April 13, 2017( Comments: 0 )

The Importance of Hydration (WATER)

Exercising is important in life for health of mind and body, but there are also other things that are just as equally if not even more important. For example, the most essential nutrient for our body WATER! Water makes up over fifty percent of our body’s cells. We use water through every movement that we make. Water is essential for every body function so we can see why staying hydrated day round is such an important health factor. Many people spend most of their day dehydrated and don’t even know it.

Do you ever have headaches randomly? Ever find that you’re tired even though you’ve had enough sleep the night before? Did you know that if you’re dehydrated then your body struggles to regulate its temperature, as a result heat stroke as well as other health issues can occur. Having said this, it makes sense that drinking water both pre, intra and post workout is very important. Drinking water before exercising helps prevent muscle cramps and allows for better muscle contractions as well as gives you a boost for your exercise. You lose a lot of water during exercise so staying hydrated intra workout keeps you from dehydrating. Keeping hydrating after your workout helps bring your bodies temperature back to normal, but it also helps your muscles recover quicker as the water transports nutrients to the muscle.

• A 2% drop in body water can impair performance
• A 5% drop in body water can result in a reduction of exercise performance up to 30%, and could cause headaches, cramping and a dry mouth.
• When you drink cold water, your body uses extra calories to warm the water up to body temperature.
• Studies show that drinking water before meals can reduce the amount of calories consumed during the meal by an average of 13%

Performance aspects aside, water is also an often underutilised tool to aid in weight loss. It is 100% calorie-free, helps you burn more calories and may even suppress your appetite if consumed before meals. The benefits are even greater when you replace sugary beverages with water. It is a very easy way to cut back on sugar and calories.
However, keep in mind that you’re going to have to do a lot more than just drink water if you need to lose a significant amount of weight. Water is just one, very small piece of the puzzle. Albeit a fundamentally important one!

Ideally, we should all drink about 2/3 litres of water a day for males and females respectively, but actually the amount of water intake varies on person to person, their size in weight and muscle, how much they perspire etc. all has to be taken in to account. So generally it is usually more than this amount. It is also not the healthiest choice to drink all the water in one go and wait for the next day. The best way is to continuously sip water throughout the entire day to keep the water levels in your body stable. But this is tricky, we don’t all remember to drink our water. So in closing here is a tip to help.

Keep a bottle handy. Have a water bottle or a couple water bottles that are filled and ready to go for each day. Take them with you and keep them nearby like in your handbag or on your desk really close. Having this water will make you want to drink it and when it’s done, refill and let the process continue. DRINK UP!

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