Legs & Butt Monday Workout:
My favorite workout video for today’s lineup is the Hips Butt “N Thighs workout. I definitely feel the burn on this one, so I know it must really be working. Thank goodness my legs have gotten over most of their soreness from attempting 1000 squats the other day. (Can I not stop talking about that already?)
Are You Drinking Enough Water?
If you’re at all interested in health, fitness, dieting, or weight loss, then you’ve probably heard by now that you should be drinking a lot of water every day.
The formula for how much water each individual needs to drink each day is:
(Body weight in pounds) ÷ 2 = (Number of ounces of water you should drink daily).
Well, if you’re anything like me, you might know you should drink a lot of water, but you probably want to know why. Here are some water facts that might help motivate you to get a little more hydration each day:
- The body is made up of about 60% water (lungs 90%, brains 70%, blood 80+%, muscles 75%)
- Water helps regulate body temperature
- It helps lubricate your bone joints
- It aids in digestion, prevents constipation, and helps metabolism
- It carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells
- It helps with balance (hello inner-ear fluid… anyone else clumsy like me?)
- It hydrates eye tissue to help you see better
- It helps the body flush out waste and toxins (the liver and kidneys will thank you for this)
- It keeps your skin and lips hydrated
- It helps you grow healthy hair and nails
Some people only drink water when they feel thirsty, but if you feel thirsty, some say you are already dehydrated. You might have also heard that thirst is often mistaken for feeling hungry! I have been known to make this mistake pretty often, actually.
One way to tell if you are adequately hydrated is by the color of your urine (sorry, ick factor here). The darker yellow your urine is, the more dehydrated you are, but the lighter yellow, the more hydrated you are.
It’s important to be sure and drink water regularly throughout the day so that your body is running optimally and you’re not being counterproductive to your health and fitness goals!