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WATER, a source of LIFE!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

This has been bothering me lately and I have been meaning to post about it, so today I am.
I always warned my students in class, ESPECIALLY cycle class that they needed to drink about 8oz prior to class and at least 24-32 OZ during class as well as more after...cycling is a very dehydrating sport. It was one of my pet peeves, especially when I would see someone come to class without ANY water!!!! YIKES!!! emoticon
Our bodies need 64oz of FLUIDs daily..that is for the normal person. And yes, pretty much anything you consume in liquid form can go towards that 64 oz under normal circumstances..that doesn't mean go out and drink 64 oz of coke etc emoticon still should make a majority of that H2O.
But on top of that take heat indexes into consideration as well as how much you may sweat and of course your exercise.
I have dealt with dehydration once..and I never, ever want to experience it again. Although I preached it to my students I sometimes was guilty of not drinking enough. I was the new director of Group Fitness at a local was an ugly scene and I was a nervous wreck teaching my first set of classes (no matter how long I have been a teacher a new circumstance always gave me stage fright)...Anyway I taught Group Power first, followed immediately by Group Ride (this is strength class and cycle). Besides the nerves, and adreneline rush I gave it my best...I worked hard in both classes and maybe had sip of my water the entire 2 hours. The cycle room was hot...I sweat like a pig (sorry but I do)...needless to say I was feeling a little dizzy by the end of class..and nauseous...
I went home..and still hardly had anything to drink..I couldn't eat..I passed out on the couch..had not even showered (gross I know). I missed my sisters 50th Surprise birthday party. I threw up..I finally showered and passed out again.
ALL of this because I did not drink enough water!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I know there are cases of drinking too much, but...that is rare. People say they are bloated if they drink too much..actually the case may be that you have not drunk enough..the more you drink the more your body expels that swelling and you will feel better. It does take a while for your body to adjust to the higher water intake. Obviously a key to that would be to try space it out throughout the day and more in the early hours if you can.
Your Urine should be a pale yellow to clear to show you are getting enough water for your body. Gross I know but if it is cloudy, dark or very strong smelling then please up your water intake!
I found an article to back me up on what I am posting if you care to read it:

I am writing this as a reminder to myself as well...I have a 28oz water bottle I use when I work out...I need more..water is fuel to your may be able to workout longer and stronger if you add more water to your routine!
Have a great night or day wherever you are!
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  • IRP1114
    It seems so simple yet it becomes such a complicated thing for some sometimes doesn't it?

    I think what has helped me the most with this is the fact that I have nursed over 5years total over the last decade of my life! I had water bottles all over the house and needed to see them filled constantly because I would always be so thirsty. I would have dreams I was thirsty and i would be drinking water but couldn't feel it in my mouth like my tongue still felt dry. Id finally wake up and drink the bottle I had next to the bed. I can now easily drink water while laying down because of this too. And I am in such a good habit of waking up to drink water that I have to try to remember not to if I want to weigh in that morning.
    Some comments made about me and my water bottles make me think I am probably slightly paranoid about being thirsty. Like my husband will say we are only going to the store for one thing do you have to refill your water bottle again right now. Or the other day one of my boys asked if I had water with me while we where out and my sister said doesn't she always.
    Not a bad habit I guess lol. Maybe annoying to some but it always comes in handy when they want some!
    2147 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/31/2012 12:58:37 AM
    I was told long time ago, to drink a glass of water after getting out of bed. Why, because for however numbers of hours (hopefully a good 8 hrs of sleep) you slept your body is dehydrated from those hours of not drinking water! So, rehydrate your nody!
    2153 days ago
    Making sure you keep hydrated can be a major thing, never want to be without water!
    2153 days ago
    thanks for the reminder. I still need to drink more, finding it harder to do in winter. Summer I will drink 12 to 14 glasses but in winter I have to push myself to do 8 to 10.
    2153 days ago
    You are so right ..if you are young and healthy ..
    I have been advocating drinking heaps of water for so long !!.

    But!! only if you have checked with your doctor ..
    You may have a underlying illness that to much water is bad for you ..

    After my heart attack last month I was told to drink a maximum of 8 glasses a day ..
    I was also told to have at least 7-8 small meals a day .. as large meals are dangerous for anyone with a bad heart... as is drinking to much water ..
    I do realise that many doctors have different ideas on this so it is still debatable ..
    Hugs Susie
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    2153 days ago
    emoticon My DH is a bad one for doing this! I am ALWAYS nagging at him to drink more. He works a job in the heat and on his feet, constantly moving for 8 hours. He won't even take a break. There is a woman who had to go to the hospital for dehydration while working there too. Now she says she never (like you said) wants to experience that again! So, when she goes to get (they even give them free water) water, she brings one for him and another worker. I said tell her thanks so much and he told her. At least she is watching over him! He is diabetic and has CAD and makes me so upset that he doesn't take better care of himself! emoticon
    I love water, my choice of drink all the time! 8 a day and more when I exercise/walk! Glad you blogged about this-so many are guilty of not drinking enough water! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2153 days ago
    Great blog! So important. I giggled at myself because I thought I was drinking out of an 8oz glass and found out it was 16oz. Hubby had a laugh too. Duh. being blonde has its perks. LOL it made me realize that 8 glasses of water is EASY. Especially when I learned I was drinking WAY more. I still drink way more. Why stop a good thing?
    2153 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder!! I am new to Arizona and the hot, dry weather here (moved here last year from the north) and made a point to make sure that myself and my kids are drinking enough water throughout the day. If not, we all notice we get tired, cranky, and have headaches. I'm sorry your experience was so awful, but it was certainly a lesson you haven't forgotten!! emoticon
    2153 days ago
  • LYNNA1968
    lesson learned! Sorry about your experience but glad you blogged
    2154 days ago
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