It’s 10:30 PM and I just got in after waking up at 6:30 AM to get ready for a golf-tourney and BBQ to raise some money for charity and to play in honour of a good friend’s father who passed away 18 years ago. Golfing was fun and challenging. Some walking and swinging. In the end I reached my Fuel Points goal from my Nike + Fuel Band (which is better than most days when I work). I’m using this to gage the fact that I have been active enough all day to count as my Juneathon Day 14 Activities, playing 18 holes of golf. And just like running, I have found a similar inspirational message that I have often seen for running but turned into golf… This is exactly how we all felt after 15 holes when we wanted to take a mid-day nap.
Well, there was no 5k run as I am beat from the sun and probably around 4 hours of golfing. No, I’m no good at golf and we play best ball but I have a ton of fun and I’m out being active. As much as you may or may not believe golfing is a sport and physical activity (like I once thought), it is amazing! You’re walking, swinging your arms, bending your legs, and doing anything but sit on your butt on the couch for hours on end. I’ve taken over 8400 steps which is a little lower than the last day where I ran a 5k.
I’m not going to write a feature on how to golf because if I knew how, I wouldn’t have been +8 on the day… If you’re new to golf, the goal is to get as far into the negatives as you can (shooting under par – the recommended shots it takes to get the ball in).
Today’s feature is on Hydration.
I’ve posted some important pictures with information on staying hydrated when running and in general in the past. Water is important to your body’s survival, it makes up around 70% of your body weight.
1. Staying Hydrated is so important to your overall health, for weight loss, athletes, and for you.
2. By the time you realize you’re thirsty (Dry mouth, head ache, little urination, etc.), it’s already too late and your body is dehydrated.
3. You should be consuming at least 8 cups/ounces of water each day. No, this does not mean chugging down 8 glasses of water. You need to sip and consume throughout the day.
4. Bring a bottle with you wherever you go to track your intake.
5. Add lemon, lime, orange slices or fresh mint to the water to add some flavour.
6. Please make sure you are hydrating well 24 hours before a workout or run and hydrating during and after. I see far too many runners who look like they are covering long distances in gruelling hear and have no hydration system with them.
7. There are many reasons and benefits to stay hydrated and one I find is key, water carries out nutrients and oxygen throughout your body that is much needed. Without water helping to transport the substances your muscles and heart need, you are putting your body at risk!