Summer is quickly approaching and if there is one pesky little thing that can really slow you down and interfere with your workout, it’s dehydration. Staying hydrated is an essential part to everyone’s health. Suboptimal hydration affects the way your body is supposed to work and if your body isn’t working properly then your workout will suffer.
Dehydration can affect your skin health, weight management, energy level, blood pressure, and digestion (just to name a few). Besides skin health, which is important to everyone, the rest can really interfere with a good workout. If you are not properly hydrated, your body will slow down the activity of the enzymes that are responsible for producing energy. This will lead to slower metabolism and fatigue.
It’s recommended that an adult should drink 10 cups (80 ounces) of water a day for their body to work it’s best. That’s a lot of water and chances are, most of us don’t drink that much. Drinking that much water a day can become very boring and ultimately pushes people in the direction of fruit juices and soda for some flavor and excitement. However, fruit juices and soda are not good for you and certainly not a substitute for water. There are a few tips you can do to make your water a little more fun and appealing, which will hopefully help you drink more of it.
Adding a little natural flavor to your water will make it more appealing. You can do this by adding some slices of any fruit you choose, however, citrus fruit will add the biggest punch of flavor to your water. Slicing a lemon, lime, or orange into little circles not only makes your water look more appetizing, but it will add some taste as well. Here’s another idea: put your water in a clean clear container. Seeing your sparkling clean clear water with your fresh fruit slices will make you want to drink it. Another tip is to make your water easily accessible. Make a big pitcher of your 80 ounces of fruit infused water and keep it in the refrigerator at work or home. This will make it easy for you to access, and help you keep track of how much more you need to drink.
Stay on top of your hydration. If you are feeling thirsty, fatigued, or have a general sense of not feeling well, then it’s probably already too late. Stay ahead of the game this summer and you will feel better and have more energy, which will lead to better workouts. Better workouts lead to a better state of physical and mental health, so drink plenty of water to look and feel your best!