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9 Tips to Drink 8 a Day…

Here are some tips from SparkPeople for getting those 8 a day…

As many of you know, drinking water is not my favorite thing to do.  I recently saw this article from SparkPeople about tips for getting those eight glasses a day.  I tweeked their 12 tips to make it nine (not just because I like the number nine…also because sometimes fewer is better).  What are some of your strategies to get enough water…?


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More on Post Workout Recovery

DrinkMany of us are beginning our training for fall races now, when the weather is hot and humid, and it is important to replace lost fluids and minerals after a run or workout. I recently wrote a post about what people are drinking after a workout (What is Best after a Workout…Water or a Sports Drink?). Drinking something with a good carb/protein balance within 60 minutes after exercise is key, especially if the workout was intense. Physical therapist Alan Tyson sent out the following information recently that pertains to this very thing. Here is the link: Post Workout Recovery

What is Best After a Workout…Water or Sports Drinks?

sports drinksI ran 10 miles with my friend Susan this morning on a trail near our house, and by the last two miles I was seriously dragging. When I finished the run, I felt terrible… my legs were heavy and I felt sluggish. Lucky for me, my son had left a Gatorade (Fierce Grape) in my car and I drank it shortly after I finished. It tasted great, and I was amazed at how quickly I recovered. If we are exercising outside this summer, we are bound to sweat more than usual, and when we sweat we lose more than just water from our bodies. Our sweat contains minerals, which are also lost. Should we be replacing those with an energy drink? Is it more important during the summer months to drink sports drinks, like Gatorade? I guess the best answer is that it really depends. [Read more…]

Water, Is it Boring?

waterIs it just me, or is water a boring drink? I have a tough time drinking enough of it. It is not that I don’t realize the excellent health benefits of water. My goodness, we would die without it! After a workout, I can’t wait for a bottle of it, but the rest of the time I have to force myself to drink it. I have known plenty of people who love water, so maybe it’s an acquired taste? I have been drinking it all my life, though, so how much more acquiring is it going to take? I’ve tried the flavored waters, and those are great. But that gets expensive. If anyone has any tips for drinking more water, I would love to hear them! Here’s a good article about the benefits of drinking plenty of water.