Benefits and Tips on Drinking Water

A few months ago I decided to up my water levels to see if I could feel the benefits of drinking 1.5 – 2 litres of water a day.

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What are the benefits?

  • You feel more awake – not drinking enough means dehydration, leading to fatigue. Drink more water and you could feel more awake during the day!
  • It speeds up your metabolism – your body is made up of 60% water; when you drink enough you get rid of toxins and studies show it speeds up your metabolism. This means drinking enough water and having a healthy lifestyle could help you lose a few pounds.
  • It gives you a better complexion – this is the same reason as above: your body is 60% water and when you drink water studies claim it will “plump” up your skin. Water also flushes out toxins and therefore can give you clearer skin.
  • Headaches and migraines disappear – sometimes the cause of a headache/migraine is simply because you don’t drink enough water! If you have this problem try drinking 1.5 – 2 litres every day and see if it helps.
  • Stops dehydration and pointless eating – it is very common that when we get dehydrated our body tells us we need food. If you’ve eaten enough during the day but start to feel hungry, try drinking a glass or two of water. If you still feel hungry afterwards then you know it’s real hunger!

Tips on how to fit 1.5 – 2 litres of water in your day:

If you aren’t used to drinking water then it can be tiring to try and force yourself to drink it. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Carry a one litre bottle of water with you

This is a good way to measure how much you’re drinking. If you always use a glass you might lose count of how many glasses you’ve had and this way you will always have a bottle with you on the go! I found a clever 1 litre bottle that’s short but wide and small enough to fit into my bag.

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  • Herbal tea counts as your water intake

So long as you don’t add anything to it (sugar, honey, sweetener) then it counts as your water intake! There are also great benefits from drinking herbal tea such as green tea to boost your metabolism, peppermint to refresh/detox your system and ginger or chamomile tea to reduce headaches. My favourite brand is pukka tea, they have lots of different teas that taste amazing! If you have English breakfast tea with milk and sugar, replace it with herbal tea – you will have drunken your 1.5 litres in no time!

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  • Always keep water with you

I know this problem – you’re thirsty but you just can’t be bothered to move! I keep a bottle of water with me all the time wherever I go. My boyfriend once asked where my bottle was as he was surprised he couldn’t see it (it was hiding behind a pillow). He then announced that the bottle was like my child, as it never leaves my side!

  • Swap your water for fizzy drinks

I’ve never been such a fan of fizzy drinks, but there are some people who drink them on a regular basis. If you’re one of those people try swapping them purely for water for a week and see what happens. I suggest you also add some fruit to your day to avoid getting low blood sugar (as your body misses the sugar from the fizzy drinks).

The Results:

After a week of drinking a minimum of 1.5 litres a day I was surprised to find that when I woke up in the morning I was very awake. I’m usually someone who has to be dragged out of bed in the morning! I most certainly felt a difference with my energy levels and on weekends I rarely carry on sleeping after 9:30am. Drinking more water has turned me into a morning person!

The disadvantage was I had to go on the toilet a lot. This is however competely logical and temporary. You are drinking a lot more water than your bladder is used to! After a week or two my bladder got used to the change and I no longer have to go on the toilet every hour.

Other than the energy levels I didn’t notice anything else. I rarely get headaches anyway and my complexion didn’t improve as far as I could see. I started drinking more water in May (2015) and I’m happy to say I’m still drinking a minimum of 1.5 litres a day. Although I only noticed a change in my energy it was definitely worth it as it was such a significant difference. If any of you try upping your water levels let me know if you felt a difference!

Larissaingermany x

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3 Minute Arm workout for Beginners

I’ve created a small workout for you guys who are looking to tone up your arms. I haven’t added the typical press ups as when I started doing sport I couldn’t even manage one press up! So if you have the same problem that I had, then these are the perfect exercises to strengthen your arms and get ready for real press ups. The main targeted area for this workout are the triceps – the muscle underneath the arm that everyone wants to tone to stop it from wobbling. I haven’t added any exercises that include the biceps, mainly because you need weights to be able to do this and so it will be coming in a different post. 😉

Exercise 1: Single Arm Side Push Up

Muscles you’re training: Pectoralis Major and Minor (pecs), triceps brachii (arm muscle), errector spinae (back muscle), external and internal oblique (side stomach muscles), abdominis rectus (abs), deltoid (shoulder muscle).

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Exercise 2: Tricep Dip

Muscles your training: Triceps brachii, errector spinae, pectoralis major and minor.

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Exercise 4: Standing press up

Muscles you’re training: pectoralis major and minor, ticeps brachii, abdominis rectus, deltoid.

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Variation of Exercise 4:

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Exercise 5: One sided standing push up.

Muscles you’re training: pectoralis major and minor, ticeps brachii, abdominis rectus, deltoid.

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All exercises listed:

10 Side push ups on each arm.

10 Tricep dips.

10 Standing press ups.

10 Standing press ups with the heels up.

10 One sided standing press ups on each arm.

And that’s all of the arm workout. Aim to do this at least 3 times a week and you’ll be ready to do press ups in no time. It’s only 3 minutes long so you can do it any time during the day! If you’re feeling extra motivated try doing it twice a day. Hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think 🙂

Larissaingermany x

5 Minute Legs Bums and Tums workout

Hi guys!

Here’s a workout I’ve created for anyone looking to tone up. It’s super quick so you can fit it in everyday and the exercises are simple and easy which are great for any beginners!

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Let’s get started:

Exercise 1: Crunches.

Which muscles you’re training: rectus abdominis (six pack) and transversus abdominis (deep lying muscle).

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Exercise 2: The circle.

Which muscles you’re training: rectus abdominis (six pack), transversus abdominis (deep muscle), internal oblique and external oblique muscles (side stomach muscles).

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Exercise 3: The bridge

Which muscles you’re training: rectus abdominis, transversus abdominis, errector spinae (back muscle), gluteus maximus and minimus (bum muscles), hamstrings (back of your thigh), gastrocnemius (calf muscle) and hip adductors.

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 Exercise 4: On all fours

Which muscles you’re training: rectus abdominis, gluteus maximus and minimus, hamstrings.

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All exercises listed:

Here’s a quick check list so once you know all the exercises you can just skip to this bit.

10 crunches bending and stretching the right leg

10 crunches with the right leg stretched to the ceiling

10 crunches bending and stretching the left leg

10 crunches with the left leg stretched to the ceiling

3 rounds of crunches in the circle – right diagonal, middle, left diagonal, middle

10 times doing the bridge – lifting your hips up, lifting your heels, lowering your heels and lowering your hips.

10 times on all fours lifting the right leg up and down

10 times on all fours lifting the left leg up and down

And that’s it! You’ll be done in around five minutes. If you don’t have a yoga mat then you can use a towel instead. Please note that only doing this workout won’t magically give you abs or a bum like JLo, it depends on your nutrition and if you do any other exercise as well – but this workout will of course help you reach your goals! I hope you enjoy my mini workout and I would love to hear what you think of it 🙂

Larissaingermany x

Then and Now

Welcome to the fitness side of my blog!

If you’ve read my “About” page then you probably already know I teach fitness classes like pilates and aerobics. But I didn’t always have such an interest in sport. Actually, when I was younger I hated it when Mum dragged me in a sports shop – but now I buy more sports clothes than normal clothes.

I’ve danced my whole life: ballet, tap, contemporary and jazz. Although they gave me coordination, balance and happiness for some reason they never really gave me strength. I didn’t have muscles and I didn’t feel strong either.

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The photo above on the right was me two and a half years ago, compared to a photo I took a month ago. Since doing sport I feel stronger, I feel a difference in my body and I can even do a press up now! I’ve actually stayed the same weight the entire time, even if I have lost fat I’ve gained muscle and toned up, so it’s not all about losing pounds on the scale. In fact, if you start exercising your weight will first go up as muscle weighs more than fat anyway, so first you gain muscle and then lose fat. The more muscle you have, the quicker your body burns fat!

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The thing is, everyone is different. Some people dance their whole lives and have a six pack! For some reason it didn’t work for me, but I’m so happy I found other training and sport that is making me stronger, I still dance too and I now feel more in control with my body than I did before.

I’m very excited to post again as I’ll be posting what I get up to as a fitness trainer and also include workouts and workout tips! If you have any wishes for what workouts you want then leave a comment below and let me know.

Larissaingermany x

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At work about to teach aerobics
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Off to teach a class on a Sunday morning!