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As I’ve spoken about before in previous blogs, at Jackson Strength people come to us for a variety of reasons.

Goals such as fat loss, jumping higher, sprinting faster, injury prevention, and gaining muscle are common place. However, once and a while, someone will break down and simply say, “I just want to feel better.”

Not surprisingly, these folks are a little older, usually 35 or above. Reality is starting to kick in and the vigor of youth is fading.

Aches and pains are starting to show up in more places and more often. Energy is lacking, and they just flat out “don’t feel all that well.”

This scenario is close to my heart because I am one of these people.

At 38 years old, I have to be smarter about my training and what I put in my body if I want to feel good. In fact I just turned down an amazing looking breakfast burrito from one of my athletes.

Honestly, it sounded amazing and I was tempted for a sec. However, what swayed my decision is that I have to have my energy and wits about me the entire day.

I am a father of two young boys and a business owner.

I can’t be tired with brain fog.

Turning it down wasn’t a health issue per say, but an energy issue. I would want to take a nap instead of finishing this blog if I ate it.

I want to help you to feel awesome. I know how to do it for myself and I want you to feel it for yourself.

That is where this series originated from and I’m very excited to start it off.

But first let’s get some goosebumps.

Today’s Tip: Hydration

Drink water, yeah thanks Curtis. Tell me something I don’t know.

Funny part about this one is that everybody does know this but still doesn’t do it!!

Let me set you up for success here by giving you a few tips on how to get in the proper amount of water in your system and why you’re doing it.

1: The standard 8 cups a day is not nearly enough for most people.

Our golden number at Jackson Strength is half your body weight in ounces per day. For example, I am 200 lbs. so I make sure to get a minimum of 100 oz. per day.

Here’s how to do it.

2. Chug water between meals, sip water at meals. 

The benefits of this are three-fold.

First off, drinking water on an empty-ish stomach helps you to absorb it better into tendons, ligaments, and vertebral discs. So it’s perfect for the athlete or anyone dealing with joint pain. Lubricate those bad boys. You’ll be stoked.

Secondly, only sipping the minimum amount of water while eating keeps stomach acid ratios higher and helps you to absorb the nutrients from your food better.

Lastly, when you don’t drink much water with meals you’ll indirectly end up choosing foods that are higher in water like fruits and veggies over space-wasters like bread, chips, and crackers.

3. Drink water first thing upon waking

Everybody wakes up dehydrated. EVERYBODY. Your brain is surrounded by fluid. Wake that noodle up by providing it with a big cup of good ol’ water. 20-32 ounces is a good start. Bonus to doing this is that you’ve already made a nice dent in that water goal of half your body weight in ounces.

4. At 3pm, hit the water cooler instead of Starbucks

Water should always be your first attempt to increasing energy during the classic afternoon doldrum hours. Channel your inner frat dude and pound a huge glass of water as fast as possible.

I just saved you $100/month. Please validate my existence by liking me on social media somewhere…..anywhere……please?

5. Get yo’ self a canteen

This one is huge because you will know exactly how much you are drinking. For example, if you have a 20 ounce canteen and you drink 4 of them, you know you’ve had 80 ounces.

This is by far the easiest way to track your intake.

6. Slice up fruit and add it to your water

Some people get bored of water. 5 years ago I would have just said to suck it up. However, I am just nicer now I guess.

Slice up lemons, oranges, or limes and let them sit in there. It will give the water a nice taste without any added sugar or calories.

Now that you’ve got the info, all there is left to really do is stand up, do your best Barney Stinson impression and yell, “Challenge Accepted!!!!”