Fit Life Basics: Hydration

HYDRATE

Everyone knows how important hydration is, right? Then why is it soooo hard to get all our water in? Because life gets in the way! We get busy, we run from meeting to meeting, our kids need something, etc. There’s a million reasons why getting all your water in is hard, but the bottom line is, it is one of THE MOST IMPORTANT things you can do to create a healthy and fit body.

So what can you to do get all your water in each day?

Know how much water to drink. It’s long been recognized by health experts that 8 glasses of water per day is actually not enough for the average adult. Use a simple calculation to figure out how much water you should be drinking per day. Experts are divided on this topic, but most use one of two methods. Some say to take your weight and divide it in half, meaning if you are 200 pounds, you should be drinking 100 ounces of water. Others say to take your weight and multiply it by 2/3. So if you are 200 pounds, you should be drinking about 133 ounces per day. Take your pick of methods, but either way, make sure you are getting more than 64 ounces of water per day!

Buy a new water bottle! I own no less than 25 water bottles. I might be an addict. A new water bottle always gives me a fun way to renew my commitment to drinking water. If this is what it takes to get me excited about drinking water again, so be it!

Plan it out! Get your water bottle ready in the evening so it’s ready to grab and go in the morning. Drink a full glass right away when you wake up. Set goals throughout the day, and put reminders on your phone. I set mine so it buzzes at 10am, Noon, 2pm, and 4pm. Those are my big reminders that I better be hitting my daily water goals.

Jazz it up! Soak some fruit in it overnight for a refreshing twist. My favorite is to grab my one liter bottle in the evening, carbonate it using my Sodastream, throw in some sliced strawberries and the juice of half a lime. Put it in the fridge and in the morning, I just grab it and head to work! Tastes like strawberry limeade!! For more fruity recipes, check out this awesome site: http://www.fruitinfusedwater.com/

Coffee and tea count! It’s a myth that coffee and tea dehyrate your body. The water in each of these beverages still counts towards your daily goal!

The moral of the story is: It doesn’t matter what it takes. Get your water in each day. You can’t reach your health and fitness goals without it!

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