How To Stay Hydrated

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I drink A LOT of water so I can stay hydrated.

The first thing I do as soon as I wake-up is pull my Brita pitcher out of my fridge and chug TWO big glasses of filtered water with half a lemon squeezed into it. I do this to get my metabolism going, to get a burst of natural vitamin C, it gives me energy, helps my digestive system and I know I’ve started my day by taking care of me.

I aim to drink around eight glasses of water everyday and this way I know I’ve drank at least two before I start working at my desk. I had a friend mention to me recently that she only drank maybe 2-3 glasses of water everyday and that she forgets to hydrate.

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It’s SO important to drink enough water so everything in your body can function properly and you don’t end up mistaking thirst for hunger. Reach for water before you reach for a bag of chips! Don’t like the taste of plain water? Try infusing your water with fruit or herbs  to give it natural flavour without a ton of calories.

I also get incredibly sleepy when I’m dehydrated and then grumpy. So how do I remember to drink more water? I decided to put together a little water diary on how I stay hydrated throughout the day:

8:00 AM – Wake-up and resist the urge to check email! I usually end up doing so anyway. March downstairs, squeeze half an organic lemon into a 500 ml glass and add filtered water. Proceed to chug two glasses before I put on my workout clothes, make breakfast and start checking emails and social again at my desk. Time to attack my biggest task of the day!

10:00 AM – I make coffee in my French Press and pour myself another glass of water so I have it ready to go after my coffee. Caffeine dehydrates me, so I try to replenish with water as soon as I can.

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10:15 AM – Fill-up my Brita To-Go Bottle, grab my towel, phone and keys and fly out the door to get to the gym!

10:30 AMCardio Barre or a Yoga class. Whatever day it is, I want an intensive full-body workout in 60 minutes. I sip on water from my Brita To-Go Bottle throughout class to avoid dry mouth and dehydration.

11:30 AM – I did it! Class is over; I don’t have to think about getting in a workout for the rest of the day. Refill water bottle and chug! By now, I’ve drank about 5 glasses of water, but need to replenish anything I sweated out. I’m feeling great and full of energy.

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Noon – Back at home, shower, lunch and work. Get through more emails, pressing deadlines and taking any meetings in the afternoon. I pour myself another glass of water for after lunch for glass #6.

1:00 PM – Coffee or green tea break, then dive back hard into my to-do list. The east coast stops working at 2 PM PST, so it’s important that I stay focused to get any last-minute things out.

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4:00 PM – Afternoon slump hits. I usually go for a walk, make an afternoon snack and sip on glass #7 of ice cold water to wake me up a bit. I go back to work or I go to the gym if I skipped my morning workout class (I try not to).

5:30 PM – I start making dinner with Paul and eat at around 6:30 PM.

7:30 PM – I’m probably in front of the TV and hanging out or reading a magazine. If dinner was super salty, I’m craving what is usually my last glass of water. I sip on this slowly until bedtime and it helps with digestion.

 

I use a Brita Pitcher at home so I can filter my own water. I don’t buy bottled water because I want to reduce my waste. When I’m on the go, I try to leave the house with a full reusable bottle that I can take with me. The Brita bottle I use is BPA-free, dishwasher-safe and has a filter built-in. So when I refill at the gym, I know I’m getting the same clean taste I get at home.

 

So how do you stay hydrated throughout the day? Do you keep a water bottle at your desk? Do you find you drink more water in the morning or evening?

 

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