It’s the end of Spring, and you know what that means. While most Americans are still enjoying cooler temperatures, here in the desert, we are already seeing triple digits, wearing as little as possible, and being careful not to burn exposed skin when we get into a hot car.

In many parts of the world, clean drinking water is in short supply. Here in America, even though we have access to plenty of the best water available, it’s still the second most popular drink behind soft drinks and sodas.

Our bodies are made of almost 60 percent water, so it only makes sense that staying hydrated will help our body work better. As the heat goes up, we need to drink more to stay hydrated to maintain balance in our body.

In Arizona, most of us have experienced the effects of working out in the heat. We can feel it in our joints and see it in our performance. Besides increasing energy levels and performing better, drinking plenty of water will help our muscles work better and keep our joints lubricated instead of feeling like someone poured sand in them half way through a workout.

Take yesterday’s workout, “Bradley”, for example. In the Arizona Winter, it’s just another challenging workout. When you add heat into the mix, the amount of pain you must push through goes up considerably.

In addition to increasing our performance and maintaining balance, water helps our brains work better, and who couldn’t do with increased concentration and focus. It also helps eliminate toxins from the body, regulate body temperature, decrease headaches and stress, and the list of benefits goes on and on.

How much water should you drink?

I remember when I was in wrestling in High School, my Dad gave me an article about the 8 x 8 Rule for water consumption. It states that we should drink 8, eight-ounce glasses of water each day, which equals two liters.

Believe it or not, as active CrossFit athletes, that’s probably not enough.

In fact, according to the International Sports Medicine Institute, their formula is: “1/2 ounce per pound of body weight if you're not active (that's ten eight-ounce glasses if you weigh 160 pounds), and 2/3 ounce per pound if you're athletic (13 to 14 glasses a day, at the same weight).”

In case you are wondering if you are “athletic” or not, if you do CrossFit, you are an athlete.

It’s actually difficult to drink too much water, UNLESS you wait until the last minute. If you don’t drink water throughout the day and then chug as much as possible in a short period of time after a tough workout, this can cause your sodium levels to drop too low which can cause a condition called hyponatremia, which can be very serious, and even fatal.

The point is, to drink plenty of water throughout the day, stay hydrated, perform better, and be safe.

So, keep those Hydroflasks filled, we’ll keep the coolers on and the fans running, and it will be another GREAT Summer in the Desert at WildFire CrossFit!




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