As you guys know I’ve been working with Propel on their Add Flavor Challenge. For this month’s challenge, Propel asked me to take a look at my personal hydration strategy to make sure that I’m getting the most out of each of my workouts by staying properly hydrated.
Last week, I had a lovely phone conference with a few people at Propel, as well as Laura Daray, the scientist and “resident hydration expert” at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. During the hour-long call, we discussed the importance of staying hydrated, and also had the chance to further analyze my own hydration and fueling habits. I still need to get her some information so I can find out my hydration deets (Hello busy MOM..eek).
A couple of notes that I took away from our chat:
*Hydration helps with oxygen to your brain and muscles.
*Hydration helps to keep your body temperature regulated.
*Hydration helps with your body waste. (TMI?)
So what are some practical ways to check if you are properly hydrated or not? Well the easiest way to find out if you may be a bit dehydrated is from the color of your urine. (I know we are getting really personal today.) When checking out the color of your urine keep in mind that light lemonade color is good while dark yellow like apple juice is BAD. If your urine is clear that is not good either as it means you are overhydrated. Interesting, right?
I also asked Laura about coffee, specifically if it was true that coffee can dehydrate. She shared a study with me that says that there is no evidence of dehydration with moderate daily coffee intake! Well that’s good! You can check out the study here.
Ok, now how about this challenge and giveaway?!! Propel is challenging me to monitor my hydration for an entire week! Being a busy women this will not be easy. I am not gonna lie, I have a hard time drinking water during the day! I am gonna get my Sweat Rate information tomorrow so that I can get some proper data back to see how I am doing so far.
Here are the Deets! I’m giving away a Propel prize pack to one lucky NHS reader, including all sorts of awesome Propel products, a Propel towel, and water bottle.
1. Leave a comment on this post sharing how you stay hydrated and/or some of your favorite tips for staying hydrated. (mandatory)
2. Share the giveaway on Twitter, and leave a separate comment letting me know that you did. (I entered to win a @Propel_Water prize pack from @nhershoes Check it out: http://wp.me/p1YmBD-8GW) (optional)
3. This is how you can join me in this challenge. Use the hashtag #hydratewithNHS all next week July 28th-August 1st to track your hydration along with me! (optional)
Open to U.S. and Canada residents only
I’ll be announcing the winner after our fun challenge so stay tuned. Good Luck!
Disclaimer: This promotion is solely sponsored by nHerShoes and has not been endorsed or approved by PepsiCo, Inc. or its subsidiaries or affiliates. By entering, you agree to look solely to nHerShhoes for any claims in connection therewith, and not to PepsiCo, Inc. or its subsidiaries or affiliates.