One of the very first things that I do when working with a new client is chat with them about their water consumption. I won’t go into any crazy charts or explanations, I simply ask that you drink more water than you did the day before. We kickstart the and build over time. Everything in moderation. s imperative for health reasons that you do not go from drinking 8 ounces to 100 ounces in one day.
Why water? Here are some benefits of staying hydrated:
Regulates body temperature
Some signs you may not be getting enough water:
Unable to focus
Tired, slow or sluggish
Recovery is longer (post workout or medical)
Some ideas on how to stay hydrated and consistent with your water intake:
Track your consumption of all liquids. Start a journal or find an app that works for you. Water is water, the rest is not as valuable. Examples are juice, sports drinks, energy drinks, alcohol or coffee (I hate saying that). Ask yourself what is truly giving you nutritional value. Read labels on all liquids.
Create a timeline. I personally drink 24 ounces of water before I drink coffee. That is a habit that I had to create and build up to.
Get yourself a water cup or bottle that is yours specifically. I have a few 24 ounce cups that are mine and mine alone. I drink five of those a day.
Don’t be afraid to add salt. Salt has all the electrolytes you need. Magnesium, calcium, and potassium we lose sodium the quickest through sweat, therefore you need to replace. Some people choose to get over-the-counter electrolytes but a simple pink Himalayan or sea salt in the morning will do the trick. Be careful to not overdo it, consult with your nutritionist or reach out to me.