Saturday, November 19, 2011

Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls

Well, I have something special for you today!

Something us runners think about frequently is hydration and fueling our runs.  It is totally key.  I have run into dehydration issues more times than I can count.  But hydrating is more than just making sure you drink 8 oz of water for ever 20 minutes you sweat or whatever rule of thumb you follow.  AND it's especially hard this time of year when the weather is getting colder and you aren't reaching for an ice cold water to cool ya down.

So I wanted to share with you some tips sent to me via email on how to stay well-watered:

Hydration Tips from Crystal Light Pure Spokesperson Molly Kimball, RD

1.       Keep a Tally
During cold weather seasons, we may be at an increased risk for dehydration because it’s not hot out and we may not feel as thirsty, but can’t actually tell how hydrated we are by how thirsty we feel. For many of us, by the time we start to feel thirsty, we’re already dehydrated, but just how much water is enough when it comes to staying hydrated? Keep a running tally of how much fluid you’re getting and aim for half of your body weight in ounces of fluid per day, plus an extra 16 ounces for every pound of sweat lost during exercise.  If you’re really not in the mood for cold water, try leaving a pitcher of water out on the counter – allowing it to get to room temperature may make it easier to drink.

2.       Flavor Up to Drink Up
Want to drink water to stay hydrated, but hate the boring taste? Add the flavor you want and none of what you don’t by sipping on naturally sweetened Crystal Light Pure. It’s got no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives and is sweetened with sugar and Truvia, a natural sweetener derived from the stevia plant. It’ll give your water light, refreshing flavor with just 15 calories and 4 grams of sugar per serving. And the Grape and Strawberry Kiwi flavors have the added bonus of electrolytes!

3.       Don’t Forget about Food
Staying well-hydrated is essential for maintaining optimal energy levels, preventing muscle cramping and headaches. But that doesn’t mean you have to force down gallons of water or bottles of sugary sports drinks. Any type of alcohol-free beverage can count toward your fluid intake – and even some foods! Some of the top electrolyte-rich, hydrating foods include all types of fresh fruit, soups loaded with vegetables – even fall and winter foods like sweet potatoes and kale can provide much needed fluids.

4.       Watch the Caffeine
For years, the widely held belief was that caffeinated beverages were dehydrating. Research has proven otherwise, however.  The amount of caffeine typically found in standard servings of tea, coffee and soft drinks appears to have little diuretic effect. Meaning that these beverages don’t cause us to lose more fluid than they provide.  Drink a variety of beverages every day and remember all fluids, including those in foods you eat, contribute to daily water requirements.

I was fortunate enough to receive samples of some Crystal Light Pure from Kraft Foods to try for myself.  Honestly, I was kind of skeptical because since I quit diet sodas and all soft drinks I have steered clear of anything that might remotely trigger that desire.  The Pure product was surprisingly really good and I am SO HAPPY it does not have any fake sugars in it! YAY!  The artificial sweeteners are what typically drive me away from a product like this.  

I drank some after my work out today.  Intervals on the elliptical and then stair master repeats, it was HARD and I was fiercely thirsty when I got home.  I tried the strawberry-kiwi flavor and it really hit the spot.  Plus it has electrolytes. WIN!

Did ya know that women who drink Crystal Light drink 20% more water?  That's kind crazy.

How do you get your water in?
What is your favorite water add-in?
Have you tried Crystal Light Pure?

Disclaimer: The aforementioned review reflects my own opinions, Kraft Foods provided me with samples to review here on The Bosky Blog. The opinions above are my own and no one else' anyone could tell me what to do? Am I right?

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