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Why water is key to your workout

Why water is key to your workout

FORGET SPORTS DRINKS –WATER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LIQUID TO PUT IN YOUR GYM BAG.

The role water plays in your workouts is key, so here are a few reminders as to why you should never neglect it:

At the most basic level, without water, you will die. It’s that critical. It’s the building block of life, as we know throughout the universe. Water carries all the essential stuff like oxygen and fuel to our cells, and flushes out all the rubbish. Your joints are lubricated and your temperature kept steady.

It’s no surprise we need to constantly drink water. In fact, we need to drink at least 2 litres a day, more if you exercise. And your health will thank you in plenty of other ways too:

1.      WATER REDUCES FOOD CRAVINGS 

Feeling peckish? Try a glass of water first. Studies show that some people confuse hunger with thirst. You may also reduce your appetite by drinking plenty of water, helping you resist cravings for unnecessary junk food and snacks.

2.      WATER HELPS YOU HANDLE PAIN

In a recent study, participants who were dehydrated were less able to tolerate having their feet dunked into ice cold water; they were able to keep their feet in much longer if they had drunk plenty of water beforehand.

3.      WATER BOOSTS ENERGY LEVELS

The more water you drink, the more awake you’ll feel. This is because dehydration can eat away at core bodily functions which sustain and energise you throughout the day.

4.      WATER PUMPS YOUR MUSCLES

During resistance training, water is driven into muscle cells, creating the ‘pump’ sensation. But poor fluid consumption, often exacerbated by sweating, makes your body preserve water for more essential functions like circulation, leading to a reduced pump.

5.      WATER STOPS YOU CHOOSING UNHEALTHY DRINKS

If you’re going to buy a drink, water is your healthiest choice. Lots of other beverages, such as sports drinks, creamy coffees, shakes and smoothies have added sugar, stimulants and minimal nutritional benefits so only drink them in moderation.

6.      WATER KEEPS SKIN YOUTHFUL

If you want to knock years off your looks, water is your best friend. Deprived of hydration, your skin develops cracks in the cell walls that make it look dry and wrinkled, as well as letting in infections.

Staying hydrated is the easiest, cheapest way to maximise your exercise performance. So keep a bottle handy when you next go to the gym, drink throughout the day, and make your own vitamin water if you are getting fed up with H2O!

the author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

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