Keeping yourself hydrated is one of the most important parts of exercising. Without proper hydration, you may end up hurting yourself as your body isn’t able to keep up or recover from the stress you put on it. For many athletes, water is the best choice for hydrating when having a drink after a workout. There are some of us who would like a little bit more fun than water, as it can look and taste a bit too dull. Instead of reaching for the “all natural” flavored drinks in your grocery stores, why not make some infused water yourself? You may find it more refreshing, and it will contain fewer calories than something you purchased at the store.
Choose Your Ingredients
You can use a large variety of fruits, herbs, and other edible plants to infuse your water. Some of the most popular options include herbs like rosemary and thyme, vegetables like cucumbers and carrots, or fruits like berries, apples, and citrus. The fruits you use can have their skins peeled, but it isn’t necessary. Thoroughly wash the container you will use for storage, then add both the fruit and water. When cutting up the food, keep hard fruits like apples small and thin, slice softer fruits such as strawberries larger so that the flavor is better infused.
Different types of food will infuse at various rates. Citrus fruits, for example, don’t take long to infuse. Herbs tend to take the longest. The infused flavor will be stronger the longer the food sits in the water. If you are not planning on drinking the infused water immediately, keep your jar or bottle in the fridge to help with the shelf life. Once the appropriate amount of time has passed, you can take your container out and start drinking! Keep in mind that while you can refill water, there won’t be as much flavor left in the food to infuse the water again.
Infused water is just one of many small steps you can take to make living healthy more fun. If you are looking for a new workout routine to keep things exciting, try a free class with us at PumpFit Club!