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2019 RAGBRAI

Hydrate for Heart Health!

As healthy, educated humans we know a lot more about hydration and how important it is than we ever have before. It is one of the most important things that directly affects your health and your heart. And timing is everything.  Studies show that hydrating first thing in the morning can directly affect the production of your heart for the day.  Of course it is hard enough to be adequately hydrated on the RAGBRAI route just by the sheer nature of the ride, but hydrating first thing in the morning needs to be a priority.

Set that base the night before by drinking at least one bottle of water before bed. The next day, hit that hydration right away. There will be plenty of sweating. There will be plenty of drinking. There will be plenty of pushing our bodies, so hydrating needs to be on point.

But, don’t wait until the week of RAGBRAI to get yourself hydrated. Start now.

Start your day, every day, will at least 16 ounces of water. As quickly as you can after you wake up. Within 30 minutes. This is very important along the route as well. We want your heart to be healthy and hydrated.  After that first water intake in the morning, keep going.  Drink throughout the day and make sure that you get a minimum amount in. A great rule of thumb is to drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water a day. That’s the goal!

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2 Comments

Carole Smith, Jul 10, 2019 at 4:01 pm

Needed, one bed in Simpson College dorm in Indianola on Tuesday night 7/23
Carole Smith

Jonkieffer, Jul 11, 2019 at 2:55 pm

I’m not sure how to interpret the rule of thumb: drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water a day.

If I weigh 200 lbs., half my body weight is 100 lbs or 1600 oz.
I don’t think I could drink 1600 oz (12.5 gallons) of water, so I think you mean

great rule of thumb is to drink 1 ounce of water a day for every 2 lbs of body weight.

200 lbs body weight –> 100 oz water per day = 3.125 quarts of water per day.

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