LAURA BURDICK: HYDRATE AND REPLENISH
The second you enter the Hot Room is a great time to check in with your body. You are instantly aware of whether your body is fully hydrated or not. We’ve all applauded AND reprimanded ourselves for being on one side of the spectrum or the other. Everyday grants us the opportunity to recognize how we are feeling, and how lucky are we to have a space like the Hot Room to bring out these feelings within ourselves!
In a yoga workshop, a teacher once said, “We are the most advanced species on earth, yet we have to be reminded to breathe and drink water.” Woah. My mind was blown! It is so true! I have also heard people discuss that same concept in terms of our evolution: our thirst signal has not evolved fast enough. By the time we have the urge to satisfy our thirst, we are already dehydrated. The result of this: we need to make a more conscious and concerted effort to drink enough water and keep ourselves hydrated.
If you have ever taken a hot yoga or pilates class dehydrated, you know JUST how much harder the class feels on your body. And not the good kind of hard. That feeling is exacerbated in the Hot Room or during a workout but can always make things that much harder on your body throughout your day!
Tips to stay hydrated:
- Carry your water bottle with you everywhere you go
- Flavor it with Ultima or fresh fruit
- Start your day with a glass of water before anything else
- Before each meal drink a full glass of water
When you sweat, about 98% of what comes out of you is water, and the rest is made up of electrolytes. Though that 2% may not seem like a lot, an imbalance of electrolytes and water does not help your level of hydration. If what you are consuming does not contain key ingredients like potassium, sodium, magnesium, your cells cannot absorb all the water you are consuming as it should.
Good news! These additional electrolytes and water are readily available to us. Make it easy on yourself and your body so you can continually do what it is you want to do.
Stay calm. Stay cool. Stay hydrated.
About Laura Burdick:
Laura is the Studio Manager at The Hot Room. She also teaches Original Hot Yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates, Hot Power Sculpt and Hot Power Vinyasa. As a certified health coach, Laura leads all of The Hot Room wellness programs.Read more about Laura on her bio page.