You have just finished a challenging workout. While you wipe the sweat from your brow and try to catch your breath, you reach for your water bottle and take a big gulp. It seems so insignificant; an action taken by many athletes, gym goers, and everyday people working towards their goals. However, this mindless action actually plays an extremely important role in how your body functions and it’s ability to reach weight and fitness goals. Here are some facts and helpful tips on pure and simple, water!
As you workout, your body starts to sweat as a way to control it’s temperature. This sweat means that your body is slowly loosing fluid. If you did not stop to sip from your water bottle, you would eventually loose a large amount of fluid and start to feel the effects of dehydration – think muscle fatigue, cramps, dizziness and nausea. Therefore, replenishing fluid in the body throughout a 60 minute workout session is a necessity for optimal performance and overall health. This hydration process should also continue when the session is complete!
Water is a Regular Friend
Drinking water not only keeps you hydrated, it also aids in keeping you regular and helps avoid constipation. As you increase your fibre intake in the day, it is important to drink more water to keep everything flowing smoothly. So, if there is a day where you are feeling bloated (and let’s be honest, we all have those days!), try drinking some water. It might just do the trick to make your insides happy and work together.
The Undercover Weight Goal Sabotage
Your stomach is growling! You feel like you are hungry, so you decide to grab a quick snack before dinner. Have you checked your water intake for the day? There is a chance that you could just be thirsty. Sometimes thirst disguises itself as hunger, leading you to consume calories you really didn’t need and sabotaging your weight goals. Making sure to drink enough water everyday will help you avoid overeating….double win!!
The Tie Trick
It is recommended that you consume 3 litres of water daily. This amount increases on workout days. It can become difficult through the day to keep track of how much water you have consumed, and even tough to meet the daily goal. One trick you can try is calculating how much water your bottle holds. Once you figure that out, you will know how many times you have to fill it up to meet your target. Place as many hair ties/elastic bands as times you need to refill the bottle around the bottle itself (example: If you need to drink 4 water bottles worth of water, put 4 high ties around the bottle itself). Every time you finish drinking a bottle, pull the tie/elastic off and put it on your wrist or in your bag. And voila!! Easy tracking system to keep you meeting your goals and staying hydrated!!