Did you know that more than half of your body is made up of water? If you weigh 160 pounds at least 80 pounds of your weight is water and if it’s not, it should be! Water is what keeps your body alive and organs functioning they way they are supposed to. People may be able to survive for weeks lost in the wilderness without food but they won’t last very long at all without water. So don’t treat your body like you have been stranded on a desert island for days, fuel your body with the most important single thing that you can, water! Here are 6 tips to staying hydrated:
1. Drink A Full Glass Of Water Before You Wake Up.
Before you go to sleep at night put a full glass of water next to your bed and as soon as you wake up in the morning drink that entire glass before you even get out of bed! This is one of the best tricks to staying hydrated because you are starting your day off on the right note mentally and physically. If you get into the habit of making a point to start hydrating your body at the second your day starts it will stick with you throughout the day. And if you do this trick it wakes your body up from the inside and gives your organs a jump start by flushing water throughout your body. I’ve been doing this for week’s and I can definitely feel the water kick in right away!
2. Carry A Water Bottle With You
Carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go! This is one is simply a convenience thing, if you have the water on you, there will never be an excuse for not having water. And the bigger the better because you won’t have to worry about filling it up as much! Plus carrying it on you is also a reminder to drink water throughout the day. 1st Phorm hooked me up with this awesome water bottle and you can get one too at 1stphorm.com.
3. Drink At Least A Gallon A Day
Everybody is different so everyone needs a different amount of water to stay hydrated but a good rule to go by is about a gallon a day. If you carry a bottle with you all day it is easy to keep track of how much water you are drinking throughout the day depending on how many times you fill up your bottle! But don’t chug it all at once, it’s best to sip on water throughout the day rather than chugging huge amounts at one time.
4. Don’t Wait Until You Feel Thirsty To Drink
Feeling thirsty is obviously your body telling you that you need more water, so don’t let this happen. Try to make a point to drink water before you feel thirsty. You start to feel thirsty when you lose only about 2 percent of your water weight, which may sound like nothing but just by losing that little bit it can slow your body down especially if you are active. Which brings me to the next tip, drink more during workouts!
5. Drink More During Workouts
When you work out you lose water through sweat and if you don’t replenish your body with the water you lose it can lead to bad workouts because your body starts to slow down. Not only is it important to sip on water during workouts it’s also important to have plenty of water in your system before your workouts begin. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends pre-hydrating, or drinking about 16 ounces of water four hours before you exercise.
6. Add Fruit For Flavor
This one is great for all of you who have to drink something sweet or don’t prefer drinking water. By adding fruits like oranges, strawberries or lemons to your water it will infuse some added natural sweetness that is a lot better for you than sugary drinks like pop. My go to fruit to add to my water is lemons, they help digestion and are believed to boost immunity; they also contain lots of essential nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium and magnesium.
**Also pay attention to the color of your pee! If it’s clear you are hydrated but the more yellow it looks the more water you need!
XOXO – Abbey