The Importance of Hydration
by Coach Fox Our body is made up of a lot of water. Not drinking enough can cause thirst and dehydration, but it can also affect our brain function and box performance by making us feel unmotivated, tired, and lazy. Don't wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration. Actively prevent it by drinking plenty of […]

by Coach Fox

Our body is made up of a lot of water. Not drinking enough can cause thirst and dehydration, but it can also affect our brain function and box performance by making us feel unmotivated, tired, and lazy. Don't wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration. Actively prevent it by drinking plenty of water. Especially now with the temperature outside warming, we need to make sure that we are hydrating enough to help fuel our bodies for our daily WODs.

Here are some tips to make sure you are drinking enough water each day:

  • Start each day with a full glass of water when you wake up in the morning.
  • Always carry a bottle of water with you. If you have an office job, keep one at your desk. Chances are you'll sip it mindlessly throughout the day without having to make a conscious effort.
  • If you don't like plain water, try adding fruit slices, cucumber, or mint to add flavor.
  • When you are hungry, drink a glass of water. Often thirst is confused with hunger.
  • Use an app on your phone to track how much water you drink. Set yourself a goal and reach it!
  • Drink water with your meals.
  • Order water when eating out.
  • Be prepared with water before, during and after your WOD!

What are some of your tips for drinking enough water?

 

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Coach Fox is a CF-L1 coach who enjoys sharing her passion for the sport with others. There is no better feeling for her than seeing someone become a better version of themselves through CrossFit. To learn more about her, see his biography.

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