The Importance of Hydration

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Now that the warmer months are approaching, I thought I’d take this time to express to you the importance of proper hydration. But first, a little story…

Once upon a time there was a Little Cupcake (we’ll call her LC for short) who drank nothing but soda. And not diet soda, but full blown, straight up, high fructose corn syrup loaded Coke (or Sprite if I she was going caffeine free). LC had chronic problems with urinary tract infections, headaches, and not feeling well in general, but she couldn’t figure out why. So LC took a trip to her doc. Doc asked LC, “Do you drink water?” LC, befuddled at such a question, told the Doc “No, I do not drink water.” Lo and behold, lack of water consumption was the root of LC’s problems. From that day forward LC drank water all the time, aside from her morning coffee and her lunch time soda. No more UTI’s, no more headaches, no more icky feeling.

I love a happy ending. So, why am I telling you this? Because you need to hydrate. Especially during the summer. Which is quickly approaching (YAY!)

Why do we need to hydrate?

1)  The lower a persons percentage of body fat the higher their percentage of body water is. (Source) Okay so, we run, we work out, we lower our body fat and increase our body water. With a higher body water percentage to keep up, you must hydrate.

2) Insufficient hydration fatigues your muscles, reduces your coordination and causes muscle cramps. (Source) Not something you want to experience while running or working out, amiright?

3) Water is the most important nutrient for life and has many important functions including regulating temperature, lubricating joints and transporting nutrients and waste throughout the body. (Source) Without proper hydration you’ll overheat. Transporting waste throughout your body – waste, like lactic acid that builds up during a hard workout or a long run.

Enough science already. Science was never my strong suit. The point is – the weather is getting warmer and we’re all taking our workouts outside. Please make sure you hydrate properly. Signs of dehydration include:

  • Dry mouth (Do NOT wait until you are thirsty to hydrate, thirst is a sign that you are already on your way to dehydrating!)
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dark urine and/or lack of urination

If you experience any of these symptoms, grab your closest water bottle/glass and chug! It is incredibly important in order to avoid situations like LC in the story above.

My tips for staying hydrated:

  • Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go. I keep one at work, one in my purse, alright I keep them everywhere. I’m a water bottle hoarder.
  • Freshen up your water – add ice, lemon, lime, a splash of fruit juice. 
  • Try to avoid feeling thirsty, and try to avoid having dark colored urine. Monitor your water intake if you’re not good at drinking it.
  • Make it a habit. It took me a long time to get used to drinking water all day long. Now, whenever my water bottle is empty, I immediately refill it and just sip throughout the day. Most days it adds up to over 100 ounces. Yes, I pee a lot, but my body is happy.

With that being said, I am here to kick start your hydration habits! Yup, you guessed it, giveaway #4 has to do with hydration. My favorite way to hydrate pre-run, mid-run (and workout), and post-run.

Nuun

I keep Nuun everywhere.

Nuun Gym BagNuun Purse

Nuun Kitchen Cabinet

I’m never without it. Why Nuun you ask?

(From Nuun’s Website)

  • Zero sugar
  • Important electrolytes
  • Under 8 calories
  • Easy to use

Drop a tab in the water, wait 2 minutes for it to dissolve, drink. Easy peasy.

And, I’m here to tell you that one lucky reader will win 2 tubes of Nuun for your own hydration needs!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

Here’s how:

1) Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/runcupcake (Required)

2) Follow Nuun on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/nuunhydration (Required)

3) Tweet: I know how important it is to stay hydrated, that’s why I want to win @nuunhydration from @runcupcake! http://wp.me/p25oLf-JD (Optional)

The flavors that I’m giving away are two of my favorite flavors – Grape and Strawberry Lemonade.

Leave a comment for each entry.

Giveaway is open until Noon, Friday, May 4th.

Nuun is providing two tubes to one winner.

Open to all US and Canadian residents.

I hope you all had a happy Wednesday. I’m off to bed, final taper run tomorrow morning!

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102 thoughts on “The Importance of Hydration

  1. Love nuun – thanks for the chance to win some. Yes, hydration is so important and I am glad that you discovered water and got rid of your headaches and UTIs as well.

    I do follow you on Twitter
    @eatrunsail

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  3. Amen on the hydration. I pretty much only drink water (except wine LOL). I find it makes such an incredible difference in how I feel for any workout, but especially running. I carry a 20oz bottle with me and if it’s more than 6 miles, I make sure that I either pass by my car or a fountain and refill.

    I follow you on twitter of course ;-)

  4. I tweeted about the Giveaway. Just recently tried out Nuun before my last race. Fell in love! I have MAJOR issues with getting myself to drink plane water. Not anymore!

  5. I tweeted about your giveaway, I already follow you and now I follow Nuun too! Have a wonderful day!! :)

  6. Not sure if my other comment went through… I already follow you on twitter, tweeted about your giveaway and now I am following Nuun! Hope you have a great day! :)

  7. I LOVE water. I drink it constantly. If I’m without a water bottle, I kinda freak out a little bit. I neeeeed it and know how good it is for me. That’s the worst part about work travel, my water intake goes way down which makes me droopy, tired and um yeah, thirsty. haha.

  8. Ohh those bottles are so cute! I’m trying to make an effort to make sure I stay hydrated throughout the day. I followed you on Twitter!

  9. 1. Follow you. 2. Follow them. 3. Tweeted the twitter twatter. I have honestly never tried Nuun… I know everyone raves about it and I always see it and think “I should buy some.” Maybe my belly has been waiting for this moment in time… this moment where I get some yum yum hydration from a cupcake. Some might call it destiny. Good luck me.

  10. I hope I win! Strawberry Lemonade is my fav! Just tweeted about the contest. Happy running!

    PS sometimes I get the most dehydrated swimming with a super dry mouth. Poolside = another place for nuun :)

  11. Have you tried the Cola flavored?? I tried a sample at the Boston Marathon Expo not thinking that I would like it….it’s awesome!! I had it in my bottle for my last long run before my 1/2 this weekend and it was the perfect flavor!! I love Nuun!!

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