Here I am, almost to the end of the Gallon Water Challenge and what a serious challenge the last two weeks have been. It's no doubt that drinking more than 100 ounces of water a day has been incredibly beneficial. From feeling hydrated after maybe one too many drinks to the energy and healthy feeling, this challenge has demonstrated a lot to me.
For one, there are negative effects and serious issue when considering taking in more water. This is especially important for athletes and really active people who sweat a lot to keep in mind. Something to be aware of is hyponatremia. More water intake can dilute the amount of sodium in your body, which can be a serious problem if you're sweating out all of your salt.
How can you combat this? Make sure you're also drinking high-sodium or sports drinks during and after workouts. If you're doing a long-distance race or know that you'll be sweating for a long period of time, consider making sure you're well hydrated the days leading up to the event, then definitely make sure you're getting enough sodium intake during the race.
All in all, do your research and be aware of your body. If too much water has you feeling dizzy or is giving you headaches, then tone it down a bit.
One of the awesome things you'll start to learn from more water is that you'll feel hydrated going into each day and especially when you wake up. If you're waking up feeling incredibly thirsty, then consider amping up your water intake. As for me, this challenge has showed me that drinking close to a gallon of water a day is probably enough. I will aim for 100 ounces, which will be easily accomplished by drinking about 18 ounces every 2 hours.
And of course, remember that you should always hydrate before, after and during workouts. Some tips for hydrating after a workout:
- Drink 16 ounces within 30 minutes after your exercise.
- If you're doing more than 90 minutes of intense activity, fuel up with a sports drink to replenish electrolytes.
- Drink about 8 ounces of water every 30 minutes leading up to your workout to properly hydrate.
Are you up for the Gallon Water Challenge? Send me your opinions and thoughts on Twitter @TheGolferBabe!
Apologies, if this get's a little difficult to follow... You can read my first two updates from the beginning of my journey to the 30 day Gallon Water Challenge below.
I'm almost half way through this challenge and as mentioned before, drinking a gallon of water a day actually isn't as hard I thought it would be. I use my 16 oz. water bottle (pictured below) everyday and like clockwork fill it up every hour and a half. By the end of the day, I'm probably drinking a little over a gallon, but there are some things that it has helped with immensely.
In my previous update, I mentioned more energy and faster recovery. Well, it turns out there is also something it's helping me recover from... drinking too much alcohol and being hungover. I remember when I used to drink a glass of wine and feel super groggy and tired the next morning. Not anymore. Even after a few glasses of wine, I wake up feeling fantastic the next day.
Ok, so don't judge me. My husband and I have had a lot to celebrate recently. He's turning 30 this month and so we've sort of used it as an excuse to really enjoy every dinner and every nice outing. With that, I look forward to his actual celebration night when I will be able to limit the alcohol (too busy drinking water) and waking up feeling nice and sparkly the next day. Wahoo! Just keep adding all of these great benefits to the list.
How has this affected my golf? We golfed twice last weekend, thanks to the long holiday, which set me up for some changes. I am usually a culprit of usually not stopping to use the restroom during a round of golf. However, my new habit of guzzling water consistently every hour and a half means that I will need bathroom breaks at least every two hours. If you do the math, I'm in the clubhouse before a round, in the middle and at the end. But hey, it's not a big deal because it turns out that I'm staying hydrated throughout the round even in the summer when it's not so easy.
More to come later... Thanks for reading!
I'm always up for a challenge, especially one that has potential to make me stronger, healthier or even better at golf. After I reading an article that my husband sent me about a woman who attempted to drink a gallon of water a day for three weeks, it got me thinking that I could potentially do the same.
Without even trying, I've been really darn close to consuming a gallon of water a day for the last couple of weeks. So, I've decided to kick off my own challenge and treat this blog post like my diary to track the benefits and changes I go through along the way.
Jenny, the author of the article above, initially made it her goal to do four weeks. However, the challenge seemed too demanding for many reasons. With a little more planning and attention to detail, I think it should be pretty easy to drink a gallon, give or take a few ounces, a day for the next month.
Here is my schedule for spreading out my daily water consumption:
Before Noon: Drink (3) 16 oz. glasses. total: 48 oz.
Noon - 5 PM: Drink (3) 16 oz. glasses. total: 96 oz.
5 PM - 8PM: Drink (2) 16 oz. glasses. total: 128 oz.
My goal will be to stop drinking water by 8 PM, so that I'm not running into Jenny's issue of having to use the restroom throughout the night.
Tiny bladder in mind, a downisde I expect is to be needing to use the restroom quite a bit and I can already tell you that Day 1 is proving to incorporate a lot of walking. This challenge is also easy when I have time to use the restroom and to get water, but I can't imagine how difficult it will be to hit my numbers on days that I'm overwhelmingly busy. Plus, I'll probably have to plan around events that take long periods of time, like the road trip to Sedona I have coming up in a couple of weeks or a movie on the weekends.
It hasn't been tough to get the water down though. Somehow, I am still thirsty consistently throughout the day, which brings up a benefit I can for sure say I look forward to - being consistently hydrated, clear minded and able to get through a round of golf in the excruciating summer heat. With my high intake of water lately, I noticed that I didn't struggle as much as I normally would on my first hot day of golf. It was about 95 degrees on Sunday, but I didn't find myself completely worn out or dehydrated after. It seems hydrating steadily the day before and morning of golf can really make a difference.
A few of the other benefits of drinking a gallon of water a day, including some Jenny mentions in her article, also are clear skin, a curbed appetite, potential fat loss, help building healthy muscle and reduction in belly bloat. I'll let you know what really happens... Stay tuned.
Here I am on Day 4 of what I am calling the Gallon Water Challenge and I feel pretty amazing. Whatever you want to call it, drinking a gallon of water a day isn't actually as hard as you think and it has a ton of health benefits that I am sure I haven't even begun to realize. Surprise! I'm drinking more than a gallon throughout the day just because I continue to drink water when I'm thirsty. It really hasn't been that hard.
Three Changes in the First Three Days
1. My energy levels are way up. I am a huge coffee drinker usually and despite my craving to have my regular amount of coffee everyday, I've actually reduced my intake quite a bit. I'm talking taking it from about 24 oz. to about 16 oz. or less. In fact, I don't actually need the coffee to keep me energized, I'm mostly just drinking it because I love the taste. I will say that with all of the water I'm drinking, I'm also finding it hard to find time to drink coffee. Obviously, focusing on taking in 128 ounces of water each day is demanding a lot my time. But, the key here is that I don't need it. I feel clear headed and have been waking up feeling energized this week.
2. Restrooms are my new best friends. It is no doubt that drinking this much water is going to make you have to use the restroom A LOT. But, here is how I see it. The more I flush out whatever is in my system, the better I will feel over time. Timing out my water intake has also helped with not running to the restroom every five minutes or in the middle of the night, too. But, I have had to restroom breaks around crucial times of day and driving, so that's been fun.
3. I feel stronger and recover faster. This may be a bit of a stretch, but my gym routine hasn't changed and I am able to lift heavier and go longer without a pre-workout supplement. I've also noticed that recovery from lifting and cardio is taking a lot less time. I still feel sore the day after a workout, but my energy is not as drained and my muscles seem to be healing over less time. Perhaps this will be good to keep an eye on over the course of the 30 days.