Monday, November 17, 2014

Sore, stiff muscles? Tired, sleepy? Need Energy? How's your ...?

water prevents pain sore stiff muscles
Cool or warm: Water prevents sore, stiff, painful muscles and gives you energy!
Tired? Wish you had more energy? Do you feel achey, sore, stiff? If you're taking days to recover after rigorous activity... If your muscles and joints are stiff and painful... If you feel like arthritis might be creeping in... Or if you feel flu-like, or under-the-weather...
Ask yourself this:
"Am I drinking enough pure WATER?"
Being dehydrated can lead to all these symptoms!

How much water do I need?
This question is oft-debated amongst health practitioners!
I'll give you #s in a second, but first...
Of course, we don't want to drink too much water, but... in my clinical experience, clients report signs of dehydration more often than over-hydration!
When was the last time you drank TOO much water?

Here's what I'm getting at: Dehydration is a common problem, and drinking MORE pure water, EVERY day, can make (most people) feel a WHOLE LOT BETTER, so let's try drinking more water and see how we feel!

How much water do I need?
This is controversial, but...
We have all heard the rule "Drink at least 8 (8-ounce) glasses of water every day". That's a start, although 8-10 glasses of pure water should be the minimum for a 130-lb adult.

A better gauge, in #s, is to drink half your body-weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 130 lbs., drink 65 ounces of water daily.
But don't need more if you are ACTIVE!

As a general indicator, aim to have "one clear pee" daily. Your urine should never be dark yellow (or any other dark color). But it shouldn't be clear all day, either.
My suggestion: chug 12-16 oz. when you first get up in the morning. You'll feel better, and your coffee will taste better, too (I promise!).

More tips, to drink more water:
* Always carry your own sport bottle, just for water. Fill it with cool, pure water throughout the day. (Unless you truly prefer drinking warm water; either way, refill it often).
* Focus on drinking just water. Avoid other drinks except pure water. Anything except PURE WATER has the potential to dehydrate you, or put on calories. Even coffee will make you sleepy if you are already dehydrated!
* Take BIG swigs of water at "transition" times, like when you go on a break, move rooms, leave the room/office, get ready to exercise or eat, and so on.
* Drink plenty of extra water when you're active. This includes running errands, shoveling snow, house-cleaning,and exercise workouts.
* If it makes you drink more, squirt fresh lemon or lime into your sport bottle. This adds a little flavor (without sugary calories), and it cleans your sport bottle.

GoooOOOO, WATER!  Drink ~ Drink ~ Drink!