Proper Hydration for Your Active Lifestyle

Water is one of the key components to both a healthy diet and long-term health. It not only keeps your cells hydrated, but it fills your stomach so that you are less hungry.

Proper Hydration and a Warning

Plain and simple, your body needs water. Being properly hydrated will benefit you from head to toe. Water keeps your cells hydrated and flowing throughout your body. Here’s a story of warning for you…

In March, I went to a conference about 3 hours away. On the drive down, I felt a stabbing pain in my lower back. Well, I work out a lot, and I’m in my 30s, so I chalked that up to normal back pain for me.

As time passed, I ended up writhing in pain in my hotel room and moaning like I was being murdered.

It was the worst pain I’d ever felt. Long story short – and minus some gross details – I ended up at urgent care with a kidney stone. Why did that happen? I’m so healthy! Poor hydration. I’d forgotten my own rules.

8 Glasses a Day (?)

There are lots of different guidelines for how much water to drink. Drinking eight glasses of water each day is the most popular guideline, but we each have different needs.

A better indication of how hydrated you are in your urine. When you are properly hydrated, your urine is almost clear.

If you like to have a number to shoot for, take your body weight, divide it by two, and drink that much in ounces. For example, if you’re 130 pounds, drink 65 ounces a day.

There are activities and beverages that dehydrate your body quickly, so your essential amount of water intake may need to be increased.

Any activity that causes you to sweat a lot can dehydrate you quicker than normal. For every half-hour of sweat-inducing exercise, you should drink at least eight ounces of water.

If you are exercising in a particularly humid environment, you may have to drink more water in order to avoid headaches, illness, and overall dehydration.

Those who live in or are visiting dry places, like Colorado, will need more water on a daily basis than someone living in a humid place, like Florida.

Some of the drinks that deplete water from your body are sodas, coffee, tea, and alcohol. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t drink them!

In order to ensure that you stay properly hydrated, drink one glass of water for every glass of a dehydrating beverage. 

Make hydration a priority to keep feeling incredible each day.