Hydration for Your Summer Body

Hydration for Your Summer Body

 

As temperatures rise, staying hydrated is of the utmost importance, not just for your health, but for your summer body too! Since your body is over 60% water, it shouldn’t be a surprise that you need to raise your water glass frequently throughout the day to stay hydrated.

Adequate hydration is essential to maintain proper bodily functions including digestion, muscle contraction, and transportation of nutrients throughout your body. One of the most important roles of proper hydration is maintaining appropriate body temperature, which is especially important in the hot summer months! But did you know that staying hydrated can also help you lose a few lbs too?

We want you to feel proud of your summer body, so here are 4 ways adequate hydration can help you feel your best this summer.

 

1. Adequate hydration raises your metabolism.

Studies frequently show that staying hydrated can help raise your metabolism, which aids weight loss and may be the missing factor you need to drop those last few pesky lbs! In fact, one study showed that drinking an extra 500ml of water can boost your metabolism by a whopping 30%! Here are a few tips on how to stay hydrated throughout the day.

 

2. Adequate hydration prevents mindless snacking.

One of the most common mistakes I see clients make when trying to lose weight is mistaking thirst for hunger. Next time you feel tempted to reach for a snack, try drinking a glass of water first to take the edge off your hunger. If you are still truly hungry, eat a healthy snack with lean protein and fiber, but don’t be surprised to find that more often than not you were just thirsty!

 

3. Adequate hydration may reduce bloating.

There’s nothing worse than feeling bloated on the beach, and staying hydrated can help you de-bloat by flushing out waste and preventing constipation. A general healthy diet should be high in fiber and sipping a sufficient amount of water helps reduce bowel transit time by binding to fiber in your colon to increase the bulk of your stool. This makes elimination easier, reducing bloating, gas and uncomfortable stomach pain. If you’re inadequately hydrated, your body reabsorbs water from your colon, increasing the likelihood of constipation.

 

4. Adequate hydration fights cravings.

The next time you’re craving something sweet, eat your water! Refreshing water-filled fruit like watermelon or strawberries will help you champion over that sweet craving and help you stay hydrated at the same time. In addition to mistaking thirst as hunger, inadequate hydration can increase cravings for sweets, which can thwart weight loss success. Fill up on water-filled foods like vegetables and fruit, along with a glass of water, to help fight cravings!

 

How are you staying hydrated this summer?

Five Hacks to a Healthy Body

Five Hacks to a Healthy Body

When people think of the word “health”, the first thing that comes to mind is exercise. However, you can’t exercise your way to health without making the right lifestyle choices. So here are five habits that you should adopt if you haven’t already.

Hack #1 – Hydrate your body

You may have heard this hack one too many times, but it’s that important. Hydration is vital for your health for many reasons, but this doesn’t mean that you need to chug gallons of water on an hourly basis. There are alternative ways to get hydrated from a variety of drinks to simple hydrating snacks. If you are active and sweat a lot, remember to replenish electrolytes by incorporating the right sports drinks. A good level of hydration will rein in raving appetites in addition to aiding basic bodily functions. If you need help keeping yourself hydrated, our Ozmo smart water bottle and water tracking app may be for you.

Hack #2 – Get your rest

Sleep often gets pushed down your priority list behind work, social activities, and exercise. However, our bodies cannot work without proper rest. Pay more attention to the amount and quality of sleep you are getting, and try not to compromise the rest you deserve. First, find a way to better balance your work and your life. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, follow these easy tips for better sleep every night. Your body will thank you, and you’ll feel much more revitalized and energetic.

Hack #3 – Stop counting calories

We know that calories jump out at you from those nutrition labels, but there is more to healthful foods than just low calories. After all, we are what we eat, right? The foods that we choose to feed to our bodies with influences our bodily functions in so many ways. The quality of food is important to you and your health, so stop counting calories and look at the ingredients, sugars and fat content, and how your food is cooked. Read about how you can start eating healthier with these three ways to replace your unhealthy habits.

Hack #4 – Remember: nobody’s perfect

There is nothing more discouraging than failing to keep your vow to never touch anything with sugar again. One of the biggest mistake made when trying to “go healthy” is setting unrealistic goals and making dramatic changes to your daily routines. Your brain is afraid of changes, so go for small steps towards a healthier diet and lifestyle. Instead of switching eating habits and exercise routines to whatever is hot on the Internet, try to find a lifestyle that best fits you. Most importantly, remember that no one is perfect, so don’t let that late-night snack haunt you in your nightmares. Just keep on walking towards your goal.

Hack #5 – We’re all in this together

Do you ever feel like your motivation level drops dramatically a couple of days after you have made the decision to lead a healthier lifestyle? You’re not the only one. Try finding friends who have similar goals with you. By adding a social element, the transition to a healthy lifestyle will be much smoother. If you can engage in healthy activities with a friend, you’ll find it easier to look forward to that workout and to say no to unhealthy food choices. You don’t have to pull through all by yourself. We’re all in this together.

Original Content: Tasha Kolonas, GuavaPass 

Ozmo was featured on PCMarket Magazine Hong Kong

“Throughout these years, everyone loves to go Kickstarter and look for innovative new design. One of the most remarkable Hong Kong based designs that have successfully collected funds from Kickstarter would definitely be Ozmo, the smart water bottle designed by Groking Lab. With a strong passion in product design, Groking Lab’s CEO, Serena Pau and Chief Designer, Ming Tong, shared their journey with us.

The whole idea was started by Ming who has 10 years designing experiences. After sharing this idea with Serena, they see the product would work and begin their journey together. They opened up to PCM that they had come across  difficulties on gaining exposure, but thanks to the support of CSL, Ozmo was distributed and sold in the market in a short period of time, allowing more customers to get to know the product.”

Run into the wild or Sweat it out on the Treadmill?

Why run indoors?

Measured progress and performance

Machines available for indoor running allow you to measure your workout in a variety of different rates. You can easily measure your speed as well as see how long you’ve been running. The technology offers you access to numbers that are harder to track yourself, such as heart rate and calories burned. This information not only makes it easier to keep track of how you’re doing during your run, but it also gives you the ability to see how you’re improving over time in terms of speed, distance, and stamina. (You can also keep track of your hydration level with Ozmo’s water tracking app.)

Customized workout

Running on the treadmill allows you to have greater control over many factors of your workout. You can choose the precise steepness and speed, adjusting the intensity of your workout to fit your needs. Plus, you can be more flexible with your indoor running because you’re no longer restricted by time or weather. The slippery roads nor the lack of proper workout attire no longer stop you in your tracks to reaching your fitness goal if you choose to run indoors.

Why run outdoors? 

Reduced stress levels

Running indoors may make it easier to control and track your workout, but taking your workouts comes with its own list of benefits. First of all, scientific research shows that in comparison to running on a treadmill, running outdoors is a much more effective way of relieving stress. A study by Duke University proved that people who ran outdoors not only showed better performance in terms of speed and stamina, but also felt better about their body and workout as a whole after the run. The results aren’t too hard to believe. Running along a beach watching a beautiful sunset is more than likely to be more pleasing than staring at the wall of a local gym.

More motivation

The beautiful scenery doesn’t just stop at reducing your stress. It works as a source of motivation. The changing scenery may not be as accurate as the time lapsed or distance covered on the treadmill console, but it is probably much more motivating. With a physical goal in mind, you will be encouraged to continue running ‘til the end.

Increased intensity

It is undeniable that running outdoors does make your plan vulnerable to a sudden change in weather, but a bit of rain shouldn’t stop you from stepping outdoors anyways. Wind, heat, cold, and even light rain may help you improve your fitness. These factors make it more difficult for your body to regulate normal processes, so your body will be more challenged than ever.

Just keep running!!

Whether it is indoors or outdoors, running is a healthy workout. It releases serotonin, the ‘happy emotion’ chemical, and increases blood flow to you brain. Plus, you will be able to reduce the risk of many diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and obesity. If the scenery outside is calling your name today, why not take a quick jog outdoors? And if the heavy rain is making you hesitate, then make a trip to the gym two blocks down instead. Don’t feel pressured to stick to just indoors and just outdoors, and be flexible! Just enjoy the physical workout and mind break wherever your body may take you today.

Remember that staying hydrated is extremely important during and after your workout. Learn more about how to stay hydrated while running here.

Original Content: Laura Fitzpatrick, Guava Pass