Whether you are a serious athlete or a recreational exerciser, it’s important to make sure you get the right amount of water before, during, and after exercise. Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints. It also helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy. As you get older, your brain may not be able to sense dehydration and send the signals for thirst. So it is important that we follow these tips to stay hydrated, even if we do not feel thirsty.
|1. Replace 1 caffeinated drink each day with 1 glass of water of equal size.|
|2. Carry a reusable water bottle with you. When your bottle starts feeling too heavy, drink a little bit. That keeps you hydrated and lightens your load.|
|3. Drink a glass of water when you first get up, or drink an extra glass at lunchtime.|
|4. Set regular “Water break!” reminders on your phone or other device.|
|5. Eat plenty of dense vegetables and fruits for their water content. Some good choices: cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe, and strawberries.|
|6. Slice some lemon or lime into a glass of water to add flavor and scent without reaching for a soda or other sugary drink.|
|7. Make one of the thirst-busting drinks below. Sip. Enjoy. Repeat at your leisure.|
Coconut water is an awesome hydrator, and so is infused water. Here are a few infused water recipes to try, share, and comment on. Enjoy!