Hello Fit Girls! I want to take the time to tell you why it is ever so important to hydrate yourself! I always have to tell the models I train at Model Workout to take a zip of water during our work outs. It shouldn’t be something I have to keep reminding people to do, because it’s a natural thing to do, right? Wrong! There are still a lot of people that don’t drink enough water.
Nearly two thirds of the human body is water. Water is an essential nutrient that is involved in every function of the body. It helps transport nutrients in and waste products out of cells, also called peeing. It is necessary for all digestive, absorption, circulatory, and excretory functions as well as for assimilating water soluble vitamins. Water also helps maintain proper body temperature. Unless you go scuba diving naked in the antarctic….yeah..not a good idea….
Always drink plenty of water. You can live without food for several weeks, but you can go less than a week without water (ofcourse do not try this at home, there is no need to starve yourself). By drinking an adequate amount of water each day, you can ensure that your body has all it needs to maintain good health. The best way to get water into your body is by drinking plain water. It’s quite a no brainer really.
Starting out hydrated is a good choice for morning exercisers. Drink water before your workout; you loose water while you exercise even without heavy perspiration. Ingesting at least a glass of plain water shortly after waking up is a good way to hydrate your system. Adding a small squeeze of lemon for taste also helps stimulate the bowels to evacuate soon thereafter, which will help you feel more comfortable during your workout routine.
Many of you are probably morning coffee or tea drinkers. If you must have some caffeine in the morning, go for it—but consider having a large glass of water first. And, because coffee reduces muscle fatigue and boosts speed and endurance, enjoying a cup before your workout may enhance your efforts. Sport psychologists attribute these benefits to caffeine’s potent ability to release adrenaline, which in turn strengthens muscle contractions and fosters the creation of energy from fatty acids. So, enjoy your cup of coffee or tea in the morning, and get your a.m. boost. It seems to have no negative effect on your hydration, and you can always have a glass of water first just to be sure.
So proper hydration improves the quality of your workout, reduces fatigue, reduces recovery time, and increases your level of satisfaction, it is especially important for you to hydrate yourself before as well as after your workout session. Keep in mind that thirst is not the best scale by which to measure whether or not you are well hydrated. It’s all about the colour of your urine. Make sure it’s bright and shiny!Here is my four combo drink to make sure I stay hydrated and enjoy it as well!!! Strawberry, Lime, Cucumber and Mint water. Total Time: 10 minutes. Serving Size: 1/2 gallon
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 cup sliced cucumbers
- 2 limes, sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- Ice cubes
In a half-gallon jar, or a 2 quart pitcher, layer the strawberries, cucumbers, lime slices, and mint leaves with the ice cubes. Fill jar or pitcher with water. Let chill for 10 minutes, and then enjoy!
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