There’s something to be said for the New Years spirit; like a bolt of lightning, a new year brings the year’s potential to your doorstep and electrifies us with inspiration.
Where will I go? What should I do? Can I? Should I? Could I?
Yes, to all of the possibilities.
We closed out 2014 by tidying up those last bits of to-do lists to end the year with a feeling of accomplishment. We worked hard last year to challenge our daily activities by injecting some life into old routines; taking time to learn and be proactive about careers and lifestyles has only worked to help us grow into more confident versions of ourselves.
Now we’ve got a clean slate with 2015 arriving punctually as always, and we’re riding that wave of inspiration that comes with the ball drop. Many people scoff at resolutioners but the truth is, this kind of collective spirit is contagious and the support of a community takes the edge off setting the pace for an entire year.
Whatever you have in store for 2015–be it weddings, reunions, big trips, etc.–it’s best to start the year off on the right foot! We’ll be doing a new challenge every month that works on self-improvement in different and attainable ways. This month, we want to take our challenge back to the basics, we’re talking on a molecular level: H20. Yup, that old adage has come back to remind you that water, is important now, and every other day of your life, so we want to get on track starting day one.
People usually make pretty lofty goals for fitness, health, and weight loss, most of which they give up within a few weeks. Drinking more water is one of the best things you can do for your health for so many reasons but this time around when you plan to put back eight glasses, you’ve got a community of supporters (us) to remind you and cheer you on.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, let’s consider a few of the other benefits of making water drinking your new favorite habit, shall we?
1. Hydration– This seems obvious, but consider the value water has to each cell in your body: Winter is a season fraught with dehydration because if we aren’t sweating, we aren’t as easily reminded that we’re thirsty. But since water makes up approximately 60 percent of your body, it’s no wonder your cells need it to function their best, and by the time they communicate this to you via chapped lips, your cells are already suffering. Don’t punish your cells–it isn’t their fault!
2. Weight Loss– Water is a necessity, and pie is not. So if you have a glass of water before each meal, you’re more likely to feel full before you even get to the dessert round of dinner. Three meals later, you’re almost halfway to your water goal and that doesn’t even include in-between sipping. That makes this goal as easy as that extra serving of pie you didn’t have! Also, you’re avoiding the false queues of hunger that dehydration can trigger, keeping you hydrated and satiated.
3. Brighter Smile- Speaking of dining out, we love a glass of red or a rum and coke as much as the next happy-hour participant, but did you ever consider what those fluids are doing to your pearly whites? We’ve had enough wine-stained blouses to know that it’s a terror to get out of your clothes, so opting out of a glass here an there will spare your teeth the harsh acids that damage your enamel. Oh and extra bonus: Water is zero calories—can your skinny margarita top that? We didn’t think so.
We’ve teamed up with Align Technology, Inc., the makers of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen®, to bring you this challenge for the new year in favor of healthy, sustainable lifestyle choices. Show us how you keep hydrated by drinking 8 eight oz. glasses a day!
Snap photos and post to Instagram using the #TEG30DayChallenge hashtag, and we’ll regram along the way. A new year, eight daily glasses, one happier, healthier you… Cheers!
What’s your go-to beverage? Have you been getting 8 eight oz. glasses a day already or will this be a challenge for you? How do you remember to stay hydrated?
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