Here in Austin, our summer has been pretty mild until just recently. The temperature has seemingly bumped up a bit to make it feel just a little more like what we are accustomed to down here.....OR, maybe I am just ready for Fall and my mind is playing tricks on me.
In either case, staying properly hydrated has always given me some grief, especially when I moved to Austin approximately 5 years ago from Fort Collins, CO. The heat was definitely a major change and forced me to get smart about hydration.
I'll be honest, since then, I've gone through phases - as I imagine most people do - of being on top of my hydration and feeling great, and letting it slide only to feel like shit. That being the case, I wanted to share some of the simple things I do (when I'm on it) that keep me feeling on top of my game.
1. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up.
This seems pretty straightforward, right? You've just spent the entire night without water and what do most people put in their bodies first thing??? COFFEE! I love coffee as much as anyone out there, but I won't pretend that that is a healthy practice.
I make it a rule that I can't have my coffee until the glass of water that I set next to my bed the night before is in my belly. Then, it's game time!
2. Set an hourly reminder.
Most of us are very busy people. In fact, sometimes we get so tied up in what we're doing, we forget to take care of ourselves in the most basic ways. An easy remedy for this is to set an alarm to snap us out of whatever work funk we may be in at the time and drink.....water, that is.
It's easy to set your smart phone up to alert you each and every hour as a reminder to refill that glass of water and then have it consumed by the next time your phone blasts out some annoying collection of beeps and buzzes.
In fact, you may soon discover that once you become used to drinking one glass of water an hour, you'll begin to challenge yourself to another in the same time domain. Sounds kinda like setting PRs for water consumption, right? Just be careful. There is such a thing as drinking too much water, albeit hard to do.
3. Flavor your water.
Some people can not get their heads wrapped around the idea of drinking something that has no taste. In fact, I have found myself becoming bored with just drinking water all day. Sometimes you need to add a little "flava" to your hydration game by adding some flavor.
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An easy way to do this is to squeeze some lemon juice in to your water. It adds just enough flavor to the water to keep it interesting and actually allows the body to better absorb the water.
You can take this idea and run with it. I've seen people bring a water bottle with pieces of pineapple floating around . Really, you could put any fruit in there that suits your taste....strawberries....blueberries...etc. I would just be sure to avoid bananas....that may not work the best.
There ya go! A couple easy ways to keep yourself hydrated and feeling good. Cheers!