4 Simple Tricks to Increase Your Daily Water Intake

Keeping your body well hydrated benefits your health in various ways: it is good for your kidneys, helps your digestion, saves you from migraines and might even reduce wrinkles! Everything in your body – from your skin to your muscles or brain – needs water. So, you might wonder: how much water is enough?

You have probably heard the much repeated advice to drink 8 glasses of water a day. While this is an easy advice to remember, it doesn’t need to be followed quite so literally. If you exercise and sweat a lot, you will need to drink more; if you eat a lot of yoghurts you will need to drink less since your food will already contain a lot of water.

waterIf you find yourself feeling thirsty too often, or if you suffer some dehydration symptoms, you might want to use these simple tricks that will help you increase your fluid intake.

1) Eat more fruit and vegetables, as they are foods rich in water. Soups are another obvious choice that will help you increase your fluid intake.

2) Make it a habit to drink a glass of beverage during a meal or a snack.

3) You don’t have to drink water exclusively – a tea or a juice will also keep your body hydrated. Of course, if you’re on a diet, water will be the best choice for you.

4) Keep a small bottle of water at hand whenever possible. Sometimes our busy schedules make us endure thirst for too long. By keeping a drink readily at hand, you’ll have no excuse not to take a sip! Especially when you’re sitting in front of your computer and your mind is on other things like playing the latest slot machines, I always have a bottle of water in front of me so I don’t forget!

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How to become lean and mean in less than 30 minutes

The pressures of work, family and life can leave us with less free time than we would like; something has to give. And, for most of us, that something is our commitment to a regular exercise regime instead of staying away from those online slots. We want the benefits of a fitter body, lower blood pressure and the release of endorphins, but we seemingly just can’t create the time. It’s not an uncommon problem and it’s one that affects us all at some point in our lives.

The reality, however, is that if you’ve done your homework, and you train in the right way, thirty minutes of time, three times per week can be all you need to get yourself in shape. Circuit training is a proven means of toning up your muscles, as well as burning calories and giving you an all around cardio workout. It’s the perfect regime for those with little time to spare and those who don’t want to waste money on fancy gym memberships. It’s the no frills way of staying in shape.

A sample workout might look like this:

3 sets X

1 minute              Bodyweight push up (Nose to floor)

situps1 minute              Bodyweight push up, with wide arms (Hands wider than shoulder width apart)

1 minute              Bodyweight sit up (Legs at 90 degrees, touch your knees with your elbows)

1 minute              Bodyweight bicycle crunch (Legs at 90 degrees, but raised and parallel to the floor, hands behind your ears, move the left elbow to the right knee, simultaneously straighten left leg, repeat on other side.)

1 minute              Bodyweight squat (Bum as close to the floor as possible)

1 minute              Bodyweight split squat (One foot in front of the other, bend from the knees until your back knee almost touches the floor)

Total exercise time: 27 minutes, assuming a 30 second rest between exercises.

The options for circuit training are endless and the benefits are real. Just thirty minutes, three times each week could transform your health and wellbeing.

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