Guest post by Brad Krause at selfcaring.info
What’s the longest you’ve kept your New Year’s resolutions? Research shows that 73% of adults drop their fitness-related resolutions before completing them. If this sounds familiar to you, don’t feel ashamed. It’s a natural part of being human, but so is overcoming obstacles. You can keep those wellness and self-care goals all year long—and you don’t have to break the bank to do it. Here are six ways to do that:
Use online promo codes
Stock up on the things you need to keep your health goals pushing forward by using online coupon codes to get deep discounts on the items you need. You can get extra good bargains when you purchase items like health supplements, fitness equipment and apparel through a deal website like Rakuten. By combining store promo codes with the extra discounts you find on a deal site, you can stay motivated to better your health and wellness without spending a fortune.
Get specific with your goals
Health goals tied to losing a substantial amount of weight or cutting out certain foods can be difficult to sustain. For many people, they have simply taken on a goal that’s too big and requires more time, effort and motivation than they have. Keep it simple, but also keep it specific. For example, if you want to exercise more, commit to exercising 30 minutes a day. This is a reasonable goal that just about anyone can squeeze in, and it is a lot less intimidating than the number on a scale.
Sign up for a meal delivery service
Using a meal delivery service can help you achieve your healthy eating goals, as well as keep you inspired and engaged in the kitchen. Since many of these services send you fresh, organic and bulk ingredients, you wind up paying less per meal than you would with traditional grocery shopping and certainly on eating out. You learn new tools and techniques in the kitchen, which can keep you excited and interested in cooking healthy. Plus, there are dozens of meal delivery services out there, each offering some kind of discount for first-time users. Take advantage of these different deals to drop the price point even lower.
Make mental health a priority
We often focus on our physical health when it comes to wellness resolutions—and this is important—but mental health can have a substantial impact on physical health. For example, stress eaters might try their best to diet and lose weight, but if they aren’t finding different ways to manage stress, they aren’t getting to the root of the issue. It’s the relationship with food that needs to be addressed first. Working through mindfulness, meditation and other contemplative practices can help. There are hundreds of free apps out there that can be useful for these practices, such as Calm, Headspace and Insight Timer. In addition to technique, it’s important to get comfortable when you meditate, so look for an inexpensive pillow or yoga mat to sit on.
Try out exercise classes for free
Stay ignited in your workouts by exploring different kinds of physical activities. Purchasing new classes or gym memberships can be costly, but you can circumvent that if you try them out first. Many facilities let you take your first exercise class for free, and if you like it, you might be able to score a discounted membership that offers unlimited classes.
Your health is important in so many ways—not just how you look, but also how you feel right now and in the future. With a solid and specific health plan, budget concerns don’t have to stop you from achieving your health goals in the new year. Just focus on the present moment and take the time to celebrate all your successes—big and small.