The best way to make sure you are drinking your daily water requirement is to carry a refillable water bottle. Hydro Flask is the only water bottle I use these days — I never leave home without it!! Whatever temperature the water is when you fill your bottle, Hydro Flask will maintain it for about 24 hours no matter the outside air temperature!! It may sound like whatever but here in Los Angeles we get super-hot summer days and not even the ice cubes melt if I leave my bottle in the scorching car for hours! That’s pretty badass!!!
Another reason I love Hydro Flask is because it helps me with my post workout recovery!! Exercise is great – Love it!! Feels so good while you’re doing it right…but ooooo later it hurts so bad!! I find the hardest thing about getting older is that my body is taking longer to bounce back after a workout. Man when I’m in the groove at the gym I’m on top of the world. Then something happens during my drive home. All these little pains come creeping in. By the time I get home, getting out of the car sucks — Mike laughs at me, “baby did you do too much?” What’s too much man? I’m 38 — Everything is starting to feel like too much!!
3 Step Post Workout Recovery
To recap our previous recovery posts: We discussed the benefits of foam rolling to ease sore muscles and release trigger points; in part 2 we reviewed why you should never skip stretching and covered a comprehensive full body stretching routine that anyone can do no matter their fitness level; finally, that brings us to part 3 which is hydration.
Post Workout Recovery Part 3: Hydration
I am not a fitness expert, but I have found that drinking plenty of water post workout dramatically improves my recovery. Simply put, water flushes out the toxins from your body and prevents dehydration which can actually can make muscle soreness even more painful. There is a lot of conflicting research out there on how much water an individual should drink daily, but somewhere around ½ your body weight in ounces over a few hours’ time frame is good. No need to force it all at once. With my Hydro Flask I can easily monitor how much water I’ve had that day. The idea is to replenish the fluid you sweat out during your workout. You know they say thirst is an indicator of dehydration on a cellular level meaning if you think to yourself, “gosh I’m thirsty” then you are already dehydrated. Naturally after any type of workout your body will require immediate hydration. The key is not to stop there, but to make a conscious effort to drink water throughout the day.