So you’ve eliminated fruit juices, smoothies, sodas and other non Whole 30 approved libations. There is still black coffee, unsweetened tea iced or hot and good ole water. Water, the source of all life. As athletes, it is imperative to stay hydrated. Our level of hydration is directly tied into our ability to perform at optimum levels. With summer approaching and the past few days starting to show signs of warmth, it is key to being a successful human doing (we are doing things we aren’t just being). Crossfit Endurance did a great video about it posted below. It’s recommended that at the very minimum you should drink at least one half of your body weight in ounces each day. And if you are physically active that day, whether you’re working out or going for a light jog add 16-20 oz per hour of activity.
Mobility is also affected by how hydrated we are. We are comprised of mostly water! 70% of our bodies are water (I would argue that we’re 70% awesome, but scientifically speaking). This number includes organs, muscle, ligaments and skin. How are we going to be mobile, strong or flexible without being hydrated?
Note: K-Starr goes into electrolytes and salt intake and ends with hip smashing. Don’t worry about salt intake and electrolytes too much on Whole 30. Dial in your diet first.
Sometimes I find it difficult to take water with my meals. I need something a little more lively. Last year at the Intrepid Holiday party, Ruth brought out La Croix. She’s a fan of it, as seen here. By no means am I suggesting that you replace your normal daily intake of h2o with carbonated water. Look at it as an addition to your plain water. Happy hydrating!