The North American preoccupation with health and wellness continues to grow and so does the economy that supports it. From nutritional supplements and organics to techno-workouts and sport clothing, the industry of diet, exercise, and health is a multi-billion dollar cash cow. With healthy food and exercises classes costing us more, how does one achieve a higher level of well-being when money is scarce?
The good news is health and wellness doesn’t discriminate and is available for all levels of income. The following suggestions are for anyone interested in strengthening one’s wellbeing—without weakening the wallet…
1. Physical Activity
The only considerations needed to add physical activity into our daily schedule are a safe place to walk and the time to do it. Although research has determined that our environment plays a role in our physical activity habits (i.e. lack of safe walking paths reduce walking behavior), walking is still the “gold standard” of exercise. Plus, it’s free, it can be done anywhere, and we don’t have to wear the latest fitness garb to do it.
What’s more, we don’t have to dedicate 30-minutes to walking; we can divide our time up during the day. Physical activity is accumulative and has the same positive benefits if we walk 10 minutes three times a day or 30-minutes all at once. Commit to walking a few days per week, walk at a comfortable pace, and add more days, more minutes, or more intensity as you progress.