Fitness Tips: July 7, 2014

It's very difficult for the body to tell the difference between hunger and thirst. So if you're walking around feeling a sense of hunger, you might just be dehydrated. Try drinking a glass of water before grabbing a snack.

Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Ways to Make Water Less Boring
There are countless healthy reasons to guzzle your H2O, but many people don't sip as much as they should. Here's how to make meeting your daily water dose more of a treat than a chore.

Eat a Salad
Lots of foods contain varying amounts of water, but fruits and vegetables have the highest percentages. Iceberg lettuce, zucchini, cucumbers, celery, red cabbage, radishes, broccoli, and tomatoes are all more than 90 percent water. Fruits like watermelon and strawberries are also jam-packed with it.

Switch Your Appetizer
Can't squeeze in another glass of water? Have it for dinner by ordering or preparing soup. Water-based bouillons, broths, and consommés are a great way to sneak in an extra serving. If you go the canned route, make sure to buy low-sodium and avoid soups that contain cream, which adds extra fat and calories.

Sip Tea
Drinking tea – which is essentially water infused with leaves and herbs – is a great way to increase your H2O intake without feeling like you're guzzling more plain old water.

Get Creative with Ice
Make your water extra "cool" by adding flavor to your ice cube tray. Add things like mint, cucumber, or fresh fruit and then plunk these funky cubes into your water glass. Or consider making cubes out of juice or tea.

Water Down Juice
Give your regular glass an extra shot of flavor with a few drops of your favorite juice. Cranberry, pomegranate, grape, and apple work well for this trick, but go with your taste buds.

Add Fresh Fruit
Natural, fruit-infused water is trendy these days. Make your own at home by smashing raspberries, strawberries, or watermelon right into a pitcher. Cucumber is refreshing, too. Prefer a citrusy taste? Go for lemons, limes, and oranges.