If there’s anyone who knows about staying fit and healthy, it’s our Fitmark Ambassadors. We know when we turn to these good folks, we’re getting expert advice that makes sense. Today, we’re talking to Fitmark Ambassadors Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty from fitmomdiet.com about staying hydrated.
Kim and Shannon are fitness partners who met on a photo shoot in 2011. At the time, they were both on the same path – committed to raising their families and leading healthy, active lives. Together they formed Fit Mom Diet, an online community dedicated to helping “educate, support and inspire moms to make positive changes in their life.”
Take it away, ladies!
HOW TO STAY HYDRATED THIS WINTER
We all know that hydration is one of the most important factors to staying healthy. But in the winter months, it’s easy to forget to drink water. Because the weather cools off, we tend to sweat less, making it less noticeable when we’re dehydrated. However, staying hydrated is essential, especially because it’s cold and flu season. Below are four tips to help you stay hydrated in the winter.
START YOUR DAY WITH A CUP OF WATER WITH LEMON
When you wake, pour yourself a cup of warm water with lemon. Add a bit of honey, if desired. Citrus, such as lemon, has been shown to help with everything from keeping skin clear and moisturized to fighting colds and the flu. It packs a healthy dose of vitamin C as well. If you are a coffee drinker, this is especially important because coffee is a diuretic, thus dehydrating when consumed. Extra water helps to prevent this. Plus, if you tend to overconsume coffee in the morning, this may help combat that.
DRINK WATER FREQUENTLY ALL DAY LONG
Buy a fun, new water bottle or cup and keep it with you wherever you go. It seems to help if you use this bottle for only water. Many of the places where you stop during the day will fill up your bottle if you ask, so don’t be shy. When eating out, order water and make an effort to drink it before the start of your meal. Try ordering it with no or little ice, which might aid in drinking more.
ADD FLAVOR TO YOUR WATER
If you struggle to drink plain water due to the taste, throw in a little mint, citrus or veggies, such as cucumber. This enhances the flavor and also adds a little something special esthetically. Try cutting up a lemon and freezing ice cubes with a slice in each cube. When arriving home crack the ice tray and throw a few in to your cup. This helps those individuals who are more apt to drink water if it looks visually appealing. Many products exist on the market to flavor your water that are worth looking into, but be mindful of the added calories, artificial sweeteners, and chemicals.
SNACK ON HYDRATING FOODS LIKE FRUITS AND VEGGIES
Eating a wide variety of raw foods can help increase your water consumption. Reach for options that have more than 90% water content like grapefruit, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, zucchini, spinach, tomatoes and radishes. Start your meal with a colorful spinach salad. It will help fill you up and give you the added benefit of some extra water.
Some very helpful tips from Kim and Shannon, which leaves us with just one more tip. Something that will carry you through the winter and keep you hydrated:
CARRY YOUR WATER WITH YOU
If you’re the kind of person who is always running around in life and sport, then a hydration pack is just the thing you need. The Run About Town Backpack carries 2 liters of water in a fast flow reservoir. Designed with lots of pockets to store your essentials, this bag is lightweight, comfy to wear, and features reflective stripes to keep you safe at night.
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The Fitmark Team