Not staying properly hydrated, especially during a workout, can shorten our endurance and cause fatigue. Since over half of our body is comprised of water, staying hydrated is a key component of maintaining consistent overall health.
While we are told that we should aim to drink half our body weight in ounces every day (i.e. 150 lbs = 75 ounces of water), water at some point just doesn’t taste good anymore. So before resorting to soda or sugary juices, check out our 5 favorite ways to stay hydrated without just drinking water.
1. Fruits and Vegetables
Some fruits and vegetables are primarily made up of water, but also provide us with other nutrients that aid in the proper functioning of our bodies. Fruits like watermelon, honeydew, and grapefruit and vegetables like cucumber, zucchini, and celery are all made up of about 90% water. They also contain beneficial carbohydrates and when eaten in appropriate portions, they can keep you moving throughout a workout.
2. Coconut Water
When we get our sweat on, we lose electrolytes that are necessary for maintaining fluid balance in our body. Coconut water contains natural electrolytes, without the added sugar and carbohydrates that most sports drinks contain.
3. Dry Mouth?
How often do we sit at our desk and stare at the computer in a daze? When we finally snap out of the fog with a dry mouth and dry eyes, it’s time to hydrate! Grabbing a quick drink of water will, believe it or not, get you re energized and allow you to focus for a little longer.
4. Eat Your Water!
If you’re tired of the taste of water, try oatmeal, yogurt, or a smoothie to get that extra bit of hydration in.
5. Add Lemon!
If you haven’t already heard of the benefits of lemon water, you’re missing out! For one week, try having lemon slices available in your fridge and pop them into your water in the morning. The lemon will boost your immune system and your energy levels, increase potassium, aid digestion, cleanse immune system and clean out your mouth and freshen your breath.