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6 2013
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How to Be Proactive With Your Health: Part II (Drink Water & Get Sleep)

Last time we talked about eating right and getting plenty of exercise. Next up? Water and sleep!

5528593758_cc05248691Drink plenty of water

Oh, oh, H2O! This is one of my naughtiest habits…I’m horrible at drinking water.

The basic mathematical equation is that (at the minimum) you should have half the amount of water to your weight. In other words, as a 125 lb. woman, I should drink at least 62.6 mL of water per day. It being hot? That means more water. Exercising? More aqua.

Here are a few tips for getting in your water quota everyday:

Know what you like.

I’m a little weird; I like to drink warm – hot water. Since I do, I’ll drink a lot of tea. If you like to drink ice cold water, make sure you have – wait else? – plenty of ice on hand!

It’s all about the vessel.

I’m a sucker for a great mug (since I like drinking hot things). On the go, though, I like to have a great big (BPA free!) travel water container. Planning ahead is a great way to make sure that you don’t end up dehydrated.

Drink before you eat.

Often, we’ll keep eating because we’re actually thirsty, not hungry. Combat this by drinking an entire glass of water before you eat a meal.

7676645672_1a5a13ec48Get plenty of sleep

Another one of my weak suits.

As adults, we should be getting 7-8 hours of straight shut eye every night.

Count back

When you know you need to get up a certain time, make sure you count back to make sure that you have enough time to get in those 7-8 hours.

Know your bedtime routine

Does it take you a while to fall asleep? Do you have a routine before bed – put the kids to bed, have a glass of wine, get ready for the next day, take a shower? If so, make sure you account for this time as well.

Put down the electronics

Reading is ok, but watching TV or looking at your phone could prove to keep you up later or even force you to have worse sleep.

Next time, we’ll talk about taking vitamins and de-stressing!

Photo credit: johnkay and 83905817@N08

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