If only you drank more water everyday!
Drinking water is key to maintaining health. Water regulates body temperature, lubricates joints and more. With over 75% of our body made up of water there is no denying the need to remain hydrated at all times.
If you are following a fitness program you will need to consume more water. We are constantly losing water throughout the day and even at night while we sleep. To remain hydrated we need to replace this water by drinking sufficient quantities so we never get thirsty.
With exercise we perspire more than normal and thereby lose more water, so any time we exercise we need to drink more water than we would normally drink.
If you feel thirsty then you are already getting dehydrated and your body is telling you to do something about it.
The problem with many people is their misunderstanding with what is suitable to drink. There are so many flavored drinks available that people resort to these in preference to drinking water alone. Water doesn’t have all the added sugars, preservatives and colorings that are detrimental to your health.
By remaining hydrated you will have more energy and this will allow you to perform better at the gym or your chosen exercise program. It will also allow you to recover faster after a workout and reduce the chance of injury.
It is better to sip water constantly throughout the day, rather than try to meet your minimum requirements by drinking a lot all at one time.
Most people live on a daily basis with less water than they should be having and that is why many people feel lethargic.
If you are living in a hot climate you will need to consume more to compensate for the additional loss due to perspiration.
If you are consuming alcohol or caffeine you will need additional water to compensate for the diuretic effect that these have on the body.
Have a glass of water before you go to bed at night and you should find you have increased energy when you wake up in the morning.
Also – You should have access to water when you are exercising and sip regularly from it. This will help you to have a better workout and have more energy throughout your session.