With highs in the 90s forecasted and exhaustion starting to settle in, it’s time we found a solution to the heaving and wheezing that occurs after climbing one flight of stairs.
For now I suggest water, lots and lots of water.
Water is the essence of life. It makes up most of our little selves and is necessary for all functions. It helps regulate and can even help with weight loss. We need it to live; we need it to thrive.
And these days, it doesn’t seem as if most of us are getting enough. Dehydration is on the rise, and its symptoms shouldn’t be ignored. These include thirst, chapped lips, dry skin, headaches, dizziness or even the feeling of being exhausted. Granted, this feeling of exhaustion could be due to other things, but dehydration isn’t helping it.
Replenishing your fluids is also essential when doing any sort of athletic activity. Not only will you get a more effective workout because your muscles will be working better, but you’ll be able to go longer and not be falling off your machine from exhaustion.
However, it’s also good to note that it takes two hours for your body to absorb the water and properly hydrate everything, so even though that chug from your water bottle after that particularly challenging set may make you feel better, you should still be drinking water all day.
Even if you’re watching a sport, you should keep some fluid handy. At the football game on Saturday, I personally couldn’t get enough water flowing through my system. We all of the sudden got a second wind of summer weather, a shock after last week’s cooler weather, and it’s only going to keep getting warmer in the foreseeable future.
I hate to break it to you, but soda or beer won’t cut it. I know, it’s liquid and it tastes delicious, but both are packed with sodium or alcohol that will actually make you more thirsty in the long run. So before reaching for the Coke, consider picking up a water and plan to refill it many, many times.
Unless you are in the best shape of your life, you may have noticed it takes a bit of effort to get across campus and up three flights of stairs in ten minutes. You may find yourself more than a little winded and more likely to fall into your chair than gracefully sit. First of all, don’t worry, it’ll get easier, but more importantly, water will help ease the pain of your legs and back.
Experts recommend at least eight cups a day, more if you are an active individual. It’s easy to pop even a small plastic water bottle in your bag, just keep refilling it. I carry around my giant 32-ounce Nalgene bottle. Do what you've got to do to stay healthy and hydrated.
Be excellent to yourselves and each other Cougs.