Water is a huge part of our lives and even a huge part of our bodies, because adult human bodies are about 60 percent water. Yes, you read right, 60 percent which means that water makes up more than half of our bodies. So it is no wonder that we have to drink water daily, to keep your bodies healthy and hydrated. But how much water do we actually need to consume when we are working out?
The truth about drinking water while exercising and in general is to drink when you are thirsty and when your body is asking for water. We as humans need water not only, because we are made partly from water, but also, because water increases our metabolism, therefore we burn more calories, it helps our organs and especially our hearts to work better, because if we are hydrated then our hearts doesn’t have to work as as hard to pump blood through out bodies, water also aids in digestion as well as helps to keep our skin clear and keeps the wrinkles and fine lines at bay. So if we drink the water when our bodies tell as to drink, it means that that is the time when we actually need the added hydration.
Of coarse there is a myth that if we drink water when we are thirsty then it is already too late and our bodies have started to break down some important nutrients, but it actually is not true. I am a true believer of listening to my body and it telling me what it needs, so if I feel thirsty, I drink water.
The second myth about water, that probably is the most common thing you hear when you are searching information about water consumption, is that you should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day. And let me tell you that it is bullshit. That 8 glass rule has no real scientific basis and the amount of water a person should be consuming daily actually depends on multiple factors such as the persons height, weight, activity level and so on. On top of that there is such a thing as drinking too much water, and that, too can cause pretty severe health problems to a person. So don’t just blindly follow the 8 glass or ounce rule of water consumption, better listen to what your body is saying you and drink as much water, as you feel like drinking.
And if we touched on water and fitness then we should also touch on sports drinks and how, if you aren’t an athlete and don’t work out several ours a day, you don’t need to drink Gatorade or any other sports drink after your workout, because your body won’t have lost as much sodium and salt for you to have to replenish them with the unhealthy sports drink. Gatorade, for example, had 200 calories in it and more than 50 grams of sugar, so if you do workouts that only last for 20, 30 or 40 minutes and that are low impact ones, you probably won’t burn enough calories as you consume from the sports drink and therefore will actually gain weight instead of lose it. So drink WATER, and do it when your body says you to do it. It is as simple as that.