Walking Club Check-In: Today, It's All About Water!

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

waterWelcome, or welcome back, to the Dr. Sinatra Walking Club. If you missed the "official introduction," you can see it here. Each Saturday, I post a new Walking Club Check-in, where you can post your minutes walked, the number of times you walked, or miles by leaving a comment.

Today, let's talk about water...

I don't know what the weather has been like in your neck of the woods, but where I live the weather has been blissfully cool! Yet, I just heard on the radio this morning that the temperatures this week are going to be climbing into the 80's, and I'm sure the 90's aren't too far behind.

One of the things I do when the weather gets hot is to move my walks to the early morning, or evening, hours when I'm not fighting the heat. The other thing that becomes especially important as the weather gets hotter, is to drink plenty of water!  Lots and lots of pure, clean H20.

Don't wait for thirst to strike! Most people don't realize it, but as Dr. Sinatra explains it, thirst is actually a sign that your body's already dehydrated. In fact, he recommends drinking water before, during, and after your walk. If you don't want to carry a bottle of water in your hands, you can carry it in a backpack, or fanny pack. But the most important thing you can do is to drink up.

But the benefits of drinking water go far beyond hydration. Did you see Dr. Sinatra's blog post yesterday? Water is vital for healthy blood pressure.

Plus, Dr. Sinatra says that drinking water...

1. Keeps your muscles from cramping up during exercise.

2. Swells fiber in your stomach, making you feel fuller longer.

3. Cleanses your organs of the excess sodium hidden in many processed foods. 

4. Flushes toxins through your kidneys. 

Plus, remember that humans aren't the only ones who need water. If you're bringing along any 4-legged friends on your walk, you'll want to bring along some water for them, too! Remember my walking buddy, Boomer? More than once, I've forgotten to bring water for her, and had to get a kind neighbor to give her a drink out of their hose. 
Boomer
Now, it's your turn...

1. Do you have a secret for staying well-hydrated while you walk?

2. If you walked this week, please go ahead and log your days, miles, or distance walked.

And here's something else I'm excited about--you don't have to wait for me to approve your comments anymore, they'll post automatically!

Try it out and let me know how you like the new commenting system. I think it's much better :-)

Have a great Saturday--and Happy Walking!

Karen


Remember to consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
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