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A Day Late, A Buck Short

By Alyssa Nishihira, Village Osteopath

Time is money, and money is time, but what if you’re short on both? Where does that leave you with your fitness and health goals? Do these excuses sound familiar?

  • I don’t have enough time to get a workout in today.
  • Gym memberships don’t fit into my budget.
  • Why would I cook when I can pick up (insert fast food chain here)?
  • The dog ate my homework/shoes/ability to cook – has this ever worked?

What is your go-to excuse? First identify it so you know what you’re up against; then beat it. Don’t let excuses get in the way of a healthier you. Here are some innovative ways to squeeze in a workout or healthy meal when you’re short on time and/or moolah.

“Gym memberships are too expensive.”

Maybe you’ve been avoiding pricey gyms or fitness studios like the plague. Two suggestions:

1) Check smaller, local gyms for specials. Many places have free trial memberships, or memberships as low as $10.00! That’s the equivalent of 3 lattes – ditch the calories, save the cash, and get going. Places like the local YMCA offer family memberships, usually with free childcare while you work out! Candace loves this because, “Many gyms don’t [offer free childcare]. I look at the gym as a workout and a time for myself with free babysitting.”

2) Sites like Groupon and Living Social ALWAYS have fitness and health deals. Village Osteopath has been a longstanding feature on Groupon for our B12 injections and was just featured on Living Social for our lipotropic injections! Classes for Yoga, Zumba®, boxing, CrossFit®, and more can all be purchased for at least 50% their value and allow you to try something new and burn tons of calories. Our Living Social deal ended, but for the month of March, mention this newsletter and enjoy the same deal – 50% off a set of four ($60), six ($88), or eight injections ($116) – up to a $240 value!

“I don’t have enough time to get a workout in today.”

Yes, you do! The CDC recommends 30 minutes of exercise five days a week. That’s how long one TV show lasts, so skip that rerun of Big Bang Theory and get your fitness on! If you have thirty minutes at home: do some jumping jacks, walking lunges, push-ups, crunches, or chase your kids around the house. You can also break up the time into shorter (three-10 minute) periods if you’re work schedule really puts you in a time squeeze – take the stairs, walk to get lunch, or do a couple sets of chair dips. Put the ‘work’ in ‘workout’ with these exercises you can do incognito.  You’ll have your thirty minutes done before you know it. If the gym is your MO, check out The Unlimited Project for tips on how to maximize your efficiency, like having a game plan or ditching your phone.

“Why would I cook when I can pick up (insert fast food chain)?”

If you have kids, cooking is a great way to spend quality time together, and can also be used as a way to apply math and reading lessons – have them sound out words on labels, read directions, or count out ingredients. Suddenly you’re a chef, tutor, and supermom/superdad!

Experience the difference…or maybe not.

When you prepare your own food, you get to choose the quality and source of your ingredients, whether they be organic, gluten-free, local produce, or from your own garden! Some eateries boast organic ingredients in their menu, which not only ups the price, but isn’t totally necessary. For the most and least important foods to buy organic, check out The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen.

One word: LEFTOVERS. When you cook a meal at home, not only can you what goes into your food, but you can also have a say in portion size and how much food you prepare. Stretch your meals to last more than one night, essentially eliminating the need to cook the next day, the next night, or the next night…

Another tip from the Nalls – they swear by a cash budget system for food. When they’ve tracked their finances, Candace says that it has helped saved them $5,000 annually! For lifestyle financial management, “We would highly recommend Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace classes, which helps you put all of your spending and saving into a smart plan.”

“The dog ate my homework/shoes/ability to cook” – has this ever worked?

If this is your excuse, I don’t really have any suggestions for you, except for maybe look in to fish? 

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