We’ve heard it a million times before. Drink 8-8oz. glasses of water each day to stay hydrated. Can you honestly say you drink 64 ounces of water daily? If so, GOOD JOB!! Keep it up! If not, consider giving it a try…
Our bodies need water to survive. If we are deprived of this necessity, our muscles, joints, organs, and even our brains wont work to their fullest potential. As athletes, getting enough water is an essential part of our development—and along with the added physical exertion, we need even MORE that 64 ounces of water each day.
Have you ever been in dance class, performing a routine or working at the barre and you begin to feel tired or your muscles want to quit?? Usually, this is a tell-tale sign of the beginnings of dehydration. A good rule of thumb: Drink an additional 8 ounces of water (or one cup) for every 30 minutes of exercise. Even if your body doesn’t feel thirsty, it is important to replenish those fluids regularly to prevent your body from performing less than par.
Any fluids you take in will count towards your daily total, however be aware of what OTHER ingredients you are ingesting simultaneously. Sodas and other soft drinks (fruit juice, energy drinks, etc.) are high in sugar, which adds a significant amount of calories as well as an increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Asthma, Heart Disease, Sleep Apnea, and High Blood Pressure. Caffeine, in large doses, can also be detrimental to your health. Even Diet Sodas and other drinks which contain Aspartame have been linked to the development of Cancer, especially Lymphoma and Leukemia. These Diet drinks also provide a small dosage of Formaldehyde as Aspartame converts to this poisonous and extremely unhealthy substance once inside your body. GROSS!!
Water. Drink it… lots of it. And be cautious and aware of what you are putting into your body. Keep track of the amount of fluids you are ingesting each day and take notice of how your body feels as a result. You just might be surprised by the amount of energy you now have by simply HYDRATING yourself!!
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Happy Hydration and Happy Dancing!!
~ Miki Hegg, Assistant Director, ECSOD