The goodness of H20

  • 5 ways to get the most out of the versatile drink.
- Sujita Gurung, Kathmandu
The goodness of H20

Jul 24, 2015-

It is common knowledge that water is good for us. Apart from benefits like how it helps in making us feel fuller, how it helps in reducing pimples and how it prevents constipation—did you know that it also helps in improving the efficiency of our workout? Keeping yourself hydrated during your sweat session boosts your session and it is also important during recovery.

 

Drink every 15-20 minutes 

It is advised that you drink up every 15-20 minutes, especially during the summer. If your session is more than 40 minutes and intense, hydrate with a sports drink with salt or sugar.

TRY: Fill your bottle with green tea, plain water or coconut water. Add 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon-lime juice. Add in half a tablespoon of sweetener or sugar. Mix well and store in the fridge to have during your workout.

 

Summer bonus, Have it iced

Research has shown that drinking cold water during working out will help increase your workout endurance. So, it is advised for you to reach out for iced water over room temperature water during your workout sessions.

 

Start and end with a glass full

This is a rule that you have to try and stick to. Start your day with a glass of water to jump start your metabolism and before you call it a night, have another glass of either plain water or warm low fat milk.

 

Remind yourself

Ok, I admit that this might seem quite extreme and unnecessary but from personal experience, I know that sometimes we have to be reminded to drink up. Carry a bottle wherever you go and make sure you finish it at the end of your work day.

 

Drink what you love

Not a huge fan of plain water? Spice things up with infused water! There are so many beautiful summer fruits that you can use. Combinations of fruits and herbs are highly recommended but, you just make something that you love.

TRY: Watermelon and mint. Add chunks of watermelon and a handful of mint leaves (as desired) to your water. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

TRY: Eat your water—yes, you read that right. By including more foods like yogurt, soups (opt for cold ones this summer), oatmeal, celery, watermelon and cucumbers in your diet, you’ll be intaking water in no time.

 

Sujita Gurung is an Internationally Certified Fisaf Fitness Instructor and a Licensed Certified Zumba Fitness Instructor

Published: 23-07-2015 11:43

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