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Everyday Cheapskate: The High Price of Sitting Down

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Yeah, yeah, yeah. Water. We already know this, right? Then why are up to 75% of Americans falling short of the daily amount recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture? Could it be that we're depending on pricey sodas, juices, vitamin water, coffee and tea for hydration? Water is much better for us, and it's practically free.

According to WebMD: 1) Water helps maintain the balance of body fluids; 2) Water helps control calorie intake; 3) Water helps energize muscles; 4) Water helps keep skin looking good; 5) Water keeps kidney's healthy and kidney stones at bay; 6) Water keeps the bowels functioning properly.

Make it easy: First, commit to water as your beverage of choice. Then invest in a great water bottle, like the one I have from Contigo. It's easy to use, helps me keep track of my daily intake and is just the right size to not misplace. It's made all the difference for me.


Sleep, we are learning, plays a huge role in good health. Sleep will curb inflammation -- now being linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and premature aging -- and improve your memory. Just imagine all of the money being spent these days on those particular health issues that may well be simply slept away.


Make it easy: Instead of (or in addition to) setting the alarm to wake up, set it to remind you to go to bed. Make it a nonnegotiable to get at least seven hours of sleep a night.


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