The human body, as we all have been taught in school, is made up of 70%-75% of water. This little fact has been drilled into our heads! But what good has it really done?
Most of us still do not realize the importance of water in our daily lives.
Water is not just handy to quench our thirst. It is essential for the proper working of our bodily functions. It helps the body with digestion, absorption of food, regulating our body temperature, blood circulation, carrying nutrients and oxygen to the cells in our body, and for removal of toxins. Water also helps with the movement of joints, and helps protect organs and tissues of the body.
Well, this is what we know. But what about fitness? Do you know how water helps us in achieving our fitness goals?
Whether you are a professional athlete, or someone who exercises for recreational purposes, it is extremely important to stay hydrated.
So, let’s take a look at how staying hydrated as you work out makes a difference.
– Helps You Lose Weight!
Water helps in regulating your digestive system, so that the foods you eat are processed efficiently by your body.
– Improves Muscle Tone
Our muscles are 75% water. Drinking more water helps you maintain your muscle tissue and muscle tone.
–Prevents Muscle Cramps
Water and the electrolytes found in water allow your muscles to contract, while preventing shrinkage and helps prevent the soreness related to exercise.
Catching a cold or falling sick is something that completely derails our perfectly planned workout program. Staying hydrated helps us avoid that! Not only will drinking water help you if you do get sick, research has shown that drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will reduce your risk of falling ill in the first place.
–Helps Kidney Function
Our kidneys filter the waste present in blood, which ensures that your muscles stay oxygenated efficiently. Water is essential for the kidneys to perform this function.
So now that you know how important it is to stay hydrated, keep a check on the amount of water you are consuming! Track your water intake using a fitness journal, like our Holistique Journal, or use a mobile app!
Let your thirst be your guide. Make sure your body doesn’t get dehydrated!
Carry a bottle of water with you at all times, and keep sipping throughout the day. And don’t forget to refill that bottle!
How much water do you drink in a day? Do you think it is sufficient?
Let us know in the comments below!