On the heels of the previous post about the summer heat being turned up, it’s another scorcher out there today in Southeastern Pennsylvania! Not sure if I should attempt a run late in the day, attempt to hop on a treadmill, or attempt a swim. It just might turn out that I’ll sit in the air conditioning all day because even taking the trash out makes me sweaty and thirsty. So I started thinking about hydration and found that Runner’s World magazine has an article in its August issue called Fluid Facts. It’s got some really great information and “myth busters” such as the 8 glasses of water a day rule being arbitrary, you can’t drink too much rule being busted (apparently you can – it’s call symptomatic hyponatremia, when sodium levels in the blood become too low), and caffeine being a diuretic and therefore a dehydrator (not necessarily true if you’re used to consuming the caffeine and I think I just made up that word). As helpful as that information is, my favorite part of the article was this: Edible Liquids. If you choose a few vitamin packed foods, you can also really help meet your fluid intake for the day. Here are a few of the foods they listed and their percentage of water:
Yogurt: 85% water (didn’t know that!)
Watermelon: 91% water
Carrots: 92% water
Spinach: 92% water
Cucumber: 96% water
My favorite drink after exercise? Coconut water. It’s got electrolytes and lots of minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium which make it a great post-work out beverage. Nature’s Gatorade for sure! Not only that, who doesn’t want to feel like they’re sitting on a white sandy beach overlooking turquoise waters. Combine the flavor of the coconut water (maybe even the scent of sunscreen too) with the endorphins your run just gave you and you can pretty much feel like you’re on your own little tropical vacation. A sensory delight for sure.
Here are a few helpful reads about hydration: