Roughly 60% of the human body is made up of water, and most of us underestimate just how much we need to be drinking, especially when it comes to exercise. Replenishing your water levels during exercise serves to:
· Reduce fatigue. – Fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration. A loss of just 1-2% of your body weight in water is enough to cause your bodily functions to slow down, making you feel lethargic and tired.
· Lubricate your joints – Water acts like a shock absorber, providing a cushion like protection to your joints and spinal cord. Drinking water during exercise can actually help protect your joints from serious damage.
· Maintain/increase metabolic function. – During exercise, water helps transport the carbohydrates and proteins that the body needs for consistent energy throughout the bloodstream. If the body loses too much water, metabolic function will also plunge.
· Promote circulation. – Water helps maintain circulation in the body. The level of oxygen in the bloodstream remains more stable when the system is well-hydrated. Additionally, when the body has an adequate store of oxygen, it will more readily burn fat, increasing one’s energy levels.
· Eliminate toxins. – Water also functions to remove the toxins from the body, especially in the digestive tract. Restoring the water lost during exercise is particularly important to reduce an interruption in the elimination of toxins from the body.
So next time you decide to exercise, spare a thought for the absolute importance of staying hydrated, and the positive effect it can have on your work out!