We all know that drinking water is good for us right? But, besides quenching our thirst...why is it good for us?
To begin with, let's look at the breakdown of water in our bodies:
- Brain and heart: 73% water
- Lungs: 83% water
- Skin: 64% water
- Muscle and kidneys: 79% water
- Bones (Seem dry, am I right?): 31%
It seems as though, us humans, are walking around completely water logged (I wonder if our insides get that wrinkly finger look; like after a long bath?). Now this alone, should tell us that drinking water is vital for our survival and well being.
But wait...there's more!! Tell us what we have behind curtain number 2, Johnny.
Benefits of drinking water:
(At PFT, we recommend drinking around 0.75 oz of water per lb of body weight; may vary from individual to individual)
- Regulates our internal body temperature (sweating, respiration)
- Nutrients are metabolized and transported by water in our bloodstream
- Assists in flushing waste products and toxins
- Lubricates joints & acts as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord
- Improves energy levels and brain function
- May prevent and treat headaches
- Improves digestion and regularity
- Can help with weight loss (acts as appetite suppressant)
- Increased exercise performance
- Helps treat kidney stones
- Alleviate or help prevent hangovers
- Improves skin complexion
- Boosted immune system
OK, OK...we get it!! Water is good for you. But, I just can't...[insert excuse here] Now, I understand that drinking more water can be a bit of a hassle at first. But where there is a will, there is a way.
Ways to Increase Water Intake:
- Start each day with a big glass of water 16-24 oz. (add lemon for a bonus).
- Track your water intake (either with an app, by the bottle, etc.)
- Have a water bottle at home, at work, in your car, etc. so it's always on hand.
- Eat your water...Say What?!! Vegetables and Fruits (cucumbers, watermelons, berries, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.) contain high concentrations of water and can hydrate you as well.
- Drink water before every meal.
- Drink water right after you use the restroom.
- Set an alarm on your phone, to remind you to drink more water.
- Get one of those cools hats (with the bottle holders and straws that go into your mouth). You'll be hydrated and fashion forward.
As you can see, it's very possible to increase our water intake and in turn drastically improve the way our bodies function and how we feel.
Let's finish this up, so I can go get a drink of water. This blog made me thirsty!!
Water is vital for our overall health and well being. It has countless benefits if adequately consumed and dire consequences if ignored. It's cheap, easy, effective and the most simplistic way to begin your fitness journey.
I challenge you to try one thing this week. Start each day (right when you wake up) with a 16-24 oz glass of water, with fresh lemon juice (equivalent of about 1 lemon; not from concentrate). I think you'll be surprised, with how much better you feel and how much easier it'll be to hit your hydration target.
Fitness and health doesn't have to be hard. I can honestly say, that starting each day with a big glass of lemon water (over the last 5+ years) has been the single BEST habit I have ever implemented in regards to my health.
Stay thirsty my friends!
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