Hydration is Key

By: Steffie Handley

Staying hydrated it so important, especially when you are exercising regularly. Water is essential for every single one of your bodily functions. Without it, your body won’t be able to perform at its highest level.

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So what is your water actually used for?

Well, considering your body is made up of about 55% water in women, it’s got to be used for something right? Some of the bodily functions that require water include:

  • Regulates body temperature
  • Lubricates joints
  • Aids in transportation of nutrients into and around the body and waste products and toxins out of the body
  • Used in digestion
  • Used in both blood and lymphatic circulation
  • Used in excretion

As I mentioned before, it is used in every bodily function so if I carried on we could be here for a while…

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Why is keeping hydrated more important when you exercise?

It is extra important that you take in more water than usual before, during and after exercise.

Before exercise: It is important to take in extra water before you exercise as it gives your muscles the energy it needs for the exercise and ensures your heart does not have to worker harder than it needs to!

During exercise: When you exercise, you can sometimes lose up to nearly a liter an hour of your stored water! This is mainly because you tend to sweat a lot (if you’re working super hard) and because you breathe more heavily. So it is important you drink plenty of water during exercise to ensure you can maintain your energy levels, keep you working for longer and prevent dehydration.

After exercise: You will more than likely be wanting a drink after you have finished your exercise because of all the fluids you lost through sweat and heavy breathing. So drinking water after you have exercised will help to restore your normal body fluid level and helps your muscles to recover.

What will happen if I don’t drink enough water?

If you’re not drinking enough water, you’re not letting your body function efficiently. Some of the most common effects of poor water intake include:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Exhaustion
  • Loss of coordination
  • Poor recovery

So why would you want to feel like that? Our Fierce tip of the week – drink plenty of water and stay hydrated!

 

 

Steffie Handley

Steffie Handley

I graduated from University of central Lancashire with a social worker based degree, (Care, Community and Citizenship). I knew I wanted to help people but was unsure of which path to take, I found myself lost, I finished university and still not a clue what to do. During my time at university I no longer found time for physical activity, my love for food grew and my weight slowly crept up. I knew something had to change as I felt friends were moving on around me and I was stationary. This was the kickstart I needed to go on my fitness journey which has seen me shed over eight stone in weight, complete my first marathon in Geneva raising money for UNICEF, qualify as an Advanced Personal Trainer and Nutritional Advisor.

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