Last week Sunday I felt super dizzy in Bikram class. In a room heated to 104 °F with a humidity level of 40%, it’s not exactly unusual to feel that way. But then I started getting tunnel vision and as we came out of compression postures, my limbs felt more tingly than usual. I was dehydrated. Yes, I was under extreme conditions in that sweaty little box of a room, but it wasn’t the reason for my feeling like I was going to pass out.
I haven’t been drinking enough water. NYC is hot and humid and I like to exercise in the equivalent of a sauna so you would think that I could remember to drink more. But sometimes, especially on weekends when I am home with my kids, running around – I forget. A couple of weeks ago, I read about the “WORST KICKSTARTER EVER” on Gawker. The video hawking the product is ridiculous – it drips of First World problems and white privilege. But the product itself is actually quite beautiful and maybe if I had one sitting in my living room, I would remember to drink more water? With 31 days to go, they have exceeded their goal many times over.
It is my understanding that, every day, I am supposed to drink (in ounces) half my bodyweight. So if I weigh 140lbs, I should drink 65oz of water every day. If I exercise that day, I am supposed to drink an additional 15-20oz of water 1-2 hours before my workout, another 8-10oz 15 minutes before I start and 8oz every 15 minutes as I am exercising. That seems excessive. But the hardest part for me is that with Bikram, I basically have to drink the day before in order to stave off dehydration.
Maybe I need to drink some water flavored with lemon or other fruits to make it more interesting? I know that coffee and soda can actually make things worse. Never mind that glass of beer or wine I have with dinner. Between the drinking and the peeing, I’m not going to have time for anything else.
How do you make sure to keep hydrated?