Tip 9: Drinking more H20
So I think you have heard enough of why daily water intake is SO critical to your overall health, athlete or not. It makes up a huge part of our entire body and it is needed for so many important functions.
I noticed about 2 weeks ago as the temperature was dropping, my skin was getting gross! I was also really avoiding water, and beverages that were hydrating. I was barely drinking any fluids.
I started my 24 Day Challenge and it was telling me to take my weight, and divide it by 2 = the amount of water I should be drinking. So I will not lie 140 ounces is NOT happening, but I am getting about 100-120 oz now.
Did you know?
Staying hydrated not only helps with your alertness, controlling appetite, and improving activity and sport performance- but it also keeps every day symptoms like fatigue, headaches, and dry skin away.
Drinking too much water can be possible. Last year I had low sodium blood levels, and my doctors freaked out. I seriously would eat Ramen Noodles and feel like they were not salty enough, I was CRAVING salt and getting insane migraines. It was a medication+too much water thing for me I was drinking far too much. It is rare to have a problem but, there is such thing as too much! Check with your doctor if you have questions about your specific needs. I did! ( Love doctors who let me email questions!)
I had been struggling to drink the water until :
- I got a cute new water bottle.
- Used my Spark diluted in a 32 oz glass to give it flavor and energy boosts instead of 8oz.
- Setting an alarm for water reminders.
- Not allowing myself to drink another beverage without 8oz of water first.
- When taking my medication ( I take 2 pills at different times) I count to ten while swallowing my first pill. Then if I can manage I will try to finish that glass. Repeat for 2nd pill an hour later
I really think improving my hydration has been a huge part of me staying on track with my challenge and my holiday indulgences. Drinking a glass of water before my meals has also been a great habit I seem to be incorporating over the last few weeks. I plan on making it stick!