Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Go With the Flow

Finally we are starting to get some nice weather as well as a little sun. Along with the nice weather comes keeping hydrated. Whether you are preparing to run a 5k or just going for a walk along the beach you want to make sure you are keep your body hydrated and fueled with water.

Water is one of the most essential nutrients for our body. Our bodies could survive without food for about 2 weeks but could only last no more than a week without water. It is responsible for many of our body functions so no wonder it is so important. Water is also good for keeping a healthy weight: its calorie free, sugar free, and has no caffeine.

Sometimes drinking water can seem a little bland since it is tasteless. We must remember that we need water to keep moving. Here are some tips to including more water into your diet during these hot months ahead:
  • Add fruit to your water: You can do this by either just putting the fruit into your glass of water like a lemon or a lime or you could use an ice cube tray and put a slice of fruit in each spot then fill with water. It will keep your water flavorful throughout the day.
  • Get a bottle that shows measurements on the side: You will be more likely to drink the right amount of water if you know how much you are actually drinking. The recommended amount of water for men is about 3 Liters and for women about 2.2 Liters.
  • Eat foods that have high water content: Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins/minerals as well as water. Try some watermelon, cantaloupe, or grapes on a sunny day to get some water intake.
  • Keep your water close: For many people, having water in front of them is a sure way to remind them to drink more water throughout the day. If you work at a desk then make sure you keep you water out in the open as a friendly reminder. You can always make sure you carry a bottle of water around with you if you are on the move all day.
  • If water is too blah for you, trying sparkling water that has a little bit of flavor in it. Any water is better than no water!
  • Set a reminder on your phone: If you are one of those people that is too busy to even thinking about having a drink of water throughout the day then set an alarm or reminder on your phone to keep you hydrated.
  • Hydrate before, during, and after exercise: Keep hydrated throughout your workout and don’t forget the water. Even if you are not feeling thirsty, it is a good idea to take a few sips of it to keep you going.

Just keep hydrating and enjoy the nice weather that is ahead!

Blog post by Krista Post.

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