Got Water? Our 64 Ounce Challenge :: FIT4U Challenge Week 2

Do you drink enough water each day?

Our team has started an internal FIT4U fitness challenge and each week we’ll be faced with a different task. This past week we’ve been focusing on the importance of water and our challenge was to drink the recommended 8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Why is H2O so important? Our body is made up of 75% water and it can be found in our brain, blood, organs, and muscles. But, a lot of water is lost through everyday activities such as breathing, sweating, and urinating. When you’re dehydrated your body tends to feel more fatigue, your skin may not be as clear, you may have digestion problems, high cholesterol, and even weight gain. In fact, sometimes when we’re hungry it’s just our bodies telling us that we’re actually thirsty. Being thirsty is a sign that your body is already dehydrated.

Coopersville team members Susan and Terri are stepping it up!

How to know if you’re hydrated
One way to tell if your body needs more water is by looking at the color of your urine. The color will be dark yellow or gold when you’re dehydrated because wastes normally found in urine become more concentrated as your body tries to conserve water. If you are well-hydrated, urine will be a light yellow color or clear. Another way to tell if you’re hydrated is by pinching your skin. If it rebounds immediately, chances are you’re pretty well hydrated. Sweating during physical exertion is another sign of good hydration.

Keith, our Grand Rapids/Northview PT, keeps up with his steps and hydration!

Staying Hydrated During Your Workout

Sweating is your body’s way to cool itself, but it’s also how you lose a lot of water. To replenish your body, it’s vital to drink water before you even begin your workout. It is recommended that you drink 8 ounces 20-30 minutes before you exercise. To stay hydrated during your workout, drink 7-10 ounces every 10-20 minutes of exercise. Then drink another 8 ounces, 30 minutes after your workout.

Our Grant physical therapist, Ann, stays hydrated during yoga!

Tips to help you drink more water throughout the day

1. Carry a bottle with you so you always have water to drink.
2. Invest in a water bottle you love. It’ll make it easier to carry around all day.
3. Drink with a straw.
4. Set an alarm to remind you to drink up every hour.
5. Add some fruit to jazz it up.
6. Drink water with every meal.
7. For every non-water beverage you drink, drink 2 cups of water.
8. Drink 1 cup of water every time you go to the bathroom.

Our PCS, Lindsay is up for the challenge of 64 ounces a day. Are you?

Update: The winner of this week’s challenge has been crowned. See who took home the prize here.

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