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“EVERYONE TAKE A WATER BREAK!” This phrase will sound quite familiar to those involved in 2nd Recess. Many know that water is beneficial in keeping us hydrated on hot days and refreshed after long workouts, but practice is not the only time you should be taking a water break.
In fact, According to the American Council of Exercise (2008) water is the most vital component of the human body. Water is a powerful tool in the journey to overall health and well-being.
What can water do for me?
Additionally, water makes up over HALF of the human body – meaning it is impossible to survive for longer than a week without it (American Council of Education, 2008).
So how much should I be drinking?
In 2004, the Food and Nutrition Board released new recommendations for water intake, stating that women should consume 2.7 liters daily, while men should consume 3.7 liters. Athletes require even MORE to stay energized and hydrated (American Counsel of Education, 2008).
It might seem like there are not enough hours in the day for this type of intake. Luckily this water intake can be consumed through both foods and liquids during the course of a day.
But it does not taste like anything!
There is a simply solution for those who like their water with a bit more flavor. Although there are plenty of products and powders available to flavor water, many add unnecessary sugars and/or preservatives.
Try this instead: Try infusing your water with natural flavors. (Lemon/strawberry/cucumber/orange). The possibilities are endless. Not only are you adding natural flavors to your water, but you are also adding vitamins and antioxidants (BONUS!) For more about infused water (including recipes and FAQ visit http://www.infusedwaters.com/faq
Now that you know the importance of water, along with ways in which you can make this more fun to drink, you can begin to “take a water break!” both on and off the track!
Fit Facts: Healthy Hydration. (2008). Retrieved February 25, 2016, from https://www.acefitness.org/fitfacts/pdfs/fitfacts/itemid_173.pdf
“I think I can; I Think I can” This is not just a simple mantra repeated by the beloved Thomas the Tank Engine, but a simple form of self-talk that can transforms ones mindset and has the ability to influence everyday tasks and interactions.
Through 2nd Recess, we encourage children to live daily by the “3-P’s” – Patience, Positivity, and Perseverance. Although all equally important, having a positive mindset can assist in overall well-being both on and off the track!
So how can one alter their mindset to better achieve their goals?
The answer is simple! As influenced by ACE fitness contributor, Allison Hagendorf there are a few simple steps on can take to use the power of a positive mind-set in order to turn goals into reality.
Listed below each step is a kid friendly version:
Hagendorf, A. (n.d.). Why a Positive Attitude is the Most Powerful Tool for Reaching your Goals. Retrieved March 25, 2016, from https://www.acefitness.org/blog/5256/why-a-positive-attitude-is-the-most-powerful-tool