Longer, stronger workout? Hydration is the key
We all know hydration is important; and those pesky i-motion PT’s are forever telling us to drink during our spin sessions. But why is hydration so important? And what about outside of ‘gym life’? How should we hydrate here?
The first place to look is the Human Body; our brains are 95% water, our blood 82% and, as for our lungs, these are 90% of the liquid stuff. From this alone it is possible to devise one thing…. Water is pretty important. When we think about the organs named above, all of them are key in exercise. Our brains to co-ordinate, drive and focus our exercise; blood to fuel and carry the all important nutrients to keep our muscles functioning; and our lungs to oxygenate the blood.
Water is in fact the most important nutrient we take on board and when we start to view water as a nutrient then perhaps we will start to appreciate the need to top it up more than we perhaps already do.
Before we even enter the gym hydration is playing a part in our workout. If we are dehydrated we become mentally and physically fatigued. Before we walk through the door of the gym we are already thinking about taking it easier or, worse, perhaps we don’t even make it through the door of the gym.
When we exercise we lose more water than at any other time. So we need to replace it as quickly as possible. Getting used to replacing fluids whilst exercising is a skill that can allow us to work out harder and longer. If we remain hydrated we remain mentally and physically focused, our muscles recover quicker and we are more efficient as an athlete.
We need to carry on taking onboard fluids, the likely hood is we haven’t replaced everything we have lost during exercise. If we do not replace them in a timely fashion then our body will enter ‘fluid retention’ mode which means when we do drink we store it in order to avoid further dehydration. The answer here is simple; routine; if you can get into the habit of drinking little and often, outside of exercise, and more frequently during exercise then our bodies will hydrate effectively without retaining water.
If you are properly hydrated then your digestive system works more effectively. Water is key in the process of metabolisation of food, the better hydrated we are the better we digest food, thus processing it and disposing of it quickly and efficiently without storing any fats or unwanted waste we don’t need.
If we are fully hydrated then our bodies are able to serve our muscles more effectively; this means that we can get important nutrients to the muscles quickly and effectively. The benefit of this is two fold; on one hand we can get nutrients to them to allow them to build through a longer, stronger workout; on the other hand, the nutrients required to repair muscles also get there quicker, which allows us to go again sooner than we otherwise would.
So what are you waiting for? Get your water bottle out and start using it….. All the time!!! Happy drinking!
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