Drinking enough water is critical for sports performance and our overall health. How much water you should drink depends on your age, activity level and other factors like the environmental heat. In this video, I share some tips to drink more water or get enough fluids to function at your best throughout the day, even if you don’t really enjoy water.
Carry around a water bottle and drink more water.
The easiest way to get enough water is to remind yourself to do it. Carry around a stainless steel water bottle. Fill it before you leave the house in the morning, and take sips from it throughout the day. When it’s empty, fill it up again. Not only will this practice encourage you to drink more water, but you will save money not buying bottled water.
Eat fruits and vegetables.
A large number of fruits and vegetables have high water content. Just by eating them, you can meet a lot of your daily water needs. Foods like grapes, cucumbers and strawberries can help you get the fluids you need to perform your best.
Try coffee or sports drinks.
Some people just don’t like water. Many nutrition experts say that coffee or sports drinks can be adequate replacements. With either one, you have to be careful about the added sugar and calories.
Drink a bottle of water first thing in the morning.
Drinking a bottle of water first thing in the morning can help wake you up, get your metabolism going, and get you started toward meeting your daily fluid intake needs. Try drinking 12-20 ounces of cold water as soon as you get out of bed in the morning.
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