The heat has arrived. As in, 100 degrees last week. Sheesh.
Life in the desert. Brutally beautiful and for months at at time, cruelly hot. This is the price paid for lovely, mild winters.
Therefore, as the air is getting drier and hotter, I am chugging a lot of water in order to stay hydrated. I have had my share of dehydration headaches that turned into ugly, ugly migraines. And even if you don't live in a dry climate like I do, staying hydrated is one of the absolute best things you can do for your body. And if you're training for anything, it is vital and necessary to keep you healthy and well.
I start every single day with a large glass of water and/or lemon water. When I say a large glass of water, I mean large. About 24 ounces. No, I'm not kidding. I seriously start my day with about 3 cups of water.
It makes me feel better. It kick starts my metabolism and digestive system. And since I start the day hydrating immediately - even before I eat anything - I am less likely to develop a headache later in the day. That's a big one for me because my headaches are usually direct from Hades and pretty much debilitate me.
You can find a plethora of information online about why it's important to stay hydrated, but I think you already realize this so that's not the real issue here - the real issue is that you forget, or you don't really like water that much, or just straight-up water isn't enough for you.
So a few tips:
1. Keep a reusable water bottle (preferably a BPA-free bottle) with you at work or throughout your day and fill it up MORE THAN ONCE. I use this one and these. (The Sigg bottles I got at T.J. Maxx for $4 each. Huzzah.)
2. If you have to, set up reminders on your phone to keep you downing that water.
3. When it gets really hot and/or dry, make sure that you don't just drink water - if you're like me and sweat an ungodly, gross, unbelievable amount, make sure you throw some electrolytes in there too.
4. If you don't really like water, flavor it with a variety of herbs and fruit (see below). Yes, I know there are things on the market that will add flavor to your water but I'm not a big fan of ingredients that I can't pronounce.
5. Keep a pitcher of water in your fridge and empty it by the end of the day.
6. Drink water with each meal.
7. Drink water before you realize you're thirsty.
Flavored & Herbal Infused Water
Ingredients for flavored and herbal infused water are simple and vary based on taste. Some of my favorite herbal infused combinations:
Wash all herbs and fruit thoroughly before adding to cold water. If using herbs, rub and/or crush the leaves a bit before adding to the water - this helps release the oils that will flavor the water. Allow the water to infuse for at least 10 minutes. Serve cold and refrigerate leftovers. Consume within two days.
I particularly like these electrolyte tablets because they have no unnecessary sugar, have a slight fizz, and keep me hydrated. Add to 16 ounces of water.
So drink up, my friends, and stay hydrated all year long!
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