Fit To Write Tips: Drink Up!

By Kelly James-Enger
Part of eating well is drinking well, too — a lot of us are chronically dehydrated. If you don’t take in enough fluids, you Kelly James Enger and sonmay feel tired, spacey or have trouble concentrating. While I swear by the energy-boosting benefits of Diet Mountain Dew, I make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you’re a coffee drinker, you need water, too — the caffeine in coffee, tea and some sodas can tend to dehydrate you.
The oft-quoted recommendation of eight eight-ounce glasses a day is only that — a recommendation. You may need more than that, especially if you exercise vigorously, or you may need less. The rule of thumb is to check your urine — if you’re drinking enough fluids, your urine should be straw-colored. Deep yellow means your body needs more water, so drink up.
Author, speaker, and consultant Kelly James-Enger is a certified personal trainer and the author of books including Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life (with Ellie Krieger, R.D.). Her book, Ready, Aim, Specialize! Create your own Writing Specialty and Make More Money, is aimed at novice freelancers; Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money helps experienced writers boost their bottom lines. Visit for free articles about freelancing and more information about her.

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