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Keeping Up With Your Wellness — On a Budget

Wellness is an increasingly important topic, especially right now. As we navigate through a global pandemic as well as civil unrest, keeping our minds and bodies healthy is something we need to stay on top of! 




This week, Laura Siegel, a nutritional and kinesiology student at the University of Minnesota, spoke with us about some simple wellness tips that anyone can apply to their daily life, even in times like these. 



Free Wellness Hacks


1. Set empowering, realistic goals

Have you ever heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals? Setting some goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound is great for your overall wellness. 


2. Prioritize your sleep

A good night's sleep is crucial to overall wellness. A recent article from HeathLine discusses how sleep aids in concentration, productivity, increased metabolism, and improved emotions and social interactions. 



3. Substitute your sugary drink for water

Drinking a good amount of water has many positive effects on our bodies. According to Mayo Clinic, drinking water helps regulate body temperature, ensures nutrients and oxygen are carried throughout our bodies, and aids in protection of organs.


4. Use your resources (Youtube)

Youtube has SO many free workout options. Find one that suits you and your fitness goals!


5. Find an accountability partner

Having an accountability partner can be a great way to motivate yourself to stay on top of your wellness. Whether it’s a workout buddy or someone that wants to stick to a meal plan with you, find a friend to be a part of your wellness journey.





Money Saving Nutrition Tips


1. Plan for success

Plan your meals, groceries, ect. so you don’t deviate from your nutrition goals. Planning saves you time, money, and unnecessary stress when you head to the grocery store. 




2. Use your kitchen

There's no place like home! Avoid going out and make some meals at home. Check out our blog for some fun and affordable meal ideas. 




3. Take advantage of store brands

Store brands are often the same quality, at a cheaper price; take advantage of that!


4. Look for coupons

Many brands offer coupons for their products. Do a Google search on coupons for the products you’re planning on buying before you make a purchase. 



5. Buy frozen

Frozen produce is usually just as nutrient dense, cheaper, and doesn’t expire in a matter of days!




Money Saving Fitness Tips


1. Workout at home

There are tons of workouts that you can do from home (that don’t require any fancy equipment). Check out this article for some great home fitness options.


2. Consider second hand equipment 

Second hand equipment can save you money and oftentimes does the job just as well. Check out your local thrift shop or Facebook Marketplace for some second hand gym equipment.


3. Choose bodyweight workouts, yoga, walking, or running

Getting in a good workout doesn't require a luxury gym or equipment. Go back to the basics like yoga, walking, or running.



4. Join an independent gym

Independent gyms offer a sense of community and are a more affordable option compared to traditional gyms.


5. Budget for your health

Just like you budget for other areas of your life, budget for your health. Budget for your dumbbells, yoga mat, ect. It’s easy, practical, and keeps you mindful of where you’re putting your money.




In need of more wellness tips? Reach out to Laura Siegel!



Laura is currently going into her senior year as a student at the University of Minnesota. She is double majoring in nutrition and kinesiology and has plans to continue her education in the health and wellness field. As a former college athlete and coach, Laura has been able to use her health and wellness knowledge to help herself and others around her enhance their personal health. She has a passion for health and wellness and is eager to share this passion with others.



Click here to chat with Laura.



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