The Kiss Fitness exercise challenge for July is not actually an exercise, however it is an exercise in self control and discipline when it comes to our favorite tipple, it is off course #DRYJULY. You might have heard or even taken part in the popular Dry January challenge. This challenge however is much harder, it’s takes place over a part of summer where there are numerous occasions where we might want to drink, at weddings, parties, bbq’s or a lazy Sunday afternoons. This is what makes it such a challenge. Join us this July for Dry July, you’ll reduce your calorie intake and might even lose weight.
Ditch The Booze and Lose Weight! Are you In
Drinking enough water everyday and limiting other drinks is one of the most fundamental things we can do for weight management and staying healthy. It’s important to consume enough water to maintain a healthy water balance, your water input must equal your water output. I guess this is much like accounting, if the in’s and out’s don’t balance, there is something wrong. So as well as keeping DRY for July, we want you to stay hydrated, preferably with water, not cordial and defiantly not juice.
Take the plunge and stay DRY this July
Sign up to our challenge email and we will send you motivational updates throughout the month and you can join in our future exercise challenges. Follow us on facebook where we post daily tips and inspiration for this challenge. Tweet us @KissFitnessUK and let us know how you are getting on. We also have an exercise challenge facebook group you can join.
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Most people are dehydrated nearly all the time, due to habit or lifestyle we often don’t intake as much fluid as we need, although we extract some of our fluid requirement through the food we eat (about 30%) we are still normally in a negative calorie balance by the end of the day. If you feel thirsty during the day, your body has triggered the stimulus to encourage you to drink, a sign that you’ve not had enough fluid. Just because you are not thirsty, does not mean you shouldn’t drink and hydrate. The thirst sensor is a warning signal, just like the water warning light on your car. If you drink enough during the day your body won’t need to stimulate you to drink, a healthy balance is achieved with fluid loss equal to fluid intake.
You need roughly 1 litre of water for every 1000 calories of expenditure, that’s about 2.5 litres for most people.
All drinks other than water will contain additional calories, additional to your requirement. We get out calorie requirement through the food we eat. Calories within drinks rarely have any nutritional value. Limiting additional drinks consumption can have a positive effect on your calorie balance.
The biggest contributor to additional calories in drinks is alcohol, alcohol contains many unnecessary calories. Breaking habit will help to reduce alcohol consumption, sure we all like a drink sometimes but most of the occasions we drink are due to habit. This includes statements and beliefs such as, “it’s Friday, I’ll have a drink” “it’s the weekend” these are behaviours instigated through habit.
Use the hashtag #dryjuly
, we’re not the only ones using it and others around the globe will join you and help you achieve a Dry July.
The Dry July Challenge
For our #DryJuly challenge we’re asking you to do two things, join in with our challenge and see how ditching the booze and staying hydrated can really make a difference, to your health and to your weight.
- Ditch the booze for July.
- Stay hydrated, drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.
Fundraise and make a commitment to stay Dry this July.
Need some extra motivation to stay dry? Set up your own Just Giving page, choose a charity of your choice and get your friends and family to support your cause. You will benefit and so will your charity, that’s win, win.
Dry July around the World
Dry July is certainly not our idea, there is dry July in Australia so if you are in that part of the world, do check out https://www.dryjuly.com/ where you can take part and donate.
Will you take the challenge?
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