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How to Drink More Water (and Why You Should)

How to Drink More Water (and Why You Should)

    “Water is the driving force of all nature” – Leonardo da Vinci

    Do you want a really simple way to improve your health and productivity? Here’s a free and easy way to stay healthy and get more done which doesn’t involve apps or planners, gyms or diets.

    Drink more water.

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    They say our bodies are made up of 70% water, so it goes without saying that we need to drink enough water to maintain a healthy balance. Most of us know we should drink more water — but do you remember the reasons why? Here are reminders of some of the many benefits of drinking water and how we can easily create the habit of consuming more water on a daily basis.

    Productivity

    If the body gets dehydrated this means that each cell gets dehydrated and cannot perform to its optimum levels. Dehydration causes fatigue and lethargy, which will have a direct impact on your energy levels and performance. It isn’t just the cells in the body that are affected by the lack of water…the ones in the brain suffer too. Dehydration can also cause headaches, a common afternoon drawback for office workers. You may chalk up the headache down to stress, but try drinking more water throughout the day and you may be surprised at how many of these headaches it eliminates. You will also notice a lack of mental alertness if you haven’t been sipping at the water fountain throughout the day. Stay hydrated and you will be able to focus more and get more done.

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    Health

    Drinking water benefits our health in many ways. Water helps to flush toxins and waste products from our bodies. It aids our digestion and “keep us regular”. I have heard it said that it can help reduce the risks of heart attacks and cancers. Drinking water prevents dehydration, which can affect the cells negatively in so many ways. You cannot deny that your body feels happier and healthier each time you consume a glass of water.

    Beauty

    It’s not just all health and productivity, as if that weren’t enough. You can look better too. Water is proven to help with weight loss. By improving your digestive system, fats will be eliminated from the body more efficiently. It also reduces appetite and eliminates thirst which can sometimes be confused with hunger. Water can also help to hydrate the skin and reduce the signs of aging. No more expensive anti-aging creams; water all the way.

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    But the problem as we know is not recognizing the benefits, the problem is remembering to drink enough every day. Here are a few tips how to create the habit of drinking water. Note the amount of water that each person should drink daily depends on their physical health, the amount of exercise they do daily, whether they live in a hot or cold climate and other factors (such as pregnancy). Please get advice from a medical professional to find out how much water you should drink daily

    1. Set a goal. Write down your goal to drink X amount of water a day. Write down your reasons why, of course you will want all of the benefits but what is your main motivation? Connecting with your main motivation is a great way keep the enthusiasm when the incentive fades.
    2. Set reminders. Put reminders into your phone or calendar to drink at regular intervals. It is not good for your body to drink large quantities of water at once, small sips regularly is better than infrequent big gulps.
    3. Make it taste nice. Lots of people don’t like the taste (or lack of taste) of water. If this is the case, add some lemon or other citrus fruit to the water to make the taste more pleasant.
    4. Track it. If you should be drinking 8 glasses of water every day, make a chart and tick it off each time you drink a glass. It may sound childish but it works. Do a chart for 30 days and you will have made drinking water a part of your everyday routine.
    5. Bring a bottle. Buy a bottle with a filter and bring it with you, if you have a bottle with you at all times you are more likely to sip from it throughout the day.

    Now that you have the motivation all you need is the willpowerCreate the habit and reap the rewards of a healthier, better-looking, and more productive you!

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    (Photo credit: Drinking Water via Shutterstock)

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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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      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

      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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