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.
Americans between the ages of 20 and 39 consume 336 calories a day in sugary drinks - that's more than 15 percent of one's daily calories. It's not hard to figure out why: with an ever-expanding array of tasty non-alcoholic beverages on the market, it's becoming increasingly hard to nix bottled teas, juices, flavored waters, energy drinks, sports drinks, and smoothies (whew!) in ... more
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February: Do A Drink Swap
Americans between the ages of 20 and 39 consume 336 calories a day in sugary drinks - that's more than 15 percent of one's daily calories. It's not hard to figure out why: with an ever-expanding array of tasty non-alcoholic beverages on the market, it's becoming increasingly hard to nix bottled teas, juices, flavored waters, energy drinks, sports drinks, and smoothies (whew!) in favor of calorie-less, sugar-less, flavor-less... water. Excuse us if we're not exactly salivating.
If you can't get into guzzling H2O, cut nearly 100 grams of sugar out of your daily diet and still find the flavor you want with these satisfying swaps. Craving a fizzy, flavor-packed drink tinged with sweet and sour? Switch your soda for a kombucha or chia seed drink, which has up to 50 grams less sugar per 16oz bottle. While juice blends and pre-made smoothies can seem super healthy (hey, some of it's green!), fruit juice can be a deceptively high source of sugar. Odwalla Superfood, for example, packs 37 grams per serving, while whipping up your own concoction of cucumber, celery, watercress, lemon, ginger, and cayenne will wield only 6 grams of sugar.
Finally, if you're in desperate need of an energy surge, swap the Red Bull, Monsters, and energy shots - or even coffee, for that matter - for a stimulant tea (like greens, whites, blacks) or yerba mate shots. They have little to no sugar, plus they pack antioxidants and polyphenols, less