If you have trained with me or attended any of my fitness classes, you know I am a water Nazi. I not only encourage drinking water but carve out breaks during sessions and classes to ensure everyone can hydrate. During any type of exercise, it is critical to remain properly hydrated as our muscles are 75 percent water. Without it, we get cramps. If you become dehydrated, you can get dizzy and pass out. It just isn’t worth the risk.
The debate hasn’t been about the importance of water but rather how much we should be drinking. I stand by my recommendations of monitoring your urine to determine what you need. Meaning, on days when you sweat a ton, you will need more water. Should you eat extra sodium one day, you will require more water. Peek at your pee throughout the day and keep it a light yellow.
More motivation for us to drink H20:
- Our brains are also 75 percent water, so when we are hydrated, we have mental clarity and focus.
- Plenty of H20 flushes the GI tract and helps with easy elimination of toxins (poop).
- Drinking water can keep headaches away.
- Proper hydration keeps your skin plump and healthy.
- Dehydrations zap our energy, so getting some aqua can give you a boost.
- UTI’s can be prevented by getting enough water daily.
- Want to lose weight? Drinking more water can help curve your appetite!
Recent research says that carbonated water is still beneficial, so no excuses! If you get stick of plain water, add in some of the zero-sugar, carbonated seltzers with natural flavors. My favorite is the pink grapefruit. Cheers!
I’ve decided to rename Instagram Instaglum, Facebook is FrownFace and Twitter is Bleaker because research is finding the more time we spend on these social media sites, the more depressed we become. When scrolling the feeds of so-called friends, we find ourselves comparing ourselves to their lives and often feel like we falling short. Many women are reporting feeling nervous and anxious but continue to subject themselves to the torture.
I have several thoughts on this: 1) Social media is not a true reflection of real life. It is as fake as reality shows! People do not post their fights with their spouses or the bad days. Heck, we have companies that now provide you perfect vacation photos of places you have never been. Put social media in its place. 2) If these folks are really friends, wouldn’t you be happy for them? Have we become so narcissistic that we cannot celebrate someone else’s good fortune? Food for thought. 3) If you don’t feel good after being on social media, stop checking it. Find other ways to connect and stay in touch with people. Spend your energy in ways that do make you feel better!
The truth is social media can force us to look at what we are and aren’t doing. Our dissatisfaction probably has more to do with disappointment in ourselves than jealousy in others. Try this: Write down what you see on the social thread that you wish you had. Is it a slimmer body? More money? Great vacations? Better job? Whatever you crave, prioritize them and select one you are willing to work on. Make it a goal and then work toward achieving it. If you must, post our success for the whole world to see…or simply celebrate a healthier, happier you.
Okay, I am officially grossed out. Beware road warriors – the bed bugs are out to get you! Latest findings report even the high-end, quality hotels have bed bugs, and they are following you home. I always knew they could get in your luggage, but did you know that they can jump from another bag to yours on the plane? True story.
NSA’s magazine, Speaker, gave some great travel tips recently so we can avoid the costly clean up should they infest our home:
- Inspect your hotel bed immediately upon check in. Lift up the mattress and look for droppings. Ask for a different floor should that room have bugs.
- Place your suitcase on the desk or dresser but never on the bed.
- Purchase a bug-resistant set of luggage should you travel frequently.
- Unpack in the laundry room and wash clothes.
Airline seats and blankets are no cleaner. I always travel with my own throw blanket and wear pants while traveling. If your career puts you on the road, keep these tips in mind and put your bug fears to bed.
Perhaps you aren’t the one who travels but are married to a spouse who does. Long stretches of time apart change a relationship. When we first married, my husband was gone 5 to 8 months at a time as a commercial fisherman. I understand it and put a helpful resource together to help you survive it and come back together: Managing Solo is a PDF booklet available for only $5.00 Get your copy today!