Hydration Hydration Hydration!

You’ve heard this throughout your life time and time again. You need to drink water in order to stay hydrated even if you aren’t working out. Water helps regulate body temperature and lubricate your joints. If you aren’t drinking enough water you may be dehydrated (you lose more fluids than you drink) which causes you to feel tired, nauseous, dizzy, have dry mouth, muscle cramps, etc.

 

Many health professionals suggest you drink a gallon a day, but for someone who isn’t use to getting that much water in during their day might have a hard time. A quick tip is to purchase a gallon jug and write times on it with encouraging messages to help you meet your daily goal!

 

Don’t know how much to drink? According to the American Council on Exercise, they suggest that you follow this basic guideline for drinking water before, during, and after exercise:


  • Drink 17-20 ounces of water 2-3 hours before you start exercising
  • Drink 8 ounces of water 20-30 minutes before you start exercising or during your warm-up
  • Drink 7-10 ounces of water every 10-20 minutes during exercise
  • Drink 8 ounces of water no more than 30 minutes after you exercise

Benefits to increasing your water intake:

 

  1. Promotes Weight Loss
  2. Boosts Immune System
  3. Prevents Cramps & Sprains
  4. Puts You In A Good Mood
  5. Maintains Regularity
  6. Flushes Out Toxins
  7. Improves Skin Complexion
  8. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue
  9. Natural Headache Remedy



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