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I really love water but sometimes hydration feels like a chore. I use a 32 ounce water bottle with the ounces marked down the side so I can keep track of how much and how often I am drinking but some days I get bored with water! Anybody else feel like it becomes a task staying properly hydrated?
It is a full-time thing if you work out much at all. I guess I never paid attention to it to the extent of counting ounces. I just make sure I get a lot of fluids during the day - not all water, other things count too - milk, tea, sports drink, soda (only drink diet). And sometimes I have a bad day and don't get all I should but I just resume my normal habits the next day.
I have started drinking G2 after runs and when I am feeling bored with water. I drink coffee in the mornings but I don't drink pop and other sweet drinks. I am in the minority I guess because I am not a fan of sweets. I also work in a hot warehouse so I sweat all day at work and I can tell if I don't drink enough because the next morning's run I am pretty tight and stiff.
Sounds like you are really conscious about it. If you drink diligently all day and make sure you are sipping something you should be good. I drink a water bottle all day and throw in some green tea in the afternoon to keep things from getting boring. A Coke Zero a few times a week, and after a REALLY good run, some non-light beer!
Disclaimer: drinking a ton of water doesn't really bother me at all.
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The best way I know to check your hydration is to monitor the color of your urine. It should be pale yellow (light straw color) to clear. If it's bright yellow or darker, you need to drink more.
Maybe because you are drinking too much? How many times a day do you drain that bottle? I think some times people over estimate how much they really need to drink. The urine color test is good, as well as thirst. It is possible to flush out minerals or cause an imbalance by drinking too much.
If you start the run hydrated, it shouldn't be too bad. Doing hard labor 8 hrs a day as a career and trying to keep up is impossible. The effects of chronic dehydration are not pretty, headaches, joint pain , acid reflux, constipation and even depression. The body is 75% water
I love water so hydration is 2nd nature to me. Sometimes for more flavor I add an electrolyte tab to a water.
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I have some 20 oz containers which I fill with tap-water and drink close to 4 each day.
Plain water is tough for me to get down but with a few squirts of lemon concentrate I am good to go.
Every now and then I get a powerade zero.
I just do not want part of my caloric intake during the day to be "wasted" (my terminolgy) on drink.
Wow Skypilot77, I feel the same way about the calories being wasted.
Maybe i'm just used to my southern heritage, but instead of a glass of coke(or any soda) I sure would prefer more FOOD!
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I drink a cup or two of coffee each morning, maybe some OJ, but then I have 64 ounces of water throughout the rest of the day. During my long weekend runs, I do drink Gatorade. I used to do WW, so drinking water comes naturally. I rarely have soda. If you just started drinking lots of water, it could seem like a chore. After a while though, it becomes second nature.
It doesn't feel like a chore while I'm drinking, but it does when my bladder wakes me before my alarm clock.
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Ha! I thought I was the only one that uses a marked water bottle. I use a little heed in the water if its a short run, less than 8 miles, and I use NUUN electrolyte tabs for anything longer. But I sweat like no one you've ever met and if I dont pound down the fluids before and during the long runs, I stop. Its that simple. And its just as important after the run if you want to recover well.
I think it comes down to performance and how you want to feel when you work out. As and Ice cream-a-holic, it was hard but I dont eat it much anymore because it effected my performance. Maybe its the same with you and water, as you see how well you do while properly hydrated, it will become more welcome in your regimen?
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