My training diet requires that I drink a ton of water–basically as much as I possibly can. Water is important for so many things–muscle recovery and development, weight loss, joint health, etc., but drinking enough is always a challenge for me. I’m not a fan of its non-taste, and as some of you may recall, most of my liquid consumption used to consist of Diet Pepsi.
A funny thing about water, though. If it’s in front of me, I’ll drink it. So as long as I keep my water bottle full at work, I’ll drink close to or more than my required amount. But guess what happens when you’re drinking liters of water everyday?
Yep, you spend a lot of time running for the bathroom.
Training for a fight when you have a day job isn’t easy. Yesterday was a marathon meeting day for me at work–I had a three hour meeting in the morning (which actually went into overtime) and a two hour one in the afternoon. Yikes! In spite of the ten minute “health break” during the morning meeting, I still needed to excuse myself twice. Embarrassing, and very inconvenient. Damn that water! According to those in the know, this reaction should lessen once my body grows accustomed to all the extra fluid. I certainly hope so, because right now it’s a pain in the…well, you get the idea.
To my horror, I suddenly came down with a nasty cough and sore throat as well. The last thing I need right now is a cold! But after getting a lot of rest, bending my training diet to include chicken soup, and overdosing on Cold-FX, I feel 100% better. That’s a relief, because today is sparring day, and if you ever want to feel your best, it’s when your personal safety is on the line.
Do you drink a lot of water, Dear Readers? If so, do you do anything to make it more interesting? I had a personal trainer recommend a “water mojito” to me–she basically just adds lime slices and mint to her water. This sounded like a great idea, because I love lime, but all the additions soon turned into a slimy mess in the bottom of the pitcher. I was afraid to go near it, lest it walk out of the fridge on its own.
Water is one of those things that’s been debated quite a bit in the media. I’ve seen articles warning us against drinking too much water, but I don’t think that’s ever going to be an issue for me. Since we rarely get water breaks while we’re training, the water I drink beforehand helps keep me from getting dehydrated during the long hours at the gym.
Have an awesome weekend!