On more than one occasion I have been accused of having an answer for everything. And I admit it’s true. I have made it my goal as a trainer to have an excuse for every excuse. Some see it as being a smarty pants, I see if as my job to keep mamas moving.
Today I’m tackling hydration. All sorts of excuses come back when this topic comes up. Truthfully though the benefits to being hydrated far outweigh the excuses. When you are hydrated:
Ok, you say. “I’m in” where do I start?
I strongly believe we are more likely to follow through with anything when there is a goal to work toward. For hydration, I prefer a more personalized goal than the traditional 8 glasses per day. Take your body weight in pounds (the real one, not whatever made up number is on your driver’s license) and divide it in half. Drink at least that many ounces per day.
Each time you finish a glass or water bottle write it down to keep an accurate total, you can even use your fit bits water tracker. The Make the Most of your Fitbit post gives more details on this.
Keep moving tip: Take note of the water in the potty. A dark color means you need more water, light color means you are doing great.
How you ask?
Here are a few time methods that have worked for not only me, and have been proven to work by my mom clients. Pick the ones that will work for you.
Keep moving tip: A ball jar is my water glass of choice, for other fun things to do with Ball jars try this Soup in a Jar idea.
A few exceptions
There are a few things that will bump up your need for water. Diuretics, these talk your body into flushing the water out a bit faster. The big one for us moms is coffee, caffeinated soda is another. Drink a cup of coffee? Add a cup of water to your goal.
Sweating during exercise means you need to replace that water. Add 4 -6 ounces of water for every 15 minutes of exercise. Smaller sips during exercise are ideal.
Now that you have both the reasons and a few tips to hydrate, it’s time to commit. Are you ready to hydrate and feel the difference? Comment below with your strategy and goal.
Keep Moving Mama