6 Reasons To Drink More Water!

I have always tried to drink my 8 glasses a day, and know i get a killer headache when I don’t drink enough throughout the day. But I have never really looked into what else water can do for you. 

Clear Skin

Water has the ability to moisturise your skin and keep it fresh, soft and hopfully glowing! It has also been proven to keep wrinkles away and help you stay young!

Gives Extra Energy

Did you know that your brain in mostly water? This means that as your drink, you help it stay focused, to concentrate and it also boost energy levels! 

Boosts Immune System

The more you drink, the less likely you are to get sick! Water can help fight against flu, cancer and other horrible ailments such as heart attacks. 

Natural Pain Relief 

Keeping hydrated can help relieve and prevent headaches which can be caused by dehydration. It can also help keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.

Promotes Weight Loss

Drinking the right amount of water will remove any by-products of fat, reduces eating intake, reduces hunger, raises your metabolism and is calorie free!

Makes You Happy! 

Why you are hydrated and your body functions as it should, you will feel great and be happy!

 

I use my Epic Water Filter to make sure my water is clean and free from impurities. 

Guest Post: Some Of The Worst Workout Advice On The Planet

If you’re a fitness buff, you probably have heard tons of workout advice that you may be still practicing right now. Although all these fitness regimens seem to be true, not all are valid.

Which ones are correct and not? Check out the worst workout tips that you should not be following:

Scale indicates your progress.

Every day, you weigh yourself on the weighing scale and see a big improvement. Although scales are important tools to tell how healthy you are, you should not see it as a measurement of your progress. When you work out, you increase your muscles, which don’t make significant changes in your weight. Instead of depending on the numbers, checks how well your clothes fit and how impress you are when you look in the mirror.

No pain, no gain.

You often hear the saying, “no pain, and no gain.” However, this is not applicable during workouts. What’s more effective is a steady and slow pace rather than hitting the gym with intense sweat and pain. When you work out, prefer eating nutritious, balanced meals to attain a healthy and fit body.

Weightlifting will make you big.

Strength training is not meant to make you big. It is a form of exercise to keep your body toned, develop strength and increase metabolism. When you have more muscle, your body has the power to burn more calories, even you are at rest. More muscles mean you have a fitter figure.

You need the gym to be toned.

This is certainly bias because you don’t need any pricey tools to keep you in shape. You can keep your ideal weight even without any expensive equipment. You can walk, run, jog, swim or bike for free. You will not run out of resources if you want to be fit. You can do strength and conditioning training at home, such as jumping rope, pushups, squat jumps or burpees. You can also do various fitness regimens that are available online.

You can only shed pounds through exercise.

Dieting is the best way to cut those extra pounds. However, the result is better when dieting is done with a regular exercise. Working out regularly doesn’t assure that you’ll achieve your weight without the diet.

You need to work out every day.

You don’t need to hit the gym or do your exercise routine each day to maximize the results. The key is to do your fitness routine regularly. Allot one day to rest from exercise to allow your muscles to recover. This makes you more active and more ready the next workout, and get better results.

Pack on carbs when working out.

Loading on carbohydrates is good if you have a long day or you’re getting ready for a long endurance race the next day. Although carbohydrates are the main source of energy, you don’t need to pile on this nutrient just for your workouts. Rather than eating carbs, such as rice, pasta and potatoes, eat more protein foods, nuts, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Cardio workout is better than weight training.

Weight training is ideal to boost your strength, improve muscle and tone your body. Cardio workouts, such as biking, brisk walking and biking are important for the heart’s health and weight management. To maximize the results, combine both the trainings.

 

Mary McCall is a fitness instructor, yoga practitioner, nurse and a writer by profession and here latest work is Why Is Heroin Addiction treatment so hard She is an editor-in-chief in one of the prestigious sports magazines in the country. Right now, Mary is busy training her new batch of students, who want to stay fit and slim.

August Intentions

August Intentions

I know I’m a little bit late in posting this but anyway here are my intentions for August! As always I have a mix of lifestyle, food, fitness and education goals in here.

Meditate more

I downloaded the headspace app awhile ago I got really into the first cycle of it doing the 10 minute every day. I was doing it in the morning found that I kept falling asleep! So instead of being a sensible person and moving my meditation later in the day I just stopped. My whole morning routine has changed quite a lot recently so I’m going to try and give it another chance in the morning if that doesn’t work and then move it to later in the day.

Yoga flows

As I mentioned my morning routine has changed and it has allowed me the time to do quick flow every morning which I have been doing and I have been loving. When I do these flows I typically follow Cat Meffan on YouTube, but this intention is to start doing my own flow. Really finding what feels good for me and what my body is needing.

Lunchtime reading

Since starting my new job I haven’t really had a proper lunch break, I tend to eat my lunch sat at my desk and continue working, so this intention is to step away from my desk at lunchtime and to start reading, I have a massive list of books I’d like to read I’m not getting through them and I have no time to read.

Lifting

I’ve started back at the gym and have started to include weights into my training plan and I’m loving it –  although the pain in my legs are telling me otherwise!! This intention is to keep lifting and to keep progressing with the weights. It’s really easy to get stuck doing the same thing and lifting the same weights – but I’m determined not to do that.

What have you set out to do this month?
 

Eating for energy

I know I have already mentioned the Outlaw event the other weekend, but it was my first 22 hour shift so I am going to milk it for as long as I can!!

I am still feeling incredibly tired and lethargic from it so have started to created my weekly food plan around the foods that I know will help give me a boost. The main ingredients for this plan are: 

Lentils

Lentils are high in fibre and are great at stabilising blood sugar levels, making sure you don’t have an energy crash during the day.

Quinoa 

Not only is this little grain filled with more protein than any other grain, it is also packed with amino acids, folate, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese, making it a great nutrient-packed source of carbohydrates for long-lasting energy levels.

Eggs

Eggs contain one of the highest complete forms of protein in any food, our bodies can absorb 97% of it!! They give 30% of the recommended daily value of protein all of the essential amino acids that your body uses to rebuild muscle. No matter how you cook them, eggs are a great option to repair and replace your needs! 

Yogurt

Yogurt is another great source of high quality protein that helps to keep you full. 

There has also been a lot of evidence to show that dairy fat has a neutral or even a slightly positive effect on preventing heart disease and type 2 diabetes! 

Water

Being dehydrated has been linked with why we feel tired so much. Drinking plenty of water each day will help keep energy levels up and also stop us thinking we are hungry, when we aren’t! 

I will be sharing the individual recipes and how they have helped! 

Race Plan

For those of you who don’t know, I work for a sports events company! We organise triathlons, duathlons and half marathons! This weekend was our biggest event of the year, the Outlaw Triathlon! Which is a 2.4 mile swim, 112mile bike and 26.2 mile run! 

Now I am not saying that watching the athletes take part and cross the finish line has inspired me to complete an outlaw, but it really has inspired me to get back to training and entering events.

I know it sounds cheesy but watching people who have spent months and months training and preparing their bodies for the event and finally crossing the finish line is really inspirational. Even though they all look like they’re in agony it really made me want to push myself again and have that feeling.

So far I have completed the London marathon, the Humber Bridge half marathon, a couple of 10k’s, a few 5K’s, and two sprint triathlons. 

I would love to do another half marathon, and as many triathlons as I can! I am actually quite tempted to increase the distance and try to complete a standard distance tri.

So, with that in mind I’ve got a little bit of research to see what races are left this year and at the start of next year. This is what I found:

https://www.thehullmarathon.co.uk 

http://www.tape2tape.co.uk/events/gruesome-twosome/

https://www.sportsystems.co.uk/ss/event/LunacyRun

https://racebest.com/races/gunpowder-plot-10km

I would like to know what you’ve got on your Race calendar for the remainder of the year  and what you’d like to take on next year