Why you Need to Stay HydratedPosted on Jan 14, 2013 9:03am
The simple act of drinking enough water can make a significant difference to your bodybuilding goals. A lack of hydration is going to see you struggle in the gym with low energy levels and your recuperation powers will also suffer.
Ensuring you get enough water is so important and yet so simple that it really is the one aspect of your entire training regime that you should never falter on.
Let's take a look at some of the specific benefits of water:
Water is one of the few beverages that has no preservatives, no sodium, and no calories. You can drink plenty of it without adding to your caloric intake. It's almost impossible to overindulge in water.
Water can also help you to feel full or satisfied when it comes to hunger. In fact, if you feel hungry you should try drinking a glass of water first. The sensation of hunger and thirst are very similar.
Your Body Needs It
Every cell in your body needs water. It's absolutely essential to every function of your body. That includes digestion and excretion. Water helps to keep your bowels regular and allows you to flush fat and toxins from your system.
Lose The Water Weight
When you don't have enough water in your body, it will retain fluid. That leaves you with excess water weight that leaves you feeling bloated and puffy. When you drink plenty of water, you allow your body to get rid of that extra storage. That can result in an immediate loss of several pounds of water weight.
Beyond Weight Loss
Besides just helping you to lose weight, water can help you to have a clear complexion. It can help your muscles to function better - which will cause you to have a more productive workout. Water can also help you to have more energy and have a feeling of better overall health.
Remember don't wait until you feel thirsty to take a drink of water, wherever possible, have a bottle of water by your side and take regular slurps. Always ensure you are well hydrated before, during and after a session in the gym.
-Contributed by Maria Sanna, Prosserman JCC Personal Trainer