by Blayne Soriano, Level 2 CrossFit Coach and CrossFit Kids Coach
I am currently doing 75 hard challenges that entail drinking 1 gallon of water every day.
It seems obsessive, but with two workouts a day following this challenge I’ve learned it’s not as much as you think! I have also learned how much electrolytes play into the role when it comes to hydrating your body.
So let’s talk hydration.
When talking to my clients, I try to start them with replacing most drinks like soda, teas, juices, etc. with water. There is a standard rule of thumb, drink when you are thirsty, but I like to have each individual start with 1/2 their body weight in ounces of water.
Hydration isn’t just about water, it’s also about having the correct amount of minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, etc. Try your best to choose quality water and quality minerals. Stay away from high sugary drinks the best you can.
The top benefits from staying hydrating are: the regulation of body temperature, prevention from infections, lubrication of joints, delivery of nutrients to the cells of your body and keeping your organs functioning properly.
Side note — try not to drink water two hours before you go to bed so you don’t mess up your sleep.