Hello everyone! It is Fitness Friday and just as I promised on one of my previous post, an article for you to enjoy!
Today’s awesome-sauce article is from a fellow fitness and wellness blogger of The Health Junkie. She will be sharing with us some easy weight loss tips that everyone can do (NO EXCUSES) heeheehee. You know how I like writing things in an informal way so that it will be much more easy for you guys to read, and I love that about The Health Junkie because her article for us today is really easy to understand. ^_^ And she even gave us a freebie! So be sure to read, rate and comment your opinions (or you can always email if you’re a bit shy — i know most of you are like that).
So without further ado:
The Most Underrated Health + Weight Loss Tip BUT Super Easy To Do.
I’m so honored to be addressing the Thispirational Journey readers, thanks Krystle for this wonderful opportunity. :)I have a super simple tip for you to lose weight and have clear, younger-looking skin but first I’d like to say that weight loss or toning up is 80% food and 20% movement. The saying “abs are made in the kitchen and revealed in the gym” is one of my mantras. Having said that, I know how hard it could be to stick to a diet or force yourself to exercise when you don’t feel like it or you’re just too tired from work or school. So I’m dedicated to find simple, effective and doable tips to make keeping healthy and fit easier.
Here’s a super easy tactic that you can use, you won’t even break a sweat.
Are you ready? Here goes:
I used to down sports drinks like water. My life involves a lot of walking and sweating so I thought that the best way to hydrate was with a bottle (or two) of sports drinks and artificially-flavored water. Why? Because water is too bland! Plus I didn’t really care for studies or research back then.
Sports drinks have their benefits of course, especially for athletes (maybe, I can’t really be sure about this), because they were made for athletes. The thing is, most sports drinks contain stimulants like caffeine that can be harmful for health in the long term. They can also have high concentration of sugars and artificial ingredients. Also, most of what the manufacturers claim are not regulated by FDA. (Source: Livestrong)
What I say really is, you be the judge. You know your body well more than me or anybody else. And if you’re like me, you probably don’t tell your doctor everything. [hee hee]
Going back to hydration, now, I go for water. I always carry my reusable bottle and I refill whenever possible. If it’s too hot outside, I go for… ice cold water. Lately I’ve been buying fresh coconut water because it’s the right blend of sweet and refreshing.
Water is a natural cleanser. We all know it. We all drink it. Some of us consume the bottled version (some even pay a premium for certain brands) and some of us are fine with filtered tap.
How can water help you trim off the fat and give you clearer skin?
Water flushes out toxins!
It helps with digestion and aids the natural flow of toxins out of the body. Acne build up happens when the body is not detoxifying properly. I personally have no struggle with pimples, but rough skin and blackheads? Count me in. I remember being really shy about it, not confident enough to mingle with other people. Fast forward to now, my skin has improved and I’m more confident.
Water vs. Sports Drinks
There are many other benefits to drinking water, but why is it better than sports drinks? Read: too much sodium and artificial ingredients. And even if the label says natural, it’s definitely questionable. I suggest reading this well-researched article from Food Babe
For peak performance, and when I really don’t have time to prepare pre- or post-workout drinks, I choose coconut water. Water is not enough to hydrate after some strenuous activities. Coconut water on the other hand contains electrolytes that can replenish our tank after sweating.
Coconut water has five times the potassium found in your sports drink, and far less sodium. Good for the kidneys, yes? It also has more calcium and magnesium, and less carbohydrates and calories than most fruit juices.
In certain tropical countries like the Philippines, coconut water is used as a cure (or as an aid for the cure) for urinary tract infection and many other ailments. Hurray for coconut water!
The point of the matter is, hydration is important! I can’t stress this enough. A well-hydrated body equates to proper excretion of wastes and healthy skin. Hydration prevents muscle cramps, stiffness in joints and a cranky attitude.
So really, you get cleaned inside and out.
Now, I’d like to hear from you.
Have you ever struggled with acne and skin problems? What has worked for you? Share it and tell us in the comments below. I’m going to read every single one of them. :)Thanks Krystle and Thinspirational Journey readers! Just for being avid followers of this blog, I’m gifting you with my super easy recipe for losing the bloated feeling – it’s detoxifying and has only 2 ingredients! :) Click here and catch you next time.
Tonette is the creator and blogger behind The Health Junkie (link: http://healthjunkie.ph). She believes that weight loss, working out and eating clean should be simple, effective and doable – no stress, no fuss, just easy tactics and seeable results. She believes that life must be enjoyed to the fullest and that progress, not perfection, is the goal.