by JDR Instructor Jessica Tuggle
Baby, it’s HOT Outside!
Aside from the heat, summertime brings with it a lot of awesome things—longer days, family vacations, relaxing by the pool, grilling out with friends & of course, watermelon (YUM!) the list goes on. But, with all the fun summer activities comes a little added responsibility to play it safe and take good care of yourself. I know one thing I struggle with is drinking enough water during the day. Did you know that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated?! I have recently made a conscious effort to drink more water & I can already tell such a difference! Here are some of the things that have helped me incorporate more water into my day:
Be aware of how much water you are actually drinking.
I can recall days when it would occur to me late in the evening that I had not had any water that day (soooo bad, I know). Coffee, Diet Coke, unsweetend tea, yep, drank all those, but not one ounce of plain ol’ water!
I spend the majority of my day in & out of my car, so any bottle of water I carry with me in the morning is 102 degrees by noon. I needed something to keep my water cold because who wants to drink hot water? Ugh. Until…did y’all see all the experiments that people were posting on social media a few weeks ago comparing how cold the the Wal-Mart brand stainless steel tumblers ($9.74) kept your drink compared to the Yeti tumblers ($39.99)? Apparently the $9 Wal-Mart cup was giving the $40 one a run for its money! I had to see for myself. I don’t have a Yeti to compare it to, but I will tell you that Wal-Mart brand stainless steel tumbler keeps ice all day long. Even in my hot car! I leave my house every day with my knock-off Yeti filled with ice & enjoy cold water all day long! (Brandy loves hers too!)
Sara, Antonia, Danica and Lindsey also both love the S’Well brand stainless steel bottles for keeping their drinks cold all day! You can grab these locally at Target, Chocolate Paper, and Provisions (which also sells Yeti’s).
Hydrate BEFORE you workout.
We all tote our water bottles into class (or have Morgan ring us up for one when we forget!), but I bet a lot of times we don’t think to drink water before class. Drinking water before you exercise helps prevents stiffness in your joints. Your muscles need water for strength and flexibility & water also assists your brain in sending messages (that really comes in handy for some of our fancy choreo!) So, go ahead & drink your water on the way to class. You can fill up at the studio’s water fountain before you hit the dance floor!
Make it fun!
Plain water can be boring, but there are SO many healthy ways to change it up. Add slices of fruits like lemon, strawberries or grapefruit to your water for an extra kick. Have you ever tried sliced cucumber in a glass of cold water? You should! It is so refreshing! Instead of still water, try sparkling!
Confession: I am obsessed OBSESSED with La Croix sparkling water. It has helped me cut down on my Diet Coke habit tremendously. There are so many flavors to choose from and the best part is that they are free of any calories, sodium or artificial sweeteners. Hint: my favorite flavor (and I have tried them ALL) is the Kroger brand Blackberry Citrus. It runs $2.50 for a 12 pack, so cheaper than DC & better for you, too!
Love your Bottle
Another idea to make your water drinking experience more is exciting is to have something fun to drink out of! Buy yourself a fun water bottle. One that you want to carry around with you! Maybe one like Chelsea, Morgan & I got from our favorite dance fitness studio! Word on the street is that they’re part of the “Christmas in July” Swag!
We love that they’re easy to flop open and drink in class, plus the Tritan material makes them shatter proof, and they fit in your car’s cupholder.
So raise your water bottles with me and here’s to drinking more water this summer!
Jessica Tuggle is a member of the Just Dance Roanoke Instructor Team. She has been a member of Just Dance Roanoke since it’s inception in 2011. She works full time as a pharmaceutical sales representative and is the mother Whitt and Drew.