Water Is Good
With all the specialty waters and
sports drinks for fitness, many people have forgotten the benefits of plain
water. Remember that all these drinks contain water. It is an essential element
in a good workout, whether it is taken alone or with some specific additives.
Water itself is beneficial in many ways.
1. Water cools the body. Water is very
effective in carrying away the heat that is generated when you do fitness
exercises. If the body is not cooled, organ damage can result. That is one
reason people take fever reducers when they are sick: they do not want the
excess heat to damage their bodies. Water is an effective fitness cooling agent
as you sweat out liters of it and it cools on your skin.
2. Water carries away impurities. The
kidneys use water to flush away impurities in the body. Without enough water,
those impurities stay inside the body where they can disrupt healthy
functioning. When the kidneys flush away the impurities, the body cleanses
itself as you do your fitness workout. By the way, drinking too little water can
lead to kidney stones as well.
3. Water thins the blood. If you do not
drink enough water, your blood becomes much too thick. The problem with thick
blood is that it makes your heart work much harder. That is not a situation you
want during a fitness workout. It is better to drink enough water and make it
easy on your heart.
4. Water is perfect hydration for one hour or less of fitness exercise.
In that amount of time, you will be able to use water to fulfill all your fluid
needs and keep your body running at peak condition. However, if you are working
out for longer periods, up to three hours or more, you will need water drinks
with carbohydrates and salt added. Even with this solution, though, the water is
still the base ingredient.
5. As you lose water weight, your physical fitness performance will decline at a
rate of about 10 percent with every 2 percent loss of water weight.
If fitness is your goal, you are defeating your purpose if you do not keep
yourself hydrated with water or water-based drinks. Your workout will do you
more harm than good, and you will feel worse when you finish. Drink that water
to feel and be at your best.
6. Without enough water, you become lethargic.
When your brain and body suffer from lack of proper hydration, your mind begins
to be sluggish. You may feel sleepy or out of sorts. It is hard to carry on a
fitness program with these physical and emotional feelings.
Your body is slow to warn you that it is
hydration that you need. You need to keep ahead of the game, knowing how much
water you need and getting it before it is too late. Your fitness will improve
if you give your body the water it needs.
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