Adding new healthy habits can feel daunting. Being inundated with the latest eating plans, the newest organic superfood drink, trendy gym classes — it can all be a lot. On top of being overwhelming in general, these things can add up in price. A healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be that way, and today we are sharing seven ways that you can improve your health for little to no cost at all.

1. Be Physically Active

You don’t need a gym membership or personal trainer to move your body. There are loads of free resources on the internet for workouts that you can do at home with no equipment at all. You can also go for a walk or run outside when the weather is nice. If you wish, you can invest in minimal equipment, such as resistance bands, to increase the intensity of your at- home workouts without breaking the bank.

2. Intermittent Fasting

Lately, many scientific studies have been demonstrating that intermittent fasting can give you tremendous health benefits. You can choose a split that works best for you and your schedule, but the most common breakdown is an 8-hour eating time frame and a 12-hour fast. This isn’t just great for weight and fat loss; studies have shown that it can improve cell regeneration and help prevent illness. Check with your medical professional to make sure fasting is right for you.

3. Take Cold Showers

Cold showers can stimulate your nervous system and improve your heart rate. Try to take a cold shower first thing in the morning—not only will it really wake you up, but it can also improve the circulatory system and heart health.

4. Meditate

Meditating is good for both the body and mind. When you take the time to meditate each day, you may notice a dramatic decrease in your stress levels, which not only will make you feel happier and more relaxed but will also improve your physical health. When we are under stress, our bodies release cortisol— our stress hormone— which can increase inflammation and have negative effects on our physical health. By de-stressing, you can take care of your mental and physical health.

5. Practice Your Breathing

Take some time each day to completely clear your mind and focus solely on your breathing. Practice taking slow, deep breaths to fill the belly instead of the short and shallow breathing that only fills the chest that we often unconsciously do when we’re feeling stressed. This can also be part of your meditation practice.

6. Drink Enough Water

Water is the healthiest thing you can drink —and it is free! It has been recommended to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. Having that first big glass of water first thing in the morning is so beneficial to your health. To start your day on a healthy note, you can try adding a cup of warm lemon water in the morning to kickstart your metabolism. When you start your day out with a healthy choice, you’ll be more inclined and motivated to keep up the healthy habits for the rest of the day.

7. Spend Time in Nature

You don’t need to exercise outside every day, but you should spend at least 30 minutes in nature, whether you’re moving your body or just sitting in the park. Spending time in nature is fantastic for reducing stress and clearing our minds. It connects us with the beautiful world around us and the fresh air is amazing at motivating us to move through our day with a positive attitude.

What actions do you take on a daily basis to improve your health? Let us know below!