Glasses of water, I mean.
Yesterday was sweltering in Chicago, as well as in a lot of places. The meteorologists have coined a new term, "heat index." It is a combination of the temperature and humidity-a measurement of how hot we feel. I think of it as similar to how the winter brings, "wind chill"-a measurement of how cold we feel considering the temperature and wind velocity.
I don't know what our heat index was yesterday, but it must have been at least 100.
We turned the a/c on in the whole house and our bedroom units at bedtime.
I exercised lots yesterday as two of my teams have challenges going. I did 7.2 miles in 15 minutes on my elliptical exercise bike, stretching and over a mile walk in the neighborhood in the evening. That is quite a lot for me in one day. I don't usually exercise on a Sunday; it's my one day off.
Oh, I drank my normal amount of water, but not much more. I had a diet 7-Up with dinner and my usual 2 cups of coffee in the morning.
I woke up an hour after getting in bed with the worst muscle cramps I have had in BOTH my legs and BOTH my feet! I told my partner, "my potassium must be out of kilter or something," walked around a bit and got back into bed.
Less than an hour later...there they were again! Now my partner Suz' son was in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He told us that muscle cramps can be caused by dehydration...one sign of a heat related illness. I searched on Spark People, and sure enough! I promptly downed 2 1/2 glasses of water and had no problem with cramps the rest of the night...I won't mention the other problem the water brought on.
I am warning you, friends, push yourself to drink even more water than 8-10 glasses if it's hot where you live. The more you exercise, the more you need to drink.
Lessons learned by experience seem to sink in the best.
Here's the link: http://www.sparkpeople.com/res