Ahhh! What happened to the month of March? Wasn't it just like St. Patrick's Day?? Here we are already at April 1st....actually, nearly April 2nd, and I haven't yet announced the March Fitness Challenge winner or given you your new monthly challenge. Forgive me for the delay.
Unfortunately we are only at 75% reporting and because I don't want any of you demanding a recount, I'm giving those that have not yet sent in their final week's points just a day or two more. So get your points in and I promise the big announcement will be coming soon!
What I can give you now is your challenge for the month of April. Since everyone did really great with the last challenge (you all beat your average for at least two out of the four weeks! Good job!) I'm going to take the focus slightly off of exercise for this month. I have to be honest, I'm being a little selfish with this challenge because it is something that I personally need to work on. But because it is still in the name of being healthy, we're going to give it a whorl! So, without further ado...I present to you April's Challenge: Hydration Station.
Wow, you know I'm tired when I name a challenge "Hydration Station." I'm going to reread this in the morning and just shake my head.....
Anyway, I think we all know staying hydrated is extremely important, but if you are anything like me, getting those recommended daily cups is pretty tough. I've read alot of differing opinions on how much water we should be drinking each day; the most recent thing I read said 1/2 of your body weight in ounces and more on work-out days. But, for this month's challenge bonus points are going to be awarded as follows:
6 cups (48 oz) = 2 bp
8 cups (64 oz) or more = 3 bp
Bonus points will be awarded each day, so you have the opportunity to earn up to 21 bp in any given week. (Note, for week one we'll start tomorrow, April 2nd)
I know this means more keeping track of things and good God woman are we keeping track of enough?? I know. I'm sorry. But I really think this is a good time to do this, to get in the habit of staying hydrated before we enter the hot and humid summer months and risk injury from dehydration.
Because I know some of you might be wondering if your Gatorade will count towards your water intake I'm going to tell you to use your discretion. I know there are also many differing opinions on alternatives to water for staying hydrated. For purposes of this challenge caffeinated and alcoholic beverages will not count. For other alternatives, again, use your discretion.
And lastly, I'm going to leave you with two articles on how to drink more water and how to make drinking water more enjoyable, because I know some of you are totally dreading this month. If anyone else has any tips, please leave them in the comments or send me an email!
Good luck to you all!
How to Drink More Water Every Day
How to Make Drinking Water More Enjoyable