Ever heard the age-old advice that you should drink at least 8 cups of water a day to stay healthy? We all know that water is essential for our survival, but do you actually know the reasons why it's vital to ensure we're well-hydrated all the time?
This World Water Day, read on as we bring to you 3 good reasons why water is indispensable and important for our health!
1. Boosts Overall Health!
Did you know that body temperature is crucial to your overall health and well-being? Under extreme temperatures, your body can suffer from cell damage and abnormal cardiac function. But don't worry, there's a simple solution to keep your internal engine running smoothly and efficiently - hydration!
Water is the key to regulating your body temperature. Without it, the body can suffer from slowed metabolism and other health issues. So with each gulp, you're doing so much more than just quenching your thirst!
Think of your body as a well-oiled machine, and water as the essential lubricant. Adequate hydration ensures that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. So, whether you're working out, working from home, or just enjoying the great outdoors, remember to drink up and keep your body's internal engine running at its best!
This is especially important when exercising in Singapore's hot climate, where constant hydration helps with cooling of the body to prevent any complications associated with heat injuries! It is recommended that individuals consume a fluid volume equivalent
to 5-10 mL/kg bodyweight 2-4 hours before exercise while allowing for sufficient time for excess fluid to be voided.
Ever wondered why top athletes drink so much water? Well, not only does water keep you hydrated, but it also plays a vital role in maintaining good blood circulation.
Water acts as a lubricant between internal bodily structures, preventing damage from friction and ensuring that blood flows smoothly throughout your body. By increasing the volume and viscosity of blood, water helps oxygen get to your muscles more quickly and efficiently, improving overall circulation.
And it's not just athletes who can benefit from better blood flow. Improved circulation means more oxygen and nutrients are delivered to all parts of your body, leading to better overall health and energy levels. So, if you want to take your workouts and health to the next level, make sure you're drinking enough water. It's the simple yet powerful secret to better blood circulation and improved performance!
2. Better Prepares You for a Workout
Water consumption aids in both the preparation for and recovery from a good workout!
During exercise, the body loses fluid volume through sweat and respiration! As dehydration may lead to decreased performance, muscle cramps, dizziness, fatigue, and heat exhaustion, it is important constantly hydrate throughout your workout to replenish the fluids lost. Water also aids in the transportation of nutrients to your muscles, which is required for energy production during exercise.
Additionally, water consumption helps with muscle soreness and tension by removing waste products from the body, such as lactic acid! So do remember to take sips of water before, during and after exercise to keep your body well-hydrated!
So How Much Water Should You Actually be Drinking?
8 glasses of water a day? That's actually a good place to start, especially if you don't have the habit of drinking water!
However, the actual amount of water the body needs varies from individual to individual, and changes based on factors such as body size, training intensity and frequency, sweat rate and the environment.
While there isn't a one-size-fits-all formula, a general rule of thumb would be 2-3L a day. Use a water bottle with a scale to better gauge your water consumption! You could also estimate your body's hydration levels by monitoring the colour and odour of your urine. Pale and odour-free? Great work! Keep it up! Dark and strong-smelling? You definitely need to drink more!
Want to know more about how hydration can impact your health and even your sporting performance? Interested to know about how other fluids, such as energy drinks and isotonic drinks, can affect you? At FITLUC, our dedicated Personal Trainers will be there to guide you every single step of the way of your fitness journey, from hydration and nutrition to exercise programming! Questions like how much water to drink or how often you need to work out to reach your desired goals will be answered here!
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