Everyone knows that you should drink water. Hydration is an important component to good health. The old eight glasses of water per day rule might be good to abide by, but let’s be honest, that can be a bit boring. Here are three tips to help you get the hydration you need so you can continue winning marathons, competing in American Ninja Warrior, or maybe just getting that 5K in on a hot summer day.
- Have you ever gone to the gym one time and walked out with the perfect muscles, shredded abs, and tons of endurance? Of course not. Building strength and endurance takes time. Hydration is the same way. You can’t drink four bottles of water in an hour and be ready for a half marathon the next day. Hydration is a habit you need to practice every day. An easy way to know if you are properly hydrated is to check the color of your urine. It should be clear to a pale yellow. Any darker and you could be dehydrated.
- Water isn’t the only thing that counts. Pretty much anything you drink counts towards hydrating your body (bring on the wine!... Just kidding. I said PRETTY MUCH). It used to be believed the diuretic effect of coffee and tea offset hydration; however, that has been debunked.
- Solid foods can help you hydrate as well. The following foods are at least 85% water by weight and are great for hydration (and they are low in calories so they make great snack choices): cucumbers (great with hummus), watermelon (duh), strawberries, cantaloupe, zucchini, eggplant, grapefruit, pineapple, and oranges.
Drinking water is basic advice, but we all need a reminder now and then. So grab a cucumber and chug some fluids until the stream runs clear.