The Importance of Hydration

2 May

Now that the warmer months are approaching, I thought I’d take this time to express to you the importance of proper hydration. But first, a little story…

Once upon a time there was a Little Cupcake (we’ll call her LC for short) who drank nothing but soda. And not diet soda, but full blown, straight up, high fructose corn syrup loaded Coke (or Sprite if I she was going caffeine free). LC had chronic problems with urinary tract infections, headaches, and not feeling well in general, but she couldn’t figure out why. So LC took a trip to her doc. Doc asked LC, “Do you drink water?” LC, befuddled at such a question, told the Doc “No, I do not drink water.” Lo and behold, lack of water consumption was the root of LC’s problems. From that day forward LC drank water all the time, aside from her morning coffee and her lunch time soda. No more UTI’s, no more headaches, no more icky feeling.

I love a happy ending. So, why am I telling you this? Because you need to hydrate. Especially during the summer. Which is quickly approaching (YAY!)

Why do we need to hydrate?

1)  The lower a persons percentage of body fat the higher their percentage of body water is. (Source) Okay so, we run, we work out, we lower our body fat and increase our body water. With a higher body water percentage to keep up, you must hydrate.

2) Insufficient hydration fatigues your muscles, reduces your coordination and causes muscle cramps. (Source) Not something you want to experience while running or working out, amiright?

3) Water is the most important nutrient for life and has many important functions including regulating temperature, lubricating joints and transporting nutrients and waste throughout the body. (Source) Without proper hydration you’ll overheat. Transporting waste throughout your body – waste, like lactic acid that builds up during a hard workout or a long run.

Enough science already. Science was never my strong suit. The point is – the weather is getting warmer and we’re all taking our workouts outside. Please make sure you hydrate properly. Signs of dehydration include:

  • Dry mouth (Do NOT wait until you are thirsty to hydrate, thirst is a sign that you are already on your way to dehydrating!)
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dark urine and/or lack of urination

If you experience any of these symptoms, grab your closest water bottle/glass and chug! It is incredibly important in order to avoid situations like LC in the story above.

My tips for staying hydrated:

  • Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go. I keep one at work, one in my purse, alright I keep them everywhere. I’m a water bottle hoarder.
  • Freshen up your water – add ice, lemon, lime, a splash of fruit juice. 
  • Try to avoid feeling thirsty, and try to avoid having dark colored urine. Monitor your water intake if you’re not good at drinking it.
  • Make it a habit. It took me a long time to get used to drinking water all day long. Now, whenever my water bottle is empty, I immediately refill it and just sip throughout the day. Most days it adds up to over 100 ounces. Yes, I pee a lot, but my body is happy.

With that being said, I am here to kick start your hydration habits! Yup, you guessed it, giveaway #4 has to do with hydration. My favorite way to hydrate pre-run, mid-run (and workout), and post-run.

Nuun

I keep Nuun everywhere.

Nuun Gym BagNuun Purse

Nuun Kitchen Cabinet

I’m never without it. Why Nuun you ask?

(From Nuun’s Website)

  • Zero sugar
  • Important electrolytes
  • Under 8 calories
  • Easy to use

Drop a tab in the water, wait 2 minutes for it to dissolve, drink. Easy peasy.

And, I’m here to tell you that one lucky reader will win 2 tubes of Nuun for your own hydration needs!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

Here’s how:

1) Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/runcupcake (Required)

2) Follow Nuun on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/nuunhydration (Required)

3) Tweet: I know how important it is to stay hydrated, that’s why I want to win @nuunhydration from @runcupcake! http://wp.me/p25oLf-JD (Optional)

The flavors that I’m giving away are two of my favorite flavors – Grape and Strawberry Lemonade.

Leave a comment for each entry.

Giveaway is open until Noon, Friday, May 4th.

Nuun is providing two tubes to one winner.

Open to all US and Canadian residents.

I hope you all had a happy Wednesday. I’m off to bed, final taper run tomorrow morning!

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102 Responses to “The Importance of Hydration”

  1. daniellerunner May 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    I tweeted about the giveaway !

    • daniellerunner May 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

      Danielle Abukhalaf ‏ @DanielleRunner
      I know how important it is to stay hydrated, that’s why I want to win @nuunhydration from @runcupcake! http://wp.me/p25oLf-JD

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  2. daniellerunner May 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    I follow you on Twitter !

  3. Laurel C May 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/#!/pace_of_laurel/status/197868212321390592

  4. daniellerunner May 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    I follow NUUN on twitter too !

  5. Laurel C May 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    I follow you on twitter!

  6. Laurel C May 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    I follow Nuun on twitter too!

  7. Alex @ therunwithin May 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    i follow you on twitter!

  8. Alex @ therunwithin May 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    i follow Nuun on twitter!

  9. Marty May 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    I follow you on Twitter

  10. Stéphanie May 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    Great post about hydration. I know how important it is, but sometimes I tend to forget, especially on a busy work day. Thanks for the reminder and the easy tips!

    I follow you AND nuun on twitter.

    I also tweeted the optional #3. Here is the proof: https://twitter.com/#!/StephLrx/status/197869058165710849

    Thanks Samantha and Nuun for the great giveaway!

  11. runningsquared2 May 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    I follow you on twitter!

  12. runningsquared2 May 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    I already follow nuun 🙂

  13. runningsquared2 May 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    I tweeted! @alisenasu

  14. Morganne May 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    I follow you on Twitter!

  15. Morganne May 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    I follow Nuun on Twitter!!

  16. Julie May 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    I follow you on twitter

  17. Julie May 2, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    I follow nuun on twitter

  18. Stéphanie May 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    I follow nuun on Twitter. (Sorry I didn’t do this right the first time)

  19. Stéphanie May 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    Tweeted the optional #3

  20. Elle May 2, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    Love nuun – thanks for the chance to win some. Yes, hydration is so important and I am glad that you discovered water and got rid of your headaches and UTIs as well.

    I do follow you on Twitter
    @eatrunsail

  21. Elle May 2, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    I do follow nuunhydration as well
    @eatrunsail

  22. Elle May 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    And I tweeted! Grape is The Captain’s fave and mine is Strawberry Lemonade!

  23. krissy m. murphy May 3, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    I follow you on twitter! 😀

  24. krissy m. murphy May 3, 2012 at 5:28 am #

    I follow nuun on twitter!

  25. krissy m. murphy May 3, 2012 at 5:29 am #

    I also tweeted!

  26. nattie1218 May 3, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    I follow you on TWitter @NattieRuns

  27. nattie1218 May 3, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    I follow Nuun on Twitter.

  28. nattie1218 May 3, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    I tweeted the giveaway
    https://twitter.com/#!/NattieRuns/status/197997609552592896

  29. Amanda Stevens May 3, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    I follow you on Twitter already 🙂

  30. Amanda Stevens May 3, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    I followed Nuun on Twitter

  31. Amanda Stevens May 3, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    and I tweeted about the giveaway 🙂 (I have always wanted to try Nuun!)

  32. Jenni Ortman (@skidoorn2000) May 3, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    yum, grape and strawberry lemonade sound fantastic! i hope I win! 🙂

  33. Heather Iacobacci (@hriacobacci) May 3, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    Amen on the hydration. I pretty much only drink water (except wine LOL). I find it makes such an incredible difference in how I feel for any workout, but especially running. I carry a 20oz bottle with me and if it’s more than 6 miles, I make sure that I either pass by my car or a fountain and refill.

    I follow you on twitter of course 😉

  34. Heather Iacobacci (@hriacobacci) May 3, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    I follow NUUN on twitter now

  35. Heather Iacobacci (@hriacobacci) May 3, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    I tweeted

  36. Beth B. May 3, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    I tweeted your fabulous giveaway! 🙂

  37. Manhattan In Florida May 3, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    I follow you on Twitter!

  38. Manhattan In Florida May 3, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    I follow NUUN on Twitter

  39. Manhattan In Florida May 3, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I tweeted your giveaway

  40. barrandtable May 3, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    I follow you on twitter! (@beermeamartini)

  41. barrandtable May 3, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    I follow nuun on twitter!

  42. barrandtable May 3, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    I tweeted about your giveaway! https://twitter.com/#!/beermeamartini/status/198039471520882688

  43. kelsey May 3, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    already follow you on twitter!

  44. kelsey May 3, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    already follow you too!

  45. kelsey May 3, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    already follow NUUN on twitte

  46. Annica May 3, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    I follow you on twitter 🙂 @annicanicole

  47. Annica May 3, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    I follow Nuun on Twitter

  48. Annica May 3, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    I tweeted about the Giveaway. Just recently tried out Nuun before my last race. Fell in love! I have MAJOR issues with getting myself to drink plane water. Not anymore!

  49. taitfamilyblog May 3, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    I tweeted about your giveaway, I already follow you and now I follow Nuun too! Have a wonderful day!! 🙂

  50. Jessica May 3, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Not sure if my other comment went through… I already follow you on twitter, tweeted about your giveaway and now I am following Nuun! Hope you have a great day! 🙂

  51. Jess Sutera May 3, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    I LOVE water. I drink it constantly. If I’m without a water bottle, I kinda freak out a little bit. I neeeeed it and know how good it is for me. That’s the worst part about work travel, my water intake goes way down which makes me droopy, tired and um yeah, thirsty. haha.

  52. Jess Sutera May 3, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    I also just tweeted this out — I need to get into nuun I think.

    • runcupcake May 3, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      Yes, you do. And if you don’t win, I’ll let you try some of mine before you spend money on it!

  53. eatingforexcellence May 3, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    I follow you on twitter

  54. eatingforexcellence May 3, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    I follow nuun on twitter

  55. eatingforexcellence May 3, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    tweeted 🙂

  56. the MF Dre May 3, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    i follow you!

  57. the MF Dre May 3, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    and i follow nuun….love it! never tried Grape though. 😉
    drinking lemon lime now with breakfast xo

  58. Jessica May 3, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Already follow you on twitter!

  59. Jessica May 3, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Tweeted about the contest!

  60. Jessica May 3, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Following Nuun on twitter now!

  61. sarah May 3, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    i follow you on twitter!

  62. sarah May 3, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    i follow nuun on twitter!

  63. erinsmith441 May 3, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Ohh those bottles are so cute! I’m trying to make an effort to make sure I stay hydrated throughout the day. I followed you on Twitter!

  64. Erin (@girlgoneveggie) May 3, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Oh those bottles are so cute! I’ve been trying to make sure I get enough water daily. I follow you on Twitter!

  65. Erin (@girlgoneveggie) May 3, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Oops I’m sorry my comment went through twice once through my Twitter and once through my email. But I am following Nuun on Twitter too!

  66. Sarah May 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I tweeted @runningisalife

    I know how important it is to stay hydrated, that’s why I want to win @nuunhydration from @runcupcake! http://wp.me/p25oLf-JD

  67. Sarah May 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    I follow you on twitter @runningisalife

  68. Sarah May 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    I follow nuun on twitter @runningisalife

  69. Lora @ Crazy Running Girl May 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Follow you on Twitter

  70. Lora @ Crazy Running Girl May 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Follow Nuun on Twitter 🙂

  71. Tracey Leffler May 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    Bahh, I am horrible about drinking water. That being said I don’t drink much of anything, but i am working on it!

  72. Billie Jean Grych May 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Following you on Twitter!

  73. Billie Jean Grych May 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Follow Nuun on Twitter!

  74. Billie Jean Grych May 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Tweeted, too!

  75. Pavement Runner (@PavementRunner) May 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    1. Follow you. 2. Follow them. 3. Tweeted the twitter twatter. I have honestly never tried Nuun… I know everyone raves about it and I always see it and think “I should buy some.” Maybe my belly has been waiting for this moment in time… this moment where I get some yum yum hydration from a cupcake. Some might call it destiny. Good luck me.

  76. Rose @ RoseRunsSlow May 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    I am following you on twitter now!

  77. Rose @ RoseRunsSlow May 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    I follow Nuun also!

  78. Rose @ RoseRunsSlow May 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    I sent your tweet out too!

  79. cupcakekelly May 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    I follow you on twitter

  80. cupcakekelly May 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    I follow you & nuun on twitter

  81. cupcakekelly May 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    I tweeted @cupcakekellys

  82. Jesica D'Avanza @RunWithJes May 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    I hope I win! Strawberry Lemonade is my fav! Just tweeted about the contest. Happy running!

    PS sometimes I get the most dehydrated swimming with a super dry mouth. Poolside = another place for nuun 🙂

  83. Stephanie May 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Following you! (@stephtheblogger)

  84. Stephanie May 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Also, now I’m following Nuun on twitter!

  85. Stephanie May 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    And (well, you already RT’ed it!) I tweeted about the giveaway! https://twitter.com/#!/StephTheBlogger/status/198214818874916866

  86. Angel May 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    Follow you on twitter!

  87. Angel May 3, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    Follow NUUN on twitter!

  88. Angel May 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Tweeted about the giveaway! >>> @FlairBands

  89. Jordan D May 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    I already follow you on twitter!
    @j_mosh

  90. Jordan D May 3, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

    I already follow Nuun on twitter, too!
    @j_mosh

  91. Jordan D May 3, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/j_mosh/status/198258949466750976

  92. Kate May 4, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Have you tried the Cola flavored?? I tried a sample at the Boston Marathon Expo not thinking that I would like it….it’s awesome!! I had it in my bottle for my last long run before my 1/2 this weekend and it was the perfect flavor!! I love Nuun!!

  93. Gracie May 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Followed you on twitter!

  94. Gracie May 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Followed Nuun on twitter!

  95. Gracie May 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    tweeted about the giveaway!

  96. keobrien May 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    I’m following you on twitter. @ktobrien1287

  97. keobrien May 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    I’m follwing Nuun on twitter! @ktobrien1287

  98. keobrien May 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    @ktobrien1287: I know how important it is to stay hydrated, that’s why I want to win @nuunhydration from @runcupcake! http://wp.me/p25oLf-JD

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