It goes without saying that you need to be hydrated to stay healthy. The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. Adults tend to have less water in their bodies compared to infants and children. For the focus of this article, we will focus on the importance water serves in the adult body to help stay healthy. Not only in a workout sense, but also in a mental, and all around state.
For the working out part of it, most muscle tissue is made up of 75% water. The less water you have in you body when working out, the less effective the workout will be. The muscles tissue uses water to absorb physical activity. It is very important to hydrate before, during, and after a workout to ensure the best results. The lack of water in your body can cause dehydration, and possibly even lead to passing out if gets that out of hand. Drink enough water, but make sure you do not drink too much too fast and moderate the times you drink. Small sips are best, over drinking can make your stomach upset or even cause cramps if drank too fast.
The main rule of thumb for drinking water is to drink eight cups of water a day. Of course this varies on height, weight, age, gender, activity level, etc. But a good rule is the eight cups a day, they don’t need to be huge cups of water, generally a 8-12 ounce glass will do. The best way to stay hydrated is by drinking water when thirsty, with meals, and whenever working out. This is easier said than done because who doesn’t love a good soda, beer, or ice tea when relaxing in their down time? But if you are really committed to staying healthy, the focus will be on staying hydrated and fit. This isn’t saying you can’t have a different drink, just keep it in moderation, and try to balance it out by drinking more water!
Water is proven to be a mood booster, and doesn’t always need to be normal water, there are different types of detox waters that have healthy things mixed in. Detox waters, are normal water infused with other ingredients to help flush out the bad toxins from the body. For myself, drinking water isn’t easy, I would rather have a gatorade (which is not bad) but water is always the best option. From my experience, if I drink water and make it my first choice, it can make my mood change, and make me an all around happier, more energetic person.
I would like to mention real fast that not everyone is the same. The focus of this was on how water is a good way to stay healthy and fit, but not everyone in shape only drinks water. This is just a suggestion, I know many people who look great at the gym and their secrets are sweet tea, energy drinks and other things along those lines. Water in my opinion is just the easiest, and healthiest thing working for me. Feel free to explore other options an find what works best for you to get in shape! Find what works for you, because as long as people are staying in shape and getting better on their own standards, that is all I am aiming for!