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4 Interesting Ways That Help You Drink Much More Water Easily

4 Interesting Ways That Help You Drink Much More Water Easily

It is common knowledge that we need to drink more water. But between its sheer blandness, the inconvenience of having to lug a water bottle around and the constant availability of tastier options, remembering to drink more water is so hard to do.

Here are 4 easy ways to trick yourself into drinking more water

1. Spice things up.

Sprinkling just a touch of red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper or good ole hot sauce on your food will definitely encourage you to drink more water. Even better, studies[1] show that adding a little fire to your food increases metabolism and improves feelings of satiety, both of which lead to weight loss.

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2. Drink from a straw.

Drinking through a straw helps you drink larger amounts in a shorter period of time. Another surprising and benefical reason to drink your water through a straw or sports bottle is that the sucking action[2] itself is one of the oldest remedies for stress reduction and for providing a sense of calm. So you’ll drink more water and pacify yourself simultaneously.

3. Add a little flavor.

Adding natural flavor to water, such as lemon, lime or ginger to your water is a perfect way to add flavor while still reaping the benefits. Ginger infused water or ginger tea[3] is made by boiling fresh ginger root in water, then straining it and allowing it to cool. Ginger tea is not only good for flavoring the water it is also known to ease digestive discomfort and relieve the sinus pressure and sore throat that often accompanies a cold.

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Another great way to add a little flavor and aesthetic flare to a glass of water is to use frozen citrus fruit as ice cubes. Not only do you have a beautiful glass of flavored water, you are now getting the added benefits that citrus fruits provide.

An even easier way to increase your water intake without actually drinking it straight is by diluting your favorite beverages. This technique works well with tea, juice and lemonade. You still get all the flavor while doubling your water intake and cutting the calories in half.

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4. Eat your water.

How in the world do you “eat” water you ask? Easy! You simply consume foods with high water content[4]. Watermelon and strawberries are 92% water. Zucchini, radishes and celery are a whopping 95% water. Other fruits and veggies that have a high water content include: cucumbers, grapefruit, green cabbage, tomatoes, pineapples, oranges, cranberries, cauliflower, eggplant and the list goes on and on. Eating your water is easy and great for your overall health.

You have to consciously decide to drink more water. Set cues that trigger the thought, “drink more water.” It could be as simple as setting a bottle of water beside your bed before you go to sleep and when you wake up, drinking half the bottle before your feet hit the ground. Or, while you are at work or school, drinking water after every restroom break or taking three sips of water before every meal or using an app to track your water intake. The list of possibilities is endless but the result has to be the same…drink more water!

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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