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1/27/08 10:09 A

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I've seen recipes for sport drinks too, w/ salt, and perhaps lemonade mix, something like that. I get the taste part, I really have to cut it w/ a lot of water, or it's just too sweet.

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1/27/08 10:09 A

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Cold weather water...decaff Hot tea!

 
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1/27/08 9:29 A

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Hey I just saw a commercial for a low-cal sports drink...G2 I think! I still don't like they way they taste and prefer water! But there's another option!

 
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1/26/08 2:08 P

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My experience is similar to Kayotic's, I find sports drinks are useful for rehydrating quickly from long exercise sessions. I can lose over a pound of water during my 8-mile run, so I usually guzzle about 12oz of plain (room temp!) water when I finish, then sip a sports drink as I cool down and shower.

I'm a bit of a water-hog, although I don't consider myself "extreme", I'm not sure I'm typical :)

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1/26/08 11:55 A

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I guess it does depend on what you consider "extreme". I never thought of myself as extreme, but some of my friends and coworkers do! I'm like Gail, if I'm out over an hour, I like a sport drink. And you make a good point, Embusby, there is sugar in there, and for a casual day out, it may tip the scales in the wrong direction. I use a powder sport drink and mix my own, since I really don't care for the full strength mix.

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1/25/08 7:41 A

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It's okay Gail. Just wanted to clarify a point for those of us who don't exercise to that degree. Awesome for you! Good job!

 
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1/24/08 3:45 P

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I didn't mean to dog on you Embusby. :-) You are very right...If you are headed to the park for a bit of fresh air, exercise and to feed the ducks the sports drink should stay in the fridge. Sports drink if not used for what they are intended for could really sabotage a diet.

Today I ran for 1:15 (covered 8 miles - I was happy with the run) I did run with a sports drink but I only drank 1/2 bottle. I do have a feeling I under hydrated but that is all I was thirsty for.

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1/24/08 3:22 P

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Well, I guess the sports drinks are a matter of opinion. Personally, I would consider running for more than 1 hr in the extreme category. While they do contain some minerals, they also contain carbohydrates (sugar). For the athlete who burns it all off, it's probably not a problem. The rest of us might want to consider it.

 
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On any run longer than one hour I always run with a sports drink. They really serve a purpose, and make a lot of difference in a workout.

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1/24/08 9:31 A

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I don't think you need to be an extreme athlete to benefit from a sport drink. When we go out for more than an hour, especially in the summer, I really benefit from a sport drink rather than just water. I sweat so much, I think I need the extra boost I get from the sport drink, I also tend to get muscle cramps from long workouts, and I think the sodium helps, at least on those. If I'm at the gym, it's strictly water.


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1/22/08 7:17 A

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Good ideas...I would limit the sport drinks which are often full of sugar and sodium. Unless you are a extreme athlete, you probably don't need all that. You just need water.

Also, I try to drink a full glass of water after I brush my teeth. It's just a good way to remember. Same with medications/vitamins.

If I have a cup of coffee, I drink a cup of water prior to compensate for the diuretic effect.

Also, decaf tea and and sugar free drinks can count. WW recommends they be no more than 1/2 of the water intake.

 
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1/20/08 8:45 P

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I can usually drink cold water but with our cold temps here in Michigan recently, I just grab tap water instead (especially as my exercise bike is in our unheated basement and it was about 6 today outside).

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1/20/08 12:53 P

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I love tea, I mostly drink herbal or flavored green tea. Especially in winter it is a nice warming drink. And in summer I'll brew up a pitcher of iced tea and drink that too. Now that I can drink cold, just not water!

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Do you up the drinking when you feel dehydrated? That is a miserable feeling!

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1/20/08 12:07 P

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there are day when I know I am dehydrated. I get a mild hang over feeling but have not been drinking. But on most days I get along great. I do drink caffeinated drinks...one cup of coffee in the morning and maybe a tea in the afternoon. I have read...here on sparkpeople and on other sites that tea is now considered to be just as good or better than water for hydration. I wouldn't go all out and start to only drink tea to hydrate, the media has a way of making a big thing out of issues that have not been properly tested...but I do enjoy my occasional afternoon cup of tea.

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1/20/08 11:30 A

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I've really heard different things about the water drinking, and I really like to drink it, so I don't really have trouble drinking that amount. Like Shirlz, I will add some flavor on occasion, the Meyer lemoms would be great, I"m in CA too, but my neighbor has an apricot tree that hangs over, so that's what I get in season, the only lemons are brought in by co-workers. I don't know why I never thought to grab them up to put in water!

I also think that if you get a lot of water in your food, like eating a lot of fruits and veggies, or drinking other beverages (noncaffinated) teas and juices you probably don't need to drink straight water if that isn't your thing. I think you'd know if you were thirsty you aren't getting enought liquid, but if you don't, then it may be you are hydrating thru other sources.

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1/20/08 9:11 A

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Kay - cheers to room temperature water. :-) when I drink ice water I end up shivering and find it very hard to warm myself back up.

Taking in water is not one of my strong points. I don't drink anything even close to the recommended 8 glasses a day. Unfortunately the only difference I see when I drink or don't drink is the amount of time I have to go pee. It doesn't see to do much for appetite control, I don't notice any difference in my workouts.

I find it very hard to encourage myself to do something that I don't really like when I don't get immediate positive feedback.

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1/19/08 2:58 P

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I'm with you, Kay!
Except on hot summer days, I prefer my water room temperature, and when it's really cold I'll drink it hot - love it always with a bit of lemon or lime, or bit of apple or other 100% fruit juice for flavor... I'm lucky here in CA - my neighbor has a Myer lemon tree that hangs over my fence a bit, so I get to use lemons fresh from the tree for part of the year!


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1/19/08 1:49 P

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I',m probably the odd ball here, I don't care for cold water at all, it hurts my teeth! I keep my water pitcher on the counter, but then I see it all the time, and it keeps my water intake high. I have lately been adding a few drops of lemon or lime juice from those plastic juice containers they have in the produce section. Just adds a little flavor.

I have water bottles all over, one at work, one in my gym bag, and a couple for my fanny packs that I can take while working out outdoors.

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1/17/08 11:09 A

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I do 1 and 6. 1 I don't do just at work, but at home. I find that carrying a water bottle around the house with me means I drink more, since the water bottle is spill proof! I spend a lot of time cross-stitching, knitting, or using my laptop so leak-proof is invaluable!

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1/17/08 8:22 A

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Good ways. I managed to get myself down to just water and 2-3 cups of coffee. I may not make all the cups of water, usually, but most of it that way.

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1/16/08 9:34 P

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Maybe we could add #4-A: Keep the coke / soda / pop in the garage or a cupboard instead of the fridge - even more likely to choose the water!

I like to squeeze one Myer lemon into a gallon of water and keep it in the fridge - if the lemon is too sour, I add a packet or two of Splenda.

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#4 is so true!
We got a Brita pitcher as a wedding gift, and I'll go to the fridge to grab a coke zero, but when I see the water in there I feel guilty and choose it instead! LOL!

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Ten Ways To Drink More Water

1 Take a water bottle to work.
2 Take a water bottle for each person whenever you go anywhere in the car.
3 Drink a glass of water before each meal.
4 Keep a bottle of cold water in the refrigerator.
5 Use a larger glass at meals. If you normally use an 8-ounce glass, try a 10-ounce.
6 Take a full water bottle on all bike rides.
7 Buy a waist pack that holds a water bottle, and take it with you on walks.
8 Use sports drinks before, during and after any summertime activity.
9 Have at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
10 Make a fruit smoothie for breakfast. Blend fresh fruit, seltzer water and vanilla yogurt for an easy pick-me-up that's also a good source of fluid.



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