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7/6/11 3:38 P

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I read a blog yesterday about throwing a tsp of chia seeds in w/ your water and I did that today and it worked well. helps you stay hydrated w/ the chia releasing the water it absorbed.

As for power drinks, whatever you need for what you are doing. There are times my body craves gatorade and other times not. I am doing my longest run of 6.5 miles this weekend. My water bottle is usually consumed before 4 miles so I am going to put gatorade in the bottle for this run for more run for buck. with 89% humidity, I am sure I am sweating a qt!





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7/5/11 7:31 P

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Not to be argumentative, but I NEVER drink sports drinks- Just water. Minimum of a gallon a day, aside from any other drinks I take in. I work out hard and live in Texas, and it does me fine. emoticon

The less chemicals we all take in, regardless of what they are fortified with, the better. We should all be in-taking food and liquid as close to the way Mother Nature made them as possible.


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7/5/11 1:36 P

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Please make sure that you stay well hydrated in this hot weather. It has been 95-105 degrees where I am in Kansas. Whew!

Remember to get at least 80 ounces of water and/or non-caffeinated fluid daily.

If it is more than 90 degrees outside, you need closer to 100 ounces daily. If you are out in the heat, shoot for 120 ounces of non caffeinated fluids and minimize caffeine to zero (if possible). If you are out 45 minutes or more, you should have a sports drink (Gatorade, Gatorade G2, Powerade, Powerade Zero, Propel, Propel Zero) to replace the electrolytes you lose from sweating or simply evaporation from the skin.

I prefer Powerade Zero because it has no calories, replaces sodium, potassium, calcium AND Magnesium. It also contains Vitamins B3, B6, and B12 which help the body metabolize energy from food.

Drink up! emoticon

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7/5/11 1:32 P

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Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated can be a challenge, especially during hot days.

Here are five easy ways to increase your fluid intake:
1. Carry a reusable water bottle. After you’ve emptied it, you'll be more likely to fill it back up if it’s easily accessible.
2. Eat fruit or popsicles. You don't have to just drink your water-you get fluids from what you eat as well. Fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe have high water content, as well as frozen treats like 100% fruit juice pops.
3. Give your water a twist. Adding flavor to your water can make it easier to drink more. Drop in slices of lemon, lime, cucumber or strawberries. Herbal ice teas are a great way to spice up water, too.
4. Sip throughout the day. Little things add up and fluid intake is no exception. Rather than downing a full beverage in one sitting, take drinks regularly throughout the day.
5. Plan ahead. If you are headed for an outdoor workout or an outing at the pool, make sure to pack plenty of fluids for the trip. When in the heat, you lose fluids more quickly.

Headaches, dizziness and drowsiness are all signs of dehydration. Keeping up your fluid intake will keep you feeling healthy and alert.

For more information on keeping yourself properly hydrated, visit the Hydrate Right link

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7/5/11 1:29 P

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During one hour of vigorous exercise, how much does the average person sweat?

Answer: One quart! As you can see, exercise saps a lot of water from our bodies.

Start paying attention to your fluid intake 2-3 hours before you are going to exercise. Drink 2-3 cups of water during that time, and then drink another cup immediately before you start exercising.

Without this extra water, your muscles will become dehydrated. Muscle movement depends on how hydrated you are, so if they are dry, they will not work as well. As a result, your workout will not be as productive as you would like.

Once you start exercising, keep drinking water frequently. A good rule of thumb is to drink one cup every 15-20 minutes. Keep a water bottle with you. Take breaks to head to the water cooler. Do what it takes you keep yourself hydrated.

Even when you are done exercising, you need to keep replenishing your fluid levels. It's recommended you drink another 2-3 cups within two hours after you have finished. Then drink water regularly afterwards.

Do your body a favor and replenish that quart of fluids your body is losing while you work out. Your muscles will thank you later.

Exercise Extra: Staying properly hydrated helps make your workouts more productive.



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