By Erika Stalder, Designed by by Isabelle Rancier, Refinery29
Sooo…about those New Year's Resolutions. Though most of us have the most noble of intentions, not to mention dedicated wallets (Americans will spend a projected $5.6 billion this year on resolution-related stuff and services), the statistics are grim: 75 percent of us ditch our goals to become fitter and healthier by the second week of January. For intentions that are born with the brightest of hope, the reality is downright depressing.
We're here to combat these dismal trends by offering 12 low-to-no-cost (and, more importantly, achievable) ways to stay healthy and well throughout the year. Mind you, these are not the secrets to losing 20 pounds in 20 days or reaching a higher state of being during your lunch break. Instead, we've discovered little ways to tweak your days (and nights) that yield a high impact when it comes to getting - and staying - healthy.
Because, as it turns out, the road to fitness or even a feel-good you isn't paved with grueling bootcamp workouts or perfecting a six-minute mile; it's about innovative ways to carve out pockets of time in even the most hectic of days and treat our bodies and brains. The result? A leaner, clearer-minded you without the burden (or potential disappointment) of having to meet lofty goals. Read on for R29's month-by-month guide to a fitter, happier, healthier you.
A personal trainer, sushi chef, housekeeper, dedicated skin guru: these are all luxuries that for the most part, solidly stay in our "If I were rich and famous" lifestyle list. Even if we can't employ a staff to keep we looking fabulous, we can get personal attention from the pros. Your yoga instructors, Pilates teachers, and spinning gurus have all trained and certified ... more
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September: Take On Some "Homework"
A personal trainer, sushi chef, housekeeper, dedicated skin guru: these are all luxuries that for the most part, solidly stay in our "If I were rich and famous" lifestyle list. Even if we can't employ a staff to keep we looking fabulous, we can get personal attention from the pros. Your yoga instructors, Pilates teachers, and spinning gurus have all trained and certified themselves to a high skill level - so why not be a teacher's pet and tap into their expertise?
Connect with your teachers personally by arriving 15 minutes early to your group class. Explain your fitness goals or body ailments and ask for other resources and tips that are specifically tailored to you. For instance, you could get your yoga teacher's favorite YouTube instructional videos or five equipment-free exercises you can do on the road.
It's likely your teacher will not only provide some customized direction, but play your cards right, and she may even work a few postures or choreography into class with you especially in mind. Just be sure to give thanks (or tokens of appreciation) to your fitness aid to keep the relationship gracious and miles away from Mooch Town.