“Drink Water! Hurry up, Drink! Put your canteen over your head when you’re done. Hurry up private I don’t have all day.” I can remember having those words being screamed at me in the summer of 2003 at basic training like it was yesterday. I was 18 and had never been away from my family for more than a week. I did my training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri aka Fort Lost in the Woods. Being from Southern Indiana the weather in Missouri wasn’t much different than at home. The idea that you have to stay hydrated was drilled into me. At the time I didn’t thinking how the Drill Sergeants were just trying to have another reason to yell at us. They told us we don’t want to fall out and become a “heat casualty”. They would yell to drink water and we would reply Beat the Heat Drill Sergeant Beat the Heat!” I’d never really been a fan on water and drank multiple Dr. Peppers a day. Around five years ago I decided to cut out “cokes” as us Southern Indiana folks refer to them as. I decided to cut out caffeine and my beloved Dr. Pepper. It was rough at first but I’m glad I did it. I will have the occasional coke but I generally don’t drink them. I now drink 100 ounces or more of water a day.
I know what you’re thinking, that’s a lot of water. It seems like a lot when I write it down but really isn’t. I drink Ice Mountain bottled water, each bottle is 16.9oz. If I drink a bottle with each meal, that’s 50 oz already. Since I’ve starting doing hot yoga it’s become very important to drink plenty of water. When I first started hot yoga I never thought I’d have enough to not feel like I’m dying of thirst. I bought a Liquid Savvy’s 32 oz Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle that keeps my water cold through my entire class at hot yoga. It’s pretty awesome. I’m recently getting to the point where I can get through a class and not feel as if I were going to burst into flames and die of thirst at the same time. If I’m doing a long class that’s 90 minutes long I’ve drank my 64 in a class when the room is full of people and hotter than usual. I’ve been going to hot yoga just about everyday so with the class alone I drink 64 plus ounces. I try and hydrate throughout the day so I don’t feel bad after class.
I learned many things that summer in 2003. How to take a 5 minute or less shower, to function without sleep, how to eat in 5 minutes or less, if you have a chance to go to the bathroom take it, how to shine boots and iron uniforms, and that people will steal anything, even your white granny panties you have to wear. My Drill Sergeant of course was right and I need to Drink Water. During yoga the instructors usually say to take a sip of water, which in my mind that means Drink Water!!!