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Easy Ways to Drink More Water Daily

We’ve touted the health benefits of drinking a lot of water, and even wrote about the health benefits here.  Now Health Fitness Revolution is bringing you easy tips for incorporating more water into you daily routine:

  • Temperature: Find out which water temperature you like the most, and make sure you always have some on hand. If you like water ice cold, find a container where you can keep it iced all day.
  • Flavor: Add lemon juice, lime juice, orange slices, cucumber slices, berries or herbs/herb extracts (like peppermint).
  • Bubbles: If you like soda, try sparkling mineral water or  natural flavored sparkling mineral water: none of the calories and all of the carbonation.
  • Bottles: Having a water bottle you like around all the time will make you want to fill it up over and over – and show it off.
  • Straws: Because sometime sipping from a straw can help you drink more.
  • Wake up with water: Starting your day with a glass of water is easier because you’re thirsty from that (hopefully) nice long night of sleep you’ve had.
  • Brew something: Sometimes we overlook tea as a source of hydration, but if you avoid caffeine and sugar, tea is a great hydrator!
  • Remember how good it is: Once you start a healthy water habit, you’ll start realizing how good you feel when you do drink water. And if you start losing weight, keep that in mind every time you think about drinking something else!
  • Use it as a diet tool: Before you reach for a snack, drink a glass of water. Before you eat, and in between meals, feelings of hunger can be mistaken for feelings of thirst. Drink more water and save calories when you’re really just thirsty.
  • Keep it clean: Tap water is usually fine, but sometimes water and even ice can get a funky flavor that makes you not want to drink it. So invest in a water filter, water filtration system, water softener, or water delivery. Anything that helps your water taste better is an investment worth making!

The Keys To Making Exercise a Daily Habit

Now that you are well into the our healthy lifestyle, you might be finding that keeping those healthy exercise resolutions are more of a challenge than you initially thought. Busy daily schedules between work, school, errands, taking care of the kids and cooking meals for the family can leave you exhausted at the end of the day and feeling unmotivated to squeeze in a workout. But don’t worry, because not all hope is lost on your health and fitness goals. The keys to making exercise a daily habit are attainable!

By following a few simple guidelines, you can make exercise an easy incorporation into your daily or weekly routine.

  1. Set a realistic goal. If this is your first time to commit to regular exercise, start slow and easy. Rather than commit to five days a week, start with two. If you try for five days a week and find that you cannot make every day, your confidence and determination will start to wane, and you’ll eventually give up on the routine. Instead, start with something you can realistically accomplish. The same principle applies to your fitness and weight loss goals. Set small goals and gradually work your way up to bigger goals once you feel you are ready to step up.
  2. Pick a workout time that works for you. Everyone is different when it comes to exercise abilities and energy levels. If you’re not a morning person, or if you find that your energy is not high in the early hours, a morning workout is not ideal. Instead, hit the gym during your lunch break or in the evenings. Those who hate waking up early or do not feel motivated to exercise first thing in the morning likely won’t keep the routine.
  3. Plan ahead. Pack a gym bag the night before so you already have what you need ready to go the next day. That way, you cannot say, “Oh, I can’t workout today because I forgot my shoes.” Being prepared and ready is a key step to feeling motivated and not having an excuse not to go.
  4. Choose an activity you enjoy. Doing something you like is essential to staying motivated. Those who dislike their workout or feel that they are not getting the results they wanted are more likely to give up early no matter how much they want results.

Studies have shown that three weeks is all it takes to establish a long-term routine. So don’t give up just yet on your new workouts. Keep it up for just a couple more weeks and give your best effort in making exercise a part of your daily lifestyle.