Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated on These HOT DAYS

It's 9:55 a.m. and I have no central air.  I was sweating when I got out of the shower.  It is dangerously HOT today.  These are the days that it is VITAL to keep your body well hydrated.  I have managed to drink about 65 ounces of water already today and I'm just getting started.  I was very nervous at boot camp this morning. I had a tough workout prepared for my clients and it was HOT, even at 5:45 a.m.  I kept reminding them every 5 seconds to drink, drink, drink!!!!  They were so annoyed with me.  But no one passed out or went into heat stroke, so I did my job.  I know it's tough to drink plain old water sometimes, but there is nothing like the taste of cool, crisp water on a day like today.  Two things you can do to stay hydrated is to slice up some citrus fruit and squeeze it in your water.  Also, drink out of a straw.  You will drink SOOOO much more out of a straw.  I cut up some grapefruit and lemons this morning and have them in my water. Doesn't that sound refreshing?  Remember....if you are lethargic, have a headache and are cranky, it simply could be that you need to drink more water, so get on it!  If you are thirsty, then you are already on the way to dehydration, so sip it throughout the day to avoid signs of dehydration.  remember....half of your body weight in ounces of water per day PLUS a ton more if you are working out!  Happy drinking!

Monday, May 7, 2012

The SCALE! How Often Should You Weigh Yourself?

I was watching some reality show on TLC the other day and a woman in her early 40's had weighed herself everyday for 23 years. She was overweight, unhealthy physically and mentally. Her daily mood and attitude was dictated by the scale every day.  She was also influencing her teenage daughter in a very negative way.  So...how often should we weigh ourselves?  I don't have the answer, but I can tell you what my weigh-in habits look like.   I do not own a scale.  I weigh myself once in a while at the Y before a workout (once every few months) and I get weighed once per year at my annual OB appt.  I keep track of my weight at these appts because I don't want my weight to creep up from year to year.  Today, I went for my yearly appt and I lost TWO POUNDS from last year!  Yahoo!  I keep track of my weight at these appts, so I can keep myself in check.  One pound here and one pound there may not seem like a big deal, but one pound a year for 20 years, can lead to 20 extra pounds.  Just something to think about...