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January 3, 2013

A Healthier You With a New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s resolutions almost inevitably swing back to goals involving health and well-being. Whether revolving around weight loss, fitness, eating habits or, perhaps, a combination of those three, resolutions that involve the pursuit of a healthier body are well-intentioned, but often impossible to maintain.

This last point, the notion of keeping to a commitment long term, is perhaps the most difficult portion of the resolution process. What may surprise you, though, is how a variety of water-based habits can help you stay on track with your healthy new year goals.

Perhaps your goal is to drink more water in your daily life. According to PBS, the old concept of eight glasses a day is no longer relevant. Rather, now it’s standard that dividing your weight in half to calculate how many ounces to drink is the way to go. For example, a 225-pound man should be consuming 112 ounces, or roughly 10-11 glasses of water per day. While this may seem difficult, the Mayo Clinic notes that drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of any variety of fluids can help achieve this goal. Water flavoring products are also an excellent way to change up the tastes when striving for your H20 goal.

Water is very important for achieving your fitness goals, as well. Dehydration can be a crippling issue when looking to maximize your gym or fitness time. While drinking water before working out is a necessity to avoid muscle spasms or injuries, FitDay recommends drinking eight ounces of water for every 10 minutes that you work out. Doing so keeps the body “topped off” while avoiding drinking large sums during a single break.

If your core goal is simply to lose weight, drinking more water can help you cut the pounds. FitDay notes that drinking cold water when you wake up is an easy way to speed up your metabolism, while the actual volume of liquid can help make you feel full throughout the day. Also, drinking water flavored with fruit or a supplement can help replace sugary drinks, like soda/pop, that can lead to gaining some of that lost weight back.

Though all of these items may be easier to suggest than execute, adopting even one of them can help you make significant strides toward your goals. Keeping an ever-present water bottle around for refills during office breaks or inserting a glass or two of water into your wake-up routine are very modest actions that can definitely improve your adherence to your resolution. Even if you didn’t choose to improve your fitness this year, putting in just a little effort to drink more water can help you in the long run.

Do you have a healthy New Year’s resolution?

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