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Health and Fitness Ideas for a Busy Lifestyle

by Julia Mitchell

Like most people, you probably think that leading a healthy lifestyle is expensive and time-consuming. However, there are many ways to stay fit and healthy without breaking the bank or your schedule. Here are some tips from Sword Class RI to get you started.


Build a Home Gym

You don't need fancy equipment or a pricey membership at one of the mega gyms in West Chester to get a good workout. Invest in some essential equipment, such as dumbbells, a yoga mat, and a jump rope, and you can get a great workout at home.


Eat More Fruits and Vegetables In Season

Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive. One of the best ways to save money on groceries is to eat fruits and vegetables in season. They taste better because they're fresher, but they're also more affordable. You can also choose to grow your own vegetables to save money.


Exercise Outside

Being in a city can make outdoor exercise look a little different, but there are plenty of ways to be active in NYC. You can go for a run or walk around your neighborhood, or go kayaking off Pier 26. Central Park and Madison Square Park are great places to bike, run, or rollerblade, too.


Look for martial arts classes. Many take place in centers, but others are held in parks or other green spaces. Tai Chi is a popular martial art to be practiced in local parks.

Even with the home gym, taking advantage of outdoor time during nice weather provides many other benefits. Studies show that being in nature reduces stress and improves mental well-being.


Utilize Helpful Apps

There are plenty of apps that can help you lead a healthier lifestyle. MyFitnessPal is an excellent tool for tracking your food intake and exercise, while Couch to 5K is perfect for getting started with running.


Also, don't forget about the fitness tracker on your smartphone. Many phones come equipped with a pedometer or other tracking features to help you stay active.

The pedometer is an excellent way to add more movement to your life, even during long workdays or if you’re traveling for work. Keep your phone on you, use the stairs more, get up to walk around every hour, and try to add 10,000 steps to your day. Be sure to stay hydrated during all that walking, especially if you’re also dealing with jet lag.


Eat at Home More Often

Eating out is convenient, but it can also be expensive and unhealthy. More often, cooking at home is a great way to save money and eat healthier. Meal planning can help you save time and money, and it's easier than you think.


Declutter and Organize Your Home

Creating a healthy home environment is vital for your physical and mental health. A cluttered and chaotic home can increase stress levels, while a clean and organized space can promote relaxation and well-being.


If your home needs a little TLC, prioritize decluttering and organizing. You'll be surprised at how much better you feel when your home is in order. Consider hiring someone to help you declutter and get organized if the task feels overwhelming. A professional in New York City can help you create a plan and make the most of your space.


Stay Healthy on a Budget

There's no need to spend a lot of money to lead a healthy lifestyle in New York City. Whether you’re running through Central Park or practicing the ancient Korean art of Siljun Dobup, you can remain healthy while enjoying some physical activity. With a bit of creativity and effort, you can stay healthy on a budget.


If you’re interested in learning the ancient Korean art of Siljun Dobup, which includes wielding and sheathing a curved katana, visit Sword Class RI. We offer on site classes in Rhode Island, along with online resources to feed your martial arts cravings.


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