Water: It's Time To Drink Up!
You've heard it before: water is the best thing you can drink to keep healthy, especially when you are working out. During a high energy, cardio workout like running or spinning you could lose up to a litre of fluid, leaving you at risk of dehydration - and all the associated side effects like headaches and a longer recovery time.
You might think from adverts and marketing that all the sports stars are drinking sugary drinks and energy drinks, but the truth is that water is actually the ultimate power drink!
But how much do you actually need to stay hydrated and how do you ensure you get your fill? It's recommended that we drink eight to ten glasses of water per day - but apparently almost 9 out of 10 of us don't drink enough to stay hydrated.
Easy Does It
A big factor in making sure you drink enough is simple convenience - if you always have a water bottle at your side then you are more likely to regularly drink from it, keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day. To help the war on waste, try to make sure that you use re-usable water bottles and don't buy ones from the shop with are then thrown straight away.
One of the best ways to stay hydrated is to keep track of how much you're drinking, that way you can ensure you're staying on track to meet your water-intake goals. This can be as simple as a tally mark in your diary, a homemade checklist. All you need to do is find what works for you and stick with it.
One of the best ways to keep track though - is to see how different you feel. You'll really notice how different your skin feels and looks once you're hydrated.
But Water Is SO Boring...
Some people struggle to stay hydrated, purely because they find the taste (or lack thereof) of water so unappealing. If this is you, then there are ways you can make it more interesting - although you may find that just using a filter for your tap water or adding ice may improve the taste. If you're used to drinking a lot of soda, then switching to water with a little fresh fruit added could be a game changer - it's much, much better for you, but still satisfies your craving for something sweet (and fizzy if you opt for sparkling water). Or even better, just plain water with a slice or lemon, lime, cucumber, or a couple of mint leaves.
We challenge YOU
Can you up your water intake and switch it out for the sugary drinks?
Article written by Jane Sandwood