Healthy hacks: 6 ways to make a healthy lifestyle in Charlotte easier

This content was created in partnership with OrthoCarolina.


Being healthy doesn’t have to be hard.

Sure, there are plenty of ways to overcomplicate a healthy lifestyle. But Charlotteans can lean on local businesses and helpful resources to make staying healthy easier.

We teamed up with OrthoCarolina to round up some healthy lifestyle “hacks.” For even more tips and resources, check out their blog.


(1) Take your walk in the park up a notch

Fitness zone at Veteran’s Park

Many area parks have free outdoor fitness zones with calisthenics equipment. You can find them at:

  • Freedom Park, 1908 East Boulevard
  • McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road
  • First Ward Park, 301 East 7th Street
  • Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park, 1815 Catherine Simmons Avenue
  • Veterans Park, 2136 Central Avenue

(2) Make your favorite healthy smoothies at home

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Smoothies from Green Brothers Juice

Local fave Green Brothers Juice Company sells the ingredients for their most popular smoothies frozen in a bag.

Stock up on a few and when you need a quick and healthy meal, just add liquid and blend.

Charlotte Nutrition, a protein shake and energy tea spot, also sells its ingredients in bulk so you can make the drinks at home.

Related story: 19 Charlotte spots to try if you want healthy options

(3) Work out without *actually* working out

You don’t need to clock hours in the gym. A new study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found that gardening, dancing, or going for a walk for just 10 minutes a week can help reduce your mortality risk.

For some walking route inspiration, check out our list of trails in Charlotte and check out this handy map from Carolina Thread Trails.

(4) Get healthy meals, delivered

Photo by Jordan Allen

Meal delivery services offer convenience and relief from decision fatigue. Here are some popular Charlotte options:

  • Nourish is a plant-based meal delivery service from Chef Julia Simon
  • Fit You Fresh Meals from husband and wife duo Maria and J.P. Veloz offer organic meals
  • Chop and Chisel has flexible ordering options for families and individuals. They also have brick-and-mortar locations in addition to delivery services.

Love to cook? A grocery delivery service, such as Hungry Harvest, can help you skip a trip to the store and still get fresh, healthy produce.

(5) Take advantage of free workout classes

OrthoCarolina teamed up with Catawba Riverkeeper to host Paddle, Bike, Run – a free outdoor fitness class series on or near the Catawba River.

Other class options include yoga at the U.S. National Whitewater Center and free boot camps around town with Camp Gladiator.

(6) Mix in a mocktail

Haberdish Mocktail

Boy’s Club mocktail at Haberdish

In a study in the journal Circulation, researchers studied five lifestyle factors that influence how long humans live. One of those factors is limiting alcohol consumption.

Luckily, Charlotte’s mocktail scene is strong. From handmade seltzer water to designated mocktail sections on the menus, Charlotte restaurants won’t let you down. Here are a few favorites:

  • Summit Seltzer has alcohol-free seltzers with unlimited refills.
  • Crepe Cellar will whip up a custom mocktail based on the flavor profile you’re looking for.
  • Haberdish has a few mocktails on their menu with ingredients like Cheerwine reduction, locally grown hemp, and whiskey barrel-smoked black pepper.
  • Free Range Brewery has a featured kombucha on tap that rotates pretty frequently

Full list: 14 Charlotte spots with alcohol-free drinks


Want more healthy lifestyle tips? Check out OrthoCarolina’s blog and follow them on Instagram.

This content was created in partnership with OrthoCarolina.

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