Drink Water First Thing in the Morning

Health Tip: Drink 16 oz of water upon waking

About one month ago I made a simple change to my morning routine and it has made a difference in a few areas.

Before consuming anything (even my coffee), I drink about 16 oz of water.

I love a morning coffee, but when I made the switch from starting my day with coffee to water, I noticed changes and I want to share it with you.

There are a few benefits to drinking water first thing in the morning, but I had made the change when I discovered the positive impacts it has on the brain. Most places that list benefits to drinking water exclude one of the most important organs we have, but it’s worth mentioning.

  • Fuels your brain. Our brain is made up of over 70% water. Hydrating supports optimal brain activity. It also supports blood & muscle cell production.
  • Colon cleansing. Drinking water on an empty stomach helps clean out the colon which supports nutrient absorption.
  • Flushes toxins. While you sleep, your body heals itself by restoring energy and balancing hormones, which releases toxins and waste materials. Drinking water as soon as you wake up assists in releasing the build-up.
  • Speeds up metabolism. Drinking water first thing in the morning kicks your metabolism into gear.
  • Balance lymph system. These glands play a major role in your immune system and impact your hormonal balance. The lymph consists of 96% water. Dehydration can cause toxin build-up that prevents optimal toxin elimination, which can cause fatigue and headache, among other things.
  • Clearer skin. Dehydration can cause premature wrinkles and deeper pores.

Lift, Stretch, & Fuel

Saturday, the day of the race, wound up being a busy day. As the day went on, I could feel my muscles tightening up. Running on grass and sand really pushes your muscles more than running on pavement. I did some light stretching, but it wasn’t enough.

Yesterday I went for a light 2-mile run to get my legs loosened up and spent 15 minutes after stretching.

I wasn’t sore from the race, but I was definitely tight. I could feel my hamstrings tightening, so I made sure to show my legs some love by taking a 20-minute epsom salt bath. Then, before I went to bed, I stretched for about 20 minutes. I was on my bedroom floor stretching my IT band when my husband asked me if I was still stretching and why I was stretching so much.

Previously running10 marathons and being a certified running coach, I’m coming into this fully aware of how to train for endurance races without breaking my body – which ultimately improves this whole experience.

This time around, there are areas I’m giving as much attention as my running.

Cross-train, stretch, and fuel.

I’ve made a plan and written it down. My half-marathon training schedule is underway and part of that is giving as much attention to my strength, flexibility, and nutrition.

Today was leg day! I have a home gym in my garage and have weights, so I used the Leg Day workout from A Little Obsessed on Beachbody On Demand with trainer, Autumn Calabrese. It was 30 minutes of intense back-to-back weighted leg exercises that included sliders – talk about a simple way to intensifier an exercise.

After the workout, I took another 20 minutes to stretch my legs and followed my workout up with a vegan protein shake from the Shakeology line. I have a training run scheduled for tomorrow, so I’m hoping that all the stretching, massaging, and fueling help prevent delayed onset muscle soreness.

So, whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced endurance runner, know that having a well-rounded training plan that includes strength training, stretching, and proper fueling will drastically help your performance and enhance your experience – as well as prevent injury.

Until next time,