Instant Athlete: Just Add Water!
Sounds crazy, no?
But think about it . . .
Everyone knows there are tons of reasons for drinking water, right? First off, it keeps you hydrated. Water keeps your joints, muscles, and vital organs lubricated. It helps keep your muscles strong and flexible. Water boosts your metabolism by keeping your digestive track moving. And, did you know your brain needs water to send messages throughout your body, including helping to regulate your body temperature? And that's just the minute by minute living stuff!
When you drink lots of water AND exercise, the benefits of water increase! The overall quality of your workout will improve because water helps to transport oxygen and glucose throughout your body, which, in turn, helps maintain your energy level. Staying well-hydrated during exercise also helps to reduce fatigue and improve your body's recovery time.
Now, think about water in a different way.
What if you did your workouts IN water?
1. Working out in water adds resistance to your workout, making it easier to increase the intensity of your workout and enables you to engage muscles that are harder to challenge on solid ground.
2. When you workout in water, you can move your body through a wider range of motion because water lessens the effects of gravity, thus improving your flexibility.
3. Working out in water builds cardiovascular fitness, strength, and flexibility.
4. Water workouts increase your circulation and burn body fat.
5. Last, but not least, working out in water is GREAT for people who are obese, have arthritis, joint pain, or injuries that make weight-bearing exercise difficult or painful.
The recommendations for how much water a person should drink per day varies widely. WebMD recommends:
“In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day.” For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. If you’re living in a hot climate and exercising a lot, you’d be on the higher end of that range; if you’re in a cooler climate and mostly sedentary, you’d need less.
Another quick way to check: look in the bowl after you’ve gone to the bathroom. If your urine is clear or very light yellow and has little odor, you’re well hydrated. The darker and more aromatic your urine, the more dehydrated you are."
That amount of water you should drink goes up if you're working out. You should start by drinking 8-16 oz. before your workout so that you're well-hydrated from the beginning, then drink another 8 oz for every 20 minutes you workout.
I know, that's A LOT of water, but it's good for us. Water is like a magic, miracle health drink!
So, bottoms up and let the "Instant Athlete" in you shine!