If you struggle with drinking enough water everyday, you are not alone. It is one of the most common struggles my clients deal with. Why don’t you drink enough? You may not like the taste, maybe you don’t have time to run to the washroom 5x/day, perhaps it’s just not part of your routine. Whatever the reason, it is important to understand the epic benefits drinking enough water can have on your system. The next step is putting it into practice and feeling the difference.
Your body needs approximately 0.7 ounces (39 mL) per pound of bodyweight to function efficiently. Therefore, 4.14 liters is needed for a 200lb man or 84 ounces for a 120lb woman. If you are not even close to your water intake requirements, start by increasing your daily intake by 4 to 8 ounces per day until you reach your goal.
Water is like a supplement and the best part is it’s completely free! It aids in workouts by speeding recovery time, reducing muscle soreness, and repairing strength loss. Dehydration leads to a drop in blood plasma volume preventing your energy from reaching your muscle cells. Dehydration will also delay the rise in your core temperature – if your body is too hot metabolic processes are slowed (mitochondria function is down-regulated). Drinking enough water helps you lift more, as hydration determines strength. Shockingly, a drop in 1.5% water = drop in 10% max strength.
Studies have shown drinking 5 glasses of water (compared to 2 glasses) had 54% decreased risk of dying of heart attack. Prevents disease, such as colon cancer, decreasing it by 45%, and bladder cancer by 50%.
Drinking enough water improves your health and well-being by:
1. Drink frequently throughout the day – not just post-workout
2. Carry your water bottle around with you
3. Try using a cup with a straw for easy sipping
4. Try to eliminate:
5. Drink these instead:
Being cognitively aware of the benefits of proper hydration will help you internalize this behaviour and make it your own. Intrinsic motivations will make you more successful. Rather than drinking enough water simply because you are told, do it because you believe in it. How can you believe in it if you don’t know what it’s all about, or haven’t experienced it for yourself? I challenge you to drink the correct amount of water for ONE WEEK. Pay attention to how it makes you feel. That is your mission should you choose to accept it. It can only help you. The question is: are you willing?
Georgetown Personal Trainer
Motive 8 Fitness
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