Always up for a challenge - I have now been talked into just drinking water for a whole month - this will be alongside my normal diet and exercise routine.
I know that I do not drink enough water - and know on the occasions I make the effort to do so I feel tons better - but I have never lasted for a whole month, silly really when it is such a simple action.
Now, however, I have been challenged!
The benefits are numerous, all over health (mental and physical) are improved tenfold when your body is properly hydrated.
Below is where I am starting from:
Usual drinking diet: I do try to drink water, but cups of tea definitely outweigh the water I drink on a typical day! I no longer, after much perseverance, take sugar in my tea. I do not drink much in the way of fizzy drinks or alcohol unless I am going out.
Diet: I do not have any specific dietary requirements, I love my food and always eat breakfast. A typical lunch will be a salad sandwich, and my varied dinners are cooked from scratch as much as possible, although I do use pre-made sauces such as for a spaghetti bolognese.
I eat carbs throughout the day and do not limit myself from anything. I do also like the odd naughty treat - some days more than others!
Exercise: I do exercise regularly, on average about 4-5 times a week. I swim, run (although very slowly at the moment!), walk and cycle.
Sleep: I struggle some nights to switch off even though I am tired - my mind whirls! I do not help myself though and regularly check social media when I can't sleep! Not recommended!! I wake quite early, normally an hour or so before I am due to get up. I would love to sleep right through and actually wake up feeling refreshed! I have in the past used SleepSmart (our natural sleeping aid) which helped me, but I am very interested what difference more water consumption makes.
Mental Clarity: Since becoming a mum, many moons ago, I continue to have baby brain! I put this down to the amount of information I have to work through on a daily basis. More clarity would be welcomed!
Skin condition: I am lucky to have fairly good skin, however I do have dark circles under my eyes. I am hoping to see an improvement there.
Immunity levels: I do not tend to get many coughs and colds, but when I do I really suffer! I am surrounded at the moment with germs so it will be interesting to see if I can hold these off.
Come on October, bring it on!!
I am a busy mum of two teenage boys, and between them and work I am forever running around. I have always been interested in fitness, and I make sure that exercise features regularly in my life. However many of my friends are not into fitness like me, yet want to be healthy. I want to help people make healthy lifestyle choices which will impact on their fitness, without necessarily feeling the need to throw themselves full force into exercise.