How was your week?! Are you ready for the weekend?! Do you have any fun plans?! I've had a productive week and I'm SOOOOOO ready for a great weekend! Bring it on :D
What comes to your mind when you hear the word WATER? I live by the beach, so for me, an ocean is the first thing that comes to my mind!
Today I'm posting information, not about the beach, but on the importance of drinking water! Some of us enjoy drinking water but I've learned that for most of my clients, drinking water is a chore!! Do you drink enough water? Do you enjoy it? Is it a chore for you? Do you know how important water is to our bodies?! The importance of proper hydration can't be stressed enough :)
Water is vital to life itself. It constitutes approximately 60% of the adult human body by weight. Sedentary men should consume on average approximately 13 cups and women should consume approximately 9 cups of water per day. Those participating in a weight loss program should drink an additional 8 ounces of water for every 25 pounds they carry above their ideal weight. Water intake should also be increased if we're exercising briskly or reside in a hot climate.
The effects of dehydration are the following:
Decreased blood volume.
Decreased blood pressure.
Decreased sweat rate.
Increased core temperature.
Increased heart rate.
Decreased cardiac output.
Decreased blood flow to the skin.
Increased perceived exertion.
Increased use of muscle glycogen.
Studies have shown that a fluid loss of even 2% of body weight will adversely affect circulatory functions and decrease performance levels.
The benefits of drinking water are the following:
Water keeps us alive :D
Water flushes out waste and toxins.
Water prevents and helps with headaches.
Water can reduce the risk of cancer.
Water helps with weight loss.
Water aids with digestion.
Water circulates nutrients throughout the body.
Water helps prevent electrolyte imbalances, dizziness, and fatigue.
Water makes us look healthier.
Water will improve body temperature regulation, metabolic function, and endocrine gland and liver function.
Are you 1 of those people who know the importance of drinking water but find it a chore?! No worries! I'm including some yummy ways to switch up plain water and make it taste better!! Try the following:
Add blood orange.
Add honeydew melon.
Add fresh ginger root.
Add ANY of the combinations above! The possibilities are ENDLESS!! BE CREATIVE!!!
If you have any suggestions or comments, I'd love to hear from you!
Have a FABULOUS weekend! I hope you KEEP exercising, STAY hydrated, and DRINK plenty of water!!
See you on Monday :D
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist