Good health is one of those things that you either have an abundance of or lack miserably. Things get twice as hard when you start to think that leading a healthy lifestyle is an expensive endeavor that needs special food and equipment to pull off. Being healthy while staying on budget isn’t a myth.
Let’s explore some of the myths that surround healthy living:
Myth 1: Healthy Food is Expensive
If you subscribe to the BS marketing of popular health food products and restaurant chains, then yes it’s super expensive to eat healthy. The truth is, you don’t need ingredients in fancy packaging to cook a healthy meal, nor should you believe that eating food prepared by a “health chef” who knows something about nutrition will make you lose weight and be healthy.
For starters, you can grow your own organic produce if you have a yard big enough. If space is an issue, you can look into hydroponic farming and grow the basic veggies you use all the time. Tomatoes respond well to this. Or, you could just visit your local farmer’s market and buy fresh produce there, instead of the grocery store.
By shopping at your local farmer’s market, you’re helping the local farmers and other community businesses thrive. The next step would be to cook your own food and always bring your home-cooked meals to the office. This way, you’ll avoid eating fast food and hitting the vending machine when you’re hungry.
Myth 2: I Need a Gym to Exercise
Wrong on all counts! While some people find that gyms are excellent places to workout because they have personal trainers and complete equipment, you don’t need an expensive gym membership to exercise for health. You have the best gym in the world: your body!
Your body is all you’ll ever need. Calisthenics or body weight exercises are great to build up your strength and muscle endurance. It’s also excellent for shaping your body the natural way – not exaggeratedly big like a bodybuilder. Using only your body and leverage will help you be more flexible and avoid nagging injuries regular gym goers suffer.
You don’t need to buy an exercise bike, a treadmill, a stair master or any other overpriced contraption for cardio. Let your feet work for you. You can either walk briskly, jog, run or ride a bike, just make sure that you do it at moderate to vigorous intensity so you can enjoy the maximum benefits of being in the aerobic zone. 20 minutes a day and you’re good!
Myth 3: Self-Diagnosis is Cheaper than going to the Doc
While WebMD, The Mayo Clinic and other sites devoted to medicine are good for research or reference purposes, the information on these websites was never meant to help you play doctor and diagnose yourself. This is dangerous, and misinterpreting any information on the site may leave you worse off due to unwanted stress.
Despite all the information you think you know because you read about it, you still need to see a doctor if you’re feeling anything or are displaying symptoms that you have never seen or felt before. What’s in your head is not enough. There’s a reason why doctors slave for years in medical school – so they can give accurate diagnoses and save lives.
If you see or feel that you have something that is potentially harmful to others, be responsible and seek medical attention asap. If you want to be discreet about it, go to a private clinic. You can get STD testing in a private clinic in Montreal, Vancouver or any other city in Canada, but be prepared to pay a little extra for all the secrecy. This will eat away some of your budget, so wear protection the next time. It’s way cheaper.
There are a lot more myths that living healthy costs more money, and that’s just pure hogwash. A healthy diet, regular exercise and good sleep can help you live a healthy life. Just use your common sense when it comes to food, exercise and miscellaneous activities and you’ll be fine.