We all remember that cliché fact that we learned in the 3rd grade about how our bodies’ weight is made up of 60% of water. It was really cool for about ten seconds and then it was on to the next for us. Little did we know how important that fact really was to our health and bodily functions. As a whole, most of us do not even get nearly half the intake of water we should a day, and what is crazy is that it doesn’t seem to faze anyone. HUMANS NEED WATER TO BE HEALTHY; it’s basic biology and common sense.
As an athlete I always knew the importance of water because it was something that was always stressed about concerning hydration. My soccer days are a foggy memory constant “make sure you are hydrated”’s and “ladies start hydrating NOW”’s (two days before a big game). I drank water like crazy because I was thirsty and my body craved it. I never dug deep into the reasons as to why making sure my body was hydrated on a consistent basis could truly benefit me. Needless to say, I really wish I would have because ever since I have become a regular customer at the hydration train station, I have noticed a WHIRLWIND amount of differences in my workouts, moods, skin clarity, muscle aches and so many other things.
Yeah, yeah we get it. Water is good for us and we should definitely begin to drink more of it. I know that’s exactly what you all are thinking at this very moment. But I truly want to reap how important and nonetheless AWESOME being hydrated is.
When I began my journey of fitness and clean eating I always saw others carrying around gallons of water like obnoxious meat heads in the gym. Don’t judge a book by its cover is the lesson I learned for the 50th time that day. As I started learning more about the fit life, I realized that they were all carrying those jugs around because it was the gallon of water in which they were required to drink that day. I later took in this concept and WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MADE IN MY PHYSICAL APPEARANCE.
From that point on I have made it a point to drink a gallon of water a day. Any chance I get I am chugging that gallon. Peeing more frequently yes, but man, after about three days of consistently hydrating, bloating was non-existent, my skin started to clear up and my tummy was flatter than I had ever seen it in my life. My digestive system was regulated and the healthiest it had ever been in my entire life. It was so crazy to me that a SIMPLE change in my daily routine could provide me with such astounding and positive results. But silly me, it only makes so much darn sense!
Since my words only have so much credibility, I have gathered a list of important reasons from an article that the LIVESTRONG Website posted as to why we should all start taking our H2O consumption a little more seriously.
- It’s a natural lubricant for our muscles and organs
- Also a natural body cleanser
- (an obvious one) Keeps us hydrated and ready to perform any physical activity at our best
- Clear skin and better skin elasticity
- Faster muscle recovery after weight lifting
- Bloating is diminished almost completely
- Digestion and bowel movements will naturally regulate and make you feel lighter and leaner
At the end of the day, water should be the first thing you think about when you wake up and the last thing you think about when you go to bed. Chug some water upon waking up and right before you go to bed. Water, water, water. Keep track of how much you are drinking and in no time notice all the differences something so simple is going to change your life. I swear by this method and I am hoping that many of you give this concept a shot. It will not only aide your fitness progression and healthy eating consumption.
Get to drinking folks!