Stay Hydrated, Stay Healthy – Why Water is Important for Fitness?

Stay Hydrated, Stay Healthy  –  Why Water is Important for Fitness?

Water – The most essential element of our lives and the key to our healthiness. We have all read a dozen blogs and articles on water consumption or at least stumbled across a motivating quote, suggesting good drinking water habits.

But how many of us have ever seriously considered the practice of reaping the benefits of drinking water for our health and functioning?

Considering that are bodies are made up of 60 percent of water, it is time we commit to drinking water regularly. And today in our blog, we will provide you with solid reason why you should do so.

Here are some of the profound impacts that water has on our body organs and their functioning:

1) For Youthful Skin

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We’re all in love with the way our skin feels but not providing with it enough water can cause it to dry and shrivel. Our skin acts as a wall of defense and prevents the loss of fluids from the body. Therefore, it is essential to keep your skin hydrated at all times. Water also keeps your skin clear of pimples and other blemishes by flushing out all the toxins.

2) For Healthy Muscles

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Since muscles are made up of about 80 percent water, starving them of water can result in a drastic decline in their performance. Athletes suffer the most on account of dehydration, much more than others. Workout and exercises squeeze out nearly 6-10 percent of water in athletes through sweat, leading to drop in their performance. Therefore, it is essential to pump water back into your muscles, especially when you are working out.

3) For the Perfect Body Fluid Balance

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Water is essential for the maintenance of body fluids, which aid functions such as absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, maintenance of body temperature and nutrients transportation. When you don’t maintain these fluids, your body sends out an alert in the form of thirst. So when you thirst, your body has already began dehydrating.

4) For a Boost in Energy

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Studies show that dehydration is responsible for tiredness, especially during a workout or even while you go about a normal day. Dehydration is an indicator of lower blood volume, resulting in slower heart functioning. This in turn leads to a slower supply of oxygen to your muscles and organs. All this leads to low energy levels and the end result? Under performance in every area of activity.

Did you know? Water is a better option for fighting tiredness compared to coffee.

5) For Better Mobility

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Our body joints are surrounded by cartilage, which is the protective layer for our bones and helps in their free and painless movement. Cartilage utilizes up to 85 percent water. Hence, it is essential to keep them hydrated always. As long as our bodies remain hydrated, we can be sure of running our day-to-day schedules without any worries.

6) For Healthy Weight

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Be sure to hydrate your body with water rather than drinking calorie-rich drinks as this helps you maintain a healthy weight. Not only this, you can also choose to drink water and support body fluids with a dosage of water-rich fruits and vegetables. By doing so, you feel full for longer hours without having to consume extra calories.

7) For Proper Bowel Functioning

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With adequate water consumption, your bowel functioning remains normal at all times. Water helps in the free flow of food through the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in a free bowel move. Water also prevents the occurrence of intestinal and rectal issues.

8) For Healthy Kidneys

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Water eases the kidneys’ task of flushing out toxins from the body. The more the water consumption, the lesser concentrated waste is. This helps in preventing urinary tract infections, which may lead to bigger problems including kidney infections.

Tips for Improved Water Consumption

After reading through these water consumption benefits, we are sure that some of you will still need some guidance on how you can improve your water intake

  • Firstly, it is important to note that most of your water content comes from solid food
    • Cucumbers – 96.7 percent
    • Iceberg Lettuce – 95.6 percent
    • Radishes – 95.3 percent
    • Strawberries – 91 percent
    • Tomatoes – 94.5 percent
    • Watermelon – 91.5 percent

So don’t forget to include them in your diet

  • Carry a bottle of water with you whether you’re hitting the gym, travelling to work or on the way back home
  • Add fresh fruit to plain water for added motivation to keep yourself hydrated
  • Drink water before and after your workout
  • Drink water if you feel hungry, our bodies have the ability to mix thirst and hunger
  • You can choose to hydrate yourself with food and other liquids, which do not have higher calorie content than water
  • You can drink sports and energy drinks in place of water but in restricted quantities

Last but not the least, technology is making wonders in our day-to-day lives. Why not take its helps to improve your water consumption habits? Get yourself a smart fitness app that tracks your everyday water habits!

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