One of the top health and fitness questions is: “What is the best way to lose body fat?”

Simple answer first: Healthy Balanced Diet and Exercise

However, if you are like me and think that sometimes the answer has got to be a little more complicated than that – let’s break down some of the mind barriers we tend to have and find some simpler solutions shall we?

Today – let’s talk about water. If you have been following Life Stride Fitness Training for a while, you know we have discussed the issue of water before. Many times we don’t realize that we are dehydrated until it’s too late. We have headaches, we are craving sweets, we become lethargic. These are all things that are quick to onset during the holidays too…

Not everything we drink hydrates us. Sure we can already state that alcohol dehydrates us – but do we understand that coffee does too? I know – our love affair with the warm and indulgent wake-up juice could be setting us back. And I don’t know about you – but after the time change in the fall and the Holidays – some days I feel like I need that caffeine IV drip.

Let’s take a look at some simple ways to increase our hydration instead of decreasing.

Water – yup that is what it boils down to – water… simple answer right? Well some of us are not a fan of water. So what are some ways that we can increase our water intake and hydration without just boring ourselves to death with plain water.¬†According to the Institute of Medicine, it is recommended that women get 2.7 liters (11 cups) of water per day.

Infuse it – We can make a pitcher with cut up fruit and or cumber and make a refreshing pitcher we can refill and reuse all day. One of my favorite infusions is lemon and raspberry. The combinations you can choose are close to endless and it is a great way to keep that hydration up!

Warm water with lemon – the benefits of this cup or two of warm lemon water are bountiful. From the obvious hydration benefits to the tummy tamer – warm lemon water is one way to keep your body in check.

Eat more fruits and vegetables! Many different fruits and vegetables have high water content in them and help your daily water intake when you consume them.

These are just two ways to increase your water intake and keep yourself from being dehydrated.

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