Proper hydration will help one to feel more comfortable exercising and will enable more benefits from exercise and nutrition.
Why is it so important to drink water? Why do we need to increase water intake with exercise? Water makes up much of your body weight and is involved in many of the bodily functions. In general, it helps your brain to function, regulating body temperature and flushes out waste from your body.
Water helps to create saliva and contains small amounts of electrolytes, mucus and enzymes. This enables proper breakdown, and the dissolving of vitamins and minerals, and the delivery of these components throughout the body, proper digestion, and then enables waste elimination.
Water regulates your body temperature. During physical activity, especially when you are in higher temperatures or are sweating more you need to increase your fluid intake.
Water protects your tissues, spinal cord and joints by lubrication and cushioning. Certain conditions can be very much affected by water intake such as constipation, exercise-induced asthma, urinary tract infections, and hypertension.
Being adequately hydrated allows optimal performance, with a positive affect on strength, power and endurance. The optimal performance is also applicable to cognitive function, not having enough water can have a negative impact on focus, alertness and short-term memory. Dehydration can result in fatigue, confusion and anxiety.
Water improves blood oxygen circulation. Water carries nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, improving blood oxygen circulation. Overall this can be a boost to your metabolism, which can have a positive impact on energy level. Many people just drink water when they feel thirsty, studies show that thirst is a symptom of 1 – 2% dehydration. * As a baseline the standard guideline for daily water intake is 8 glasses – there are many variances– for age, body size, climate, activity level and the amount of water one gets from their dietary choices.