1. First and foremost make sure that you’re in a well hydrated state, and yes this requires the pee check. If your urine is a light yellow or light lemonade color you’re good. If it’s darker it’s time to drink.
2. Eat plenty of hydrating fruits like watermelon, organic strawberries & grapes, oranges, cantaloupe and vegetables like zucchini, cabbage, spinach, celery, and carrots.
3. Carry a CPC Hydroflask (not so shameless plug) with an electrolyte blend like NUUN, Skratch, or Ultima to sip on throughout the day. A squeeze of lemon or lime to the water will help provide a little taste encouraging you to drink it more frequently.
4. Limit caffeine and alcohol. Both have a diuretic effect, leading to more trips to the bathroom, and potentially putting you in a state of dehydration. Summertime screams for an ice coffee in the morning and a cold adult beverage at night. When consuming both just be aware of how much and often and to combat the effects with a water of equal size.
5. Go into your workout prepared! Before heading into a workout (2-3 hours prior) consume around 16 oz of water. During your workout fight the dehydration battle with 2-3 big gulps of water every 15-20 minutes. After class the best bet would be to weigh in and weigh out and consume 16-20oz of water for every 1 lb lost. Try filling up your bottle before leaving and drink ALL OF IT before starting your day or grabbing that oh-so refreshing iced coffee.