Craving a beer or dehydrated?

As a rule, I don’t drink a lot of beerl. It’s not that I don’t like the odd Pils or Guiness, it’s just that I don’t like hangovers. So, I was surprised when I came out of the gym today and thought to myself, “I could murder a cold lager”.

After thinking about it for a while, I realised that it might just be that I was thirsty and I was mistaking this for wanting a beer, so I went home and had a pint of squash…then I had another!  Guess what? I didn’t want a beer after all, I was just thirsty!

So, why did I think I wanted a beer? My guess is that, as adults, we are habitually conditioned to associate being thirsty with lager and cider. Images of Ice Cold Bud, Magner’s poured over crushed ice, and downing pints whilst sitting in the sun outside the pub have trained us to associate being thirsty with alcohol. Also, most people don’t drink enough water so dehydration is pretty much a constant, which makes it hard to detect as it becomes the norm.

So, the next time you fancy a beer, first try quenching your thirst with a glass of water or juice, then if you still fancy a beer…fill your boots!

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Dan Sroda
Personal Trainer at Reach Personal Training
Dan Sroda is a Personal Trainer based in Birstall, serving Leeds and Bradford.

As the owner and lead trainer at Reach Personal Training, I am responsible for the philosophy of the business and overseeing client programmes.

My mission is for Reach Personal Training to be synonymous with a long-term, real-life approach to health and fitness. We help our clients to integrate health and fitness into their busy lives. We don't do fads. We don't do crash diets. We do "Fitness For Life".

I have a family. I’ve always worked (and not always in the fitness industry). I have housework and shopping to do. I have a REAL life. So I know what it takes to balance a real life with a sustainable approach to health and fitness.

If I can do it then anyone else can too. All you need is the desire to make eating healthily and keeping fit a priority in your life. An hour a day, thirty minutes a day, even fifteen minutes a day of exercise, supported with a healthy diet based on whole foods, is all it takes to make steady long-term progress towards looking and feeling fantastic.

I have a few simple values upon which I have built Reach Personal Training. Only personal trainers who share these values will be part of our team.

- Friendliness. Just be a genuinely nice person, it's dead simple and it's the best way to live. Smile as much as possible and try to see the best in every situation.

- No fads. No pseudoscience. My background in academia makes me question everything. There is so much nonsense in the fitness industry, mainly because some people are in it to make money so they'll believe anything and questioning it will mean they can't believe in the product. We are different. We do what works. We use science to create our programmes and we never put profit over effectiveness. You will NEVER find Herbalife or Forever Living in our studio!

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