We've all heard of the guidline: drink 8 glasses of water a day. Are you doing it? I have a Nalgene bottle (or 10) and my goal is to drink 2 full Nalgenes (64 oz.) of water everyday. I do better some days than others, but I try to get close.
Water does a lot to keep our body in proper working order. It transports nutrients, provides structure and protection, helps in chemical reactions, and it is also important to regulate body temperature.
Blood is 90% water and carries oxygen and other substances and nutrients to areas of the body that need it. It also takes waste products away and gets them out of the body. As we exercise our need for oxygen increases-we all know that, right? That is why water is important: it transports oxygen through the body.
Muscle is 75% water and bone is 25% water: water is EVERYWHERE! It acts as a cleanser, lubricant, and a protector (like in your eyeballs and spinal cord). Water helps to puff up cells, too. Makes our skin (the cells that make up our skin) look healthy, glowing, and tight. That's reason alone to drink water, right ladies?
When we exercise tons of chemical reactions are taking place to give our muscles the energy they need to keep on working. The chemical reactions are quite complex, but just know that without water, they wouldn't be able to happen. We would run out of energy very quickly! It also aides in eliminating the acid that builds up during exercise and gives us the ability to keep exercising.
When we exercise we sweat (although I rarely sweat tons-my body is ALWAYS and FOREVER COLD!)and the water helps to keep our body cool. Sweating is essential in cooling the body, it is heat leaving the body. I'm always cold, therefore my body does not have need to sweat as much. I could be in the middle of a huge hill while cycling working my guts out (almost literally) and get goosebumps because I'm cold. Go figure!
GOAL: DRINK 64 OZ. OF WATER TODAY AND EVERYDAY. NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR SKIN, YOUR ENERGY, AND YOUR ABILITY TO EXERCISE LONGER AND HARDER!