Not a huge fan of water? Hydration can be made more enjoyable when you mix H2O with your favorite fruits and herbs. PumpUp member @rawincollege served up three delicious detox water recipes to keep your thirst quenched and your energy levels lifted.
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When the urge to DIY hits you, don't ignore it. Embrace it and channel it towards no-nonsense DIY fitness life hacks that will motivate you to purposefully orient your day around your health. Grab your mason jars, your sharpies, and your sticky notes, because Pinterest is a fountain brimming with ideas for your health and fitness inspiration.
Constantly feel parched throughout the day? Hydrate yourself the right way with JewelPie's neat water bottle project. All you'll need is a sharpie to mark the water or blender bottle with different hour intervals throughout the day. Create it so that you drink 200 ml portions of water every hour.
Actually, make that more than a penny. Every time you work out, put a dollar in a jar and use that money to reward yourself with awesome workout clothes or put it towards the registration fees for a fun race!
If you've ever taken a HIIT class, you both love and dread the ladder run. Try this cute little DIY project if you don't have downstairs neighbours in your house or apartment. (Image c/o craftybridge)
It turns out that there is a use for your mismatched socks after all. We know that your dryer somehow, mysteriously sucks up your clothes into laundry oblivion and you're left with lonely, partnerless socks. Transform them into arm bands for your phone!
You know those ropes at the gym that look like Spartan-worthy material? You can make 'em for yourself. All you'll need is some old fire hose, rope or twine (for the handle), and duct tape! Pretty simple for a pretty intense piece of workout equipment. (Image c/o crossfit4fire)
Create quick workout cards that you can finish on any given day! Write out what you can, put 'em in a jar, and take one out when you need motivation to work out! Put little workout commands in Easter eggs for a fun and fit scavenger hunt. (Image c/o PumpUp member didibox)
What are clever DIY fitness life hacks that help you to stay motivated? Let us know in the comments below or share them on the PumpUp app on motivation monday!
Let me just start off by saying that lemon water is the bomb dot com, I have been drinking it in some way, shape or form for the past 6 months and I couldn’t be happier with the benefits I have received from this small change in my morning routine. I drink a lot of tea, it doesn’t matter if it is -15 or 105 degrees outside, I just can’t get enough. So for me, taking a minute to boil or heat up some water and adding honey with a fresh lemon couldn’t be easier, in fact it’s something I look forward to doing! For me to say I drink it every morning would be false. However I do alternate between lemon, honey or green tea and lemon water frequently and here is why. It’s good for your face
If you just google some of the benefits of lemon water you’ll see that the most popular search result will say that lemons are a great source of vitamin C (more on this in a moment), dig a little further and you will find that lemons balance the Ph levels in the body as well. So what does that mean for you? Well pH stands for potential hydrogen, a pH number measures from 0-14 of how acidic or alkaline a liquid is, high school chemistry ya’ll. We see this a lot in the health and beauty industry, mostly on serums, cleansers, toners and moisturizers. Reason being is because a balanced pH level means better healthier skin, healthy skin can be generalized as having a 5.5 pH average. Dry skin is high in alkaline or categorized as being too high in pH. So if you have oily skin *silently raises hand, then you (ahem we) have skin that is categorized as being too acidic or low in pH.
Healthy skin can in fact be achieved by eating a proper diet as well as having a proper skin care routine.
It helps with your digestive system and spreads feel goodies from the inside out
Lemons strengthen the liver, if you follow me on twitter pretty much every other tweet is about wine so you know my liver loves me. Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting properties. They are often used as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive cleanser and aids in flushing out unwanted materials from the body. It helps to purify the liver by liquefying bile. It’s great for detoxing, and if you’re looking for more ways to detox your life, check out my YouTube video and listen to the 5 simple ways you can start!
DIY Lemon Toner
Mix 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice with a ½ cup of water Apply to your skin with a cotton ball to help balance out your skin and kill that pesky bacteria
Keeps you happy and feeling energized
No need to take a chill pill when you can just have a glass of lemon water instead. Or you can lick one, I mean whatever floats your boat. Lemons are full of Vitamin C. Vitamin C reduces the production of stress hormones and have been proven beneficial to those who have a weakened immune system due to stress.
Great for staying hydrated!
The second your body needs water it tells you in some way or another. Whether you think to yourself, “Hey! I’m thirsty” or not, your body will tell you in other ways in the form of feeling, sluggish, lack of energy or just simply put lack of clarity. Water (with lemons) supports your immune system swell as aids in replacing fluids you lost throughout the day.
Keeps you healthy
I could probably go on and on about some of the benefits I have noticed since I started drinking lemon water, but try it for about 2 weeks and I promise you will notice a difference in your skin and just how you feel overall. It’s just cleansing and has a positive effect on your health. I use both fresh cut lemons and lemon juice from the little lemon shaped bottle. When I make poor food choices, let’s be honest don’t we all, and my stomach hurts this also helps to soothe my stomach and almost acts as a detox when I’m trying to get back on track for eating clean.
My favorite Detox water recipe (as shown above) contains: 2 slices of lemon 2 slices of lime 2 slices of cucumber A few fresh mint leaves
Try adding oranges or grapefruit as well to help rid your liver of toxic sludge. Don’t forget about strawberries and raspberries! If making a large serving, I recommend replacing the mint leaves everyday, however the fruit is good for 2-3 days. Keep refrigerated!
I prefer to drink out of a clear glass container, it motivates me to keep drinking water all day, I also scored this one from target, it is free of BPA which is a chemical found in most plastics, but check out a few of these fun colored glass water bottles from amazon here.
Happy lemon drinking!
This is a post by fashion and fitness blogger Jodi-Kay Edwards. Follow her on PumpUp @jodikayedwards and on her blog,lifestylefinesse.com.
Small reminder to #StopDropandChug water or #StopDropandStretch if you haven’t done so already and tag other people to do so too! Water and sufficient hydration can enhance your muscles’ range of motion :) It’s the simplest trick to improving your flexibility! Thanks @millysjourneytomuscles for sharing this cool bottle! #SpreadPositivity with these hashtags! #MotivationMonday #TeamPumpUp
Are you doing a challenge this October? PumpUp’s @mirandahoffman520 is staying hydrated by doing #aquatober. We encourage you to post pics of how you’re staying hydrated this month using this hashtag. Infusing your water with berries, citrus fruits, and mint are amazing ways to do this!
Left photo cred: PumpUp’s polishblonde.