6 Ways to Stay Hydrated
Hydration affects each of us holistically. When we are giving our bodies the right amount of water, we can expect more energy, healthier skin, more infrequent headaches, and better digestive health.
Drinking enough water is particularly important if you take hot yoga classes. In any heated class, you will require intense hydration.
You would probably be surprised at how little water you drink if you are not intentional about your hydration.
If you are looking to add some extra H2O to your daily routine, here are 6 Ways to Stay Hydrated.
1. Set a Water Intake Goal
Calculate Your Water Goal: (Good Housekeeping)
Take your weight (in pounds) and divide that by 2.2.
Multiply that number depending on your age. (If you’re younger than 30, multiply by 40. If you’re between 30 and 55, multiply by 35. If you’re older than 55, multiply by 30.)
Divide that sum by 28.3.
Your total is how many ounces of water you should drink each day. Divide that number by 8 to see your result in cups
If you Exercise:
Divide the number of minutes you’ve exercised by 30.
Multiply that number by 12.
Add that to the result you got above to get the total amount of water you should drink per day.
2. Buy a Fun Water Bottle
Choose the size that is right for you. If you are hoping to rarely refill your water bottle, go for the big one that will keep you hydrated all day long! Here is a great option for a 64 oz bottle.
If you travel often, this is the water bottle for you. With a built-in Brita Filter, this water bottle makes staying hydrated wherever you go, easy.
If you tend to leave yours at the grocery store, yoga studio or lose it in your car (not that this ever happens to me) you might prefer a disposable water bottle. While this might feel wasteful, you can make this sustainable. Buy a larger, plastic water bottle you like. Refill it until it starts to fall apart or look dirty. When you are ready for a new one, recycle the old bottle.
3. Add Water to Your Morning Routine
Drink a glass of water every morning when you wake up, especially if you are headed to NuPower for a morning class! I know it is so tempting to reach first for that coffee pot (no judgment) but it is best for your digestive health to drink a glass of water when starting your day.
4. Bring Water Into Class
Keep water next to you during class. In NuPower 60 or NuSculpt, you can become dehydrated quickly, especially if you have not had enough water that day. Sip on water throughout the class—your body will be asking for it more so than any other time during the day. Lean into this! Don’t try to tough it out.
5. Salt Your Food
“Electrolytes are substances that ionize when dissolved in solvents such as water. Salts are electrolytes. So when salt is added to water, it dissolves into its component ions. These ions are electrically conductive and help receive and send messages throughout the body, and help facilitate cell hydration.” – Robyn Youkilis (Hydration Tip: Add Salt)
This is a great alternative to sports drinks that contain a lot of sugar and carbohydrates. Get your electrolytes from your diet instead of sweet drinks.
6. Make Your Water Taste Good
Water isn’t the most exciting thing out there to drink, especially when you are on your 8th glass of the day. Adding lemon or cucumber can make staying hydrated more interesting and has added health benefits.
What are your favorite ways to stay hydrated? Comment below!