“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