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Up Your Water Intake This Summer!

Friday, May 31st, 2019

With a heat wave taking over the country, and many cities in Maharashtra peaking in the high 40s, staying cool is turning out harder than it sounds. And one aspect that is often overlooked in the rush to stand in front of the air-conditioning vent is possibly one of the easiest, and best, ways to cool your body naturally. Drinking enough water might seem like an easy thing to do, but it turns out, it’s actually harder. Not only are you sweating more in the summer heat, your body also uses up the excess to maintain its temperature. So basically, what you thought was “enough” water, really isn’t in the summer months. Your intake should go up from the standard 8 glasses a day, to at least 12.

 

Image source - CDC

Image source – CDC

Wondering why water is so important? It’s actually one of the reasons (or actually, it’s lack is one of the reasons) why you feel more lethargic during the heat. Because your body depends on your water intake to regulate its temperature, it’s easier for your body to overheat without it. Also, water helps flush out toxins from your body, and if you aren’t having enough, there’s an excess build up of toxins too. That’s also why instances of dry skin, dandruff, and pimples increase during the heat.

But while we all agree that water intake is important, it’s often seen that people, especially working professionals, simply forget to drink water. Yes, you read that right. They forget. Because getting caught up with reports, meetings, and the daily humdrum of the work life, it’s hard to keep track of water intake during the day. But worry not, if you’re one of the many, many who suffer from this phenomena, we’re here to save the day! We’ve compiled a list of ways to ensure that you stay on top of your daily hydration goals, and don’t waver.

 

1. Always in view

Make sure that you have your own bottle of water sitting at your desk, and ensure that it is clearly visible in your work space. The old adage of out of sight, out of mind is actually quite apt, and you’re more likely to keep drinking if you keep seeing the bottle every time you move your eyes off of your computer screen.

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Image source – spright

 

2. Restock the inventory

Ok, so this might sound childish, but it’s actually a great cheat. Every time you are heading back to your desk after using the washroom, have a glass of water. The more you drink, the more you’ll need to use the facilities, and therefore, the more you’ll drink. The best thing about this method is that it’s actually one of the easiest habits to inculcate.

Image source - Office Sign Company

Image source – Office Sign Company

 

3. An app a day

There are quite a lot of free apps available for download that basically give you a reminder to drink a glass of water every hour, and also track how much of water you consume each day. Not only do you constantly get reminded, you can also track your intake, and monitor your daily trends.

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Image source – Lifespan

 

4. Infuse away

If you’re one of those that gets bored with plain water, try infusing for added flavor (and nutrient boost!). Slice some cucumbers, oranges, and mint (or a variety of other combinations) and chuck them into a jug, and fill with water. Leave it to infuse for a few hours, and voila! Nowadays, it’s even easy to find infusing bottles in the market, so you can take the same to work with you.

Image source - Amazon

Image source – Amazon

 

5. Appeal to the eyes

Buy a bottle, glass or cup that you absolutely adore the design of. It’s statistically proven that if we like the receptacle, we are more likely to use it often. So whether it’s a cup with a picture of your loved ones on it, or a glass with a quirky design, the more you associate a smile with it, the more you’ll use it.

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Image source – AliExpress

 

Keep hydrated, Keep cool!

‘Work’ing Towards A Healthier You!

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

While being stuck in an office cubicle all day does good things for your bank account, it really does end up wreaking havoc on your body. Eye strain from continuous screen time, posture and back issues from staying in the same positions for long durations, and lethargy and drop in energy from a sedentary lifestyle are some of the obvious issues, but stick at it long enough and you’ll end up facing more serious health issues down the line, both physical as well as mental.

So how do you break out of this cycle? Do you just quit your job? Wait, is that even an option? No, no, hold it right there. We’re not asking you to quit your job, or change your career. We’re here to share some tips and tricks to help you bring small changes in your daily routine to minimize all these problems. And you can do them right there, in the office itself!

 

1. Take a walk

This one’s pretty easy to do. Just get off your chair and take a small walk around the office. If you do this every hour or two, it gives your back a chance to stretch, gets some blood flowing, and also freshens your mind a bit.

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Image source – The Context of Things

 

2. Rest your eyes

This is something you should definitely do every hour,  on the hour. Especially if your work requires you to be practically glued to your computer or laptop throughout the day. The blue and bright light emitted from screens, especially for prolonged periods, causes eye strain. If you don’t take care, this can lead to vision problems, headaches, and general unease. Also, invest in a pair of anti-glare eyeglasses. You can get these from any optician, even if you have 20-20 vision. And for an added break, a cool eye mask on your eyes for 20 minutes before bed does wonders too. (You can use used and drained tea bags kept in the fridge for this too).

Image source - Harvard Health

Image source – Harvard Health

 

3. Light stretching

Even if you can’t do this at regular intervals, do try to at least thrice in the day, ideally when you reach the office, at the start of your lunch break, and before you go home for the day. This could be whatever you’re comfortable doing, whether a few full body stretches, or some simple yoga poses that don’t require a mat or too much space. And if you feel awkward doing so in an office space, try to rope in some colleagues to do it with you. Not only will make it less awkward, you’ll also be able to motivate and remind each other to follow through every day.

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Image source – B2MV

 

4. Drink up

Your parents told you, your teachers told you, Google told you, and they’re all right! Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. We cannot stress the importance of this enough. Getting caught up in your work and simply forgetting to drink water has happened to the best of us, so how do you avoid falling into that trap? Keep a bottle of water on your desk at all times (don’t forget to refill it!).  Another great tip? There are a bunch of apps available for your phone that remind you to drink a glass of water throughout the day. Talk about technology saving the day!

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Image source – Dribbble

 

5. Smile

Yup, you read it right. Studies have shown that if you smile, whether you’re in a good mood or not, you can actually trick your mind into releasing endorphins (the happy hormones), and then you genuinely are in a good mood. And we don’t need to tell you that the happier you are, the better, right?

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Image source – Jerusalem Post

 

6. Take the stairs

Not only is this great advice for your health, but it’s great for the environment too. And don’t worry, if you work on the 20th floor, don’t overdo it either. Take the lift to 15th floor, and then take the stairs. (We’re not averse to a little cheating as long as you put in some work). Don’t work in a high rise, or just plain work on the ground floor? Well, you know those three-four steps at the entryway, just go up and down those at quick speeds about 4-5 times before heading in, and before heading out. Extra points for doing it at lunch time too!

Image source - Gunderson Envision

Image source – Gunderson Envision

 

Oh, and just in case you don’t work in an office, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be doing these things too. Whether you’re a student, someone who works from home, a freelancer, it doesn’t matter. We can all benefit from healthier bodies and minds. And it’s never too early or too late to start.

You have the tools now. It’s up to you to put them to work!