If it weren’t for my giant cup of tea every morning, I’m not sure I’d be getting enough fluids. In fact, most of us likely aren’t getting the recommended eight cups of water a day. Proper hydration is key to overall health – and is even more important when you’re incorporating regular physical activity into your everyday regime.
How much water you need depends on the individual, but there are some simple ways to determine what the proper level is for you. First, look at your pee. Your urine should be almost clear, like a lemonade color. If it is dark yellow, you are probably not getting enough water.
You can also determine if you need to drink up if you are sweating. When we sweat, we’re losing quite a bit of fluid – more than you think. It’s important to make up for lost fluids by downing some more before and after a work-out.
It may seem obvious, but if you’re feeling thirsty you should definitely take a drink. Most people can get enough fluids by adhering to pangs of thirst.
Water is the best path to hydration, but you can also get your daily intake by drinking fruit and vegetable juices, tea, milk and many different kinds of fruits and vegetables.
If you’re looking to drink more water, consider carrying a reusable water bottle with you. You can fill it up a few times a day, and know that you’re getting the hydration you need. If water is too bland, consider adding lemon or lime to enhance the flavor. When you’re hungry, have a glass of water before you eat because it’s common to confuse hunger with thirst.
Water is essential for good health, so drink up!