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, all 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.