Move Daily, Hydrate Often. Hydration… it’s a daily thing.
If you’re anything like me, drinking water is just one of those habits you haven’t fully mastered. Even to remind myself to drink water I have to write it down in the “Reminders” app on my phone and, only after I take a sip or two, I allow myself to mark it off as “complete”.
A few months ago I was diagnosed with a medical condition that required me to take steroids, as well as other prescription drugs. After my diagnosis, I stayed with my regular routine: eat – sleep – exercise – repeat. Two weeks of this pattern and I crashed; I had never-ending headaches, dry skin and mouth, rapid heartbeat, and an overall fatigue that made me irritable. After returning to my doctors and monitoring my habits and nutrition, the answer was clear: I needed WAY more water in my system!
Taking medications, especially steroids, as well as constant urination and exercise, combined with drinking maybe 1-2 bottles of water a day, was definitely not what the doctor prescribed. Then and there I realized that if I didn’t take this “water thing” into consideration I might be running into a bigger problem that I originally thought.
Let me share a few of the tips that have helped me stay hydrated ever since:
- DAILY REMINDERS! It may sound like a joke, but I do schedule time to drink water. It is so easy to get lost in the daily routine that if I don’t schedule hydration time, I can easily forget. I add at least two reminders a day, especially during work hours, to make sure I get in a sip or two of H2O.
- Cute Tumblers. Call me girly, but I’m all about fashionable accessories. It does make a difference to drink water from a cute Kate Spade Tumbler than from a Red Solo Cup (no offense to Red Solo Cups). It just motivates me to drink more water, can anyone else relate?
- Drink water before, during, and after exercise. I can actually pinpoint my improved performance and recovery to my increased water intake. I used to get excessively fatigued every time I went out for a run and just stayed that way for the rest of the day. Now, I feel as if I can perform 10x better and have more energy. The difference is mind-blowing. I have added waist packs to my workout gear and, let me tell you, I’ve never been so proud of wearing something resembling a fanny pack!
- Spice up your H20. Lemon, Limes, Watermelon, you name it. Anything to add some flavor to my water makes it better, and more exciting!
- Not just water. Water, by itself, is not enough to fully hydrate your body, especially after you’ve lost some nutrients through sweating, exercise, and traveling. I always try to keep some electrolyte supplementation at hand. This definitely does the trick every time I feel I’ve lost fluids.
Adding *way* more H20 to my diet has not only improved my overall health, but it has strikingly improved the appearance of my skin. Never underestimate the power of water or the benefits it can provide!