We always tell you guys that you should be drinking more water than you currently are, but there are very good reasons for this!
All of us know that water is healthy, but we don’t often go into why that is and how it will help us achieve our health and fitness goals – so we’re going to do that today!
We’ll start with all the general reasons and then move on to how it can help with your progress in the gym.
General Health Benefits:
1. Water makes up a majority percentage of our bodies, all of our cells contain water and all of our organs require water to function correctly. This is true for our muscles too.
2. Water is essential for keeping your blood moving efficiently, which is important for digestion, regulating your body temperature and oxygen delivery around your body.
1. Water is important for the movement and activation of muscles, connective tissue and joints. Similar to the previous point, it carries oxygen to working muscles which helps fight fatigue while exercising.
2. For those trying to lose weight, water acts as a natural appetite suppressant which is a great way to help reduce snacking and making you feel fuller for longer.
3. Water is an important step in the production of energy through the breakdown of carbs (when exercising) and of fats (when at rest). Without water you wont be performing as well in the gym and you will also not be burning as much fat as you otherwise would!
There isn’t a universally agreed upon amount of water to drink per day since it depends on factors such as: your bodyweight and gender, the amount of sleep you’ve had and the amount of exercise you’re doing. That being said, 3L of water per day creates a noticeable difference in how you feel, so we’d recommend aiming for that!
I’ve found that by carrying around a large water bottle (2L), I’ve ended up creating a bit of an unconscious habit to take regular sips while I’m doing other things throughout the day.
Also there is such a thing as drinking too much water, but if we go by the stats, most people are nowhere near doing this – either because they simply don’t drink enough water or their sodium intake is high enough that they wont over-hydrate and dilute the salt in their body, so don’t worry about that!
To sum up, if you want to feel and look healthier, as well as train better in the gym and become leaner – water is going to help you get there! Aim for that 3L per day and once it becomes a regular habit, you’ll notice just how much better you feel!
– Marcus and the Team at Fitness Room