Three reasons to shower rather than bathe when you’re on a health kick


Every health kick starts off with a can-do attitude and the will to succeed. Sometimes, however, you’ve got to go one step further than just eating right and getting plenty of exercise. For example, how you wash. While you might think it doesn’t make a difference whether you hop in the shower or run yourself a bath, in actual fact there are a number of health-related benefits linked to showering instead of bathing. With this in mind, here are three reasons to shower rather than bathe during your health kick.

Exercise

Standing is actually an effective form of exercise that uses multiple muscles in your body. You should take this into account when you’re lathering on the soap while in the shower. The same benefits can’t be enjoyed when you take a bath because you’ll be lying down and using very little energy. Therefore, be sure to take advantage of the small amount of cardio that’s possible when you take a shower.

Money

The average person typically uses less water when showering than they do when they have a bath. In addition, since baths take longer you should find that you’re using more electricity (lighting, etc.) when in the bathroom. Over time this can eat into your finances – in the process cutting into funds that could be used on healthy food and exercise equipment.

Time

Timing can often present a huge obstacle to getting fit. After all, things like exercise and meal prep usually take up valuable minutes that people don’t have – especially when they’re working a full-time job. Luckily, a shower won’t command too much of your time because you can hop in and hop out in just a few minutes. Of course, the same doesn’t apply for a bath, which can eat into a person’s valuable free time.

Try it!

There’s plenty to gain from taking daily showers while you’re on a health kick. It won’t just provide you with more opportunities to get fit, but will also save you some much-needed cash along the way. Check out our site for further tips on how to stay healthy while operating within a budget.

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Autumn-related tasks that will keep you healthy


This year the general consensus is that summer has just flown by – and this means that autumn is right around the corner. The season does pose a few problems for people, namely how they can stay fit and keep their finances in order ahead of Christmas. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be as difficult as you may think. Instead, there are a number of autumn-related tasks which can maintain your health and save you money if you choose to undertake them yourself rather than call in the professionals. With this in mind, here are three errands that you should embrace over the next few months.

Sweeping leaves

The leaves will turn orange and fall off the trees before you know it. While it can be unsightly to see such foliage all over your property, it does mark the opportunity for you to roll up your sleeves and shovel them yourself. This activity will go some length to toning your upper body, as well as help you lose weight thanks to the cardio. Best of all, it’s free!

Brisk walks

There’s nothing worse than stepping out of your front door to discover that the heavens are opening. Rain, however, can be a blessing in disguise. Wet weather should get you walking faster to your next destination, in the process helping you burn more calories and increase your heart rate. The short burst of exercise should even have a positive impact on your mental health.

Shopping

Autumn marks the time when you need to invest in more layers and start thinking ahead to Christmas. Therefore, it’s time to get shopping! If you avoid doing this online, you can actually accumulate a lot of miles just by looking through different shops. As well as increasing your fitness levels and keeping you at a healthy weight, retail therapy has also been proven to improve a person’s mood.

Go for it!

Whatever you do, don’t shy away from these all-important tasks this autumn. After all, they can really help boost your health and finances. For similar tips to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle within the confines of a budget, be sure to check out our vouchers.

How to do clean eating on a budget


It’s a question on everyone’s mind at the moment; how can I eat healthy food cheaply? Everyone knows that it is easy to pick up a calorie-heavy microwave meal, or saturated fat rich frozen pizza for next to nothing, whereas the healthy options are usually significantly more expensive. However, clean eating can be done on a budget, allowing you to live that lifestyle focused on health and wellbeing all without breaking the bank. Our experts at Working Vouchers tell you how:

1. Cook everything yourself

Buying the basic ingredients to a meal will, 99% of the time, work out cheaper than buying a premade or ready version of the meal. As well as saving money, cooking meals yourself also works out healthier too, as you won’t be putting any of the chemicals, preservatives or additional salt that is needed for these prepacked meals to remain edible in the time taken from production to the supermarket to your dinner table.

2. Use less meat

Meat is often the most expensive part of our diet, and often contains the most fat as well. Therefore, by reducing the amount of meat you use in your daily cooking, you can reduce the cost and the amount of fat you are consuming.

3. Eat your leftovers

While many people will throw away what they don’t eat, we know that this is an extremely wasteful practice. Not only are you throwing away perfectly edible food that could make up tomorrow’s lunch, but you are also throwing away money too. Store your leftovers safely, and enjoy your lovingly prepared food the next day too.

4. Buy in season produce

Buying produce that is in season is a no-brainer. They are cheaper, are fresher and will be tastier than any out of season products, or the canned or frozen variety. Working out what is in season also allows you to try new products and experiment with new meals too!

At Working Vouchers, we assist anyone who is looking to live a healthy lifestyle on a budget. By offering coupons and vouchers that give you money off clean eating, fitness, and other wellness solutions, take a look at https://www.workingvouchers.co.uk/categories to get you started today!

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Why setting up your own community soup kitchen is a great idea


Do you love cooking from scratch? Do you hate food waste, but always find that you have food left over? Well, why not put that leftover food to good use and do something for your community at the same time? Setting up a soup kitchen with like-minded individuals will not only benefit the community, but it will also be hugely beneficial for your own health and well-being. Below we explore some of the benefits and ideas on how to get started.

You don’t need to buy more food

We are all living in frugal economic times, and the whole point of starting a soup kitchen is to use the food that you already have. It’s about being creative with your food and interacting with others to offer a range of soups and dishes for the community. This may be for the homeless, a day care centre or simply as a drop in. It’s about sharing the food that is already available.

Choose a venue

Where will you host your soup kitchen? This could be in the local community centre. It could be arranged to be held on the street in the town centre for the homeless. You need to have a firm idea of where you wish your venue to be, and then advertise your services.

Involve the community

There is nothing better than eating and sharing food with others. As well as being healthy for the body, it’s also healthy for the soul. Involve members of the community – those who want to make meals or dish them out – and then eat as a collective group.

Contact local supermarkets

Many supermarkets will donate food to community groups, as they have to throw away any out of date foods, or foods that have damaged packaging, even though the food is safe to eat. This can help you to create even more nutritious and healthy food when combined with your own supplies.

Setting up a community soup kitchen does not only benefit the health of those who will use your service, but it will also help to improve your own sense of wellness and mental health. It’s good for the community, for you, and for your pocket.

5 top tips for losing weight, and keeping it off


For the majority of us, losing weight is a goal that feels almost impossible to achieve. We all know what we need to do; clean eating, drink plenty of water and exercise…easy, right? So why is it that obesity levels in the UK have tripled in the last 30 years? Unfortunately, despite the gimmicks and the ‘all-singing all-dancing’ weight loss adverts, there are no quick fixes.

Eating a well-balanced, nutritious and varied diet is the best way of looking after your general health and losing weight. Staying at a healthy weight prevents the risk of many serious diseases, health conditions and even cancer. To help maintain a long-term healthy weight, it is important to adapt your diet and lifestyle to include healthy habits. Most fad diets or quick fix diets only offer temporary results, and people often put back on the weight that was lost once the diet has ended. Making changes to your food intake can seem like a daunting task. You may want to take small steps in the right direction gradually, at a budget that is affordable and easy to maintain.

So what changes can you make to keep the weight off for good?

1. Check the packaging – Keep an eye on the fat and sugar content on labels
2. Have regular meal times – Try not to skip a meal as this will put you at risk of snacking
3. Look out for reduced fat items on spreads/dressings – The calories saved will add up over time
4. Aim to walk 10,000 steps a day – Why not take the stairs, or park a street further away than usual?
5. 5 a day – Eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. This can include fresh, frozen or tinned

Alongside healthy eating, exercise is also important to help keep your body fit and healthy. This doesn’t mean you need to rush out to renew your gym membership, there are plenty of activities you can do that do not require an additional outgoing each month. Walking and running are excellent forms of exercise as they increase your heart rate and work key muscle groups.