With the cost of living rising, healthcare costs can be daunting but taking care of your heart doesn’t have to break the bank. Heart health on a budget is not only achievable but essential and should be accessible to everyone. Our experts, nutritionist, Chloe and fitness trainer, Kieren, offer practical, budget-friendly tips and strategies to keep your heart happy and healthy without straining your finances.

Eating Heart-Healthy Foods

A heart-healthy diet doesn’t have to be costly. Focus on affordable staples such as beans, lentils, whole grains, and vegetables. These foods are not only nutritious but also easy on your wallet. Avoid excessive processed foods, sugary snacks, and fast food, which can be both unhealthy and costly. Eating 5 or more vegetables everyday reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by almost 17%.

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Staying Active

4 in 5 Australians don’t do enough exercise, yet physical activity is essential for heart health. You don’t need an expensive gym membership to stay fit. Consider free or low-cost options like walking, jogging, or home workouts. Gardening and household chores can also help you stay active while saving money. Try to be physically active for at least 2.5 hours every week, spreading it out over five or more days.

Our Heart Health club trainer, Kieren has put together seven simple steps for anybody wanting to start or return to exercise, which you can read here.

 

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Managing Stress

Chronic stress can take a toll on your heart. Finding cost-effective ways to manage stress is vital. We recommend relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga, which can be done at home or with minimal expenses. Spending time in nature or with loved ones can also provide emotional support without breaking the bank.

 

Regular Health Check-ups

Preventive care is key to maintaining heart health. While it may seem counterintuitive to spend money on doctor visits, regular check-ups can help detect issues early and save you money in the long run. Look for affordable healthcare options or community clinics in your area. Smoking is a significant risk factor for heart disease. Quitting smoking is not only beneficial for your health but also for your wallet. Seek free or low-cost resources to help you kick the habit.