So a few weeks ago, I told you guys about this month’s Add Flavor Challenge I’m working on with Propel. If you remember (I know, I’m so behind on life this month), my challenge was to keep properly hydrated for an entire week, both with workouts and just with my day-to-day life.
When I originally got the results from my Sweat Rate test, I found out my sweat rate was a little on the lighter side. But I also knew that the results I got on that particular day were not typical, so I’d probably consider myself an average sweater (gah, it gets kind of gross talking about how much you sweat, doesn’t it?!).
Keeping that in mind, I figured I’d tackle my week-long challenge with a target of drinking 1-2 more glasses/day than I typically do and making sure I drink a good amount before and after my workouts.
I found that it’s much easier for me to get my daily water/liquid intake during the week than on the weekends. During the week I’m at work and I always have my water bottle right next to me, drinking all day long. On the weekends, I’m usually not sitting still for very long and am usually either chasing after a toddler (ay yi yi, that sounds so weird to say?!) or doing some sort of work around the house. And this was evidenced by the fact that my urine was more like apple juice (cup #1) below, rather than light lemonade (cup #2), which is what it should look like.
While I was on my call a few weeks back with Laura Daray, the scientist and “resident hydration expert” at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, I also learned a fun fact:
Clear urine is a myth. Often times, we hear that our urine should be “clear,” but actually, this would indicate that you’re probably drinking too much, or more than what you’re sweating out.
But enough about the pee talk…let’s keep things movin’.
Another fun fact? Well I’m sure we’ve all heard by now that “coffee is dehydrating.” But according to Laura, the liquid of the gods is actually not dehydrating when consumed in normal amounts!
Technically, anything with fluid is hydrating you, so as long as you’re consuming it in moderate amounts, it totally counts towards your liquid intake for the day. So drink up! Moderately.
So what’s with all the talk about staying properly hydrated? What’s the big deal?!
Well, symptoms of dehydration run the gamut, from grumpiness to cardiovascular strain. It may seem like something that’s really not that big of a deal, but it’s effects can have a major impact on your body and your performance.
Proper hydration and fueling is super important to not only doing your best, but feeling your best. I mean, if you’ve been absolutely miserable during your workouts lately, maybe take a step back and evaluate your hydration strategy. Are you not drinking enough, which is leading to that irritability and making you hate those burpees even more? Or are you just a crazy pants and doing something nutzo like training for a marathon? (<—please, nobody get offended by that, I’m just kidding…sort of.)
So basically, the main takeaway from today’s post? Drink, drink, DRINK! And, of course, to make sure you’re not only staying properly hydrated but also adding back in some of those electrolytes you lost while working out, go ahead and grab yourself a Propel.
The kiwi strawberry is one of my favorites, in case you were curious.
Propel Prize Pack Giveaway Winner
Thanks so much to everyone who entered the giveaway! Our lucky winner is entry #128:
Congrats, Denisse! Please email me at sweettoothcourtney at gmail dot com so I can get you hooked up with your prize pack!
And, on that note, I’m off to go grab my water bottle. But before I leave…
I just couldn’t resist. The boy has baby swag after getting his new Mickey shades for his birthday. He kills me.
Have a great Thursday, my friends! We’re in the home stretch now.
Disclaimer: This post is part of my partnership with Propel. All opinions, as always, are my own.