Don’t Forget the Water!
As we take our activities outside and the weather is warming up (hopefully), one thing we can easily slip up on is our water consumption. We’ve heard this time and time again, but understanding the “why” may make you more inclined to grab that glass of water!
Quick Water Facts
Firstly, our bodies are composed of approximately 60% water. It regulates our body temperature and lubricates our joints. Water also helps to transport nutrients throughout our bodies to give us energy! When we are not hydrated, we may experience more fatigue, muscle cramps, dizziness and even headaches.
How Much Water Should I Be Drinking?
We often hear that drinking six 8-ounce glasses of water each day is the goal. This is a great general guideline, but different people will have different hydration needs. (someone who perspires a lot vs someone who does not). One of the easiest things to pay attention to is the color of your urine- pale and clear means that you are hydrated!
Below are some tips to help you remember and to keep you consistent:
- Carry a water bottle with you daily
- Always drink water when at a restaurant
- Drink water before, during and after a workout
- When you are hungry, drink some water. Sometimes thirst can be confused with hunger
- Set an alarm on your phone for regular water breaks
- Add in a slice of lemon or lime to your water if you don’t like it plain
Need some more guidance or tips as you stay active this Spring? Stop in or call any of our clinics today! Also, follow along with any RET social media this month for more relevant tips!
RET Physical Therapy Group has been “Your neighborhood physical therapy clinic,” since it was founded in 1973. The company is made up of 24 locations in the Puget Sound area that are all locally owned and operated by a team of physical therapists focused on a single purpose: to provide consistent, quality patient care within neighborhoods and communities. For more information, visit www.retptgroup.com