Another day into our record breaking heat wave, and you just got back from that killer run. Your body is demanding hydration, and there is a delicious strawberry-flavored lemonade in your fridge calling your name! It’s liquid so you think it qualifies as a perfect post-run thirst quencher. But before you take that first sip, read the label! Most of the ingredients in that sweet flavored drink will actually dehydrate you! Your taste buds may be craving one thing, but your muscles deserve better than that! Give your body what it really needs. A nice glass of ice water!
Sure it sounds boring, but your body will thank you! After all, about 60% of you is made up of water, and you just sweated most of that away.
Let’s just be honest for a minute, most of us don’t drink enough water. Everyone has heard about the eight glasses a day rule. It’s easy to remember, but that doesn’t quite cut it. The average sedentary female is thought to need 9 cups of water a day. An equivalent male requires 12. However, you just kicked that 5k run’s ass in 90-degree weather! The lowest amount of water you should be drinking is 9 cups a day if you are a female athlete and 12 cups if you are a male. One liter (4.2 cups) of water is required for every 1,000 calories burned. Keep track of your workouts and the amount of calories expended so you can avoid dehydration!
Remember, you can go weeks without food but only days without water! Your body needs water to function… not strawberry-flavored lemonade. Make sure you drink your fill!
Check out these delicious Fruit Water Recipes! The natural flavor will satisfy your sweet tooth!