Overhaul your health this summer. No excuse will help you get around these economical suggestions. Try them for yourself, share them with a friend or involve the entire family. All you'll need is a few dollars and a little motivation. Get started now.
The 5-Step Money-Saving Plan
1. Phone a Friend: $0
Adopt the buddy system. When you're trying to lose weight or get fit, a good friend should always be there to keep you on track. To take Dr. Oz's Buddy Weight Loss Challenge, click here.
2. No Babysitter, No Excuses: $0
Save money on childcare. Bring the kids along and turn getting your 10,000 steps into an opportunity to bond and burn calories.
3. No Membership Required: $0
No gym membership? No equipment? No problem. Reexamine household chores and turn them into at-home workouts. For example, get lean while you do the laundry. Put the basket on the floor; squat down to pick up each piece of clothing, one at a time. Repeat until you're done fluffing and folding. Make it more advanced: alternate bringing your knees to your chest after each squat. You'll be breaking a sweat in no time. Click here for more workouts designed for busy moms on a budget.
4. Eat Local: $5
Shop local markets to seek out seasonal items and special deals. You can get a week's worth of fruits and vegetables for about $5. Take Dr. Oz's shopping list with you.
5. Try Something New: $3
Don't get stuck in a rut. Change your approach to dieting by trying different foods. Keep it interesting with new recipes. This spinach and artichoke whole grain pasta dish will only cost you $3 per serving. Click here to get the recipe.
Summer Beauty for a Steal
Sun, sand and spending more time outdoors can do a number on your hair, skin and nails. Resolve your summer beauty woes with these wallet-friendly natural remedies.
Repair Damaged Nails: $2.99
Repair damaged cuticles and prevent infection with an at-home manicure. Instructions: Take a grape, cut it in half and dip in sugar; massage each nail; rinse off and follow with olive oil for a little bit of shine. The sugar work as an exfoliant, and the grapes have antibacterial properties.
Smooth Frizzy Hair: $1.85
Humidity and styling damage can contribute to summer frizz. Repair the outer core of the hair - also called the cuticle - with a nourishing banana and avocado conditioning mask. Instructions: Mash the banana and avocado together and comb the mixture through hair; apply a shower cap and let sit for 10 minutes; rinse with cool water. Bananas contain potassium and avocados are packed with fatty acids that instantly soften hair.
Sun Damage Skin-Saver: $2.75
Remove the damaged surface layers of your skin with a facial mask of yogurt and (approximately 12) blueberries. Mash together; apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes; rinse. Blueberries contain vitamin C and E to help heal skin, and the lactic acid in yogurt is an effective exfoliant. Click here to read about Dr. Oz's Healthy Tan Plan.
Best Bang for Your Buck
The Healthiest Way to Start Your Day: 90 cents
Try an onion and pepper omelet for an early-morning dose of protein and vitamin C - which helps to mobilize and get rid of fat.
Burn the Most Calories per Hour: $0
These outdoor activities don't require you to have deep pockets or a personal trainer. Beach volleyball is your best bet, burning 544 calories per hour. Swimming laps at your local community pool burns 476 calories per hour, and hiking burns up to 442 calories an hour.
Economical Energy Boosters: Less than $5
Add cayenne pepper to your meals. It's an effective way to boost your metabolism and burn more calories. For other calorie-burning spices, click here.
Feed a Family of 4: Under $6
Cooking at home instead of dining out will save you big bucks - especially since most of the ingredients needed for this summer pesto pasta dish are common to your kitchen. Made with arugula, basil, walnuts, tomatoes and olive oil, this meal is low in calories, and high in nutrients like Omega-3 fats and lycopene (from the tomatoes) - which can help prevent sunburns. Each serving is only 330 calories. Click here to get the recipe. For more family-style dinner-on-a-dime suggestions, click here.