere quicker, so try to be organised and plan ahead of your journey.
To make any new lifestyle choice easier to stick to, the best way to ensure success is way to maintain any new habit it is to incorporate it into your existing routine. So why not try picking one or two of your regular journeys, and then plan to walk those as a starting point. You’ll quickly start to feel the benefits of being more active.
2. Cut down on alcohol
3. Drink more water
4. Look after your smile
Prevention is better than cure. And by that we mean, take care of your smile! By looking after your teeth on a daily basis, you could save yourself hundreds of pounds by avoiding some costly treatment at the dentist.
The best way to make sure your teeth stay in tip top condition is to:
- Reduce your intake of sugary and/or acidic food such as cakes and fizzy drinks because these can cause erosion and tooth decay.
- Keep your teeth clean by brushing with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day.
- Floss daily to remove any food trapped between teeth.
- Drink more water. This will help to keep your mouth clean and stop it getting too dry as this can increase your risk of tooth decay.
Even if you’re looking after your teeth well, it’s still a good idea to visit your dentist once or twice a year for a routine check-up. This way, if anything does go wrong, your dentist has more of a chance to nip it in the bud before you develop any further (more expensive) complications.
5. Quit smoking
We all know there is no magic bullet for keeping the finances in good shape, but by making small changes to simple everyday habits you might be surprised at how quickly it all adds up.
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