I haven’t gone for a run since Friday…… I have been feeling my body screaming at me to just rest. Do you ever feel that way? You run all-the-miles, take care of your home, kids, maybe you work outside of the house too and sometimes we just need to Stop-Breathe-Rest-Run-Repeat. It is so important to listen to our bodies and then actually do what it say’s. But tomorrow I will be back at it for sure, two days of rest is enough for me.
Drinking water… we all know how important it is, but actually doing it and staying consistent is another thing. Right? Even I struggle to get all my ounces in and I definitely can see and feel the difference when I drink and when I don’t.
So let’s talk facts first.
5 Benefits of Drinking Water & Staying Hydrated
Your body is made up of approximately 78% water, depending on your size. It is recommended to drink Eight ~ 8 ounce glasses of water a day. An even better way to make sure your individual body is getting the hydration it needs is to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces. So what does that look like ~ It’s easy, take your weight, let’s say it is 130 lbs. then divide by 2, = 65 ounces. That is the number just to re-hydrate your body. If you want to take it up a notch aim for your whole body weight!
- Improves Energy levels & Boost’s Physical Performance ~ If you feel tired there is a high chance that it could be due to inadequate consumption of water which makes the body function less efficiently. In fact, fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration. Dehydration can cause fatigue, reduced motivation, and mood swings. Therefore, consumption of ample amounts of water by the body is very important to improve the energy levels while exercising and improving your overall physical performance.
- Improves your Mood ~ Research indicates that mild dehydration (even one or two percent lower hydration level of hydration than optimal) can negatively affect your mood and ability to think.
- Aids in Digestion ~ Being dehydrated can take a toll on your mood and your brain. It helps in improving the mood, boosting memory, reducing the frequency of headaches, and improving brain function. If the body experiences fluid loss, it can lead to anxiety and excessive fatigue. The color of your urine is a good indicator of your level of hydration. The lighter the color the better the level of hydration and vice versa.
- Weight Loss ~ Drinking two eight-ounce glasses of water prior to meals can help suppress appetite and support your weight loss efforts. When you drink water, it fills your stomach and reduces the tendency to eat more. Plus, it helps increase the rate at which the body burns fat, and promotes the breakdown and elimination of fat cells. Calorie-free water is also a great replacement for high-calorie drinks like alcohol, sugary fizzy drinks and sodas that often contribute to weight gain. If you are a soda lover try replacing it with a sugar free seltzer.
- Flushes out Toxins ~ Water is the carrier of oxygen, nutrients, and hormones to the body parts and also provides an outlet for the removal of toxins, dead cells, and waste material. This happens primarily through urine and sweat.
Now you know some of the benefits of staying hydrated so what are some things you can do to create this healthy habit in your daily routine.
Consistency will make the habit stick. Even with the best intentions we can forget to drink so I find that if I set reminders for myself I do much better
- Phone App ~ There are a few good apps for tracking & reminding us to drink our water. Here are a couple I found. You can also just type “water reminder” in the search bar of the App Store to see which one suits you best.
3. Checklist ~ I am a goal setter and I also like to check things off. So putting something on my cabinet that I can see helps me the best and makes me feel like I am accomplishing something. Each pink tab = one bottle.
4. Or I put something in my planner. Like this. I know my planner looks very boring. lol.
5. Another great idea that my daughter uses is she gets an empty gallon of milk and marks the time with something encouraging next to it. She doesn’t drink from the jug but puts it in her water bottle.
If you just can’t stand the thought of drinking all that water, try infusing it with fruit and/or veggies to add a little flavor. Bonus!!
Let me know which one works best for you or any tips you might have for staying hydrated! I would love to hear from you.
5 Random things from my weekend.
On Saturday we drove about 2 &1/2 hours to a family reunion. This is what it looks like when you own your own business and you need to drive because your husband needs to catch up on some paperwork.
My youngest Jeremy has been away at a camp with my Sister in law all week and we were all reunited on Saturday. Looks like someone missed their brother.
After church on Sunday my oldest, Rachel, and I went out to do some last minute college shopping. But of course we had to stop at Starbucks to do some work first!
While we were sitting there I saw this dollar through the window, this is the drive thru.(you may have to zoom in to see it) Everyone was just driving over it, imagine if it was a $100 bill. I would have walked through the drive thru to get it!
I got to go to Target today!! Yippee! I have not been in so long. And I did pretty good if I do say so myself. 😉
What is one thing you are going to do right now to start drinking more water?
Have you ever found money? How much?
What does your running look like this week?