This week our Fall Fitness Challenge focuses on hydration. Our challenge question for the week is “How much water do you usually drink per day?” (If you haven’t answered yet, there’s still time for a chance to win this week’s prize…either leave a comment to this post or on our Facebook page.)
Some nutritionists state that 80% of the country is walking around dehydrated. We drink too much coffee, tea, and sodas containing caffeine, which prompts the body to lose water. Water is necessary for your body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. It also detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and carries away waste from the body. When it comes to digestion, it’s just not happening without water. Fiber alone cannot aid proper digestive function by itself. In fact, without water as its partner, good fiber goes bad, causing constipation and extreme discomfort. If you’re dehydrated, your blood is thicker and your body has to work to cause it to circulate. As a result, the brain becomes less active, it’s hard to concentrate and your body feels fatigued.
Benefits of Water:
- Improve Your Energy
- Increase Your Mental and Physical Performance
- Remove Toxins & Waste Products from your body
- Keep Skin Healthy and Glowing
- Help You Lose Weight
- Reduce Headaches and Dizziness
- Allow for proper Digestion
Water Guidelines and Physical Activity
Plain Water: For walks of an hour or less, plain water is the best drink.
Drink before You Exercise: Prepare for your walk by drinking a tall glass of water (17 ounces) 2 hours before your walk. This will allow time for any extra to pass through you body before you hit the trail.
Caffeine: Avoid caffeinated beverages before you exercise, it will cause you to lose fluid and make you thirstier.
Plan for More Water: Have water with you when you are exercising. You should try to consume one cup of water every 20 minutes.
High Altitude: You lose even more fluids at high altitudes, in heat and low humidity and need to drink more water than usual. Again, let thirst be your guide and drink as soon as thirsty.
Flavor Your Water: Make your water taste good so you will want to drink more. Add a squirt of lemon and keep it cool.
Drinking After You Exercise: After you exercise, end with another tall drink of water. For extensive exercise you may want to consume a sports drink.
Remember if you want to be entered into this week’s challenge contest, leave a comment to answer this question: “How much water do you usually drink per day?”