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It doesn’t have to be summer or even hot outside to get dehydrated. It can happen easier in the winter since you aren’t as thirsty and not thinking about the problem. In order to look and feel your best, hydration is key. When you’re working out, staying hydrated is important for both your body and maximizing the benefits of your workout. If you’re feeling tired, try a bottle of cold water, first. You’ll probably find it’s better than even a cup of coffee as a picker-upper.
There might be a reason for this. You might be dehydrated. Your brain is approximately 75% water. Water is necessary for the electrical energy your brain requires. It needs twice as much energy as other cells, which adequate hydration requires. Your brain requires water to remove toxins and carry nutrition for the brain. If your body drops a mere two percent of its water, you could experience fuzzy memory, focusing problems, and difficulty with simple math problems. Dehydration is often mistaken for dementia in seniors, accounts for low blood pressure and rapid heart rate.
Water can become your best friend when you’re working on weight loss. It can keep you feeling full and help you eat less at a meal if you drink an eight-ounce glass before that meal. Mild dehydration often masks itself as hunger. You know those times when you know you want something and the juicer it is, the better it sounds. If you think you’re hungry, drink a bottle of water first. You might just find you were just thirsty and save yourself some calories.
Increase the amount of water you drink, not just the amount of liquid. If you’re big on soft drinks or even sports drinks, switch out for a tall bottle of water. Drinks like Gatorade and soft drinks contain a lot of sugar. They aren’t as good for your body as plain ole’ water. If you’ve worked out less than an hour that day or had an hour workout that wasn’t strenuous, you won’t need to replenish your electrolytes. Plain water is the best route to go.
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