Exercise equipment can be expensive, add a new gym wardrobe and menu, and the costs can quickly skyrocket. But who said adopting a healthier lifestyle must cost an arm and a leg? What if we told you that you don’t have to miraculously establish an extra income stream to live a healthier life? Here is what you can do to make the most of what you have and be healthier even on a shoestring budget.

1. Avoid fad diets

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Fad diets, as their name implies, are short-term quick fixes that can set up many dieters for weight-loss failure. Conflicting claims, testimonials and hype by so-called “experts” can confuse even the most informed consumers. – Leanne Kiezer, Pick n Pay Dietitian. She reckons fad diets can end up setting you up for more failure than success. If a diet or product sounds too good to be true, it probably is, says Kiezer.

Have a look at this article she wrote about fad diets.

2. Save on gym membership

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Multiply members get discounts on gym membership at various gyms including Virgin Active, Planet Fitness, Curves and Zone Fitness. That’s one worry off your list. And if gym is not quite your thing, walking, running and jogging are also viable methods of exercise.

3. Eat well

Try these healthy yet tasty work lunch ideas, or these awesome breakfast ideas to get started. Maintain a healthy, balanced diet with fresh fruits and vegetables.

You might also want to read this post on detox diets.