Sunny fam, welcome back! This week marks week two of the New Year New You 2022 Fitness Challenge. If you joined us for week one of the challenge, I’m sending you a huge virtual high five for all you accomplished last week!
If you’re just joining us, feel free to hop right in with us this week - we’re focusing on one of my favorite topics: hydration.
Proper hydration is something we all can benefit from. Whether you’re physically active or not, your body needs water to function optimally and keep you feeling tip-top.
Below, you’ll learn more about why hydration is important, as well as tips and hacks for staying hydrated. Most importantly, I’ll be challenging you to be intentional with your hydration goals this week.
Without further ado, if you’re ready to approach 2022 feeling healthy and hydrated, it all starts here!
New Year New You 2022, Week Two: Hydration
Hydration is something you probably know you need to do, but often daily activities, stress, and convenience get in the way of taking care of yourself. If you’re anything like me, hydration can fall off the wayside if you’re not prepared.
Staying hydrated is an element of health that with just a little bit of practice, intentionality, and preparation you can easily implement into your daily routine. So, let’s do a deep dive into this incredibly important topic.
Why is Hydration Important?
Hydration is major. Water is such a big part of how our bodies function daily. When you get into the details of how water works its way through your body, and what it does for us physically, it’ll make you think twice about skipping out on meeting your water intake for the day. Sam's talk touches on what happens to your water once you gulp it down:
Feeling passionate about fueling your body with what it needs? There are many more benefits to staying hydrated, keep reading for just a few of the major benefits you may experience when you start drinking enough water.
What Are the Benefits of Hydration?
What are the benefits of staying hydrated? While the list goes on and on, below you’ll find a few of the most popular benefits of drinking plenty of water.
- Improves Brain Performance
- Regulates Digestion
- Boosts Energy
- Helps with Weight Loss & Management
- Improves Joint Health
- Boosts Exercise Performance
- Maintains Blood Pressure & Sugar
- Improves Heart Health
- Promotes Glowing Skin
- Regulates Body Temperature
- Improves Circulation
- Reduces Headaches
The benefits of hydration can also be so personal. As you begin to drink more water, you may notice some benefits more than others. Hear from some of your favorite trainers on some of their favorite benefits of keeping themselves hydrated.
Well, if that’s not enough for you, start hydrating yourself, and let us know your favorite side effects of staying refreshed!
How Much Do I Need to Drink to Stay Hydrated?
You probably have heard that 8 cups (or 64oz) are optimal for hydration. And while that’s a great place to start, it’s important to remember because we are different heights, weights, etc. and we are all active on different levels, our hydration needs may vary.
If you’re interested in hydrating in a way more specific to your body, James gives a good recommendation.
If you’re looking for somewhere to start, definitely try out the 8 cups a day and see how you feel. As you continue, I recommend listening to your body and considering how you can personalize your hydration goal over time.
Tips for Staying Hydrated
Getting hydrated is all about making water accessible, enjoyable, and practical. That’s why we’ve created our hydration challenge (more on this below).
Get started working towards regular, proper hydration with your Sunny team. As you work toward those hydration goals, keep these top tips from your Sunny Trainers in mind.
Week Two Hydration Challenge
We all know staying hydrated is important for our health - but staying consistent is not always easy. Be intentional. This goal is small and simple but will make a huge impact on your day.
Once you start drinking water, your control will be addicting, and the way you feel will encourage you to keep going.
Use the tips above to help keep you on track, and before you know it, you’ll be staying on track with those hydration recommendations without even thinking about it twice!
Beyond New Year New You: How to Stay Hydrated All Year Long
Just like our movement challenge, this hydration challenge is just a small taste to get you started. The real challenge is sticking with it long-term.
More than anything, I hope this challenge gives you a better idea of how to approach your New Year's goals in a healthy way that works well for you.
Need some pointers for how to stay hydrated all year long? I have some tips to help make your hydration goals more practical in 2022.
1. Set Yourself Up for Success
So, you’re ready to focus on your health and stay hydrated in 2022? Make sure to set yourself up for success - as a wise Sunny Trainer Brittany would say “sips for success”.
Purchase what you need to stay hydrated. If you prefer filtered water, get an option that is readily available for you - whether a water tank or a Brita filter - just do it.
Also, invest in some water bottles you enjoy drinking out of, and keep them stocked so you’re ready to take them on the go. I like to leave one at work, one at the studio, one or two at home so I’m always prepared for any scenario!
2. Pair Habits Together
By stacking a habit, you find unenjoyable with something you’re already doing it makes it easier to stick with it. For example, choosing to get some water in at each meal of the day will help get you closer to those hydration goals.
3. Mix It Up
Try healthy alternatives. As mentioned by your favorite Sunny trainers above, there are so many options these days for changing the flavor or adding some vitamins or nutrients to your water without sacrificing your health.
Consider the simple changes you make to help your water taste different and a bit more exciting if you’re feeling burnt out on regular water.
4. Be Consistent
Consistency is king here. If you’re having a hard time staying consistent at work or throughout your day, set a hydration timer on your phone.
While it may sound silly, that gentle reminder will help you check in with where you’re at for the day. Even if you aren’t near water at the time, it will keep you mindful of getting to that water when you can.
I’ll leave you with some encouragement from your Sunny trainers:
Sunny team, as we go through this challenge, my goal is for you to enjoy the amazing benefits hydration has for your body, mind, mood, and life; and, most importantly, to find ways to enjoy it and make it work for you along the way!
Let us know how this first week goes in the comments, and don’t forget to share your progress towards your goal by hashtagging #NewYearNewYouNewSunny and tagging us on social media. Let’s do this Sunny family!