Are you drinking enough water each day? Experts recommend that you consume half your weight in ounces of water, with an additional 8 ounces for every 30 minutes of exercise. That means that if you weigh 140 pounds, you should aim for at least 70 ounces of water per day. Does that seem like a lot to you? Here are some ways to ensure that you consume enough water each day:
- Start your day with 8 ounces. Make it a habit to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. Not only will this hydrate your body after a long night of no water consumption, but it will also give your digestive system a boost and rev up your metabolism!
- Bring water with you wherever you go. Get yourself a nice, reusable water bottle and take it with you in the car, to meetings, to the gym, and anywhere else you might go. Remember to sip it often! Many reusable water bottles have measurements on the side, making it easy to keep track of how much you’re drinking.
- Eat fruits and vegetable that contain high amounts of water. Foods like cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, citrus fruits, strawberries, and (of course) watermelon will help you to stay hydrated throughout the day.
- If you’re not crazy about water, try flavoring it with a squeeze of lemon or lime. Natural fruit juices and herbal teas can also count toward your daily intake.
Water is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but it becomes even more important during the summer months. When temperatures are higher, the risk of dehydration increases…especially for those who exercise regularly. Symptoms of dehydration include headache, fatigue, nausea, and dizziness. Be sure to get enough water each day to stay comfortable and healthy this summer!