You’ve heard it before, but it’s important enough to hear again. Drink water. I don’t mean drink water because you’re exercising. I mean drink water.
Several weeks back I mentioned that you should set a goal for yourself to keep motivated. My goal was to run a 5K tomorrow! So as I am approaching the day of the race, I’ve been somewhat amused by all of the unsolicited advice I’m getting from anyone and everyone. Regardless of who is giving me advice or what they’re telling me, they have all said, “Drink plenty of water.” I find this amusing because water is pretty much the only thing I do drink. I never leave my house without it.
Even though it amuses me that so many people give me this advice, they’re doing it because they know how important it is for me to keep my body replenished. Did you know that if you don’t drink enough water, you can wake up with what feels like an intense hangover? It’s true, and that actually happened to me just a couple of weeks ago when I worked out a little more than normal. It took me a while to figure out what was going on. My body needed to be rehydrated. Because of extra time exercising, my normal amount of water intake wasn’t sufficient, so I woke up with the worst headache.
Why is Water so Important?
I will again say that I’m not a doctor nor do I have any medical experience, so I’m just listing what I know.
- The majority of your body is made up of water. It’s necessary to drink it in order for everything to function appropriately.
- Water helps flush out toxins in your body by clearing out your kidneys and bowels.
- It helps keep your calorie intake down. Replacing just one soda a day with water is going to change the amount of calories you’re taking in.
- Gives your skin a glow. Because water keeps you hydrated, your skin looks brighter and can even cause you to have a more youthful appearance.
- Helps your muscles develop. Think of what a raisin looks like beside a plump, juicy grape. They are the very same fruit only one has been dehydrated causing it to shrivel into a tiny snack. Your muscles do the same thing (kind of). If you’re dehydrated, they can’t develop and function fully.
- Energizes you. Most non-water drinks have extra additives including sugar and caffeine. Sometimes they slow you down or speed up up for a moment before crashing hard. Water uses what’s already in your body to give you energy with no crash at the end.
In order to maintain a fit, healthy body, it’s necessary to keep yourself hydrated. There are many drinks out there created to replace electrolytes and rehydrate your body, but they’re usually filled with sugars and unneccesary calories. Water has neither of those, and if you want to change it up a bit, try doing like I do and add some flavor:
- Slices of lemon or lime – or a combination of both
- Frozen raspberries
- Mint and lemon
- Frozen strawberries
- Craving a soda? Try sparkling water with frozen fruit
There are so many ways to make water tasty when you feel like you need to drink something flavorful. If you like your sodas or other non-water drinks, try to make a subtle change. Skip the soda at lunch today and replace it with water. Do that for 2 weeks, and I bet you’ll be able to tell a small difference.
If you’re ready to make a big difference, take the water challenge. Replace almost all of your drinks with water for the next two weeks. Come back and tell me what changes you notice. I would love to hear your feedback.