The Thirst Is Real – Staying Hydrated
It’s been a lot of thirsting going on out here lately in these fitness | social media streets, LITERALLY!
I can’t speak for the rest of the country but down here in Houston, the heat has arrived and it’s going nowhere anytime soon. Temperatures at Spectra have already hit 90+ degrees.
I hear all the time, “I don’t like water” or “I don’t have enough time to drink”. My rebuttals usually are “You don’t like livin’ huh?” or “Make time”.
Water is quintessential to our way of life outside of the gym. Your body is made up of over 60% of the stuff and is responsible for proper major body processes.
Here’s a few tips to increase your hydration.
- Time Slot Hydration Times
Use a watch, app, calendar to schedule your water consumption. The body can only process 1L of water in an hour.I typically recommend 1/2 your bodyweight in ounces of water or I keep it simple and tell my guys to drink 1 gallon and my ladies 1/2 gallon at a MINIMUM.
- Spice Up Your Water Pt. 1 – Infusion Water
Take your water container (hopefully it’s clear) add a mix of the following:
Cucumber, lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, ginger, mint leaves, pineapple, cinnamon stick.Hell throw the whole produce aisle in your jug.Anything we eat or drink we consume first with our eyes. Seeing fresh colorful fruits and veggies in your water is appealing to the eye and it takes the boring taste of water away.
- Spice Up Your Water Pt. 2 – Electrolytes
Sweat loss is more that just losing water from the body in an attempt to keep you cool, you also are losing electrolytes!Major electrolytes: sodium, calcium, potassium, chloride, phosphate, and magnesium.These guys and girls serve multiple roles in the body, from pH balance, to brain functionality, to cellular activity.
While a well balanced diet of fruits of vegetables should be your go to for electrolytes, you also can grab them from an assortment of supplement vendors (Gatorade, Pedialyte, etc).
I recommend these because they tie back to the aforementioned concept of consuming with the eyes. The color and flavor change to the water will entice you to consume more fluids for workouts.
Lowkey tip – If you just want the electrolytes without the sugar, etc…make an infused water and at about 1/4-1/2tsp of pink sea salt to your water (1 gal) and off you go!
Look, summer is approaching, don’t be out here looking thirsty!
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