How to Stay Hydrated
It’s very important to keep yourself hydrated. By drinking water before you even become thirsty, you can almost guarantee that you won’t ever end up dehydrated.
It’s really important to stay hydrated before, during and after a workout or any type of exercise. I usually drink at least 3 cups of water an hour or so before exercising, another cup or more right before I workout and several more during and after workouts.
It might seem excessive but I don’t like the feeling of dehydration. It’s also not safe to even get to that point. Here is a list of a few potential symptoms of dehydration.
Possible symptoms of dehydration:
- You have a headache
- You are thirsty
- You feel dizzy
- Your mouth is dry
Those are just a few symptoms so do your research to find out other possible symptoms. Web MD has a more in depth list of symptoms, tips on when to seek medical care and more info on how to stay hydrated.
If you know me well, you know that I am never without water in hand. When I travel, I always pack a travel coffee mug and a water bottle in my luggage so that I can fill up at the hotel. If we are driving long distances, I make sure to bring a few of those as well so I’m never without one.
Staying hydrated is so important and water is good for you and your body’s performance. I like to keep water with me all day long because it also helps keep me full when I get that urge to eat more. And that happens often!
You CAN over hydrate (read this: How Much Water Should I Drink?) so just be cautious as to how much you drink a day and check with your doc to see what he/she might recommend for you. I have always had a goal to drink between 8-12 cups a day and that has been perfect for ME. I like to mark down how many ounces of water I have a day to keep track.
Do you have any favorite water bottles or travel coffee mugs?