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Simple Tricks To Drink More Water This Summer!

Tricks To Drink More Water This Summer!

Hello All!!

So summers are here and it is getting sultry by the day! The most important thing to remember during summers is that you need to drink enough water throughout the day. Only then you will be well-hydrated.

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All of us know that but still there are some people who avoid drinking water to reduce their washroom visits or are plain lazy to get up and fetch a bottle of water for themselves! Here are Simple Tricks To Drink More Water This Summer!

Keep a tab on your water intake

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Technology can come to your rescue if you forget to drink water. There are smart phone apps that keep a track of the number of glasses of water you drink in a day. These apps will send you reminders during the day to drink water after you set the number of glasses you want to drink in a day. Personally, I have been using the app Plant Nanny and it is a fun way to get reminded to drink water.

Jazz it up

Health Benefits Of Drinking Warm Lemon Water Every Morning

Don’t like drinking plain water? Well, you can jazz it up by squeezing in some lemon into the water. Lemon water is not just refreshing but also helps in preventing dehydration and adrenal fatigue.

Set a timer

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You can also keep reminding yourself of drinking water with the help of timers or sticky notes by placing them in places where you spend the maximum amount of time. This will help you drink sufficient amount of water.

Eat fruits and veggies that have water

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Apart from providing you with essential nutrients, your fruits and veggies can provide you with a good amount of water. Eating foods like watermelon, cucumber and tomatoes can fulfill 20% of your daily recommended water intake.

Carry a bottle of water with you

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If you are heading outdoors or are going to sit at your desk, just make sure that you carry a water bottle along. Whenever you are thirsty, it will be convenient for you to drink water.

Consume soups and juices

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When you add soups and juices to your diet, you can increase your water intake. Consuming clear soups or broth based ones will not alone rehydrate your body but will also help in maintaining a low calorie count.

Take water breaks

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If you have a desk job that involves only staring at the computer screen the whole day, then you have more chances of missing out on drinking water. Get up in between and take a water break along with your colleague and just relax for a while.

Make drinking water a ritual

You can turn drinking water into a ritual. For instance, you can drink 2 glasses if water when you wake up in the morning, 1 glass after every meal, 1 glass after every restroom visit and once when you retire to bed. This way you will get to drink sufficient water all day long.

Use fancy water bottles

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You are more likely to each out for a fancy looking water bottle to drink water. So, keep attractive water bottles for yourself.

Motivate yourself for good health

Self-motivation has a major role to play when you want to meet targets. Measuring the water consumed by you and pushing yourself to drink more water for good health can go a long way!

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Easy Ways to Eat More Plant Protein

If you think steak and eggs are the the only way to pack in the protein, think again. While the myth of never consuming enough protein is still around, the idea of going vegetarian at least once a week, aka “Meatless Monday,” is growing in popularity. The good news is that regularly eating dishes made with powerful plant proteins like beans, legumes, tofu and whole grains can help prevent and reverse heart disease, cancer and diabetes. It’s no surprise that vegetarians who regularly chow down on these antioxidant-packed foods weigh less and live longer than their meat-eating counterparts.


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Now don’t fret — you don’t have to go cold turkey (pun intended) and swear off sausage and chicken forevermore. Research suggests that being a “flexitarian,” or someone who eats primarily vegetarian but has meat or fish occasionally, yields similar health benefits. So whether you give up meat every other day, once a week, or once a month, decreasing your meat consumption is a surefire way to boost your health (not to mention that of the planet).

Before we get into the recipes, let’s delve into some fun facts veggie style. Did you know spirulina, a super nutrient-dense blue green algae, is one of the highest protein foods on the planet? Or that pumpkin seeds have 7 grams of protein per serving? Or that half a cup of peas has 4 grams of protein? Long story short, protein is found in all foods and as long as you’re getting sufficient calories, it’s likely you’re getting plenty of protein.


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If you’re ready to try some meatless meals,  we’ve got you covered with these oh-so-delicious (and totally nutritious) meatless swaps.

TACOS

Replace the typical ground beef for zesty chickpea pecan filling. Even the truest of carnivores love this spin on the classic. To make, pulse a can of drained chickpeas with half a cup of toasted pecans in the food processor until finely chopped. In a medium saucepan, warm on the stove with about half a cup of water and season with plenty of taco seasoning to taste. Serve with avocado, salsa and jalapenos in corn taco shells or tucked into sweet potatoes.

STIR FRY

Add baked tofu to your veggie and brown rice stir fry. To make baked tofu, drain and press a block of extra firm tofu. Slice into 8 squares. Marinate in 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, 1 tablespoon vegetable or peanut oil, 1 tablespoon maple syrup and a pinch of garlic for at least 20 minutes. Put in a baking dish and cook at 400°F for 40 minutes, turning over halfway through cooking.

CHILI

This classic, hearty meal is delicious without all the meat. Load up on beans, lentils and/or quinoa for protein that won’t weigh you down. Add veggies like peppers, spinach, corn, carrots and celery. Don’t go easy on the spices, either — a big pinch of cinnamon or cocoa powder can deliver a huge boost in flavor.

BURGERS

Whip up a batch of simple bean burgers and serve on toasty, whole-grain buns with plenty of avocado, lettuce, tomato, onions and condiments galore. For extra kick, add chopped jalapeno or chipotle peppers in adobo to the bean mixture.

SPAGHETTI

Ditch the meatballs and whip up a batch of bean balls instead. Serve atop whole-grain pasta or spaghetti squash with a big side salad and roasted broccoli.

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7 Pro Tips for Making Your Work Day More Active

Staying active during the workday can be a challenge for people who sit at a desk all day. This is especially true on days when you’re so busy it feels like there’s rarely an opportunity to look away from your computer, much less get up and move around.

Luckily, there are many ways to stay active in the office, even if you can’t manage to leave your desk. Check out these stretching and movement ideas from ergonomic pros, fitness experts and health advocates:

1. SUBTLY BOOST YOUR BURN

Add extra resistance to your movement, turning that quick walk from your desk to your printer into an opportunity to tone and burn. You can wear discreet ankle weights or body weights.”

– Frank Yao, co-founder and CEO of Physiclo

2. DO A WATER CHALLENGE

Challenge yourself to drink 10, 8-ounce glasses of water throughout the day. Not only will you have to continually get up and refill your water, you’ll need to head to the bathroom, too. Added bonus: Drinking water is great for you, so you’re kind of winning on all fronts.”

– Amina AlTai, owner of Busy Happy Healthy


To make it easy to track your water intake, log it with MyFitnessPal.


3. SET YOUR ACTIVITY TRACKER

“The best way to start keeping yourself more accountable for your activity level is to get an activity tracker. You can set your tracker to vibrate on your wrist to remind you that you’ve been sitting too long and it is time to get up and move.”

– Mandy McClellan, accessories buyer for Fit2Run, The Runner’s Superstore

4. START DELIVERING “IN-PERSON EMAILS”

“Visit a colleague’s desk to deliver a message instead of sending an email. The trip will get you out of your desk chair and give you a fun, social reason to walk around the office. Plus, you’ll get the added bonus of some face time with a colleague, who will also appreciate the break from emails!”

– Eve Martin, CEO and founder of Elm Tree Medical Inc.

5. SET RULES THAT MOTIVATE MOVEMENT

“Cut off taking advantage of workplace supplies at noon so you have to leave [the office] and go get a snack or coffee from somewhere further away from your workstation.”

– Katie Johnson, outreach and PR Strategist for StandDesk.co.

6. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

“Remember, we are trying to replicate the experience of working in the fields or factory without all the heavy lifting and sweating. If you have an adjustable desk, you can listen to your body and you can move periodically throughout the day. You now have the freedom to move when it is convenient and when your body tells you that you need to.

“Stand for a few minutes when you get to your desk after a long commute. Stand while you take a phone call. Stand after lunch to help maintain your focus and avoid the afternoon crash. Stand when your back feels a little tight or your neck is stiff. Adjustments give you freedom and that is good for your body and your mind!”

– What You Should Know Before You Take a Stand, Workrite

 7. PERFORM A DESK WORKOUT

Try this desk workout from Meghan Kennihan, NASM personal trainer.

  1. Desk pushups offer great for toning the arms. Place your hands on your desk, walk your feet back to a 45-degree angle and do 10–15 pushups.
  2. Shoulder squeezes helps prevent a hunched posture. Pretend there’s a pencil between your shoulder blades, squeeze them together and hold for 10–20 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
  3. Sit and stands tones your legs and butt. Stand in front of your chair and lower yourself down until your butt hits the edge of the chair and stand back up (make sure your chair is secure). Repeat 20 times.
  4. Desk dips are perfect for toning your triceps. Face away from your desk and place your hands shoulder-width apart with fingers facing you, legs extended. Dip down until your elbows make a 90-degree angle; press back up 10–15 times.
  5. Wall Sit: Stand against the wall and slide down until your knees are at a 90-degree angle directly over your ankles. Hold for 30–60 seconds and repeat 5 times.

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Museums, Churches, Bars and 5 More Offbeat Workout Spaces

No matter how much you love your local gym, sometimes a change of scenery is both nice and motivating. You may even feel inspired to exercise for longer and harder in a new setting, especially if it has a cool backstory, like these eight out-of-the-box, very non-traditional places to break a sweat across the U.S.

1. A MORNING AT THE MUSEUM

Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

What: Contemporary dance company Monica Bill Barnes & Company teamed up with and writer/illustrator Maira Kalman to create an exercise experience called the Museum Workout at the world-famous Met, which houses 5,000-plus years of iconic art. Wearing sequined dresses and tennis shoes, Barnes and dance partner Anna Bass take an intimate group of participants on a physical and interactive journey through the 137-year-old establishment located in Central Park. The 45-minute dance-cardio workout moves to the soundtrack of Kalman’s voice blended with disco and Motown hits.

When: Available on select Thursdays, January through March, at 8:30 a.m. before the museum opens to the public. The $ 35 tickets, which include admission to the museum for the rest of the day, are sold out for now, but check the website to see if they extend this popular program into the spring.

2. TAKE ME TO CHURCH

Where: Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

What: Vibrant yoga mats fill the aisles, alter and indoor labyrinth at this historically progressive Episcopal church — the country’s third-largest — in the heart of the city. Led by hatha flow and restorative yoga instructor Darren Main, the weekly practice begins with a brief reflection from a clergyman and is accompanied by live music. Hundreds of locals and travelers of all ages and abilities attend each week.

When: Every Tuesdays from 6:15–7:30 p.m., except in December. Class is free, but a $ 10–$ 20 donation is suggested. See the website for details.

3. POSES AND PINTS

Where: Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver

What: This 23-year-old brewery is as serious about its craft brews as it is about keeping its community hoppy, er, happy. Which is why since 2013 it has invited CorePower Yoga to host a free weekly class in its production facility on Brighton Boulevard. With a live DJ spinning in the background, a yoga instructor leads all levels in a highly physical, hourlong flow (prepare to sweat) to help students earn their booze after class at the brewery’s Barrel Bar.

When: The first Wednesday of every month. Starts at 6 p.m. sharp, so arrive early. Click here for more info.

4. YOGA IN THE SKY

Where: The LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas

What: Take your practice to new heights on the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel standing at 550 feet above the Strip at the LINQ Promenade. The ferris wheel, which debuted last spring, features 28 glass-enclosed spherical cabins that hold up to 40 people. During a 60-minute session in one of these cabins, a certified yoga instructor from Silent Savasana will guide up to six students through a sequence as the wheel completes two rotations (30 minutes each). Each participant wears a cool LED headset to hear the instructor’s voice, which is accompanied by a tranquil playlist.

When: Classes are offered every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Cost is $ 75 per person for a small group class; the ride alone starts at $ 28. Call 702-322-0593, or email at least 24 hours in advance.

5. HELLO DALI

Where: The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida

What: Bend your body and your mind at the Dali Museum, featuring the legendary artist, Salvador Dali’s, celebrated works, which includes more than 2,000 pieces from his entire career. An instructor from Lucky Cat Yoga teaches vinyasa and meditation to all levels in either in the Raymond James Community Room or outside in the Avant-garden (both offer stunning views of Tampa Bay). Each session captures Dali’s electric physical, mental and spiritual energy, which you can pour into your own practice.

When: Every Sunday morning from 10:30–11:45 a.m. throughout the year. Costs $ 10 members and students or $ 15 non-members. Click here for more info.

6. A DIVINE PRACTICE

Where: The Refectory at The High Line Hotel in Manhattan

What: Rumor has it, the historic Refectory is one of the most beautiful rooms in all of NYC. When you stop by the sacred 3,300-plus square foot space — it was once part of the General Theological Seminary built in 1895 — you can easily see why. Count your blessings on the mat as part of The High Line Hotel’s free, three-part yoga series, which was offered here last fall to all — hotel guests, locals and travelers alike. The series was such a hit, it will likely return this summer.

When: Dates vary, so send an email to be notified of upcoming classes.

7. HAPPY HOUR YOGA

Where: Concrete Beach Brewery in Miami

What: Come for the yoga, then say “namaste and have a pint” at the two-year-old Concrete Beach Brewery, which has partnered with Love Life Wellness Center to offer beginner-friendly yoga classes within the heart of the Wynwood Art District. Pints are $ 4 for participants and stay that low for the rest of the night.

When: The second Wednesday of every month. The free class takes place from 7 p.m.–8 p.m.

8. FLEX FOR FLIPPER

Where: Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage in Las Vegas

What: Usually, people gather to watch these highly intelligent sea creatures perform cool tricks for their entertainment. The Mirage, however, flips the script, inviting humans to put on a show for these sweet swimmers. Sign up for a soothing one-hour morning yoga class, which takes place right in front of the underwater viewing area where curious bottlenose dolphins can voyeuristically watch you attempt new poses.

When: Available Friday through Sunday at 8:30 a.m. for $ 50 per person, which includes a post-class smoothie and full access to the spa facility for the day. To book a session, call 702-791-7472. Click here for more info.


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